With the 4th of July falling on a Thursday this year, Independence Day celebrations around Dallas-Fort Worth will last for almost a week, as different cities in the area will be holding events nearly every day between June 29 and July 5. We've rounded up the biggest and best ones for your oohing — er, viewing — pleasure.
Saturday, June 29
Celebrate Freedom Festival
The Celebrate Freedom Festival, taking place at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, will feature performances by Christian bands such as For King & Country, Mandisa, We Are Messengers, Micah Taylor, Austin French, and Pat Barrett. There will be a massive fireworks show at the end of the event. Tickets are free and available for download on the 94.9 KLTY mobile app beginning on June 17.
Klyde Warren Park presents Independence Day Celebration
Guests can celebrate Independence Day a few days early at Klyde Warren Park by sampling cold treats from more than a dozen vendors, and enjoying contests, live music, games, and other fun family activities. Wrap up the evening with a concert by the U.S. Army’s 36th Infantry Division Band and a spectacular pyrotechnic display on the Park’s East Lawn.
Sunday, June 30
Viridian presents Stars and Stripes Celebration
Viridian’s annual salute to Independence Day will feature free concerts by Lily Harvey, The Shane Bell Band, and Live 80. Also planned are a pop-up market, bounce houses, food trucks, and a silent auction that will benefit Nehemiah Builds. The Arlington event concludes with fireworks over the lake.
Wednesday, July 3
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra presents Concerts in the Garden: Old-Fashioned Family Fireworks Picnic
The combination of fireworks and patriotic music played live 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 two chances to experience the thrill, as the event takes place on both July 3 and 4.
Light Up Arlington
Arlington's annual Fourth of July festival features live entertainment, fun for the kids, food and general vendors, and a ginormous fireworks display right in the middle of Downtown Arlington. There will also be a concert featuring Donovan Keith and The Voice finalist Hannah Kirby at Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts.
Addison Kaboom Town
Every year, half a million guests celebrate at Addison Kaboom Town. The event is citywide, with the main party at Addison Circle Park; watch parties at many of Addison’s restaurants and 23 hotels; and the Addison Airport Air Show, which can be seen from anywhere in town. The 30-minute fireworks show is among the best in the nation, simulcast on 100.3 JACK-FM. Afterwards, while area traffic calms, attendees can stay in Addison Circle Park as Emerald City Band takes the stage to entertain the masses.
Red White & Boom on the Bridge
Red White & Boom on the Bridge, presented by the City of Dallas and 98.7 K-LUV, returns for another year. It features live music, family activities, and plenty of great food along the Ronald Kirk Bridge, The Felix Lozada Sr. Gateway, and the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge. The evening will end with fireworks over the Dallas skyline.
Granbury Chamber of Commerce presents Granbury 4th of July
Granbury's Fourth of July celebration takes place over the course of four days, starting with the D&D Rockin' Rods Car Show on July 3. That's followed by a parade around the Historic Granbury Square, rodeo, concert, and fireworks on July 4, Battle of the Bands on July 5, and a free Concert in the Park on July 6. Vendors will be in the square all day long July 4-6.
Thursday, July 4
Fort Worth's Fourth
Fort Worth’s Fourth is a full day of free family fun at Panther Island Pavilion on the Trinity River. The celebration also includes live music from Poo Live Crew and Party Machine Band, Hydroflight Team Show performances throughout the day, a kids zone, tubing, and more. Plus when the sun goes down, spectators are treated to the largest fireworks show in North Texas, coordinated with music on 95.9 The Ranch.
Grapevine presents 36th Annual July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza
The annual 4th of July celebration in Grapevine has a reputation as one of the best fireworks shows around. Multiple viewing points for the show over Lake Grapevine include Acorn Woods Park, Oak Grove Park, Katie's Woods Park, Rockledge Park, and the top floor of the Gaylord Texan parking garage.
Lone Star Park presents Lone Stars & Stripes Fireworks Celebration
The Lone Stars & Stripes Fireworks Celebration at Lone Star Park on July 4 and 5 features live horse racing, live music by Vegas Stars, and an expanded Family Fun Park with bounce houses, face painters, tattoo artists, pony rides, a petting zoo, and more. After the races conclude each night, there will be a world class fireworks show choreographed to music.
City of Irving presents Independence Day Celebration
The City of Irving will present its annual two-part celebration of America’s independence. There will be a wide variety of activities throughout the day, including an award-winning parade and community reception at Heritage Park from 9 am to noon, and an evening festival with fireworks display at Lake Carolyn from 6-10 pm.
Dallas Heritage Village presents Old Fashioned Fourth
Not every Fourth of July event includes fireworks. At Dallas Heritage Village's Old Fashioned Fourth, guests are encouraged to dress in red, white, and blue, and bring a picnic basket to celebrate our nation’s past. Guests can explore the Village and chat with costumed characters, and bring a wagon, decorate it at the craft station, and be a part of the All-Join-In-Parade at noon. They can also test their modern skills against a variety of Victorian era games, including the Junior Historian Carnival and its famous stick pony race.
Fair Park Fourth
You can get some State Fair of Texas action by attending Fair Park Fourth, where rides, games, and concessions are open along the Midway. Visitors can also take in Fair Park's museums, historic art and architecture, family activities, concerts, and more. It all leads up to the fireworks display once the sun sets, viewable from the Cotton Bowl or anywhere in Fair Park.
Frisco Freedom Fest
Frisco Freedom Fest is composed of a variety of events, including Party in the Plaza at Simpson Plaza with local dancers, singers, and bands, a Children's Expo complete with jump houses, face painting, strolling entertainers and games, and the Hometown Hero Exhibit; Taste of Frisco, showcasing multiple Frisco restaurants; and a fireworks show. FC Dallas is also taking on DC United at Toyota Stadium that night, with fireworks following the match.
Castle Hills presents July 4th Freedom Festival
The annual Castle Hills 4th of July Freedom Festival celebrates its 21st year with a day of family-friendly activities, music, food trucks, and a fireworks display. Taking place at Castle Hills Village Shops & Plaza in Lewisville, it will feature a giant inflatable obstacle course, bounce houses, face painters, and a balloon artist, as well as a DJ at Lake Avalon. There is also a neighborhood parade earlier in the day.
Denton Kiwanis Club 4th of July Fireworks Show
Since 1972, the Denton Kiwanis Club has presented the 4th of July Fireworks Show. For the eighth year in a row, the event takes place at UNT's Apogee Stadium. Prior to the fireworks, there's a children’s activity area and live entertainment. Fireworks start at 9:30 pm. The event is technically free, but there is a $10 charge to park in the surrounding parking lots, with proceeds benefiting the youth services that the Kiwanis Club supports.