Bits & Bites: Things to Do July 4th-6th

Fireworks, Willie Nelson and corndogs: it's 4th of July, Texas style.

Addison Fireworks, Courtesy Thomas Elliott/Flickr
Addison Fireworks, Courtesy Thomas Elliott/Flickr
Though the USA’s run in the World Cup has come the end, you can keep on your star-spangled face paint and even flash a “United States of Tim Howard” tank (we all know this American soccer hero is the real Secretary of Defense) in celebration of America’s birthday. The Fourth of July marks a day where the nation’s pride reaches a full time high and people come together more so to bond over brats, brews, and fireworks rather than the adoption of Declaration of Independence.

Friday, July 4th
No work today probably means you celebrated this great holiday a day early, and we don’t blame you. That being said you may be a little hungover and in need of a good meal. Put that appetite to the test at Libertine Bar’s Sixth Annual Brass Knuckle Corn Dog Beatdown. I mean what’s more American than a corn dog and an eating contest? Opening at 11 am, Libertine will have a dunk tank and full menu, but the actual throwdown will take place at 7 pm with a kids’ contest at 5 pm. First place will walk away with a brass knuckles trophy and $100 gift certificate, second place gets a $50 certificate and third place receives $25 in quarters just because Libertine Bar can. However, everyone should just agree on a draw because the tiebreaker involves a tequila shoot-out. Registration is free and in person at the bar.

Even though Texans believe this great state is its own nation, we love nothing more than an excuse to celebrate freedom. Nothing says “God Bless America” more than a picnic hosted by Willie Nelson himself. An all-day extravaganza featuring live music from big names like Dierks Bentley, Josh Abbott Band, Ryan Bingham and of course Willie Nelson, be sure to get there early to enjoy the food and boozy shenanigans. Gates open at 11 am by the Stockyards Boulevard adjacent to Billy Bob’s Texas and music lasts until midnight.

Looking for a more family friendly Fourth of July experience? Head to Fair Park Fourth for the City of Dallas’ official Independence Day celebration with live music, access to State Fair rides, games, concessions, food trucks and of course plenty of fireworks. Admission to the Midway is $5 and the costs of rides, games and food will vary. View the fireworks show from inside the Cotton bowl from various locations throughout the Fair Park grounds starting at 9:30 pm. Other Fourth celebrations include Fort Worth’s Fourth and Frisco’s Freedom Fest.

Saturday July 5th
Kick back from all your Independence Day festivities by staying the night at the Fairmont Hotel in Uptown. There will be a the screening of Frozen on Saturday (kind of ironic with this sweltering Texas heat). Whether you choose to dive-in headfirst or admire the rooftop pool from your lounge chair, take advantage of the cocktail selection, poolside meals and bags of popcorn.

Sunday July 6th
Keep the celebration of all things American going with National Fried Chicken Day, a day we say “You’re Welcome World” for one of the best food creations known to man. Not like USA is cocky or anything. Though there are no specific events in relation to this day, we went ahead and compiled a list of some of our favorite fried bird eats around town for your enjoyment.

After you indulge in a hardy plate of chicken and waffles for Sunday brunch, head to Weekend Coffee to learn the art of brewing like a pro barista. From 3 to 5 pm, experts will discuss the farm and processing methods and roasting and brewing stages. Leave the class finally understanding how to use a Chemex, V60 Pour-Over and French press or just leave finally understanding the difference between each. Reserve your seat by emailing [email protected]