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Look skyward for these July Fourth fireworks events in North Texas

Posted 2:58pm on Thursday, Jul. 01, 2010

Many cities across the country have either canceled or scaled back their Independence Day fireworks extravaganzas due to budget cutbacks. In North Texas, Dallas officials made headlines when they announced that there would be none of the usual festivities at Fair Park this year but then subsequently changed their minds, saying the show would go on -- on July 5.

Still, even in the midst of hard economic times, there are lots of locales in North Texas that are ready to put some sky-lighting sparkle and pop into your July Fourth celebrations. Here's a selection of 15 places across the region to catch fireworks this year. Remember to check the websites for what you can bring along, such as glass containers, alcoholic beverages, lawn chairs, etc.

Tarrant County

Arlington

4th of July Celebration and

Fireworks Show

Arlington Highlands mall

4000 Retail Connection Way

7 p.m. Sunday; fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

Free

www.arlingtonhighlands.com

Music from the Roomsounds and the Kyle Sherman Band will kick off the celebrating. As if that's not enough, there'll be free snow cones. The fireworks viewing area will be at Highlands Corner and Market Square.

Light Up Arlington

Downtown Arlington

6 p.m. Saturday; fireworks begin

at 9:45 p.m.

Free

www.arlingtontx.gov/park/lightuparlington.html

The streets of central Arlington will be turned into one big block party with two music stages, a children's area and vendors.

Bedford

4th Fest/Island Adventure 2010

Bedford Boys Ranch Park

2801 Forest Ridge Road

Noon Sunday

Free

No on-site parking; $4 shuttle service at Pennington Field, 1501 Central Drive. The last shuttle to Boys Ranch Park leaves Pennington at 9:30 p.m.

www.ci.bedford.tx.us/Departments/tourism/fourfest.htm

Bedford is going for an island theme this year with a concert, island-adventure family activities and food. The Splash Aquatic Center is also taking part with several water slides, a children's play zone and a cabana party pavilion. Note that there is an admission for Splash activities: $5.50 adults, $4.50 for anyone under 18, free for age 2 and younger. Also, Forest Ridge Drive from Harwood Road to Shady Lane will be closed from 4 p.m. to midnight.

Fort Worth

Fort Worth's Fourth

Trinity River levee

Behind LaGrave Field

601 N.E. Sixth St.

4:30 p.m. Sunday; fireworks begin approximately 9:30 p.m. Sunday

Free

Parking for $5 at LaGrave Field, free along the street west of North Main Street

www.fwfourth.com

It's going to be a combination of music, baseball, stunts and water sports -- and, oh yeah, fireworks -- at the third incarnation of this riverside party. There'll be a Battle of the Bands featuring three contenders, an attempt to break the record for levee-sliding with the most people sliding down a slope simultaneously, a Fort Worth Cats baseball game (Fourth-goers can see the game from levee lawn seats for $5 per person), personal watercraft shows, kayak rides and trail tours.

Old Fashioned Family Fireworks Picnic

Fort Worth Botanic Garden

3220 Botanic Garden Blvd.

8 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday

$16-$46; parking $10-$20

www.fwsymphony.org

The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra throws this annual bash as part of Concerts in the Garden. There's nothing quite like fireworks accompanied by a live orchestra.

Burleson

July 4 Celebration

Hidden Creek Sports Complex

295 Hidden Creek Parkway

7:30 p.m. Sunday; fireworks begin around 9 p.m.

Free admission and parking

Critically acclaimed North Texas country-rock band Eleven Hundred Springs will kick off things with a performance that will be followed by the fireworks display.

Grapevine

Fireworks Extravaganza

Lake Grapevine

9:30 p.m. Sunday

Free

www.grapevinetexasusa.com

The sky will be lit up over Lake Grapevine for this 28th edition of the fireworks fest which, which originates from Oak Grove Park but can be seen from anywhere around the lake. Although it is free, some parks along the lake may charge admission. Fairway Drive will be closed, except to emergency vehicles, between Texas 26 East and Silveron Boulevard. Tune to KLUV-FM/98.7 (July 4) for musical accompaniment.

Mansfield

Rockin' 4th of July

Big League Dreams

500 Heritage Parkway S.

7 p.m. Sunday; fireworks begin

at 9:30 p.m.

Free admission and parking

No parking at Big League Dreams; parking and free shuttle at Newsom Stadium, Texas 360 at East Broad Street

www.mansfield-tx.gov

Live music, carnival games, bounce houses and a military appreciation will be part of the program.

North Richland Hills

Chesapeake Energy Family 4th Fireworks Show

The Hills Shopping Center

6351 Boulevard 26

9:30 p.m. Saturday

Free admission and parking

www.nrhtx.com/special_events.aspx

Concessions will be available and you can listen to KDKR/91.3 FM to hear music accompanying the fireworks.

Southlake

Stars & Stripes of Southlake

Southlake Town Square

6 p.m. Saturday; fireworks begin

at 9:30 p.m.

Free

Parking and shuttles are available at White's Chapel United Methodist Church, 185 S. White's Chapel Blvd., starting at 4 p.m.

www.starsandstripessouthlake.com

Music, games and a patriotic ceremony (broadcast from Rustin Park) will precede the big fireworks show.

Dallas County

Addison

Kaboom Town

Addison Circle Park

4970 Addison Circle Drive

5 p.m. Saturday; fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m.

Free

www.addisontexas.net

Often hailed as one of the best fireworks shows in the country by the likes of the Wall Street Journal and USA Today, Kaboom Town is a big regional draw. Preceding the fireworks will be live entertainment at 5 p.m., and after the pyrotechnical display there will be a showing of the film Ferris Bueller's Day Off.

Dallas

Fair Park Fourth-on-the-Fifth

Fair Park

1300 Robert B. Cullum Blvd.

6 p.m. Monday; fireworks begin

at 9:30 p.m.

Free; parking $10

www.fairpark.org

After much city hand-wringing about the cancellation of the annual July Fourth festivities at Fair Park, some sponsors stepped up at the last minute. Visitors will get to see the recently renovated Esplanade Fountains (going off on the half hour 6-8 p.m.) and a performance by the Dallas Wind Symphony.

Grand Prairie

Lone Stars & Stripes Celebration

Lone Star Park

1000 Lone Star Parkway

5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; fireworks begin after the races each day

$5 general admission; children 3 and younger free

www.lonestarpark.com

In addition to the ponies on the track, there will be pony rides, a petting zoo, games, bounce houses, clowns and live music both days on the Courtyard of Champions Stage from 5 to 11:30 p.m.

Denton County

Denton

4th of July Fireworks

University of North Texas

Fouts Field

2300 N. Interstate 35E

5:30 p.m. Saturday; fireworks at dusk

Free

www.dentonkiwanisclub.org/

This is the 38th year for the event, sponsored by the Denton Kiwanis Club. George Dunham & the Bird Dogs and City Folk will be providing the music. The event is free, but donations are accepted because it benefits the Denton Kiwanis Children's Clinic.

Flower Mound

Annual Independence Day

Celebration

Bakersfield Park

1201 Duncan Lane

7 p.m. Sunday; fireworks start

at 9:25 p.m.

Free admission and parking

www.flower-mound.com/independenceday/

The Walton Stout Band will perform, and there will be a rock wall, giant slide, obstacle course and bounce house to keep everyone entertained.

Cary Darling is the Star-Telegram pop culture critic, 817-390-7571.

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