Dallas–Forth Worth celebrates July Fourth as only Texans can — in a big way — so if you're planning a visit this time of year, you've picked the perfect place to celebrate the Fourth. 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 fireworks fix at one of these Fourth of July events in the DFW area.
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What: Kaboom Town! produces one of the country's top fireworks displays. See the air show, listen to the Dallas Wind Symphony and take some 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.
When: July 3 at 5 p.m. Fireworks start at 9:30 p.m.
Where: Addison Circle Park, 4970 Addison Circle Drive, Addison, TX 75001
Cost: Free but space is limited
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What: The City of Allen keeps its annual tradition of being "First to the Fourth" by kicking off Independence Day festivities on June 24. 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, giant Jenga, dinosaur animatronic exhibits, kids' crafts, a water playground and live music.
When: June 24 at 4 p.m. Fireworks start at 10:05 p.m.
Where: Celebration Park, 701 Angel Parkway, Allen, TX 75002
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What: Enjoy roller coasters, carnival food, live entertainment from the Just Dance competition and a nightly patriotic foam dance party at this large amusement park.
When: July 2 - 4 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Where: Six Flags Over Texas, 2201 Road to Six Flags, Arlington, TX 76011
Cost: $54.99 advance online tickets or $74.99 at the park. Bring a Coca-Cola can to gain early admission and get $21 off the ticket price.
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What: What's more American than baseball? Celebrate July Fourth watching the Texas Rangers take on the Boston Red Sox. After the game, stick around for the fireworks display.
When: July 4 at 7:05 p.m.
Where: Globe Life Park, 1000 Ballpark Way, Arlington, TX 76011
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What: Spend the Fourth of July with country music legend Willie Nelson at his annual Independence Day concert. Willie has hosted this music-filled event since 1973. This year features two stages of music with performances by Sheryl Crow, Kacey Musgraves, Jamey Johnson, Steve Earle & the Dukes and more.
When: July 4 at 11 a.m.
Where: Austin 360 Amphitheater at Circuit of the Americas Racetrack, 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd., Austin, TX 78617
Cost: General admission lawn tickets start at $39.50. Purchase tickets here.
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What: The City of Bedford 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, a spectacular fireworks show when the sun goes down.
When: July 4 at noon. Fireworks start at 10 p.m.
Where: Boys Ranch Park, 2801 Forest Ridge Drive, Bedford, TX 76021
Cost: Free but the Splash Aquatic Center and InflataFUN area charge admission.
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What: Enjoy live music, patriotic performances, water activities, rides, games and food trucks within the State Fair of Texas Midway. Throughout the afternoon, music will be performed by the jazz- and New Orleans-style Razzmajazz Dixieland Band. Other attractions in Fair Park that are open on July 4 include Texas Discovery Gardens, Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park and the African American Museum. If you can't make it to the fireworks display, tune in to WFAA-TV Channel 8 at 9 p.m.
When: July 4 from noon to 11 p.m. Fireworks start at 9:45 p.m.
Where: Fair Park, 1300 Robert B. Cullum Blvd., Dallas, TX 75210
Cost: Fireworks are free but access to the State Fair Midway is $5 in advance and $7 at the gate.
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What: The Kiwanis Club hosts this celebration featuring live music starting at 7 p.m., 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.
When: July 4 at 6 p.m. Fireworks start at 9:30 p.m.
Where: Apogee Stadium at University of North Texas, 1251 S. Bonnie Brae St., Denton, TX 76207
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What: The Farmers Branch celebration hosts a patriotic celebration 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.
When: July 3 at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Farmers Branch Historical Park, 2540 Farmers Branch Lane, Farmers Branch, 75234
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Flower Mound: Independence Fest
What: The Town of Flower Mound presents Independence Fest, which kicks off with a children's parade and finishes with a fantastic fireworks finale. This year's highlight is a free concert by Grammy-nominated country duo Brothers Osborne. Activities include a vintage car show, kids' zone with bounce houses, face painting and concessions.
Note: There's no onsite parking.
When: July 4 at 5 p.m. Fireworks start at 9:50 p.m.
Where: Bakersfield Park, 1201 Duncan Lane, Flower Mound, TX 75028. The parade starts at the Lewisville ISD School Administration Building at 1800 Timber Creek Road.
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What: Fort Worth's Fourth takes place at Panther Island Pavilion along the Trinity River and features the city's biggest fireworks display. Attractions include live music, pony rides, tubing, ziplining, water slides, an F-16 flyover and a local band competition.
When: July 4 at 2 p.m. Fireworks start at 10 p.m.
Where: 395 Purcey St., Fort Worth, Texas 76102
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What: Celebrate Independence day at one of Fort Worth's favorite traditions. Pack a picnic and come to hear the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra perform patriotic pieces conducted by the award-winning Miguel Harth-Bedoya. These concerts are popular, so reserve a table or buy general admission lawn tickets soon.
When: July 2 to 4 at 8:15 p.m. Fireworks start after the concert.
Where: Fort Worth Botanic Garden, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76107
Cost: $25 and up. Advance tickets and parking passes are available on its website.Continue to 13 of 25 below.
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Frisco: Frisco Freedom Fest
What: 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. At 7:30 p.m. Dallas FC takes on D.C. United in a soccer match across the street Toyota Stadium.
When: July 4 at 4 p.m. Soccer match starts at 7:30 p.m.; fireworks start at approximately 10 p.m. following the soccer game.
Where: Simpson Plaza at City Hall, 6101 Frisco Square Blvd., Frisco, TX 75034
Cost: Free. Get ticket information for the soccer match here.
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Grand Prairie: Lone Stars & Stripes Celebration at Lone Star Park
What: 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 20-minute firework display choreographed to music.
When: July 3 and 4 at 3 p.m. First live race starts at 5 p.m.
Where: Lone Star Park, 1000 Lone Star Pkwy., Grand Prairie, TX 75050
Cost: Visit the website for ticket information.
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What: The City of Hurst is proud to present its annual Independence Day celebration at Hurst Community Park. Activities include face painting, inflatables, live music and two food courts.
When: July 4 at 5 p.m. Fireworks start at 9:30 p.m.
Where: Hurst Community Park, 601 Precinct Line Road, Hurst, TX 76053
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Irving: Independence Day Parade, Reception and Fireworks
What: 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.
When: July 4
Parade: 9 a.m. to noon
Reception: 10 a.m. to noon
Fireworks: 9:30 p.m.
Parade: Sowers Road at Irving Boulevard in the Irving Heritage District
Reception: Heritage Park, 217 S. Main St., Irving, TX 75039
Fireworks: Lake Carolyn, 601 E. Las Colinas Blvd., Irving, TX 75039
Cost: Both events are free.Continue to 17 of 25 below.
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What: Lake Grapevine continues its annual July Fourth 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.
When: July 4. Fireworks start at 9:30 p.m.
Where: Grapevine Lake
Cost: Admission is free at most viewing locations. Some parks and businesses along Lake Grapevine may charge admission. A parking fee may also be charged.
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What: Activities at this annual family-friendly event include games, rides, bounce houses, a water slide, face painters and live music. Food trucks will be there, but you can also get food at the Village Shops restaurants. Get there early to claim your fireworks viewing spot on the lawn along Lake Avalon.
When: July 4 at 5:30 p.m. Fireworks start at 9:30 p.m.
Where: Castle Hill Village Shops & Plaza, 2520 King Arthur Blvd., Lewisville, TX 75056
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What: Come to Lewisville for its Red, White and Lewisville concert and fireworks display. Musical artists include an R&B band, Tom Petty cover band and country music singer Abbi Walker. The event features carnival activities and a farmers market. Food vendors will serve up barbecue, shaved ice and ice cream.
When: July 4 from 4 to 10 p.m. Fireworks start at 9:30 p.m.
Where: Wayne Ferguson Plaza, 150 W. Church St., Lewisville, TX 75057
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Little Elm: July Jubilee
What: On the shores of Lake Lewisville, the Town of Little Elm will host 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.
fun things for kids, vendors, and live music
When: July 4 at 5 p.m. Fireworks start at 9 p.m.
Where: Little Elm Park, 701 W. Eldorado Pkwy., Little Elm, TX 75068
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McKinney: Red, White and BOOM!
What: The City of McKinney 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. Evening festivities resume at the McKinney Soccer Complex at Craig Ranch with music, food, kids’ activities and a fireworks display.
When: July 4. Downtown parade at 10 a.m. Fireworks start at 9:45 p.m.
Where: McKinney Soccer Complex at Craig Ranch, 6375 Collin McKinney Pkwy., McKinney, TX 75070
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Plano: All-American Fourth Fireworks
What: The City of Plano hosts this Fourth of July celebration featuring food trucks, a DJ starting at 7:30 p.m and fireworks. The display begins at 9:30 p.m. and is accompanied by patriotic music simulcast on radio station 97.5 KLAK.
When: July 4 from 5 to 11 p.m. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
Where: Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve, 2801 E. Spring Creek Pkwy., Plano, TX 75074
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What: The City of Richardson presents its annual Family 4th Celebration at Breckinridge Park, which features a 10-acre lake a plenty of picnic areas. Live music includes the city's community band performing a patriotic salute. Kids will want to play in the bounce houses, fire truck slide and climbing wall. Concessions will also be available.
When: July 4 at 6 p.m. Fireworks start at 9:30 p.m.
Where: Breckinridge Park, 3555 Brand Road, Richardson, TX 75082
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Southlake: Stars & Stripes
What: Southlake's Independence Day party takes place in several parks in the Southlake Town Square area. The Southlake Community Band begins the celebration with a patriotic performance in Family Park. You'll also find country, swing and party bands at various parks. Kid-friendly attractions include crafts, inflatables, balloon artists, a trampoline and candy art. Some of the best viewing spots for fireworks are at Frank Edgar Cornish, IV Park, McPherson Park and Park Village.
When: July 3 at 6 p.m. Fireworks start at 9:30 p.m.
Where: Southlake Town Square, 1560 E. Southlake Blvd., Southlake, TX 76092
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What: The annual Liberty by the Lake festivities begin at 7:45 a.m. with a one-mile fun run followed by 5K and 10K runs. The annual parade starts at 10 a.m. Festivities start back up at 4 p.m. and include a BMX stunt show, magic show, interactive percussion show, tumbleweed-crossing performances, a salsa competition and a watermelon-eating contest. If you have kids, head to the Family Fun Zone, which features obstacle courses, train rides, face painting and bounce houses. At 9:30 p.m., the fireworks show starts and will be set to patriotic music that can also be heard on 99.9 FM.
When: July 1 at 4 p.m. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
Where: Stewart Creek Park, 3700 Sparks Road, The Colony, TX 75056