Willie Nelson will be once again hosting his Fourth of July Picnic on Friday, July 4th, 2014 in the Historic Fort Worth Stockyards. The Fort Worth Stockyards “North Forty” will be the site of the highly-anticipated all-day outdoor concert on Independence Day 2014.
“Beginning in 1973 in Dripping Springs, Texas, Willie’s Fourth of July Picnic has become a Texas tradition unlike any other. We are thrilled to play a part in the 41-year history of the picnic and do it in the Fort Worth Stockyards. The artist lineup and festival environment this year will be the best in Picnic history. When you see it you will agree.” Said Concho Minick, President of Billy Bob’s Texas.
Two stages will provide non-stop entertainment from noon until night. Special areas including a VIP Tent and Sky Box will add to the concert-going experience and provide guests with a place to stay cool.
This year ticket prices range from $20-$250 and can be purchased at www.billybobstexas.com, www.williespicnic.com or by calling 817-624-7117. Willie’s Picnic enthusiasts will have the option to purchase a $20 General Admission ticket before any of the headliners are announced. Below is a timeline for ticket pricing and artist announce dates:
• Early Bird GA Tickets Available: $20.00 Friday, February 21, 2014 @ 10 AM through Sunday, February 23, 2014
• Willie’s Picnic Artist Announcement #2 Monday, February 24, 2014 @ 10 AM
• Public On-Sale Tickets Available: GA / VIP / Sky Box Friday, February 28, 2014 @ 10 AM
• Willie’s Picnic Artist Announcement #3 Monday, April 14, 2014 @ 10 AM CST
About Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic
Long before Lollapalooza and Coachella Music Festival, there was Willie’s Picnic — an outdoor music festival that began in a small Texas town that would continue for decades. The event has changed much in its forty-one year run, culminating into this year’s event, the 41st annual– an all-day concert just outside of Billy Bob’s Texas with a fan base spanning several generations.
At its start in 1973, the hippie movement was well under way when a 40-year-old Willie Nelson decided to hold a music festival in a field in Dripping Springs. Kris Kristofferson, Waylon Jennings and Tom T. Hall headlined the festival that brought over 40,000 people to the inaugural run of what would become a Texas tradition.
Nelson threw another picnic in 1974 in the form of a three-day outdoor festival at Texas World Speedway in College Station. Waylon Jennings, Jimmy Buffett and Jerry Jeff Walker were the leading acts. In just its second year, this was the year Willie’s Picnic established itself as an “annual” event,
In 1975, just a few days before Willie’s third annual picnic, the Texas Senate honored Willie by declaring July 4, 1975, as “Willie Nelson Day in Texas.” In 1976, the largest audience in the picnic’s history attracted an estimated 70.000 attendees.
In 1980, Willie announced this picnic would be the last. -it was even printed on the tickets – it was held at Willie’s newly purchased Pedernales Country Club. Obviously it was not his last.
Over the next 3 decades the picnic continued to hold steady in fans and entertainers, moving around various cities in Texas, from Austin to Luckenbach.
It was a big deal in 2004 when Nelson announced at a press conference in the Fort Worth Stockyards that he was bringing his picnic to one of his boyhood homes – Fort Worth. The announcement made the front page of the Dallas Morning News and the mayor of Fort Worth gave Nelson a key to the city.