Arlington: Made in America, Celebrating Ingenuity 9 a.m., parade starts at southeast corner of Mitchell and Cooper streets. UTA’s College Park District. Free public parking, free open-seating bleachers, convenient restrooms, cool mist stations, refreshments for sale. Before and after the parade, a kids zone will feature face-painting, games and bounce houses. Award ceremony for parade floats will be at 1 p.m. at Knapp Heritage Park, 201 W. Front St. www.arlington4th.org.
Bedford’s 4thFEST, noon, activities all day. Bedford Boys Ranch Park, 2801 Forest Ridge Drive. Live music, family-friendly activities, classic car show, food vendors, salute to military and fireworks at 10 p.m. Free. Lawn chairs, blankets, coolers and nonalcoholic beverages (no glass) permitted. Bedford Splash Aquatic Center open from noon-7 p.m., admission $6.50 adults, $5.50 ages 3-17, free for 2 and under. $4 parking and shuttle, free for ages 3 and under, at Pennington Field, 1501 Central Drive. $15 limited on-site parking; $10 parking at the Bedford Public Library with proceeds benefiting the Friends of the Library.
Billy Bob’s Texas: Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic, 11 a.m. Rodeo Plaza in Historic Fort Worth Stockyards. Performers include Dierks Bentley, Josh Abbott Band, Ryan Bingham and Jamey Johnson. Nelson takes the stage 11 p.m. Ages 17 and under must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. No chairs, umbrellas, pets or coolers. Tickets $40, $60 at the gate. 817-624-7117; www.billybobstexas.com
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Fort Worth’s Fourth: Panther Island Pavilion 2 p.m. Live music 6-9:30 p.m.; fireworks 10 p.m. 395 Purcey St., along the Trinity River in Trinity Uptown. Evening of free family activities, music, water slide, tubing and kayaking, a bounce house, minigolf and obstacle course, and fireworks. Bring blankets and lawn chairs. No coolers or outside beverages and food allowed, but vendors will sell beer, other beverages and food. www.pantherislandpavilion.com. For details about traffic changes for the activities in Fort Worth, visit www.fortworthpd.com.
Hurst’s 11th annual Stars & Stripes 5-10 p.m. Hurst Community Park, southwest corner of Precinct Line and Pipeline roads. A children’s area with inflatable activities will be on the west lawn. Music starts at 5:30. p.m., with Le Freak at 6:45 p.m. and the Emerald City Band at 8 p.m. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. A free shuttle service will run from North East Mall. No pets, RVs or trailers.
Como Day Parade/Independence Day Celebration, 10 a.m. 64th annual parade begins at the Como Community Center, 4900 Horne St., Fort Worth. Pre-parade ceremony begins at 9 a.m, featuring state Sen. Wendy Davis, Democratic candidate for governor.
Lake Grapevine: SummerBlast July 4 Fireworks Show 9:30 p.m. Forty-five minute show over the lake set to music. Show can be viewed on the rooftop of the parking garage at the Gaylord Texan Resort, as well as from parks around Lake Grapevine. www.grapevinetexasusa.com/summerblast
Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie: Lone Stars & Stripes Fireworks Celebration, Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie, 1000 Lone Star Parkway. 972-263-7223. Gates open at 3 p.m., racing begins at 5 p.m. Bounce houses, pony rides, and a petting zoo. Incognito will perform between the races on the Courtyard of Champions stage. After the last race, at about 10 p.m., there will be a 20-minute firework display choreographed to music. Members of any branch of the military receive free general admission with a valid military I.D.
Northeast Tarrant Family 4th Celebration and Fireworks Show, 5 p.m., Wiley G. Thomas Coliseum, 6108 Broadway Ave., Haltom City, and The Hills Shopping Center, 6351 Boulevard 26, North Richland Hills. Children’s activities, Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Free parking at both locations. www.netarrant.org.
More events in Fort Worth and surrounding areas can be found online at DFW.com/nightlife.