Celebrating the Fourth of July around Dallas-Fort Worth is easy, as the wealth of celebrations big and small leads to an embarrassment of riches when it comes to event choices. We've rounded up the biggest and best ones for your oohing — er, viewing — pleasure.
Saturday, July 2
Concerts in the Garden: Old-Fashioned Family Fireworks Picnic
The combination of fireworks and patriotic live music played by an orchestra is one that can't be beat, and that's what you get at the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra's annual Old-Fashioned Family Fireworks Picnic at Fort Worth Botanic Garden. Luckily, you get not one, not two, but three chances to experience the thrill, as the event takes place each night through July 4.
Sunday, July 3
Addison’s most explosive party of the year, Kaboom Town! features dazzling fireworks choreographed to music, plus food, Cavanaugh Flight Museum’s historic warbird flyovers, bands, and more. The celebration is city-wide, with a party in Addison Circle Park and watch parties at many of Addison’s 180-plus restaurants and 22 hotels. The 30-minute-long fireworks show is among the best in the nation, and is simulcast on 100.3 JACK-FM. Afterwards, while area traffic calms, attendees are invited to remain in Addison Circle Park for a concert by the Party Machine.
Lone Star Park presents Lone Stars & Stripes Fireworks Celebration
The annual Lone Stars & Stripes Fireworks Celebration at Lone Star Park features two nights of spectacular fireworks, on July 3 and 4. Kids can enjoy the Family Fun Park featuring pony rides, a petting zoo, obstacle course, zip line, bounce houses, face painters, tattoo artists, and much more. Music lovers can enjoy live music by Vegas Stars between the races. Following the last race each night is a spectacular, 20-minute firework display choreographed to music.
Monday, July 4
Fair Park Fourth
Celebrate America with a day of family fun in Fair Park at the City of Dallas' official Independence Day celebration. The event features free fireworks sponsored by Oncor, with the best seating in the Cotton Bowl, although the show is visible from around Fair Park. The Midway is going to be open, and Dallas Winds is performing a free concert.
Firewheel Town Center Star Spangled Spectacular
Firewheel Town Center, in conjunction with the City of Garland, celebrates our nation’s independence with a full afternoon of family fun during Star Spangled Spectacular. Families enjoy face-painting, bounce houses, games, and Food Truck Alley. Additionally, 92.1 Hank FM Party Patrol will be onsite with games, live music, and even more fun. The event culminates with a patriotic fireworks display at 9:15 pm.
Fort Worth's Fourth
Fort Worth’s Fourth is a free family event at Panther Island Pavilion that includes activities such as zip lines, bounce houses, water slides, and more. There's also live music, tubing, and the biggest fireworks show in North Texas. Aquafly flyboard shows feature riders performing tricks on what can only be described as water-fueled jetpacks. These high-flying daredevils are guaranteed to make the audience’s hearts stop with stunts only seen in the movies.
Denton Kiwanis Club Fireworks Show
Viewing fireworks from inside a stadium is always a bonus, because it comes with built-in seats. Dentonites don't have to travel to the Cotton Bowl for that privilege, as the Denton Kiwanis Club once again is putting on a great, free display at UNT's Apogee Stadium, preceded by a performance by Raised Right Men.
July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza at Lake Grapevine
With lake levels back to normal, you can go back to enjoying the fireworks show at Lake Grapevine at any of the lakeside parks. The event officially takes place at Oak Grove Park, and the 26-minute show is set to patriotic music that can be downloaded at www.GrapevineTexasUSA.com/Summer.
Plano's All-American Fourth Fireworks Show
At Plano's annual Fourth of July celebration at Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve, you can grab a bite to eat at food trucks stationed at the nearby Collin College and enjoy music pumped out by a DJ before settling down to take in a fireworks display that rivals any of the others around the area. Make sure to bring a blanket or lawn chair to be comfortable on the grass, and then tune in to 97.5 KLAK for a simulcast of music to which the show is choreographed.