Addison's Kaboom Town, taking place Wednesday, July 3, is the biggest Fourth of July celebration in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, annually drawing more than half a million people for its spectacular fireworks display.
As you can imagine, that number of people in such a small area can cause a few headaches, so Addison is taking steps toward crowd control.
Attendance at Addison Circle Park, the largest open area closest to the fireworks display, will be limited for the first time in the event's history. Officials estimate that as many as 50,000 people packed the park in past years, so in order to make things more comfortable, they're going to start denying entry once the crowd reaches 30,000 or so.
Consequently, visitors are encouraged to arrive as early as possible to ensure a spot. Gates will open at noon, with entertainment starting at 5 pm. Also, even though bags and coolers are allowed, visitors are encouraged not to bring them to expedite entry into the park. All bags and coolers will all be searched, meaning those who arrive without will be able to get into the park much more quickly.
If you'd rather not battle the mass of humanity at the celebration's hub, there will be a number of watch parties around Addison. Among others, restaurants like BJ's Brewhouse and McFadden's will have their own party atmosphere, while the nearby Intercontinental Hotel offers a higher-up look at the show.
The free Kaboom Town also features an air show at Addison Airport, which is also where the fireworks are launched. There are a variety of entertainment options for the lucky ones who are able to get into Addison Circle Park, including music from Dallas Wind Symphony and Emerald City Band.