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4th of July Dallas Events 2013 | Most Popular Fireworks Shows in DFW

26 Jun

I like that Boom Boom POW!

Once you POP the fun won’t stop! Fireworks and Patriotic parades are BIG in DFW during 4th of July time. This year we have notable 4th of July events and activities taking place across the metropolitan area. You’ll find some of the biggest DFW fireworks shows listed below along with some cool festivals that are entertaining for the entire family. Fair Park Fourth, KaBoom Town, Lone Stars & Stripes at Lone Star Park are just a few of the traditional spots with grandoise firework shows.

While we couldn’t cover every single one, we handpicked a few DFW Independence Day events in Dallas, Forth Worth and in between. Let’s get this Birthday Party started and celebrate another year of Freedom right! (You’ll be happy to know that every event mentioned below is for 2013.)

Kaboom Town! Addison
Date: Wednesday, July 3rd
Time: 5:00pm to Midnight
Location: Addison Circle Park
Fireworks Showtime: After Dusk

Addison’s Kaboom Town! has been nationally recognized for its fireworks display. Enjoy 30 minutes of choreographed fireworks to patriotic music along with live entertainment taking place throughout the evening on the Dos Equis Stage. There is also an Air Show set to amaze onlookers from the large Addison park below. After the #3 fireworks show in America is done, families can stick around for the after party featuring a performance by Emerald City. Expect great food, fun and an energetic atmosphere!

Fair Park Fourth
Date: Thursday, July 4
Event Time: 4:30pm – 10:00pm
Location: Dallas Fair Park – 1300 Robert B. Cullum Blvd, Dallas 75210
Fireworks Showtime: 9:30pm

Fair Park Fourth is the City of Dallas’ official Independence Day celebration with spectacular fireworks at the Cotton Bowl sponsored by Gold Metal Recyclers, entertainment including a Dallas Wind Symphony patriotic concert sponsored by Big City Crushed Concrete, kids activities and more. Plus, don’t forget that the Top 3 finalists of the All American Drum-Off will be performing live! FREE admission to the general public, reduced admission to museums and concessions are just a few other benefits of FPF.

Lone Star Park – Lone Stars & Stripes Celebration
Date: Thursday, July 4
Time: First Live Race at 5pm, Gates open at 3pm
Location: Lone Star Park –
Fireworks Showtime: After Dusk

The 17th Annual Lone Stars & Stripes Fireworks Celebration, hosted by Lone Star Park in conjunction with the City of Grand Prairie, not only features two nights of spectacular prizes, music and fireworks but also bounce houses, a petting zoo and pony rides for the kids! Enjoy an afternoon of events both Wednesday, July 3rd and Thursday July 4th. On the 4th there will be live music from Incognito on the Courtyard of Champions stage from 5:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. and make sure to enter the Lone Stars and Stripes Trip Give-a-Way* (Las Vegas). After the last race a 20-minute fireworks display choreographed to music courtesy of 99.5 The Wolf.

Arlington Highlands 4th of July Fireworks Extravaganza
Date: Thursday, July 4th
Time: 7:00pm
Location: Arlington Highlands
Fireworks Showtime: 9:15pm

Family friendly gatherings, favorite restaurants and fireworks over Franchesca’s – best describes Arlington’s big 4th of July extravaganza at Arlington Highlands. Be one of the first 3,000 there to get free sno cones between 7 and 9pm, or roll in late and get $1 sno cones while listening to live performances by The Chant Band. Just remember the fireworks will start without you come 9:15pm. Best viewing of the Fireworks display is recommended at Dave & Busters so get there early for a spot!

Highland Park Parade
Date: Thursday, July 4th
Location: Highland Park – Goar Park
Fireworks Showtime: TBD

At 9am the Highland Park Fourth of July Parade will begin at Highland Park Town Hall and end at Goar Park. The 2013 Park Cities parade is an annual community event that many make a point NOT to miss!

Irving – Patriotic Parade and Fireworks
Date: Wednesday, July 3 & Thursday, July 4
Time: 7/3 – 6:00pm – 11:00pm. Parade 7/4 – 9:00am
Location: Irving Convention Center (500 W. Las Colinas Blvd.)
Fireworks Showtime: 7/4 – 9:40pm

On Wednesday North Texans can celebrate America’s independence with an evening of fun, games, music and fireworks in the Las Colinas District of Irving. The Family Fun Zone will be open from 6:00pm to 8:30pm, featuring free activities for children like bounce houses, an inflatable slide, a rock climbing wall, and more. From BBQ and hamburgers to Indian and Greek cuisine, the dinner options are sure to please at the food court. Available desserts include funnel cake, ice cream, shaved ice and more! On the main stage that evening will be the Kenny Chavez Combo, the Irving Symphony Orchestra and MAXX Band.

The City of Irving’s professionally choreographed fireworks spectacular is scheduled to begin at approximately 9:40 p.m.

The theme of Irving’s 4th of July Parade this year is “Celebrating American with a 50 State Salute”. Participants will design entries that honor one of the 50 states. The City of Irving Fourth of July Parade has been selected by Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber Best in Irving 2013 as the Best Community event. Immediately following the parade Irving-ites can enjoy a free watermelon reception and concert at Heritage Park, 217 Main Street. The concert will feature the Texas Gypsies. Click here to see the parade route.


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Plano All-American Fourth of July Celebration
Date: Thursday, July 4
Time: 9:30pm – 11:00pm
Location: Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve
Fireworks Showtime: 9:30pm – 11:00pm

Party patriotic style with the City of Plano! Free parking is available at First United Methodist Church Plano, Plano Centre and Collin College for the fireworks show which will take place at Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve – 2801 Spring Creek Parkway, Plano, TX 75086. Tune in to 97.5 KLAK for the simulcast.

4th of July FireCracker Run
Date: Wednesday, July 4
Time: 9:00am
Location: Curtis Park

It may be a holiday but you can get your free behind up for a 7:30am run. You’ll need to cut the calories just to put more back on at the BBQ later on anyways. Before the Park Cities Independence Day Parade, the City of University Park will host its annual “UP Firecracker Fun Run.” You can Run or walk in the 2013 UP (University Park) Firecracker Fun Run which is open to all ages and skill levels. The route for this 5K race winds through the city, starting and ending in Curtis Park. Registration is $15 in advance and $20 on the day of. Kids 12 and under can run for free! Just get them registered. Firecracker 5k Fun Run Registration

To register for the 5th Annual Firecracker 5000 race in Fort Worth at Trinity Park click here!

Fort Worth 4th of July Celebration
Date: Thursday, July 4
Time: 4:30pm
Location: 1098 West Peach Street, Fort Worth, TX 76102.
Fireworks Showtime: 9:30pm

Fort Worth’s biggest fireworks display can be seen near the Trinity. Enjoy Free music and family activities along the Trinity River at Panther Island Pavilion in Trinity Uptown. This year’s activities include live music by Back in Black, tubing and kayaking on the Trinity River, a bounce house, mini golf and an obstacle course. Then get front row seats for the dazzling sky spectacle from your blanket or lawn chair.


Stars and Stripes at Southlake
Date: Wednesday, July 3
Time: 7:00pm
Location: Southlake Town Square
Fireworks Showtime: 9:30pm

Like Addison KaBoomtown, Southlake holds their Independence Day party on the eve so you can still catch a few other DFW events the day of if you like. It just gives you the opportunity to party after work but right before the holiday. An evening filled with music, food, magic, crafts and patriotism, Stars and Stripes at Southlake will be enjoyable for both kids and parents. Children’s Medical’s The Children’s Village will offer games and all kinds of fun for children of all ages. Balloon artists, candy art, a Twitter Contest Booth, Dual Inflatable slide, inflatable obstacle and a gaming truck will all be on site!

Get Fit on the Fourth — More 4th of July Races can be found here!

Set it Off — 4th of July Events Across the Metroplex

30 Jun

Don’t go illegal on us and try setting off fireworks in your backyard. DFW has tons of options for you if you’re looking for a great fireworks show or just somewhere to take the kiddos and celebrate our country’s independence. A large number of them are Free too! Texas doesn’t have all this space for nothing ya know. From all across the metroplex fireworks will be flying into the air for all onlookers to see. If you’re lucky your neighborhood will offer even more. (parades, food, music, crafts, movies, concerts, etc..)

Check out all the options you have for this weekend’s festivities:

**Addison: KaboomTown! At Addison Circle Park**

Addison’s annual KaboomTown! Is a great way to celebrate your 4th of July and probably one of my favorites. They have even been ranked among the top fireworks shows in the US and take it from me (a true lover of Fireworks), they are truly worthy of the title! When attending Kaboom Town! I was definitely impressed by the show. It’s not real short and disappointing like many others but a half hour spectacle. The music that accompanies only makes it even better. Not only do you get to enjoy an awesome air show, with food and live music, but you can stick by after the fireworks for a Free movie showing in the open field area. At least that’s what they’ve done in the past. This year the Addison Kaboom Town! After Party will feature Emerald City on the Dos Equis Stage at about 10:15pm. Another thing that makes KaboomTown! Unique is that they typically celebrate on the 3rd of July while everyone else sticks to the 4th, so if you’re REAL into Independence Day and great fireworks shows you might just be able to check out Addison as well as another city the day after! Kaboom Town! Will take place on Sunday, July 3rd from 5pm to midnight.

Here’s a look at last year’s show, compliments of OakLawnTV (it’s even better in person):

Click here for a Map/Directions
For even more info click Here.

Dallas Fair Park: Fair Park Fourth

Another Big and Free fireworks event is Dallas’ Fair Park Fourth! If you’re also brave enough to venture in the masses check out this family-fun event that will feature Grammy-nominated Stefani Little Band. You can also go by the Esplanade Fountain for some “dancing water” shows and of course concessions are available for purchase. Guests will be viewing the fireworks right from the famous Cotton Bowl which you can enter into from Gate D. Join Dallas residents at Fair Park Fourth on Monday July 4th from 4:30pm – 10:00pm. Although admission is Free you may have to pay about $10 for parking.

For more info click here

Watch fireworks from a seat inside the Cotton Bowl

Plano: Plano All-American 4th!

Calling all proud Americans living in Plano!! A special 4th of July fireworks event has been planned for you this Monday from 9:30-10:45pm so pack up the lawn chairs and blankets! Gather your family and friends for one of the best light shows in north Texas. You will enjoy fireworks synchronized to patriotic music at Oak Point Park & Nature Preserve.

Lake Cities

Lake Cities will be doing it BIG on the 4th! That’s the only way to celebrate in Texas though!
The Lake Cities of Corinth, Hickory Creek, Lake Dallas and Shady Shores will all unite for a one-of-a-kind 4th of July blow-out celebration on Monday. The park will be filled with Independence Day festivities including a hometown parade at 9 AM. Throughout the day you can also find contests for cash prizes, great food, a vendor market and live entertainment throughout the day. For the kids they’ll have a free play area that includes water slides, bounce houses and other games. “Lake Cities Idol” will have 10 talented artists perform for cash prizes. Justin Cash will perform at 4pm and then Eleven Hundred hits the stage at 7pm. If all you’re interested in is fireworks show that is scheduled at 9:15pm.

Dallas Arts District: Star Spangled Spectacular at Meyerson Symphony Center

Grab some cold ice cream, a classic sing-a-long and an 11-ft Uncle Sam and you’ve got yourself an Independence day downtown special. At the Meyerson you’ll enjoy an indoor firework extravaganza. Yes, that means you can watch fireworks WITH air conditioning. However, indoor facilities can also sometimes equate to admission fee. Tickets for this event will range from $16-$38. For more information click here or call 214-670-3600.

Fourth of July Concert at the Arboretum

Dallas Arboretum: Fourth of July Concert

On July 3rd the Dallas Arboretum will be holding live concert. Enjoy rock n’ roll classics with the family over a picnic in the park. Soldiers and veterans receive free admission with military ID and the price for everyone else is between $7-$12.

Address: Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens – 8525 Garland Road, Dallas, TX

Downtown McKinny: Red, White and Boom!

This free, day-long Fourth celebration includes a car show, a parade and music of course. The festivities start at 10 a.m.in Historic Downtown McKinney. The fireworks show begins at 9:45 p.m at Craig Ranch.

For more info click here

Dallas Highland Park: Park Cities Fourth of July Parade

The Rotary Club of Park Cities is hosting the annual Fourth of July Parade at Highland Park Town Hall. For the complete parade route visit uptexas.org as well as a schedule of other activties.

Address: 4700 Drexel Drive, Dallas, TX

Lone Star Park: Lone Stars & Stripes Celebration

Hey patriotic horse lovers! This two-day event with thoroughbred horse races, petting zoos, face painters and a 2011 Chevrolet Silverado giveaway. Talk about a party! You won’t want to miss the 20-minute choreographed fireworks display on July 3 AND 4. If you miss the 3rd you get a second opportunity on our actual Independence Day! Tickets range from $8 to $30.

For more info click here
You Can also call 972-263-PONY

Arlington Highlands: 4th of July Fireworks Extravaganza & Concert

Enjoy Free music and fireworks this Monday at Arlington Highlands, home to 99 retail/restaurant members. If you want a good spot arrive early. There will also be free face painting and sno cones between 7 & 9pm. The first 2,000 sno cones are free and then they will start charging $1 per cone afterwards. As this is a family friendly event, please leave the alcoholic beverages at home. The best viewing for the fireworks show will be on the eastern edge of the shopping & dining center (towards Dave&Busters). You can find the main stage next to Dave & Busters located on the northeast corner of the Arlington Highlands. A free concert will be held by Beatles’ tribute band Hard Day & Night, and then the fireworks take place at 9:30pm.

For more info click Here
For a map and driving directions, click here.

*Arlington Highlands is located in Arlington, Texas on I-20 at Matlock Road (the northeast corner of the intersection of I-20 and Matlock, north of I-20 between Matlock Road and Center Street).

Arlington: Ranger Stadium Fireworks Show

This year Rangers fans will be treated to a special Captain America – Disney Independence Day Fireworks Show after the 7:05pm matchup between the Rangers and Orioles. It’s a tradition for the Texas Rangers fans to get a fireworks show in the stadium each year so this year will be no different. Enjoy a great MLB game and some sky high spectacles too! It can’t get much better! Fireworks will not be held at the annual parade so you can either head to the ballpark or Highlands for a show.

Arlington: Light Up Arlington

Sunday, July 3rd marks the annual fireworks festival including an explosive night of entertainment. Light Up Arlington is held downtown at Founders Plaza and Levitt Pavilion. You can take part in a night filled with live music, great food and children’s activities, not to mention the thrilling fireworks show. The live music starts at 6 o’clock with BMX demos at both 7pm and 8pm. All the vendors booths will close by 10:30pm.

Click Here for more info.

**For information on the City of Arlington’s 4th of July Parade click here!**

Burn Bans also putting a damper on North TX firework plans

Oftentimes, just because a city sells fireworks, doesn’t mean you’re allowed to set them off in that same city. Make sure you know your city’s regulations. Remember you’re better off safe than sorry! With our lack of rain, a number of cities have banned fireworks and here is a list according to county:

Dallas County
Cities that ban fireworks include: Dallas, DeSoto, Duncanville, Grand Prairie, Garland, Highland Park, Irving, and Richardson.
Status: Legal to set off fireworks in unincorporated areas only.
The only place where the discharge of fireworks is allowed is in unincorporated areas, which in Dallas County is a very small area.

Tarrant County
Cities that ban fireworks include: Fort Worth, Arlington, and North Richland Hills.
Status: Ban on the use of fireworks anywhere in the county.
Due to a county-wide burn ban passed in late June, no fireworks can be set off anywhere, even in unincorporated areas.

Collin County
Cities that ban fireworks include: Allen, Frisco, McKinney, Plano, and Wylie.
Status: Legal to set off fireworks in unincorporated areas, with exceptions.

Ellis County
Cities that ban fireworks include: Waxahachie, Ennis, and Midlothian.
Status: Ban on use of fireworks anywhere in the county.