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Celebrating the Fourth of July in DFW

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Posted 1:18pm on Thursday, Jul. 03, 2014

From Fort Worth to Dallas and beyond, here’s a round-up of the best places to see the rocket’s red glare this year.

Tarrant County & surrounding areas

Arlington: Made in America, Celebrating Ingenuity July 4. 9am parade starts at southeast corner of Mitchell and Cooper streets. UTA’s College Park District. 817-330-9USA. Free public parking, free open-seating bleachers, convenient restrooms, cool mist stations, and refreshments for sale. Before and after the parade, the Kids Zone will feature face-painting, games and bounce houses. UTA Radio will have music and prizes. The UT Arlington Maverick Club will organize games and activities. Find a map of free public parking and restrooms online. Award ceremony for parade floats will be at 1pm, Knapp Heritage Park, 201 W. Front St. www.arlington4th.org/

Arlington: Light Up Arlington! 6pm July 3. Levitt Pavilion, 100 W. Abram St., Arlington. Live music with American Jazz Composers Orchestra at 7:30pm and Firefall at 8:45pm. Fireworks at 9:45pm; concert continues afterward. Free admission and parking. www.levittpavilionarlington.org

Arlington: Six Flags Over Texas 4th of July Weekend Celebration Interstate 30 and Texas 360, Arlington. 817-530-6000. 10:30 am-10pm daily. Fireworks displays at night throughout the weekend. Bring in any Coca Cola product and get in an hour early ( 9:30 a.m.) www.sixflags.com

Bedford’s 4thFEST July 4, 10pm fireworks, activities all day. Bedford Boys Ranch Park, 2801 Forest Ridge Drive. The city of Bedford hosts this free celebration featuring live music, family-friendly activities, classic car show, food vendors and fireworks. Admission free. Lawn chairs, blankets, coolers and nonalcoholic beverages (no glass) permitted. Bedford Splash Aquatic Center admission is $6.50; $5.50 ages 3-17; free for ages 2 and under. $5 parking and limited shuttle service; (free for ages 3 and under), at Pennington Field, 1501 Central Dr. $20/car on-site parking (enter via eastbound Harwood); $15 at the nearby Bedford Old School and Bedford Public Library (benefiting the Friends of the Library). www.bedfordtx.gov/4thfest/

Billy Bob’s Texas: Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic July 4. Rodeo Plaza in Historic Fort Worth Stockyards. Performers include Dierks Bentley, Josh Abbott Band, Ryan Bingham and Jamey Johnson. Nelson takes the stage 11pm. Ages 17 and under must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. No chairs, umbrellas, pets or coolers. Tickets $40, $60 at the gate. 817-624-7117; www.billybobstexas.com

Denton’s Kiwanis Club 41st Annual 4th of July Fireworks July 4. Gates open 5:30pm, music 6:30pm. Fireworks at dusk. UNT Apogee Stadium. Features live music. Free, donations accepted. www.dentonkiwanisclub.org

Denton: Morning Western Swing Dance Party 10 am, July 4. Dan’s Silverleaf, 103 Industrial St., Denton. 940-320-2000. Featuring Bonnie and Nick Norris right after the parade. Free. www.danssilverleaf.com

Fort Worth: DJ Music Night July 4th Party July 4. Stagecoach Ballroom, 2516 E. Belknap St., Fort Worth. Free chili dogs with fixings, Pot Luck dinner. Dancing, DJ plus live music with Michael Cote of the 92nd Road House Band. 817-831-2261. www.stagecoachballroom.com

East Parker County: Boomin’ 4th 6-10 p.m. July 4. Gene L. Voyles Park, 210 N. Lakeshore Dr., Hudson Oaks. Fireworks 9:15 p.m. Music by Wynn Williams & the Hazers. Free. Festivities for all ages, arts & crafts, face painting, food trucks, and photo booth. Kids’ Korner, food court and vendors. Parking at the WalMart (exit 411 off of I-20) ; free shuttle 5:30-10pm. No glass containers, no smoking in park, no pop-up tents but umbrellas are allowed. 817-441-7844; www.boomin4th.com

Fort Worth Concerts in the Garden: Old-Fashioned Family Fireworks Picnic 8:15pm July 4. Fort Worth Botanic Garden. Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra with conductor Andrés Franco. Program includes marches, military salutes and fireworks show. www.fwsymphony.org/concerts

Fort Worth Downtown: Lola’s Saloon Sixth 9 p.m. July 4. 2736 W. Sixth St., Fort Worth. With Johnny Hootrock, Cowtown Syndrome, Warriors Of Terra, Svenny Baby. 817-877-0666. www.lolasfortworth.com

Fort Worth’s Fourth 2-10 p.m. July 4. Panther Island Pavilion, 395 Purcey St., Fort Worth, along the Trinity River in Trinity Uptown. 817-698-0700. Live music 6-9:30 p.m.; fireworks 10 p.m. Free family activities, music, water slide, tubing and kayaking on the Trinity River, a bounce house, mini golf and obstacle course. Bring blankets and lawn chairs. No outside coolers, food or beverages will be allowed. Vendors will sell beer, other beverages and food. www.pantherislandpavilion.com

Hurst’s 11th Annual Stars & Stripes 5-10 p.m. July 4. Hurst Community Park, 601 Precinct Line Rd., southwest corner of Precinct Line and Pipeline Roads. The children’s area will be located on the west lawn, with inflatable activities. Music starts at 5:30 pm with Le Freak at 6:45pm and the Emerald City Band at 8pm. Fireworks at 9:30pm. A free shuttle service will run from North East Mall. No pets, RVs or trailers. www.hursttx.gov

Lake Grapevine: SummerBlast July 4 Fireworks Extravaganza 9:30pm July 4. Forty-five minute extended show over the lake set to music. Show can be viewed on the rooftop of the parking garage at the Gaylord Texan Resort, as well as from parks around Lake Grapevine. www.grapevinetexasusa.com/summerblast

Lake Worth: Centennial Celebration 9-10:30 pm July 4. Fireworks display. NAS/FW JRB Marina, (east end of Lake Worth next to the dam). Schedule online. www.lakeworthcentennial.org

Southlake: Stars & Stripes July 3. Southlake Town Square. Patriotic music and fireworks; live broadcast and music on 100.7 FM. Candy art, balloon artists, gourmet food trucks and more. Fireworks at 9:30pm. Bring blankets or lawn chairs. No alcohol or pets. Shuttles begin at 4pm, from 185 S. White’s Chapel Blvd. www.visitsouthlaketexas.com/stars-stripes

Dallas & surrounding areas

Addison: KaBoom Town! 5pm - midnight, July 3. Addison Circle Park, Dos Equis Main Stage, 4970 Addison Circle Drive. 30-minute fireworks show, food, music, 100.3 JACK FM radio simulcast, children’s activities,obstacle course and more. Admission is free, but must have a ticket to enter. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Free movie follows: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. NOTE: Tickets to the Addison Circle Park watching party are no longer available, but you don’t have to miss the show. The Addison Kaboom Town! Fireworks Display and the Addison Airport Airshow can be seen from almost anywhere in the city. Dozens of Addison restaurants and hotels celebrate with watching parties and promotions including special menus, outdoor seating and entertainment . www.addisontexas.net/events/kaboomtown/

Carrollton, Operation Kindness: Celebrate the Fourth “One-Fourth Off” Pet Adoption Discount 11am - 5pm July 4-6, and noon - 7pm July 7. 3201 Earhart Dr., Carrollton. 25% off adoptions. Normal adoption fees: $110 for cats, $135 for kittens less than one year old, $160 for dogs, and $185 for puppies less than a year old. Adopt, donate or volunteer by calling 972-418-7297 or online, www.OperationKindness.org

The Colony: Liberty by the Lake July 4. Stewart Creek Park, 3700 Sparks Rd. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Events begin at 7:45 a.m. with one-mile, then 5K and 10K runs. 10 a.m. annual parade. Lone Star Action Sports - BMX Stunt Show at 5, 6:30 and 8 pm. Fireworks will be shot over Lake Lewisville and choreographed to patriotic music broadcast at the park and on 99.9 FM. www.libertybythelake.com

Dallas: Fair Park Fourth 4:30-10 p.m. July 4. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. in the Cotton Bowl. Fair Park, 1300 Robert B. Cullum Blvd. Free admission. ( 7k/4k Race in the morning.) Access to food trucks throughout Fair Park, plus free, live music and “dancing water” shows at 6 p.m. Performances by Razzmajazz Dixieland Band; Trio Grande will perform music of ZZ Top at 7 p.m. $5 midway admission beginning at noon for access to rides, games and concessions; ride and game costs vary. Texas Discovery Gardens will be open 10 a.m.-7 p.m. with annual “Red, White and Butterflies” festivities. $4 per person after 4:30 p.m. to Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park (9 a.m.-7:30 p.m.). Perot Museum at Fair Park campus will open Nature Building noon-5 p.m.; $1 admission. Parking $5 at Fair Park Gates 5, 6, 10 and 11. Gates D & E to Cotton Bowl will open at 7 p.m. Fireworks can be viewed from inside Cotton Bowl, on the midway or locations throughout Fair Park grounds. www.fairpark.org

Dallas Meyerson: Star-Spangled Spectacular! with the Dallas Wind Symphony 1 p.m. July 4. Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St., Dallas. Patriotic favorites plus “indoor fireworks” in the form of confetti canons. $15-$42. 214-565-9463; tickets@dws.org; www.dws.org

Farmers Branch: Liberty Fest Stars & Strings 6:30 -10 p.m. July 3. Gates open at 6:30 pm. Farmers Branch Historical Park, 2540 Farmers Branch Lane. Free admission. Regular & Handicap Parking located at 12300 Ford Road. Shuttles are free and will be available to/from the gate. Includes live music, concessions, pie eating contest, children’s activities, historical tours, and fireworks show at 9:30 pm. Free parking and shuttle sevice at Metro Square Business Park, 12300 Ford Rd. Lawn seating, first come - first served. Chair rentals on site for $2/chair. www.farmersbranchtx.gov

Flower Mound: Independence Fest July 4. Gates open at 5 p.m. Bakersfield Park, 1201 Duncan Ln., Flower Mound. Children’s parade from 10 a.m - 1pm at the LISD School Admin Bldg, 1900 Timber Creek Rd. Free admission, parking and concert with Kansas. Fireworks finale at 9:50pm..Vintage car show, food and drinks available for purchase, and free Kid’s Zone. No glass, alcohol, or tobacco products allowed in the park. 972-874-7275. www.flower-mound.com/festival

Frisco: Freedom Fest 4 p.m. July 4. Simpson Plaza at City Hall, 6101 Frisco Square Blvd.., Frisco. Fireworks finale at 10 p.m. Party in the Plaza features a community stage with local entertainers, a Hometown Hero exhibit, new zip-line attraction, and Children’s Expo with Euro bungees, rock climbing wall and inflatables. Hotter 'N Firecrackers 5k Run & Dachshund Race July 3, run begins at 9 a.m. $35 Race Day registration. www.friscofreedomfest.org

Garland: Star-Spangled Spectacular 4-10 p.m. July 4. Firewheel Town Center, 245 Cedar Sage Dr., Garland. Face painting, balloon art, bounce houses, strolling entertainment and more. Main Stage entertainment 7-9 p.m. Radio Disney will be on site with games and giveaways. Fireworks 9:15 p.m. Free. Bring chairs or blankets. On-site parking limited; DART transportation available. www.simon.com

Irving: Independence Day Parade and Fireworks Show July 4, 9am-noon parade. Heritage Park, 217 N. Main St., Irving. 972-721-2501. Fireworks 6-10pm at Lake Carolyn, 601 E. Las Colinas Blvd., in east Irving. Fun Zone, 6 p.m. until sunset, includes free inflatable rides, games and attractions. Food vendors and live music. Bring blanket or chair. Free admission, parking in area garages. www.irvingevents.org/

Lake Cities July 4. Lake Dallas City Park, West Hundley Drive. 214-656-4939. Cities of Corinth, Hickory Creek, Shady Shores and Lake Dallas. Live music with Eleven Hundred Springs. 9am till fireworks. Free. www.lakedallas.com/fourthofjuly.html

Lakewood “Loves the Beach” Fun Run & Parade 10 a.m. July 4. Intersection of Lakewood and Cambria boulevards in East Dallas. Participants line up by 9:15 a.m. No need to register a bike or float. . Refreshments, music and awards after. No squirt guns. www.lakewoodparade.com

Lewisville: Red, White and Lewisville 9pm July 4. Vista Ridge Mall, 2401 S. Stemmons Freeway, Lewisville. Best viewing areas are between Texas 121 and the south side of Vista Ridge Mall. The show will begin after dark. 972-219-3401. www.cityoflewisville.com

Little Elm: Seventh annual July Jubilee 5-11 p.m. July 4. Little Elm Park, 701 W. Eldorado, on the shores of Lake Lewisville. Food/merchandise vendors, live music and fireworks finale over the lake. Coolers allowed, no glass. www.littleelm.org

Lone Star Park: Lone Stars & Stripes Fireworks Celebration July 4. Lone Star Park, 1000 Lone Star Parkway, Grand Prairie. 972-263-7223. Gates open at 3pm, racing begins at 5pm. Family Fun Park for kids featuring bounce houses, pony rides, and a petting zoo. Incognito will perform between the races on the Courtyard of Champions stage. Following the last race there will be a 20-minute firework display (approx. 10pm) choreographed to music. Members of any branch of the military receive free general admission with a valid military I.D. One guest will win a brand new 2014 Ford F-150 SuperCrew Truck, entry deadline is 7:30 p.m. July 4. Stop by any participating North Texas Ford Dealership across the Metroplex through July 4 to pick up an official entry form and two free general admission passes to the Celebration. Ten (10) finalists will be given a key to try and unlock the truck’s door. The Complete list of participating locations and official rules are online. Guests can support the disabled rider fund at the Jockey Dunk Tank located in the Paddock area between the races. www.lonestarpark.com

McKinney: “Red, White and Boom” July 4. Historic Downtown McKinney. 10 a .m. parade, plus classic car, truck and cycle show 1-5 p.m.. Evening celebration 7 p.m. at McKinney Soccer Complex at Craig Ranch with music plus food available for purchase, children’s activities; fireworks at 9:45 p.m. www.mckinneytexas.org

Plano: All-American Fourth July 4. 9 a.m. parade. Route is down Independence Parkway at 15th Street, heading west to Parkhaven Drive. ( 3 p.m. music with the Plano Symphony Orchestra for Patriotic Pops at the Eisemann Center in Richardson. Ticket info online at www.planosymphony.org. ) Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. at Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve, east of U.S. 75 on Spring Creek Parkway. Picnic baskets are welcome; food also available for purchase. Parking at Collin College, First United Methodist Church Plano and Plano Centre. Music timed for fireworks show on KLAK 97.5 FM. www.visitplano.com

Richardson: Family 4th Celebration 6-10:15 p.m July 4. Fireworks at 9:45 pm. Breckinridge Park, 5300 Renner Rd., south of Renner and Brand Roads intersection, northeast Richardson. Free. Bring picnic baskets, blankets or lawn chairs. Food available from vendors for purchase. Live music at 6:15pm wtih Infinite Journey; 8:45 pm as The Richardson Community Band presents its Patriotic Salute concert. 972-744-4300. www.artsinrichardson.com

Sandy Lake Celebration July 4. Sandy Lake Amusement Park, Dallas. Pool open July 4th celebration (and July 6 forDub Splash 2014). 972-242-7449; www.sandylake.com

Waxahachie: “Pink Petals & Patriotism” Parade and Crape Myrtle Festival 10 a.m. July 4. Starts at College Street, heads west on Main Street, ends in Getzendaner Park, where there will be free hot dogs, water, old-fashioned games and bounce houses. Free. 972-937-2390; www.waxahachiechamber.com

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