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Take your family to one of the fabulous Dallas/Fort Worth Fourth of July celebrations this weekend. Here are 4 ideas for 4th festivities on 4 days -- Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday:

FRIDAY, JULY 1
1.  Splish Splash StoryTime: Here's a storytime with a twist. Take your water baby out to Denton for some fun sun time with other tots at the Children's Play Pool at the Water Works Park in Denton.
Good to know: Admission is free during storytime, but participants must leave by 10:45 a.m. or pay the Water Works admission. Admission: 48 inches or taller, $11(non-residents add $2); Under 48 inches, $7 (non-residents add $2); 2 and younger, free; and non-swimming guests, $5.
Recommended ages: 5 and younger
When: 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., Friday, July 1 (every Friday through July 29)
Where: Water Works Park, 2400 Long Road, Denton (Off FM 428-Sherman Drive, near Loop 288)
Info: 940-349-8810, www.dentonwaterworks.com
Cost: FREE!

2. Friday Fireworks: Every Friday night throughout the summer, you can feast your eyes on a 12-minute fireworks display that can be seen from any Lake Grapevine Park.
Good to know: Best viewing locations are your favorite lake parks or on top of the parking garage at the Gaylord Texan Resort for the Garage Rock Out Party.
Recommended ages: All
When: 9:30 p.m. Fridays through Labor Day.
Where: Lake Grapevine, Grapevine, Texas
Info: https://www.grapevinetexasusa.com/
Cost: FREE!

3. Quilts for Soldiers: Take a break from the kids and participate in a project that truly honors Independence Day. Beginning quilters will be paired with a coach to help create Quilts of Valor for American service members.
Good to know: No experience is necessary.
Recommended ages: Teens+
When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, July 1 and Saturday, July 2
Where: Happiness Is . . . Quilting! Shop, 217 N. Kentucky St., McKinney,TX. 75069
Info: 972-542-8839, http://www.visitmckinney.com/
Cost: FREE!

4. Patriotic Pooch Parade: Let your prized pet strut his or her stuff in this fun family parade and event. Enjoy hot dogs and enter drawings for fabulous prizes.
Good to know: You must register your pooch for the parade by 6:30 p.m. Participants will gather at Scentchips Grapevine, then walk to the Gazebo for the event.
Recommended ages: All
When: 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Friday, July 1
Where: Scentchips Grapevine, 601 South Main, Grapevine, TX 76051; and At the Gazebo in Historic Downtown Grapevine, 325 S. Main St., Grapevine, TX 76051
Info:  817-410-3185, https://www.grapevinetexasusa.com/
Cost: FREE!

SATURDAY, JULY 2
1. Bloomin' Boomin' Bash: The annual Crape Myrtle Festival & Fireworks Show in Waxahachie cannot be missed. This all-day fest begins with the Crape Myrtle Parade at 10 a.m. in downtown Waxahachie. The gates to the tailgate party at Waxahachie Sports Complex will open at 5 p.m., followed by the Crape Myrtle Battle of the Bands at 6 p.m. and the day ends with the HEB Fireworks Show, which is scheduled to begin at 9 p.m.
Recommended ages: All
Where: Waxahachie Sports Complex, 151 Broadhead Road, Waxahachie, TX 75165
When: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, July 2
Info: 972-937-2390, http://www.waxahachiechamber.com/
Cost: Free

2. Frisco Freedom Fest: Watch a high-energy dance and percussion troupe, enjoy the many activities at the Children's Expo or get a taste of Frisco's most popular restaurants. Stay to see the 20-minute fireworks show, which is scheduled to begin at 10 p.m.
Good to know: Admission to the fest is free, but there are fees for activities in the Children's Expo.
Recommended ages: All
When: 4 p.m., Saturday, July 2
Where: Simpson Plaza in front of City Hall in Frisco Square, 6101 Frisco Square Blvd., Frisco 
Info: http://www.friscofreedomfest.org/
Cost: FREE!

3. Old-Fashioned 4th of July Celebration: Granbury knows how to throw a party. This four-day 4th celebration has everything: Art and photography shows, family activities, food vendors, car shows, a ranch rodeo, music, dance, contests, a parade and the Grand Finale Fireworks Show.
Good to know: The parade will begin at 10 a.m. and fireworks will begin at dusk on Monday, July 4. See website for a complete schedule of events and venues.
Recommended ages: All
When: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, July 1; 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday, July 2; 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday, July 3; and 9 a.m. to dusk, Monday, July 4
Where: 3408 E. Hwy 377 Granbury, TX 76049
Info: 817-573-1622, http://www.granburychamber.com/
Cost: FREE!

4. Liberty By The Lake: The fun begins with a parade at 10 a.m., followed by the opening of the festival, which includes a Family Fun Zone, an Elvis Extravaganza, BMX Stunt Show and fireworks.
Good to know: On-site parking for $10 per car is available at Stewart Creek Park. Fireworks are scheduled to begin at 9:30 p.m.
Recommended ages: All
When: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, July 2
Where: Stewart Creek Park, 3700 Sparks Road, The Colony
Info: 972-625-1106, http://www.ci.the-colony.tx.us/lbl/index.html
Cost: FREE!

SUNDAY, July 3
1. Addison Kaboom Town!: This nationally-recognized fireworks show can be seen from anywhere in Addison. The 30-minute show is choreographed to music, which you can listen to on a live radio simulcast on 100.3 JACK FM. There will also be live music, food and the Addison Airport Air Show featuring the Cavanaugh Flight Museum Warbird Flyover. Your family can also participate in old-fashioned picnic games including bean bag toss, limbo and potato sack race at the Bowl Stage.
Good to know: Free parking is available at Addison Circle Park, which is located in the parking garages at the corner of Arapaho and the Dallas Parkway.
Recommended ages: All
When: 5 p.m. to midnight, Sunday, July 3. Fireworks are scheduled to begin at 9:30 p.m.
Where: Addison Circle Park, 4970 Addison Circle Drive, Addison, Texas 75001
Info: www.AddisonTexas.net
Cost: FREE!

2. Southlake's Stars & Stripes: Enjoy live entertainment, activity booths and an interactive gaming area before the patriotic ceremony and fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. Please note that fireworks will be launched from the West Garage rooftop in Southlake Town Square and debris may fall during the show around that area. No alcoholic beverages or glass containers are allowed. Only use blankets or lawnchairs to claim your area.
Good to know: At 7:30 p.m., entrances into Southlake Town Square will be closed for the event with the exception of those off Highway 114. Parking and shuttle service will be available at White's Chapel United Methodist Church, 185 South White Chapel Blvd., beginning at 4 p.m.
Recommended ages: All
When: 6 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., Sunday, July 3. Fireworks will begin at 9:30 p.m.
Where: Southlake Town Square, North Carroll Avenue between Texas Highway 114 and FM 1709, also known as Southlake Boulevard, Southlake
Info: http://www.visitsouthlaketexas.com/stars_and_stripes
Cost: FREE!

3. Roanoke 3rd Rocks: Aside from the fabulous fireworks display, there will also be live music by The Party Crashers, bounce houses, a rock climbing wall and a children's train!
Good to know:  For $3, you can get a brisket sandwich or hot dog, chips and drink
Recommended ages: All
When: 6 p.m., Sunday, July 3
Where: Roanoke Community Park, 201 Park Drive, Roanoke, TX
Info: http://www.roanoketexas.com/
Cost: FREE!

4. Light Up Arlington: Enjoy live music, food and fireworks. Don't miss the BMX demos. The Boomtown Children's Area, west of Levitt Pavilion, will have bounce houses, a petting zoo and pony rides. The Firecracker Children's Area, north of Boomtown, will also have train rides, face painting and children's entertainment. A small fee may be required for some of the kid activities. Don't forget to bring sunscreen, bug repellent, blankets and lawn chairs. Glass containers are not allowed within festival area.
Good to know: Get up early the next day to get a good spot to watch the USA Independence Day Parade at 9 a.m. on Monday, July 4 in downtown Arlington. Go to http://www.arlington4th.com/ for parade route. You can also catch the live telecast on Time Warner Channel 98 or watch the webcast at AISD-TV at http://www.aisd.net/AISDTV/default.aspx
Recommended ages: All
When: 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., Sunday, July 3
Where: Downtown Arlington, Abram Street between Oak Street and Mesquite Street, Arlington
Info: http://www.ci.arlington.tx.us/
Cost: FREE!

MONDAY, JULY 4
1. Fort Worth’s Fourth: Enjoy live music, inner tubes, kayaks on the banks of the Trinity River. Other activities include personal watercraft shows, pony rides, miniature golf, a treasure dig, bounce houses, a splash pad, a patriotic costume contest, a visit from the Fort Worth Herd and a spectacular fireworks display. You can bring picnic baskets, coolers, nonalcoholic beverages, blankets, lawnchairs, small pop-up tents and dogs on leashes. (Don’t forget your pet’s water bowl.)
Good to know: Parking is available for $5 at LaGrave Field or park free on side streets off North Main Street. Or avoid parking altogether by riding your bike along the Trinity Trails to the event. Fireworks will begin after the conclusion of the Fort Worth Cats game.
Recommended ages: All
When: 4:30 p.m., Monday, July 4
Where: Trinity River behind LaGrave Field, 301 NE 6th Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76164
Info: http://streamsandvalleys.org/fort-worths-fourth-july-4-2011/
Cost: FREE!

2. Fair Park Fourth: Enjoy family fun, free museum admission and see a fireworks show all in one place. From 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Fair Park’s participating museums will offer free admission including the African American Museum, The Women’s Museum: An Institute for the Future, Dallas Historical Society/Hall of State, the new Texas Museum of Automotive History, Texas Discovery Gardens, Museum of Nature & Science and Museum of the American Railroad. The Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park will offer discounted admission at $4 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. At 7 p.m. enjoy a show by seven-time Grammy-nominated Stefani Little Band, followed by a patriotic performance by the Grammy-nominated Dallas Wind Symphony at 8 p.m. in front of the Hall of State. At 8:45 p.m., Gate D of the Cotton Bowl will open for seating before the fireworks display, which is scheduled at 9:30 p.m. Visitors also may sit throughout the Fair Park grounds.
Good to know: The event is free, however, the City of Dallas charges $10 for parking within the gates of Fair Park, or ride DART’s Green Line Rail to Fair Park Station.
Recommended ages: All
When: 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., Monday, July 4
Where: Fair Park, 1300 Robert B. Cullum Blvd., Dallas, TX 75210
Info: 214-421-9600, fairpark.org
Cost: FREE!

3. 29th Annual Fireworks Extravaganza: Be prepared to be astonished by the fireworks spectacular, which can be viewed from any lakeside location as well as several other spots throughout Grapevine.
Good to know: Admission is free at most viewing locations, but some parks along Lake Grapevine may charge a minimal admission fee. Fireworks will continue rain or shine.
Recommended ages: All
When: 9:30 p.m., Monday, July 4
Where: Lake Grapevine, Grapevine, Texas (NOTE: Beginning at 9:15 p.m., Fairway Drive between State Highway 26 East and Silveron Blvd. will be shut down through the duration of the fireworks show.)
Info: https://www.grapevinetexasusa.com/
Cost: FREE!

4. 4thFEST BigTop Celebration: This full-day of family fun includes a concert, circus activities, an "InflataFUN Zone," food and, of course, fireworks.Lawnchairs, blankets, coolers and non-alcoholic beverages are permitted. No glass containers.
Good to know: 4thFEST visitors can also take a dip in Bedford's Splash Aquatic Center located in Bedford Boys Ranch. Admission is $6.50, adults; $5.50, 17 and younger; and free, children 2 and younger.
Recommended ages: All
When: Noon to 11 p.m., Monday, July 4. Fireworks are scheduled to begin at 10 p.m.
Where: Bedford Boys Ranch Park, 2801 Forest Ridge Drive, Bedford. There is no on-site parking at the Boys Ranch. Parking and shuttle service for $4 (free for children 3 and youngerr) will be offered at Pennington Field, 1501 Central Drive, Bedford. The last shuttle to Boys Ranch Park will leave at 9:30 p.m.
Info: 817-952-2300, http://www.ci.bedford.tx.us/
Cost: Free

BONUS: 4th of July Fireworks Extravaganza: Festivities begin with live music by A Hard Day's Night, face painting and free sno-cones to the first 2,000. (Sno-cones will be $1 each afterward.)
Good to know: Best viewing is at Arlington Highlands East near Dave & Buster's
Recommended ages: All
When: 7 p.m., Monday, July 4. Fireworks display begins at 9:30 p.m.
Where: Arlington Highlands, Interstate 20 and Matlock Road, Arlington
Info: http://www.arlingtonhighlands.com/
Cost: FREE!
 
DOUBLE BONUS: NOT FREE, BUT GOOD: Reebok 2011 Heroes Celebrity Baseball Game: Didn't go to the Victory Parade? Cheer on (and congratulate) your World Champion Dallas Mavericks at this event, which benefits the children’s charities of The Heroes Foundation and The Mike Modano Foundation. Two baseball teams will each be made up of 10 or more celebrities. Scheduled appearances include Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, Dallas Cowboys linebacker Bradie James, Mavericks point guard Jason Kidd, NHL All-Star Mike Modano, Mavericks president Donnie Nelson, former NFL All-Pro Warren Sapp, former Dallas Cowboys player Everson Walls, Dallas Cowboys linebacker DeMarcus Ware, Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten and more.
Good to know: Roster subject to change.
Recommended ages: All
When: 6 p.m., Saturday, July 9
Where: Dr Pepper Ballpark, 7300 RoughRiders Trail, Frisco, TX 75034
Info: heroesorganization.org
Cost: $5-$15 at Ticketmaster, 800-745-3000 or ticketmaster.com, or at the Dr Pepper Ballpark Box Office during office hours. Will call will open at 10 a.m. the day of the game. Tickets also will be sold at the door the day of the game.

TRIPLE BONUS -- ONGOING SUMMER EVENTS!
Stars Under the Stars: Free movies will be shown each Thursday night through June 30 in Sundance Square. Beverages, popcorn and sweets are available at a snack-bar area. Guests are allowed to bring "to-go" food from area restaurants, as well as chairs or blankets to sit on. If you get there early (8 p.m.), kids can climb a rock wall.
Good to know: No pets or outside coolers. Folding chairs will also be available for a $2 rental fee. Parking is free after 5 p.m. at all Sundance Square parking lots. The last movie in the series is Seabiscuit, June 30.
Recommended ages: All
When: Seating begins at 7 p.m.; movie begins at dusk, around 9 p.m., Thursday, June 30
Where: Chisholm Trail parking lot, Fourth and Main Streets, Fort Worth
Info:  817-255-5700,  www.sundancesquare.com
Cost: FREE!

Family Film Festival: Watch a G- or PG-rated film with your kids for free every Tuesday and Wednesday morning. Here's the movie schedule: Live Large, June 28 and 29; Ramona and Beezus, July 5 and 6; The Lighting Thief, July 12 and 13; Chronicles of Narnia, July 19 and 20; and Gulliver's Travels, July 26 and 27.
Good to know: Attendees can save $1 on the purchase of a Rave Movie Meal deal.
Recommended ages: All
When: Doors open at 9:30 a.m. Movies begin at 10 a.m., Tuesday and Wednesdays through July 27
Where: Rave Motion Pictures at NorthEast Mall, 1101 Melbourne Road, Hurst, TX 76053
Info: 817-591-8540, http://www.simon.com/mall/?id=220
Cost: FREE!

Storytime at the Amon Carter: The program brings the museum’s artworks to life through engaging children’s stories and related art activities. A drawing will be held at the conclusion of the eight-week series. Perfect attendance throughout the summer makes your child eligible to win all the titles – 24 free books – read during Storytime.For information on books, go to cartermuseum.org/calendar
Good to know: Reservations are not required, but parents can call 817-989-5030 to receive helpful instructions.
Recommended ages: 5 and younger
When: 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, June 29, July 6, July 13, July 20 and July 27
Where: Amon Carter Museum, 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth
Info: 817-989-5030, visitors@cartermuseum.org, http://www.cartermuseum.org
Cost: FREE!

2-for-1 Exhibit Tuesdays: The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History is offering a great deal during the summer months. Every Tuesday through August 30 is 2-for-1 admission. Bring the whole family to experience the new aviation exhibit, "Ascent…When Dreams Defy Gravity, and Champions."
Good to know: The second admission must be of equal or lesser value. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Does not apply to Omni Theater or Noble Planetarium tickets.
Recommended ages: All
When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesdays through August 30.
Where: Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, 1600 Gendy St., Fort Worth, TX 76107
Info: 817-255-9540, www.fortworthmuseum.org
Cost: $14, adults; $10, children (ages 2-12) and seniors (age 60+). Museum members are free.

Check Maricar's Friday Freebies blog every week for a list of free things to do in the Dallas/Fort Worth area! To submit your own Friday Freebie, add a comment to her blog or send your submissions at least one week before the date of the event to moms@mom2momdfw.com with the subject line: "Friday Freebies"

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