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Top 10 Places to Celebrate the Fourth of July in DFW

If you are looking to catch the fireworks while sporting your red, white and blue this Fourth of July, then look no further! We have put together a list of the top 10 places to celebrate in DFW.

1. Red, White and Boom on the Bridge

Watch the Downtown Dallas skyline light up with gorgeous fireworks at the Continental Bridge for the first time ever!. Pedestrians can also enjoy the show from the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, which will be closed to traffic. There will also be music, food, vendors, kids’ activities and more. No pets or coolers are allowed

2. Lone Stars and Stripes Fireworks Celebration

The annual Lone Stars and Stripes Fireworks Celebration is back! And it’s complete with a family fun park, live music, a Ford Mustang giveaway and (of course) fireworks. The famous 20-minute display happens after the last race of the day. All guests over 21 who arrive before 7:25 p.m. are eligible to enter for a chance to win the Mustang. Ten finalists will be announced and given a chance to test a key, and the finalist with the key that unlocks the door will win the car. Kids can enjoy bounce houses, pony rides, zip line and petting zoo, and the Vegas Stars will perform on the Courtyard of Champions. Military members of any branch can receive one free ticket with appropriate ID.

3. Addison Kaboom Town

Enjoy Addison’s spectacular fireworks show, which is rated as one of the five best in the country, happening the day before the national holiday. The schedule is packed with entertainment, from an air show to performances by Dallas Wind Symphony and the Party Machine band. Enjoy food, games, prizes and a party. You can also bring your own food for a picnic. Admission is free, but will be cut off once capacity is reached, so come early! Fireworks typically begin at 9:30 p.m. Pro tip: Park your car far away. It will take you less time to walk to your car than it would to get out of the parking lot after the event.

4. Light Up Arlington

There will be lots of food, fun, fireworks and music at Arlington’s Levitt Pavilion on July 3rd. Hannah Kirby, who appeared on NBC’s The Voice, will bring her fierce fiddle and powerhouse vocals to the stage at 8 p.m., followed by singer-songwriter Brad Thompson at 8:45 p.m. Fireworks will light up the Arlington sky at 9:45, and after the music will keep playing.

5. Red, White and Boom: Hometown Parade and Car Show

Be sure to check out historic downtown McKinney for a classic car, truck and cycle show, a parade, live entertainment and a spectacular fireworks show. Explore downtown’s dining and shopping options, and enjoy music, food and activities for the kids. Enter the parade for a chance to win up to $500; all entries should exhibit a Fourth of July or Olympics theme to match the theme of the parade: “Going 4 Gold — USA all the way!”

6. Frisco Freedom Fest and Firecracker Glow Run

Celebrate Independence Day in Frisco with a Dachshund Dash, Firework Glow Run and Freedom Fest, featuring Children’s Expo, an FC Dallas soccer game and a fireworks show including one of the biggest finales in North Texas. Racers competing in the Firework Glow Run will sport flashing LED lights and bright fluorescent gear, lighting up the city as they run. Frisco Foodies can enjoy the delicious samples available for purchase from concessions and eateries. There will also be a plaza party, a community stage and a hometown heroes exhibit, honoring the fire and police officers with their equipment on display.

7. Fort Worth’s Fourth

Boasting Jet Ski and Flyboard shows throughout the day, along with the largest fireworks show in North Texas, you will certainly be entertained at Fort Worth’s big event! The free kidzone includes pony rides, bounce houses, water slides, tubing, zip line, interactive exhibits and more. Food options range from Cajun to corndogs to catfish, and there will be live performances from Gary P. Nunn and Party Machine. Tubing is open to everyone 30″ tall and above, and tubes can be borrowed for free or brought from home. VIP tickets are available.

8. Richardson Family Fourth Celebrations

Richardson is “going green” this Fourth of July, with designated recycling containers available for cans and bottles throughout the park. Festival attractions include balloon artists, bounce houses, a climbing wall and the Star Spangled Safety Event, which features a fire truck slide and a police car bounce house. Attendees are welcome to bring their own picnic, but concessions available as well. Entertainment will include Griffin Tucker, the Richardson Community Band and fireworks, which will begin at 9:45 p.m. Free shuttle service is also available from the Rockwell Collins campus to Breckinridge Park, beginning at 6 p.m.

9. Old Fashioned Fourth

Come and celebrate 50 years of old-fashioned fun at the beloved Dallas Heritage Village as the park celebrates its half-century mark. This daytime Independence Day celebration hosts a number of history-themed events, including games (like horseshoe, graces, and checkers), historic buildings open for touring, and costumed interpreters. Visitors may also learn about milking a cow in the Dairy Day event and participate in juggling in the Circus in the Park experience. Kids attempt to spot Teddy bears in the buildings, and can decorate their red wagons for the patriotic parade. A carnival, held by the Junior Historian Volunteers, includes game booths, “fishing” for prizes and a beanbag toss. This event is free to attend, but old-fashioned snacks — think popcorn, cotton candy and root beer — will be available for purchase.

10. Irving Parade, Reception and Fireworks Show

Irving’s daytime celebration begins with a parade through Irving’s Heritage District. Participation is free, and it will feature businesses, organizations, families, floats, costumes and custom vehicles. There will be a reception following immediately after and includes airbrush tattoos and balloons, live music and free watermelon for all. Come back in the evening for even more free rides and activities for children, more live music, plenty of food vendors and fireworks to finish the evening with a bang.

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