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Fourth activities for the family

SATURDAY

Addison Kaboom TownLive music from the Dallas Wind Symphony, an outdoor screening of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, historical aircraft flying through the air and a 30-minute fireworks spectacular that can be seen from just about anywhere in Addison. We say point your car north and go. Kaboom.When: 5:30 p.m. to midnight SaturdayWhere: Addison Circle Park, 4970 Addison Circle DriveCost: FreeInfo: www.addisontexas.net/events/KaboomTown

45th annual Arlington Independence Day paradeThe holiday weekend wouldn’t be complete without a parade, and this one is arguably the area’s most beloved. More than 150 entries, including classic cars, marching bands and all-American clowns, will be marching along the streets of downtown Arlington. When: 9 a.m. SaturdayWhere: Parade starts at the intersection of Mitchell and Pecan streets; parking available at UT-Arlington Maverick Stadium, 1307 W. Mitchell St., with shuttle service to downtown.Cost: FreeInfo:www.arlington4th.org

Denton 4th of July FireworksThis is the 38th time for the event, sponsored by the Denton Kiwanis Club. George Dunham & the Bird Dogs and City Folk will be providing the music. While the event is free, donations are accepted as it benefits the Denton Kiwanis Children's Clinic.When: 5:30 p.m. Saturday; fireworks begin at duskWhere: University of North Texas, Fouts Field, 2300 N. Interstate 35ECost: FreeInfo: www.dentonkiwanisclub.org/

Chesapeake Energy Family 4th Fireworks ShowConcessions will be on hand for purchase and you can listen to KDKR/91.3 FM to hear music accompanying the fireworks. In conjunction with the fireworks show, the Farside Band will open an evening of fun Saturday at 7 p.m. by performing classic rock and pop favorites from the 1960s, 70s and 80s at the Wiley G. Thomas Coliseum located at 6108 Broadway Ave., Haltom City.When: 9:30 p.m. SaturdayWhere: The Hills Shopping Center, 6351 Boulevard 26, North Richland HillsCost: FreeInfo: www.nrhtx.com/special_events.aspx

Lone Stars and StripesShow your kids the true meaning of July Fourth by taking them to the track and teaching them how to bet the daily double! Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie offers a weekend of racing and fireworks, along with a petting zoo, clowns and some impressive-sounding prizes (you can win a 2010 Chevy Silverado on Saturday and a trip to Phoenix on Sunday). When: Saturday and Sunday, gates open at 3 p.m., races begin at 5 p.m., fireworks follow after the last raceWhere: Lone Star Park, 1000 Lone Star Parkway, Grand PrairieCost: $5-$32Info: www.lonestarpark.com

Old Fashioned Family Fireworks PicnicThe snazziest fireworks display in Cowtown once again will take place at Concerts in the Garden, where the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra brings its outdoor season to a close with a program devoted to all things patriotic. Miguel Harth-Bedoya conducts what is usually the symphony’s most popular concert of the year. Get your tickets early. And don’t forget the bug spray.When: 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday and SundayWhere: Fort Worth Botanic Gardens, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd.Cost: $16-$43; parking $10-$20Info:www.fwsymphony.org

Stars & Stripes of SouthlakeThe evening features music, games, and a patriotic ceremony (broadcast from Rustin Park) that will precede the big fireworks show.When: 6 p.m. Saturday; fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m.Where: Southlake Town Square, Southlake Boulevard and Texas 114Cost: FreeInfo: www.starsandstripessouthlake.com

Stockyards StampedeWillie Nelson’s annual Fourth of July picnic has decamped for Austin, but you can still drink too much beer, stand in the hot sun and listen to country music all day long at the Stockyards Stampede, which features Randy Rogers Band, Mark Chesnutt, Ryan Bingham (who recently won an Oscar for his song from Crazy Heart)When: Noon to midnight SaturdayWhere: North Forty Concert Venue, adjacent to Billy Bob’s Texas, 2520 Rodeo Plaza, Fort WorthCost: $30; $40 at the gateInfo: www.stockyardsstampede.com

SUNDAY

Arlington Highlands fireworksWe’re big fans of the Arlington Highlands (how many other shopping plazas can claim both a hipster bowling emporium and a Pluckers?) and now we love it even more. This free celebration will include live music, a fireworks display and — best of all — free snow cones! When: 7 p.m. SundayWhere: Arlington Highlands, next to Splitsville, 401 Curtis Mathes Way, ArlingtonCost: FreeInfo:www.arlingtonhighlands.com

Bedford 4th Fest Island AdventureThe day-long festival includes a concert, island-adventure family activities, food and fireworks. The Splash Aquatic Center is also taking part with several water slides, a children's play zone, and a cabana party pavilion. Note that there is an admission for Splash activities: $5.50 adults, $4.50 children under 18, free for children two and younger. Also, Forest Ridge Dr. from Harwood Rd. to Shady Lane will be closed from 4 p.m. to midnight.When: Noon SundayWhere: Bedford Boys Ranch Park, 2801 Forest Ridge Rd.Cost:FreeInfo: www.ci.bedford.tx.us/Departments/tourism/fourfest.htm

Burleson July 4 CelebrationNorth Texas country-rock band Eleven Hundred Springs will kick things off with a performance and that will be followed by the fireworks display.When: 7:30 p.m. Sunday; fireworks begin around 9 p.m.Where: Hidden Creek Sports Complex, 295 Hidden Creek ParkwayCost: Free

Flower Mound Annual Independence Day CelebrationThe Walton Stout Band will perform and there'll also be a rock wall, giant slide, an obstacle course, and a bounce house to keep everyone entertained until the explosions start.When: 7 p.m. Sunday; fireworks start at 9:25 p.m.Where: Bakersfield Park, 1201 Duncan LaneCost: FreeInfo: www.flower-mound.com/independenceday

Fort Worth’s FourthA Fort Worth Cats game. A battle of the bands. The Great Texas Hill Slide (“the most people sliding down a hill at one time!”) If you get too sweaty, check out the Jet Ski shows, which promise “sprays from the performers.” And the whole thing ends with fireworks.When: SundayFort Worth Cats game, 4:30 p.m.; Jet Ski shows, 5 p.m., 6 p.m., 7 p.m.; Battle of the bands, starts at 6:15 p.m., with performances every hour; The Great Texas Hill Slide, 8 p.m.; Fireworks, 9:30 p.m.Where: Most activities will take place just behind LaGrave Field, Fort WorthCost: FreeInfo: www.fwfourth.com

Grapevine Fireworks ExtravaganzaThe skies will light up over Lake Grapevine for this 28th edition of the fireworks fest which, though originating from Oak Grove Park, will be able to be viewed anywhere around the lake. Note that Fairway Drive will be closed to all but emergency vehicles between Texas 26 and Silveron Boulevard. Tune into KLUV-FM/98.7 for musical accompaniment to the fireworks.When: 9:30 p.m. Friday and SundayWhere: Lake GrapevineCost: Free (however, some parks along the lake may charge admission) Info: www.grapevinetexasusa.com

Lone Stars and StripesLone Star Park at Grand Prairie offers a weekend of racing and fireworks, along with a petting zoo, clowns and some impressive-sounding prizes (you can win a 2010 Chevy Silverado on Saturday and a trip to Phoenix on Sunday). When:Saturday and Sunday, gates open at 3 p.m., races begin at 5 p.m., fireworks follow after the last raceWhere: Lone Star Park, 1000 Lone Star Parkway, Grand PrairieCost: $5-$32Info: www.lonestarpark.com

Mansfield Rockin' 4th of JulyWhen: 7 p.m. Sunday; fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m.Where: Big League Dreams,500 Heritage Parkway SouthCost: FreeInfo: www.mansfield-tx.gov

Old Fashioned Family Fireworks PicnicThe snazziest fireworks display in Cowtown once again will take place at Concerts in the Garden, where the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra brings its outdoor season to a close with a program devoted to all things patriotic. Miguel Harth-Bedoya conducts what is usually the symphony’s most popular concert of the year. Get your tickets early. And don’t forget the bug spray.When: 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday and SundayWhere: Fort Worth Botanic Gardens, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd.Cost: $16-$43; parking $10-$20Info:www.fwsymphony.org

Trophy Club: 4th of July CelebrationThe day begins with a 5K run and 3K walk at Byron Nelson High School. The town pool and splash pad, 500 Parkview Drive, opens at noon. The Trophy Club Idol Talent Contest is from 1 to 2:30 p.m., followed by the parade at 5 p.m. A festival begins at 6 p.m. in the pool parking lot. Fireworks should begin about 9:15 p.m.When: Sunday, All dayCost: FreeInfo:www.trophyclub.org/july_4th

MONDAY

Fair Park fireworksWhen: Monday. Dallas Wind Symphony performance begins at 8:30 p.m., fireworks follow at 9:30 p.m.Where: Fair Park, DallasCost: Free; parking is $10Info: www.fairpark.org

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