DFW Style: 4th of July Fireworks Events For The Entire Family

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    We all love a good fireworks display and it is a great time to spend time with your family. After the backyard cookout pack up the family and check out a good fireworks display. Here is a list of a few our favorite happenings. No matter where you live in the Metroplex there is plenty of locations to pick from. First it is billed as the City of Dallas’ official Independence Day celebration, The MetroPCS Fair Park Fourth will feature fireworks from inside the historic Cotton Bowl, a Dallas Wind Symphony patriotic performance, reduced admission to Fair Park’s museums from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m., “dancing water” shows at the Esplanade Fountain, carnival games and more from 4:30 – 10 p.m. on Wednesday, July 4. Admission is free.

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    Arlington Community Band and Celebration Chorale Concerts
    First United Methodist Church, 313 N. Center St.
    7 p.m. Sunday; free

    Levitt Pavilion, 100 W. Abram St.
    7:30 p.m. Tuesday; free
    On the steps of Arlington City Hall, 101 W. Abram St.
    9 a.m. Wednesday; free
    All concerts: 817-467-0158; arlingtoncommunityband.org

    Three days of marches and patriotic music at different locations. Includes singers from First Baptist Church, First Christian Church, First Presbyterian Church, First United Methodist Church, New World United Methodist Church and Rush Creek Christian Church.

    Light Up Arlington
    Downtown Arlington
    6 p.m. Tuesday; free

    Music from Pure Prairie League, the Spazmatics, the Heather Roberts Band and Arlington Community Band at Levitt Pavilion; fireworks at 9:45 p.m. There will also be a children’s area and vendors.

    47th annual Arlington 4th of July Parade
    Downtown/University of Texas at Arlington area (route map online); after-picnic at Knapp Heritage Park, 201 W. Front St.
    9 a.m. Wednesday, free; after-picnic and awards at 1 p.m.
    817-330-9872; www.arlington4th.org

    If you’d rather skip the night crowds, try this long-running parade, one of the state’s biggest.

    4th of July Fireworks Extravaganza
    Arlington Highlands
    7 p.m. Wednesday; free
    Go for the free snow cones (first 3,000 folks between 7 and 9 p.m.), stay for the music by Chant and the fireworks at 9:30 p.m.


    4thFest Independence Day Celebration
    Bedford Boys Ranch Park, 2801 Forest Ridge Drive
    Noon Wednesday; free
    Admission to the adjacent Splash Aquatic Center is $6.50, $5.50 for children under 18 and free ages 2 and under; parking/shuttle $4 at Pennington Field, 1501 Central Drive. Limited on-site parking $15; at the Bedford Public Library, $10
    The daylong event includes music, bounce houses, food and fireworks.


    Red, White and Sousa
    The Village at Colleyville
    Main Street and Colleyville Boulevard
    8 p.m. Friday; free
    The Vocal Majority Chorus will perform the works of John Philip Sousa as well as patriotic songs. There will also be a gourmet food park.

    Fort Worth

    Concerts in the Garden: Old-Fashioned Family Fireworks Picnic
    Fort Worth Botanic Garden, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd.
    8:15 p.m. Monday-Wednesday; tickets start at $16
    817-665-6000; www.fwsymphony.org
    The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra (with Andrés Franco conducting) plays patriotic music culminating with a fireworks show. Gates open at 6:30 p.m.

    Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic
    Billy Bob’s Texas, 2520 Rodeo Plaza
    Noon Wednesday; $35 in advance, $45 at gate
    817-624-7117; www.billybobstexas.com

    Nelson brings his annual all-day indoor/outdoor concert back to the Stockyards. Acts include Johnny Bush, Asleep at the Wheel and Billy Joe Shaver.

    Fort Worth’s Fourth
    Panther Island Pavilion, 1098 W. Peach St.
    4:30 p.m. Wednesday; free
    Back in Black (an AC/DC cover band), food trucks, bounce houses, tubing, kayaking, horseback rides, jet ski shows and a levee slide; fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

    Stockyards Fourth of July Celebration

    Fort Worth Stockyards
    11 a.m. July 7; free
    A daytime, family-themed Independence Day event.

    Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Competition
    Curly’s, 4017 Camp Bowie
    11 a.m. Wednesday; free
    This is the second annual event with the high school division kicking off at 11 a.m. and the grand masters open division starting at 11:30 a.m.

    Lake Grapevine

    9:30 p.m. Wednesday; free (some parks along the lake may charge admission)

    Viewing from most spots around the lake. Fairway Drive, between Texas 26 East and Silveron Boulevard, will be closed starting at 9 p.m.

    Rockin’ 4th of July
    Big League Dreams Sports Park, 500 Heritage Parkway S.
    7 p.m. Tuesday; free
    Family activities, military appreciation, carnival games and music from Poo Live Crew; fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

    North Richland Hills/Haltom City
    Family 4th Fireworks Show
    ATI Career Training Center, 6351 Boulevard 26, North Richland Hills
    Wiley G. Thomas Coliseum, 6108 Broadway Ave., Haltom City
    9:30 p.m. Wednesday; free


    Stars & Stripes
    Southlake Town Square
    6 p.m. Tuesday; free
    Frank Cornish Park, McPherson Park and Rustin Pavilion will be the site for music and jugglers; fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

    Dallas County

    Kaboom Town!
    Addison Circle Park, 4970 Addison Circle Drive
    5 p.m.-midnight Tuesday; free
    The Cavanaugh Flight Museum Warbird Flyover and music from Emerald City Band complement this nationally recognized fireworks event.


    Old-Fashioned Fourth
    Dallas Heritage Village, Old City Park, 1515 S. Harwood St.
    11 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday; $9, $7 seniors 65+, $5 children 4-12, free for children under 4 and Heritage Village members
    Attendees will see how Dallasites celebrated the holiday between 1840 and 1910. The Prairie House food truck will be on site, along with traditional carnival games and such vintage games as horseshoes and croquet.

    Fair Park Fourth

    Cotton Bowl
    4:30-10 p.m. Wednesday; free, parking $10
    214-421-9600; www.fairpark.org
    The Dallas Wind Symphony performs at 8 p.m. in front of the Hall of State. All the museums on the grounds will have reduced admission 4:30-7:30 p.m. “Dancing water” shows at the Esplanade Fountain and carnival games and festivities for all ages. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m., best seen from seats in the Cotton Bowl. Live simulcast on KLUV/ 98.7 FM. Concessions available for purchase, or guests can bring picnics.

    Grand Prairie

    Lone Stars & Stripes Celebration
    Lone Star Park, 1000 Lone Star Parkway
    Grandstand gates open at 3 p.m. Wednesday; $5, $3 children 4-12, free for military with ID
    972-263-7223; lonestarpark.com
    Family Fun Park with bounce houses, a petting zoo, pony rides and games. Fireworks display choreographed to music after the last race.

    Grand Prairie AirHogs

    QuikTrip Park, 1600 Lone Star Parkway
    Wednesday; $8-$15, parking free
    972-504-9383; airhogsbaseball.com
    The game against the Wichita Wingnuts begins at 6:05 p.m. Postgame fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Inside the Wide World of Parks will be bounce houses, face painting, basketball, mini golf, climbing and games on the concourse, and photos with mascot Ace Bacon and the championship trophy.

    Denton County

    40th Annual Kiwanis Fireworks Show
    University of North Texas’ Fouts Field, 2300 N. Interstate 35E
    5:30 p.m. Wednesday; free (donations accepted)
    The band Holler Time will perform, followed by fireworks.

    Flower Mound

    Independence Fest 2012
    LISD School Administration Building, 1800 Timber Creek Road
    11 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday; free
    Children’s parade, bounce houses and vendors.
    Evening Entertainment and Fireworks
    Bakersfield Park, 1201 Duncan Lane
    5 p.m. Wednesday; free
    Smash Mouth headlines a concert culminating in fireworks at 9:45 p.m.

    Johnson County

    Independence Day Celebration
    Chisenhall Fields, 500 W. Hidden Creek Parkway
    5 p.m. Wednesday; free
    Asleep at the Wheel plays its Western swing at 7:30 p.m.; fireworks around 9:20 p.m.

    Hood County

    Old-Fashioned 4th of July Celebration
    Downtown Granbury
    Friday-Wednesday; $30 for the musical
    817-579-0952; granburychamber.com
    Activities include a car show at 7 p.m. Friday at Jerry Durant Hyundai, a parade at 10 a.m. Saturday starting at Granbury High School, fireworks over Lake Granbury at 9:45 p.m. Sunday, July 4 on the Square on Wednesday with a laser-light show at 9:30 p.m., and special showings of the musical 1776 at 3:30 and 7 p.m. Wednesday.

    Information courtesy of Janine Hughes

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