The 4th of July is next Thursday. There isn’t much going on this weekend in DFW, so spend a weekend being lazy at home. But be sure to plan your Independence Day celebration with this guide to free fireworks shows, parades, and family celebrations in DFW. Unless otherwise stated (there are two), all of these events take place on Thursday, July 4th 2013.
4th of July fireworks show tips
If you’re planning on taking the kids out to see a 4th of July fireworks show or going yourself, here are a few things to keep in mind. Fireworks shows usually start after dark, so plan on the kids staying up well past bedtime. They might get sleepy, which for most means cranky. Bring along a pillow and blanket so they can crash out in the car if necessary. If you will be sitting for a while before the show, bring something to keep them busy. Snacks and drinks are a good idea too, unless the venue you are visiting specifically prohibits outside food. Most importantly, wear bug spray. Summer in DFW means mosquitoes and mosquitoes unfortunately mean West Nile.
Now, on to the event schedule.
4th of July in Dallas Fort Worth
Fort Worth’s Fourth
This is the 25th anniversary of the Sister City partnership with Nagaoka, Japan so this year’s 4th of July show will be bigger than ever. Bring a cooler full of goodies (no outside alcohol) and wear your swim suit. Head down to the Trinity River for tubing, jet ski shows, and lots of free kids activities. Tubes and life jackets are also free. Concessions will be available for sale. Gates open at 2 p.m. Petty Theft will perform at 6 p.m. and Downtown Fever at 8 p.m. The fireworks show begins at 9:30 p.m.
When: 2 p.m. until about 10 p.m.
Where: Panther Island Pavilion, parking is at 395 Purcey Street, FW Texas 76102
For more info: Trinity River Vision
The city of Arlington hosts one of the oldest 4th of July parades in the metroplex. Visitors line the streets from the starting point at Mitchell and West Streets along a route up Center, along East Abrams Street, and back down Spaniolo Drive. The full map, along with the locations of announcer stands, can be found on the city’s website. This year’s theme is Emblems of the Land I Love. The event begins at 9 a.m. with the National Anthem. Awards are given at Knapp Heritage Park at 1 p.m.
When: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: See parade route map
For more info: City of Arlington
Northeast Tarrant County Family 4th Fireworks Show
This 4th of July celebration starts at 5 p.m. with lots of free kids activities. There will also be live music, food trucks, and a fireworks show starting around 9:25 p.m. Parking is available and the event is at two location: The Hills in North Richland Hills and Wiley G. Thomas Coliseum in Haltom City.
When: 5 p.m. to 11ish
Where: 6351 Boulevard 26, North Richland Hills; 6108 Broadway Avenue, Haltom City
For more info: Haltom City
Southlake Stars and Stripes
The City of Southlake is having their 4th of July celebration on Wednesday the 3rd. Festivities include kids games, crafts, and inflatables. Live music will perform on three stages. Food trucks will sell a variety of eats. The fireworks show begins at 9:30 p.m. and can be seen throughout the square.
When: July 3rd, 6-11 p.m.
Where: Southlake Town Square, Southlake Boulevard and North Carroll Avenue
For more info: Visit Southlake
Grapevine Fireworks Extraveganza
The city produces an enormous fireworks show over the lake that can be viewed from any lakeside park and many other locations throughout the city. The show begins at 9:30 p.m.
When: 9:30 p.m.
Where: Lake Grapevine
For more info: Grapevine Texas USA
Addison Kaboom Town
Wednesday July 3rd, the city of Addison hosts a nationally-recognized fireworks display. The display is produced by Time-Warner and coordinated with music on 100.3 JACK FM. The park will have several concession booths or visitors may bring their own food. An air show and live music will perform before the fireworks.
When: 5 pm. to midnight
Where: Addison Circle Park, 4970 Addison Circle Drive
For more info: Addison
Frisco Freedom Fest
This celebration includes live music, concessions, and ticketed kids activities. The Hometown Heroes exhibit will give children a chance to get up close to police, fire, and emergency vehicles and workers. The fireworks display will begin around 10:20 p.m. and will be viewable from the FC Dallas Stadium area.
When: 4-11 p.m.
Where: Simpson Plaza at City Hall, 6101 Frisco Square Boulevard
For more info: Frisco Freedom Fest