Strike up the band, light up the sky, and salute the flag. The long July 4th weekend is upon us in North Texas. And we’ve got a sea-to-shining-sea list of things to do.
Everywhere you look there will be celebrations for Uncle Sam, from the fabulous Fort Worth’s Fourth to Light Up Arlington to Stars & Stripes in Southlake to KaBoom Town in Addison. So pack up the kids, pick up granny and put Lee Greenwood on a loop. And be proud to be an American.
Happy Fourth of July!
Saturday, July 2
Billy Bob’s 4th of July Picnic 7 p.m. Saturday. Rodeo Plaza in Fort Worth Stockyards. Performers include Turnpike Troubadours, Billy Joe Shaver, Shinyribs, Mike & The Moonpies. Ages 17 and under must be accompanied by parent or legal guardian. No chairs, umbrellas, pets or coolers. Tickets $30 pit, $20 general admission. 817-624-7117; billybobstexas.com
Fort Worth Botanic Gardens: Old-Fashioned Family Fireworks Picnic July 2-4 8:15 pm Sat, Sun and Mon. Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra with conductor Daniel Black. Program includes marches, military salutes and a fireworks show. Tickets $22-$55. fwsymphony.org
The Colony: Liberty by the Lake July 2 Fireworks at 9:30 pm Stewart Creek Park, 3700 Sparks Rd. Events begin at 7:45 a.m. with one-mile, 5K and 10K runs. Parade 10 am. Lone Star Action Sports - BMX Stunt Show at 5, 6:30 and 8 pm. Fireworks over Lake Lewisville choreographed to patriotic music on 99.9 FM. Stewart Creek Park recommended viewing area. libertybythelake.com
Sunday, July 3
Light Up Arlington! 6pm July 3. Levitt Pavilion, 100 W. Abram St., Arlington. Music by Hannah Kirby at 7:30 pm, Brad Thompson 8:45. Fireworks 9:45; concerts continue afterward. Free admission and parking. levittpavilionarlington.org
Southlake Stars & Stripes July 3. Southlake Town Square. Patriotic music and fireworks 9:30pm; live broadcast and music on 100.7 FM. Candy art, balloon artists, gourmet food trucks and more. Bring blankets or lawn chairs. No alcohol or pets. Shuttles begin at 4pm from 185 S. White’s Chapel Blvd. visitsouthlaketexas.com
Addison KaBoom Town! July 3 4-11:30pm. Addison Circle Park, 30-minute fireworks show at 9:30pm, food, music, 100.3 JACK FM live radio simulcast, children’s activities, obstacle course and more. Free. Dozens of Addison restaurants and hotels celebrate with watching parties and entertainment. addisontexas.net/events/kaboomtown/
Lone Star Park: Lone Stars & Stripes Fireworks Celebration July 3. 1000 Lone Star Parkway, Grand Prairie. 972-263-7223. Gates open at 3pm, racing begins at 5pm. Family Fun Park featuring bounce houses, pony rides, and a petting zoo. Music by Vegas Stars between races. Fireworks after the last race at 10pm. Military with valid I.D. receive free general admission. One lucky guest will win a new 2016 Ford Mustang lonestarpark.com
Mansfield’s Rockin’ 4th of July 7-10 p.m., Big League Dreams Sports Park, 500 Heritage Parkway, Mansfield. Family activities, live music and food. Fireworks begin at 9:30 pm. Free shuttles from Newsom Stadium. Free; snacks available for purchase. mansfieldtexas.gov
Roanoke’s Independence Day Celebration, 6-10:30 pm, Roanoke Community Park, 201 Park Drive. Rock climbing wall, train rides, music and bounce houses with fireworks. roanoketexas.com
Farmers Branch Independence Day Celebration July 3 6:30 -10 p.m. Farmers Branch Historical Park, 2540 Farmers Branch Ln. Includes live music, concessions, pie eating contest, children’s activities, historical tours. Fireworks show at 9:30 pm. Parking and free shuttle service at Metro Square Business Park, 12300 Ford Rd. www.fblibertyfest.com
Monday, July 4
Fort Worth’s Fourth at Panther Island Pavilion 2-10pm July 4. Live music 3:30pm-9:30pm; Gary P. Nunn 6pm; Party Machine 8pm. Fireworks 10 pm. 395 Purcey St., along the Trinity River at Panther Island Pavilion. 817-698-0700. Free. VIP seating $40. Includes music, water slide, zip line, tubing and kayaking on the Trinity River, a bounce house, pony rides, obstacle course, and fireworks. Flyboard shows, 3-7:45 pm. Food available for purchase. Bring blankets and lawn chairs. No alcoholic beverages allowed in; vendors will sell beer.Parking $10-$20. www.pantherislandpavilion.com
Arlington: America the Beautiful July 4. Update: Parade has been delayed until 10 a.m. Parade starts at southeast corner of Mitchell and Cooper streets. Free parking, open-seating bleachers, and food for sale. Kids Zone features face-painting, games and bounce houses. UTA Radio will have music and prizes. Award ceremony for parade floats at 1pm Knapp Heritage Park, 201 W. Front St. www.arlington4th.org
Bedford’s 4thFEST July 4 activities all day, including classic car show. 10pm fireworks. Bedford Boys Ranch Park, 2801 Forest Ridge Drive. Free. Bedford Splash Aquatic Center admission is $6.50; $5.50 ages 3-17; free for ages 2 and under. $20 on-site parking (enter via eastbound Harwood); $15 Bedford Public Library. www.bedfordtx.gov/4thfest/
Denton’s Kiwanis Club 41st Annual 4th of July Fireworks July 4. Gates open 6 pm, music 6:30pm. Fireworks at dusk. UNT Apogee Stadium. Features live music, kid’s activities. Free, donations accepted. Parking $10. dentonkiwanisclub.org
Hurst’s Annual Stars & Stripes July 4. 5-10 pm, Hurst Community Park, southwest corner of Precinct Line and Pipeline Road. Children’s area on west lawn, with inflatable activities. Music starts at 5:30pm with Jolie Holiday and Sonny Burgess, 6:45pm Emerald City Band, 8pm Emerald City. Fireworks 9:30pm. Free shuttle from North East Mall. No pets, alcohol or smoking. www.hursttx.gov
Northeast annual Family 4th Fireworks Show 5-10 pm, The Hills Center, 6351 Boulevard 26, North Richland Hills. Activities, food and drink, concert featuring Derek Anthony and fireworks, best viewed from The Hills Center and Wiley G. Thomas Coliseum, Haltom City. Free. 817-281-9376. www.netarrant.org
Grapevine Annual July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza 9:30pm July 4. Oak Grove Park. Twenty-six 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. Lakeview Park and Meadowmere Park closed due to high lake levels. www.grapevinetexasusa.com
Trophy Club 4th Celebration 7:15 am-10 pm. July 4. Parade, 5K race, live music and food. Fireworks begin at 9:40 p.m. www.trophyclub.org
Weatherford’s Spark in the Park. 4-10 pm. July 4. Heritage Park, 315 Santa Fe Dr. Music by Charlie Robison at Weatherford Amphitheater, Tommy Alverson opens. Free shuttle from Weatherford College. weatherfordtx.gov
Granbury’s Old Fashioned 4th of July 8 am-10 pm. July 4. Firecracker 5K, parade begins at 10 a.m. at Granbury High School. Fireworks at 9:45 pm over Lake Granbury. (Granbury hosts more events July 2-3. see website for details) granburychamber.com
Burleson’s Independence Day Concert and Fireworks. 5-10 pm. July 4. Escape, the Journey Tribute band, performs at 7:30. Fireworks, 9:20. Chisenhall Fields Sports Complex, 500 W. Hidden Creek Pkwy., Burleson. burlesontx.com
Cleburne Fourth of July Celebration 6-10 p.m. July 4. Boat parade begins at 8. Fireworks at Lake Pat Cleburne; KCLE radio will play music in sync with show. cleburnechamber.com
Dallas’ Fair Park Fourth 4:30-10 p.m. July 4. Fireworks at 9:37 pm in the Cotton Bowl. Fair Park, 1300 Robert B. Cullum Blvd., Dallas. Free admission. www.fairpark.org
Flower Mound: Independence Fest July 4. Gates open at 5 pm, Bakersfield Park, 1201 Duncan Ln., Flower Mound. Free concert with Loverboy. Fireworks finale at 9:50 pm. Free parking. Performances by other musical groups including Le Freak and Cherry Bomb. Vintage car show and free Kid’s Zone. www.flower-mound.com
Frisco: Freedom Fest July 4. Begins at 4 pm. Fireworks finale at 10 pm. Simpson Plaza at City Hall, 6101 Frisco Square Blvd., Frisco.
Irving Independence Day Parade and Fireworks Show July 4, 9am-noon parade Heritage Park Irving, 217 N. Main St.. Festival 6-10pm, with fireworks at Lake Carolyn, 601 E. Las Colinas Blvd. East Irving. Free admission, parking in area garages cash only. www.cityofirving.org/
Lake Cities July 4. 9 am-10 pm. Lake Dallas City Park, 101 E. Hundley Drive. 214-656-4939. Cities of Corinth, Hickory Creek, Shady Shores and Lake Dallas. Live music with Eleven Hundred Springs. Fireworks around 9:15 pm. Free. www.lakedallas.com.
Red, White and Lewisville July 4. 9:30pm. Vista Ridge Mall, 2401 S. Stemmons Freeway, Lewisville. Best viewing areas are between Texas 121 and the south side of Vista Ridge Mall. The show will begin after dark. 972-219-3401www.cityoflewisville.com.
Little Elm’s July Jubilee 5-11 pm. July 4. Little Elm Park, 701 W. Eldorado, on the shores of Lake Lewisville. Seventh annual Independence Day. Live music and fireworks finale over the lake. www.littleelmtx.us
McKinney’s “Red, White and Boom” July 4. Historic Downtown McKinney. 10 a .m. parade, plus classic car, truck and cycle show. 5:30 pm evening celebration at McKinney Soccer Complex at Craig Ranch with music from Blue Water Highway. Fireworks finale at 9:45 pm with live simulcast on Classical 101.1 . www.mckinneytexas.org
Plano’s All-American Fourth July 4. Begins at 5 p.m. Fireworks at 9:30 pm with music simulcast on KLAK 97.5 at Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve, east of U.S. 75 on Spring Creek Parkway. Parking at Collin College, First United Methodist Church Plano and Plano Centre. www.visitplano.com
Richardson’s Family 4th Celebration July 4. 6pm-10:15 pm. Fireworks at 9:45 pm. Breckinridge Park, south of Renner and Brand Roads intersection, northeast Richardson. Free. Live music at 6:30pm wtih Griffin Tucker; 8:45 pm as The Richardson Community Band presents its Patriotic Salute Concert. 972-744-4300. www.cor.net