With July 4 falling this year on a Tuesday, many of us will be celebrating an especially long birthday weekend for America. Fill it with cookouts, a healthy dose of patriotism, and fireworks. Lots of fireworks. Here are some of the best shows in North Texas this year:
The weekly Fort Worth summer concert series doesn’t fall on the holiday itself, but the promise of a fireworks show after live music, fun, and floating on the Trinity River makes this close enough for our purposes. (Same goes for the July 8 edition.)
Kaboom Town at Addison Circle Park | July 3
The free festival grounds open at 4 p.m. and close at midnight, and you can expect the fireworks show—often hailed as one of the best in the country—shortly after dark. Arrive at Addison Circle Park long before sundown, however, if you want great seats for the show. Traffic will be thick, to say the least. If the crowds prove too thick, try and find a vantage spot elsewhere in Addison, and look up.
At the gateway to West Dallas, you’ll find music and food trucks starting at 6 p.m. The fireworks come a little bit later, their sparkle just enhancing what’s already a pretty nice view of the skyline and bridge.
Stick around at the ballpark in Arlington after your Texas Rangers play the Red Sox for a fireworks show celebrating America and, if we’re real lucky, a Rangers win.
The festival starts at 6 p.m., with fireworks ready for liftoff at 9:45.
Fair Park Fourth at Fair Park | July 4
The Fourth of July festivities begin at noon, with the climactic fireworks scheduled for about 9:45 p.m. The show will be visible from most of Fair Park, and seating will be available at the Cotton Bowl. The celebration is free, but you’ll have to pay extra (between $5 and $7) to access the Midway, where most of the rides, games, and concessions will be.
Back in Fort Worth, gates at the pavilion on the Trinity River open at 2 p.m., with a day full of live music, flyboard shows, and all the tubing you can handle. An F-16 flyover is at 8 p.m., with fireworks following a couple hours later. This event is free.
A party kicks off on the plaza around 4 p.m., followed by an FC Dallas match at 7:30. Root for the home team and then sit tight for a big fireworks show, which will also be visible from Frisco’s Purefoy Municipal Center. Sounds like a ball.
Lone Stars and Stripes at Lone Star Park | July 3 & 4
Freedom Festival 2017 in Lewisville | July 4