Guide to Fourth of July in Dallas–Fort Worth: Events and Fireworks

Parades, Barbecues, Festivals, and Fireworks

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When it comes to the Fourth of July Dallas–Fort Worth celebrates this American holiday with Texas-style bigness. This time of year is a perfect time to visit this patriotic city and celebrate America's birthday. In and around the cities of Dallas and Fort Worth, dozens of Independence Day celebrations are planned, all topped off with spectacular fireworks displays. From parades to concerts to barbecues, you're sure to get your patriotism and fireworks fix at one of these Fourth of July events in the Dallas–Fort Worth area.

Many of these events have been altered or canceled in 2020. Check the websites of the organizers for more information.

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Addison: Kaboom Town!

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In 2020, the show is still on for July 3, but the watch party will be online. The fireworks will go off in an undisclosed location and spectators can watch the display on a live stream. The show begins at 9:30 p.m.

Kaboom Town! produces one of the country's top fireworks displays. See the air show, listen to the Dallas Wind Symphony, and hit the carnival rides. The best place to watch the fireworks is in the midway area or you can view them at one of the many watch parties at area restaurants. After the fireworks display, stick around for a concert.

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Allen: Market Street Allen USA Celebration

This event has been canceled for 2020.

The City of Allen usually keeps its annual tradition of being "First to the Fourth" by kicking off Independence Day festivities on June 30. This festival focuses on the military and includes military vehicles on display and a military salute. It also boasts one of the largest fireworks displays in Texas. Attractions include sports competitions, line dancing, dinosaur animatronic exhibits, kids' crafts, a water playground, and live music.

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Arlington: Six Flags Over Texas' July 4th Fest

On July 4, you can partake in roller coasters, carnival food, live entertainment, and a nightly patriotic foam dance party at Six Flags Over Texas. The park is ready to open for Summer 2020 and the Fourth of July celebrations. From July 2 to 4, you can catch the star-spangled "A Tribute to America" show at the Music Mill Amphitheater or attend the All-American dance party. The park has implemented new safety measures for 2020, such as health screenings, enforced social distancing, but most notably, you will have to make your reservation to attend the park ahead of time and watch a video going over the new procedures.

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Arlington: Texas Rangers Baseball

Major League Baseball (MLB) has suspended all baseball games for 2020. In a typical year, you could celebrate July Fourth watching the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park. After the game, stick around for the fireworks display—because what's more American than baseball?

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Bedford: 4thFEST

This event has been canceled for 2020.

The City of Bedford usually celebrates Independence Day with 4thFEST, a free celebration featuring live music, a variety of themed family-friendly activities, a classic car show, carnival food, a salute to soldiers, and, of course, the spectacular fireworks show when the sun goes down.

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Dallas: Fair Park Fourth

This event has been canceled for 2020.

Each year, you can count on Fair Park as the place to enjoy live music, patriotic performances, water activities, rides, games, museums, kids' activities, and food trucks within the State Fair of Texas Midway. If you can't make it to the fireworks display in Dallas, tune in to WFAA-TV Channel 8 at 9 p.m. Fireworks are free but access to the State Fair Midway requires an admission fee.

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Denton: Kiwanis Club Annual July 4th Fireworks Show

This event has been canceled for 2020.

The Kiwanis Club annually hosts this celebration featuring live music, concessions, children's activities, and an awesome array of fireworks that light up the sky. Event proceeds help fund youth services such as the Denton Kiwanis Club Children's Clinic.

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Farmers Branch: Independence Day Celebration

The Farmers Branch celebration hosts patriotic festivities featuring a dance band, kids' zone with a bounce house, and more family-friendly fun. Food includes barbecue along with carnival favorites. Save room for Uncle Willie's award-winning pies, cakes, cookies, ​and brownies. Outside food and non-alcoholic beverages are allowed. Get there early, because gates close when the park reaches capacity.

For 2020, the event will be relocated to Brookhaven College campus and the organizers are taking safety precautions in addition to encouraging social distancing. The number of attendees will be capped and there will be no live band, concessions, or children's play area.

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Flower Mound: Independence Fest

This event has been canceled for 2020.

The Town of Flower Mound usually presents Independence Fest, which kicks off with a children's parade and finishes with a fantastic fireworks finale. Each year typically features highlight entertainment, for example in 2019 that was the Bret Michaels Unbroken World Tour. Activities generally include a vintage car show, kids' zone with bounce houses, face painting, and concessions.

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Fort Worth: Fort Worth's Fourth

Fort Worth's Fourth takes place at Panther Island Pavilion along the Trinity River and features North Texas' biggest fireworks display. The fireworks are still on for 2020, but there will be no festival, which typically includes the event's signature live music, pony rides, tubing, zip-lining, water slides, an F-16 flyover, and a local band competition.

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Fort Worth: Symphony Orchestra's Old-Fashioned Family Fireworks Picnic

These concerts have been canceled for 2020.

You can typically celebrate Independence Day at one of Fort Worth's favorite traditions. Pack a picnic and come to hear the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. These concerts are popular, so reserve a table or buy general admission lawn tickets soon.

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Hurst: Stars & Stripes

This event has been canceled for 2020.

The City of Hurst is always proud to present its annual Independence Day celebration at Hurst Community Park. Activities typically include face painting, inflatables, live music, and food courts.

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Irving: Independence Day Parade, Reception, and Fireworks

In 2020, this parade has been canceled and the fireworks will be virtual, highlighting moments from previous years and featuring a special message from the mayor. Check the city website for more details.

Usually, you can join the City of Irving for its annual two-part Independence Day celebration. At 9 a.m., its award-winning parade begins in the Heritage District. Following the parade, a reception lasts until noon at Heritage Park and features live music and children's activities. Finish the day at Lake Carolyn at 6 p.m. for the evening festivities. You'll find food vendors, live music, a kids' fun zone, and a 20-minute fireworks display at 9:30 p.m.

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Lake Grapevine: July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza

In 2020, Lake Grapevine will continue its annual Fourth of July fireworks display, which starts at 9:30 p.m. Be prepared for a spectacular fireworks show, which can be viewed from any lakeside location as well as several other spots throughout Grapevine. Suggested viewing areas include Oak Grove Park, Scott's Landing Marina, Katie's Woods Park, Lakeview Park, Rockledge Park, Silver Lake Park, and Acorn Woods Park.

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Lewisville: Red, White, and Lewisville

This event has been canceled for 2020.

Lewisville typically hosts its Red, White, and Lewisville concert and fireworks display for the Fourth of July. The event usually features live music, carnival activities, and a farmers market. Food vendors will serve up barbecue fare, shaved ice, and ice cream.

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Little Elm: July Jubilee

While this celebration is still scheduled for 2020, organizers note that it will be "different than previous years" and encourage attendees to check their website for updates.

On the shores of Lake Lewisville, the Town of Little Elm hosts its annual Independence Day Celebration, July Jubilee. This family-oriented celebration will include food and merchandise vendors, live music, and kids' activities. The evening concludes with a spectacular fireworks display over the lake.

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McKinney: Red, White, and BOOM!

The City of McKinney usually kicks off its Red, White, and BOOM! celebration with a parade at 10 a.m. followed by a block party and classic car show in historic downtown. In 2020, however, the town will organize a patriotic drive-thru parade, which will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. Prizes will be awarded for the best-decorated cars and floats.

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Plano: All-American Fourth Fireworks

The City of Plano usually hosts this Fourth of July celebration featuring food trucks, kid's activities, a DJ starting at 7:30 p.m., and fireworks. In 2020, the city will only provide a fireworks show with no activities. However, the display will still be accompanied by patriotic music simulcast on radio station 97.5 KLAK. Attendees are encouraged to check the city website for suggested viewing spots.

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Richardson: Family 4th Celebration

This event has been canceled for 2020.

The City of Richardson usually presents its annual Family 4th Celebration at Breckinridge Park, which features a 10-acre lake and plenty of picnic areas. Live music includes the city's community band performing a patriotic salute. Kids will want to check out the bounce houses and climbing wall.

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The Colony: Liberty by the Lake

The festival portion of this event has been canceled for 2020, but the fireworks show will still take place in the evening at 9:30. See the city website for more details.

The annual Liberty by the Lake festivities usually begins with a one-mile fun run followed by 5K and 10K runs, a parade, and activities like a BMX stunt show, dog show, science show, and a watermelon-eating contest. For kids, the Family Fun Zone features obstacle courses, train rides, face painting, and bounce houses. Fireworks will be set to patriotic music that can also be heard on 99.9 FM.

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Grand Prairie: Lone Stars & Stripes Celebration at Lone Star Park

An aerial view of the track at Lone Star Park, in Grand Prairie, Texas.
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This event has been canceled for 2020.

Bring the family to the horse races at Lone Star Park for its Lone Stars & Stripes Celebration. Kids will enjoy the Family Fun Park featuring bounce houses, pony rides, and a petting zoo. A live band will play between races on the Courtyard of Champions stage. After the last race, stick around for the firework display choreographed to music. 

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Frisco: Frisco Freedom Fest

This event will take place on July 3 and 4, 2020 with some safety changes, which will be posted to the organizer's website.

Party in the Plaza festivities will feature even more of all the family favorites of the past including a community stage and a children's expo. The expo includes hamster ball races, zip lines, rock climbing, and bungees. The hometown heroes exhibit honors Frisco's finest men and women of the fire and police departments along with the equipment used to keep the community safe. The Taste of Frisco dishes up fare from local food vendors. 

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