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Where to find fireworks and fun on the 4th of July

Fireworks light up the evening sky as North Texas celebrates Independence Day with pyrotechnics, parades and family-friendly festivals. Go big at Fair Park Fourth or Addison’s Kaboom Town, or opt for some old-fashioned fun at a smaller gathering. Here’s a guide to 30+ events that say Happy Birthday, America.

JULY 1

ALL Find a spot on the Watters Creek lawn for a patriotic music concert by the Allen Philharmonic Winds. The pre-concert fun for the kids starts at 6:30 p.m. For free. watterscreek.com.

AGRICULTURE Roving characters, airbrush tattoos, balloon artists, food vendors and live Limelight music precede a low-level fireworks show at Farmers Branch Historical Park. Gates open at 6:30pm. Free for residents with a Firecracker Fast Pass; $5 for non-residents. farmersbranchtx.gov/939/independence-day-celebration.

DESIRE The city’s Stars and Stripes celebration at Hurst Community Park features music from the Big City Outlaws and Emerald City, food vendors and fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Free entry and free shuttle service from North East Mall. hursttx.gov.

2ND JULY

THE COLONY Liberty by the Lake Festival begins at 6:00 p.m. at the Colony Five Star Complex with a kids’ zone; Concerts including Le Freak at 8:30pm; and fireworks at 9:30 p.m. There will also be a watermelon eating contest, food trucks and other vendors. Previous events at The Colony include the Liberty Fun Run and a community parade. Information on all events can be found on the website. Free entry and parking for Liberty by the Lake. thecolonytx.gov.

DALLAS ARBORETUM Live music, animal encounters, food and drink, garden flowers and art are part of a celebration spanning the entire weekend of July 2-4. Enjoy $5 admission throughout July and free admission all weekend to Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden. Advance purchase of tickets and parking spaces is required. www.dallasarboretum.org.

THE TONE The Yankee Doodle Parade and July 4th Anniversary at Quakertown Park takes place on July 2 with live music, bouncy castles, games and a hot dog eating contest. The Kiwanis Club is presenting a fireworks display at North Lakes Park on July 3rd. Free. discoverdenton.com/events/annual-events/4th-july-denton.

FORNEY The festival at Forney Community Park includes food trucks, games and bouncy castles and a fireworks finale at 9:30pm. Free. forneytx.gov.

KLYDE WARREN PARK Deck Park in downtown Dallas is the setting for an evening of live music, family activities and fireworks at 9:30pm. Pack a picnic or grab a bite from the food trucks. Pop-up bars will be available throughout the park. Free. klydewarrenpark.org.

LAKE CITIES Lake Dallas, Corinth, Hickory Creek and Shady Shores throw a party together at Lake Dallas City Park. There is a parade at 9am, fun competitions, food trucks and music from 4pm with headliner Jon Christopher Davis on stage at 7pm. A fireworks display begins at around 9:00 p.m. For free. facebook.com/LakeDallasCity.

MUSIC CITY MALL The Lewisville Mall hosts an indoor Fourth of July parade and party. Kids and teens can have fun with patriotic giveaways, a TikTok dance competition, a live DJ and free cotton candy and pickles. Free. mcmlewisville.com/events.

RED OAK Bouncy castles, obstacle courses, a DJ, food trucks, face painting and an 18-minute fireworks show are planned for the Red Oak, White and Blue Festival at Oaks Church. Free. redoaktx.org.

RICHARDSON The Four Bullets Brewery is hosting an all-day Red, White and Brews party with $5 pints, hot dogs from TJ’s Dawg House and tunes from the OC3 band from 5pm to 8pm. Bring a pop-up tent or umbrella to enjoy the fun on the back of the brewery a lot. Free admission. fourbulletsbrewery.com.

Hien Nguyen waves to onlookers as he marches with members of Tarrant County’s Vietnamese-American community during the 2021 Arlington Independence Day Parade.(Smiley N. Pool / Staff Photographer)

3RD OF JULY

ADDITIONALLY The nationally acclaimed Kaboom Town Festival and Fireworks Show features live bands, food and drink stalls and the classic Warbirds Airshow flyover. Fireworks will be lit over Addison Circle Park at 9:30pm. Tickets for Kaboom Town are sold out, but watch parties are planned in many restaurants and bars in Addison. Visit the website for a list of watch parties and hotel packages that include tickets to Kaboom Town. addisonkaboomtown.com.

ARLINGTON The Light Up Arlington Festival in downtown Arlington is a day of family adventures, food, live music on multiple stages and fireworks at 9:50pm. Head back downtown for the city’s Independence Day Parade at 9:00 am on July 4th Festival schedule, parade route, parking lots and other details. Free. arlington4th.org. arlingtontx.gov.

FORT WORTH SYMPHONY CONCERTS IN THE GARDEN Pack a picnic and enjoy patriotic concerts July 3-4 at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden, followed by fireworks. $25-$78. fwsymphony.org.

FRISKO Freedom Fest begins July 3 at Simpson Plaza in Frisco Square with the Hotter ‘n Firecrackers Glow Run, Dachshund Dash, a cornhole tournament and the new Doodle Poodle Parade. On July 4th, visit Frisco Square for the Party on the Plaza, featuring a children’s exhibit, community stage, games, rides, car and motorcycle show, the Taste of Frisco, and a merchant village. The July 4th fireworks display will take place after the FC Dallas game at around 10:00 p.m. at Toyota Stadium. Free entry to the party in the plaza. $10-$55 registration fee for July 3rd events. friscofreedomfest.org.

LONE STAR PARK Stay after the thoroughbred horse races on July 3rd and 4th for a 20-minute fireworks show choreographed to music. Between races there will be live music on the Courtyard of Champions course. General admission is $10; Parking is $20. lonestarpark.com.

south sea The Stars and Stripes Festival at Southlake Town Square begins at 3pm with seating and entertainment at Frank Edgar Cornish IV Park, McPherson Park and Rustin Pavilion. Sights and sounds include patriotic stilt walkers, live music and a fireworks display at 9:30pm. Complimentary shuttle service from White’s Chapel United Methodist Church or Gateway Church. Free. Visit southlaketexas.com.

WAXAHACHIE A patriotic party at the Waxahachie Sports Complex kicks off the Crape Myrtle Festival with King George playing George Strait hits at 9:15pm and fireworks. On July 4th at 10:00 a.m. a parade will depart from Getzendaner Park. Free. www.waxahachiecvb.com.

JULY 4TH

DESOTO/LANCASTER The cities are bringing together fireworks and fun at DeSoto’s Grimes Park with games, bouncy castles and music from 6pm to 10pm. For free. desototexas.gov/333/july-4thfireworks-celebration.

DUNCANVILLE The celebration begins at 9:00 am with the traditional Lions Club parade. At 6:00 p.m., the celebrations continue at Armstrong Park with music, food, bouncy castles and fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Admission is free, but wristbands are required for entry into the park, which can only be purchased in advance. duncanville.com.

FAIR PARK FOURTH After a two-year hiatus, Fair Park Fourth returns with family-friendly activities throughout the day, topped off with fireworks from the Cotton Bowl after dark. Entertainment includes a performance by the United States Air Force Band, kid-friendly stations, food trucks, and other discounts. Take a break from the heat and visit the African American Museum, the Children’s Aquarium or the Texas Discovery Gardens. Midway rides and games are not open for this event. Free admission; $10 parking on Fair Park lots. fairparkdallas.com/events/detail/fair-park-fourth.

FORT WORTH IS FOURTH Located on the banks of the Trinity River at the Panther Island Pavilion, this festival includes live music from Metal Shop and Party Machine Band and a fireworks show at 9:30pm. The gates open at 5:00 p.m. The swimming area opens at 18:00; Bring your own tubes to levitate until 8pm. Free, with metered parking in surrounding lots. fortworthsfourth.com.

GRAPEVINE Fireworks shooting over Grapevine Lake can be enjoyed from many lakefront parks or from the Gaylord Texan Resort or Great Wolf Lodge. Check the website for a list of the most popular viewpoints. The parks charge an entry fee per vehicle, and gates close when capacity is reached. grapevinetexasusa.com/summertime-in-grapevine/july-fourth/july-4th-fireworks-extravaganza.

Eve Darlington, 6, waves a flag on her father Dan Darlington's shoulders as...
Eve Darlington, 6, waves a flag on the shoulders of her father Dan Darlington as they watch an Independence Day parade.(Smiley N. Pool / Staff Photographer)

IRVING The city will host a Sparks and Stripes Independence Day celebration with a morning parade and free watermelon reception in the Heritage District. At 6:00 p.m., there will be live music, rides, games and food vendors at the Levy Event Plaza. Fireworks and a water show on Lake Carolyn are scheduled to begin at 9:30 p.m. A free shuttle service from Toyota Music Factory to the square is available. Free. cityofirving.org.

LEWISVILLE The Freedom Festival at Castle Hills Village Shops and Lake Avalon Park features kid-friendly bouncy castles, water slides, a ballistic swing ride and a DJ. Castle Hills restaurants have food and drink for sale. The fireworks start at dusk. Free. facebook.com/castlehillscommunity.

SMALL ELM The Little Elm Beach Party includes entertainment and discounts starting at 5:00 p.m. Fireworks will be off the beach and Little Elm High School at 9:30 p.m. Parking permits and overnight camping are available for purchase. littleelm.org/1058/july-jubilee.

MCKINNEY The city’s annual Red, White and Boom celebration kicks off downtown with a parade and Yankee Doodle Block Party. In the evening, the celebrations move to the McKinney Soccer Complex at Craig Ranch for a family reunion with music, food, children’s activities, a concert and a final fireworks display. Free. mckinneytexas.org/830/red-white-and-boom.

OLD CITY PARK The Old-Fashioned Fourth Event includes an all-join-in parade, Victorian games, a tiny train, food trucks, and free Kona ice cream treats. $10-$20, free for children under 4 years old. oldcityparkdallas.org.

PARK CITIES Decorated floats and bicycles are welcome at this community parade. No advance booking is required for the parade, which begins at 9:00 am at Highland Park Town Hall and ends at Goar Park. Free. parkcitiesrotary.org.

PLANO The pre-fireworks fun at the All-American 4th in Collin College’s North Parking lot includes fixed floats, a free kids’ zone, food, drinks and a dealer’s market. Gates open at 6pm; Pyrotechnics from 9:30 p.m. Free. plano.gov/1042/all-american-4th.

STONE WALL The Independence Day celebrations begin at 11 a.m. with a parade from Utley Middle School to Howard Dobbs Elementary School. A skydiving team will open the festival at 7pm at Harry Myers Park, followed by country cover band Southern Ride and fireworks at dusk. Free; Parking is $5 cash. facebook.com/rockwallparksandrecreation/events.