Take your family to one of these fabulous Dallas/Fort Worth Fourth of July celebrations this weekend.THURSDAY, JULY 3 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. Good to know: Tickets to the Addison Circle Park watching party are no longer available, but you dont have to miss the show. Dozens of Addison restaurants and hotels celebrate with watching parties and promotions including special menus, outdoor seating and entertainment. Check web site for watching party list. Recommended ages: All When: 5 p.m. to midnight, Thursday, July 3. Fireworks scheduled to begin at 9:30 p.m. Where: Addison Circle Park, 4970 Addison Circle Drive, Addison, Texas 75001 Info: http://www.addisontexas.net/events/kaboomtown/ Cost: FREE!• Crape Myrtle Festival & Fireworks ShowThis Waxahachie festival cannot be missed. Festivities begin at 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 3 with the festival at the Waxahachie Sports Complex, which will include vendors and childrens activities. Fireworks will begin at 9:15 p.m. On Friday, July 4, the annual Independence Day Parade will begin at 10 a.m. Good to know: The Fourth of July Parade will start on College Street, going south on College, turns right on Main St., continues west on Main St., turns left on Grand Ave., and ends in Getzendaner Park. Recommended ages: All Where: Waxahachie Sports Complex, 151 Broadhead Road, Waxahachie, TX 75165 When: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Thursday, July 3 and 10 a.m., Friday, July 4 Info: 972-937-2390, http://waxahachietxcoc.weblinkconnect.com/cwt/External/WCPages/WCEvents/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=3764 Cost: FREE!• Light Up ArlingtonEnjoy live music, food trucks and fireworks. There will also be a Kid Zone with train rides, face painting, bounce house and petting zoo. A small fee may be required for some of these kid activities. Dont forget to bring sunscreen, bug repellent, blankets and lawn chairs. Glass containers are not allowed within festival area. Food vendors only accept cash. Free parking is available at any University of Texas in Arlington parking lot. Good to know: Get up early to get a good spot to watch the USA Independence Day Parade at 9 a.m. on Friday, July 4 in downtown Arlington. Go to http://www.arlington4th.com/ for parade route. Recommended ages: All When: 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., Thursday, July 3; Fireworks begin at 9:45 p.m. Where: Downtown Arlington, Abram Street between Oak Street and Mesquite Street, Arlington Info: http://naturallyfun.org/light-up-arlington Cost: FREE!• Southlakes Stars & StripesEnjoy live entertainment, activity booths and a Childrens Village and Kid Zone before the 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 lawn chairs 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 Whites Chapel United Methodist Church, 185 South White Chapel Blvd., beginning at 4 p.m. Recommended ages: All When: 6 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., Thursday, 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!• Old-Fashioned 4th of July CelebrationGranbury knows how to throw a party. This four-day 4th celebration has everything: A classic car show, a 5K, parade, ranch rodeo, vendors and, of course, the Extreme Pyrotechnics Fireworks Show. Good to know: The parade will begin at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 4 and fireworks will begin at approximately 9:45 p.m. on Friday, July 4. Check web site for complete schedule of events. Recommended ages: All When: 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., Thursday, July 3; 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday, July 4; 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Saturday, July 5; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday, July 6. Where: Historic Granbury Square, 3408 E. Hwy 377 Granbury, TX 76049 Info: 817-573-1622, http://www.granburychamber.com/ Cost: FREE!• FRIDAY, JULY 4 Fort Worths FourthEnjoy live music, inner tubes, kayaks and fireworks along the banks of the Trinity River. The Kid Zone will be open from 2 p.m to 8 p.m. and includes pony rides, face painting, bounce houses, water slide and more. You bring ID (to purchase alcohol), cash or credit card, sunscreen, blankets, lawn chairs and dogs on leashes. (Dont forget your pets water bowl.) Good to know: No outside coolers, grills, glass or styrofoam, noise makers or beverages. Parking is available for $5 at Henderson and White Settlement or $10 at 395 Purcey Street. Recommended ages: All When: 2 p.m. to 11 p.m., Friday, July 4; Fireworks begin at 10 p.m. Where: Trinity River behind LaGrave Field, 301 NE 6th Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76164 Info: http://fortworthsfourth.com/ Cost: FREE! (VIP passes are available for $25 per person)• Frisco Freedom FestParty in the Plaza offers lots of family friendly activities including music, a Childrens Expo with zip lines and Euro bungees and visit Taste of Frisco vendors to try out some of the citys most popular restaurants. Stay to see the 20-minute fireworks show, which is scheduled to begin at 10:20 p.m. Good to know: Admission to the fest is free, but there are fees for activities in the Childrens Expo Recommended ages: All When: 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., Friday, July 4 Where: Simpson Plaza in front of City Hall in Frisco Square, 6101 Frisco Square Blvd., Frisco Info: http://www.friscofreedomfest.org/ Cost: FREE!• Fair Park FourthThe family-friendly event will feature patriotic performances, dancing water shows at the Esplanade Fountain, entertainment, concessions, plus a spectacular fireworks show at approximately 9:30 p.m. Good to know: The event is free, however, parking within the gates of Fair Park is $5, or ride DARTs Green Line Rail to Fair Park Station. Recommended ages: All When: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday, July 4 Where: Fair Park, 1300 Robert B. Cullum Blvd., Dallas, TX 75210 Info: 214-421-9600, http://fairpark.org Cost: FREE!• Friday FireworksEvery Friday night throughout the summer, you can feast your eyes on a 10-minute fireworks display that can be seen from any Lake Grapevine Park. On Fourth of July, the fireworks show is 25 minutes long. Good to know: Best viewing locations are your favorite lake parks or on top of the parking garage at the Gaylord Texan Resort. Recommended ages: All When: 9:30 p.m. Fridays through Labor Day. Where: Lake Grapevine, Grapevine, Texas Info: http://www.grapevinetexasusa.com/summerblast/friday-night-fireworks/ Cost: FREE!
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