Photo by Bret Redman.


Where and How to Celebrate the Fourth of July 2020

Where to safely see fireworks, pick up barbecue, grab a patriotic drink, and more.

Be safe this weekend. Don’t pack into a home with a bunch of friends and family. Yesterday, Dallas County recorded more than 1,000 cases of the coronavirus. If we don’t behave ourselves this weekend, UT Southwestern predicts a 50 percent increase in hospitalizations by July 13.

That being said, you can still celebrate July 4. Try to stay home; fire up your grill, why don’t you? If you do go out, wear a mask and stay six feet apart. Outdoor gatherings of more than 10 are banned in Dallas County—it’s that serious.

Relax and celebrate. But most importantly, be safe.

The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra is holding a virtual concert in lieu of its usual outdoor Independence Day performance. This year, the orchestra teamed up with Texas Ballet Theater and the Fort Worth Opera for a collaborative show called America Strong taking place at Dickies Arena and broadcasted by WFAA on July 4 at 9 p.m. The performance will also be available on the FWSO website after the live stream. 

Grapevine’s 38th annual July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza is still moving ahead at full speed this year. The 24-minute fireworks show will take place over Lake Grapevine at 9:30 on July 4. There are several viewing areas around the lake, but most require paid parking. If you go, stay in your car. Find details here

Fort Worth’s Panther Island Fourth of July celebration has been modified this year, but there will still be a fireworks show to enjoy from afar. The festival part of the event is canceled and there is no parking allowed at the venue, but fireworks will be launching off at 9:20 p.m. for surrounding neighborhoods to enjoy. 

Addison’s famous Kaboom Town fireworks extravaganza will be a virtual event this year. They’ve moved the fireworks to an undisclosed location to prevent contagious crowds from forming, and they’ll be sharing the show on Addison’s YouTube channel on July 3 at 9:30 p.m. The show will then be replayed on CW33 on July 4. 

Granbury is moving ahead with its July 4th Celebration with a few changes. There will no longer be a parade, but there will be local vendors selling food and goods in the town square from Friday at noon through Saturday evening. The fireworks show will take place at 9:45 p.m. on Saturday and will be visible around town. 

The Frisco Freedom Fest has been altered to allow for social distancing, so there will no longer be a festival or 5k run, but the fireworks will continue as planned. The 20-minute pyrotechnic display will take place at 9:30 p.m. on July 4. You can also watch the show from a distance on the City of Frisco Facebook page

Plano has the All American 4th celebration, and this year they’re launching the fireworks from a higher point (Lavon Farms) so that the show is visible from a distance. It’s recommended that you view the fireworks from your car or your home. 

The Rustic is celebrating the Fourth of July with its annual Drink the Flag party, where guests are invited to drink the American flag-shaped beer mosaic on the wall of the restaurant. The event benefits the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation.

Two of Dallas’ formidable Filipino pop-ups have joined forces to create Bahay, a newly minted takeout operation. It’s first-ever offering: Fourth of July grill kits. The women behind Hella Lumpia and BilbaoDFWwhose powers combined make Bahay, are taking preorders for grill kits that feed four to six people for $65. They include a half-rack of adobo-glazed pork ribs, Filipino barbecue skewers (pork, shrimp, veggie), garlic fried rice, and atchara (a refreshing Filipino relish). 

Terry Black’s Barbecue is celebrating the fourth with $3 beers for dine-in customers, plus a wide range of take-home family packs available. The kits start at $99 and include meat and sides. Call 469-399-0081 to place an order. 

Mi Dia From Scratch is offering a special, American Flag-themed margarita for $5 at its Grapevine, Plano, and Flower Mound locations. 

One90 Smoked Meats is selling whole briskets for $120 and pork shoulders for $70 this Independence Day Weekend. Place an order here

The Capital Grille is offering special Steak Grille Boxes for at-home Independence Day barbecues. The box includes four uncooked steaks and your choice of sides; you can place your order online

Eddie V’s also has cookout supplies with its 4th of July Marketplace Boxes, which include steak and lobster plus signature sides. The box comes with sparklers for a festive touch. Reserve your package online


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