It’s almost America’s birthday! How will you be celebrating the Fourth of July this year? Fireworks, live music, and grilled foods are non-negotiable. Don’t waste the holiday at a neighborhood barbecue that’s not lit enough. Aceable has rounded up the five best weekend activities for enjoying the 4th of July in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
1. ADDISON KABOOM! TOWN
There’s an onomatopoeia in the name, so you know Kaboom! Town is gonna be good. USA Today has called it one of the Top 10 fireworks shows in the whole country. Lucky you, Addison is only about a half hour away from Dallas. This nationally recognized Independence Day celebration is an all-evening event. Addison Circle Park opens at 4:00 pm on Monday, July 3rd, and the live patriotic music, airshow (as in stunt pilots!), and controlled enjoyment of explosives don’t stop until midnight. Bring a picnic or grab dinner from one of the many food vendors or nearby restaurants.
Photo courtesy of the Town of Addison
2. FAIR PARK FOURTH
Your best bet for celebrating the Fourth of July in the city limits is Fair Park Fourth, a festival taking place around Fair Park and the Midway. During the day, get free or reduced price admission to surrounding museums and attractions, and enjoy live music, rides, and concessions at the State Fair (admission is only $5 in advance, $7 at the gate). At nightfall (9:37 pm, to be exact), the free fireworks show begins. The prime location for firework watching is from the Cotton Bowl Stadium.
Photo courtesy of Justin Terveen
3. GRAPEVINE FIREWORKS EXTRAVAGANZA
Head over to Grapevine and find a nice spot to chill at Oak Grove Park. The 35th annual Fireworks Extravaganzafeatures a whopping 26 minutes of fireworks for your viewing pleasure. The big show starts at 9:30 pm, and it’s a guaranteed rain-or-shine event. Prefer to party on rooftops? Get a fantastic view from the roof of the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center parking garage. This event is free unless you choose to watch from a private business or private dock/park that is charging an entrance fee.
Photo courtesy of Grapevine Texas
4. FORT WORTH’S FOURTH
If you can say the tongue twister name of this festival five times fast, you get in free. JK, it’s already free. Fort Worth’s Fourth takes place on Tuesday, July 4th, on the Trinity River at Panther Island Pavilion. The tubing, games, and live music are provided, and you can take your pick of classic festival foods for sale. Fireworks kick off at 10 pm. Bring a radio and tune into 95.9 The Ranch to hear music coordinated with the fireworks display. And remember, you can’t spell “You will really enjoy the Fourth of July” without “Fort Worth.”
Photo courtesy of Fort Worth’s Fourth
5. THE INDEPENDENCE FESTIVAL AT THE FOUR SEASONS
You don’t have to be an out-of-towner to hang out at the Four Seasons Resort and Club at Las Colinas. The Independence Festival kicks off at 5:30 pm on the Driving Range with games and entertainment for all ages. Bring your own towels and lounge chairs for the outdoor concert. Yep, it’s got basically everything you could want in a 4th of July celebration.
Photo courtesy of Four Seasons Dallas