Here’s our lineup of top picks for free Dallas / Fort Worth Fourth of July entertainment: fireworks, parades, and celebrations, from Arlington to Frisco to Fair Park Fourth.
This isn’t a comprehensive list, but if your favorites aren’t listed, tell us why they rock (in the comment box below) and we’ll add them.
Dallas / Fort Worth 4th of July
Frisco Freedom Fest: July 4, 2013, 4pm till Fireworks at FC Dallas Stadium and Simpson Plaza at City Hall, 6101 Frisco Sq Blvd, Frisco, TX. Festival includes live entertainment, a Children’s Expo (Euro bungees, rock walls, inflatables, and more), Community Stage, Taste of Frisco, and a major league soccer match (FC Dallas vs Chivas USA). Fireworks start at 10:20pm.
Garland Star-Spangled Spectacular: July 4, 2013 4-9pm at the Firewheel Town Center. Live music, balloon artists, face painters, decorative hats from the RadHatter, bounce houses, inflatable slides, miniature train rides, and more. Fireworks start at 9pm.
The Colony’s Liberty by the Lake Festival: July 4, 2013. 6:30am-11pm at Stewart Creek Park in The Colony, TX. Event features a parade at 10am starting at Peter’s Colony Elementary School, a business expo, watermelon contest, salsa shootout, family fun zone, Elvis contest, 5k, 10k, and 1 mile run, BMX and skateboarding stunt show performance, and fireworks at 9:30pm.
Light up Arlington: July 3, 2013. 6pm at Levitt Pavilion in Arlington, TX. Food, fun, fireworks, and free music. Velvet Love Box plays at 7:30pm and the Atlanta Rhythm Section at 8:45pm. Fireworks at 9:45pm.
Addison – Kaboom Town!: July 3, 2013, 5pm till midnight at Addison Circle Park in Addison, TX. Live entertainment on the Dos Equis Stage, Addison Airport Air Show, Family Fun Zone (games, obstacle course, face painting, and more). Fireworks start at 9:30.
Farmer’s Branch Independence Day Celebration: July 3, 2013. 6:30pm at Farmers Branch Historical Park (2540 Farmers Branch Lane, Farmers Branch, TX). See calendar listing.
Flower Mound Independence Fest: July 4, 2013. Flower Mound, TX. Children’s Parade and free kids’ zone 10am-1pm at the LISD School Administration Building. Event includes bounce houses, rock climbing wall, face painting, and games. Evening entertainment starts at 5pm at Bakersfield Park and features live music by Rick Springfield, a Time Machine Car Show, and fireworks at approximately 9:45pm.
Bedford 4thFEST Independence Day Celebration: July 4, 2013. 12pm-11pm at the Bedford Boys Ranch Park in Bedford, TX. Event includes a free concert, InflataFUN Zone, a variety of family fun FREE activities, live music, free childrens’ comedy show, classic car show, and fireworks at 10pm.
Lake Grapevine Fourth of July Fireworks Extravaganza: July 4, 2013. Fireworks launched over Lake Grapevine. Viewable at any location along Lake Grapevine in Grapevine, TX. Most viewing places are free. Fireworks start at 9:30pm.
Red, White & Lewisville: July 4, 2013 in the Vista Ridge Mall Area in Lewisville, TX. Fireworks start at 9:30. Best viewing areas are around the Vista Ridge Mall Area.
Fort Worth’s Fourth: July 4, 2013 2-9:30pm along the Trinity River at Panther Island Pavilion in Trinity Uptown. Activities include live music, tubing and kayaking on the Trinity River, and a kids zone full of free activities including bounce houses. Fireworks start at 9:30pm.
Arlington Highlands 4th of July Fireworks Extravaganza: July 4, 2013, starting at 9:15pm at Arlington Highlands. The fun begins at 7pm with a live music. FREE sno-cones From 7pm to 9pm for the first 3,000 people (afterward sno-cones will be $1 each).
Denton Kiwanis Club Fireworks Show: July 4, 2013 at Apogee Stadium in Denton, TX. Gates open at 5:30pm, live music begins at 6:30. Fireworks at dusk.
Fair Park Fourth: July 4, 2012. 4:30-10pm at the Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas, TX. Event will feature musical performances including a Dallas Wind Symphony patriotic concert at 8pm, free or reduced admission to Fair Park’s participating museums, “dancing water” shows at the Bellagio-style Esplanade Fountain, carnival games, plus fireworks at the Cotton Bowl.
McKinney’s Red, White & Boom: July 4, 2012 in McKinney, TX. Downtown parade at 10am. At the McKinney Soccer Complex at Craig Ranch there will be family activities and food 7-9:30pm, live entertainment 8-9:30pm, and fireworks at 9:45pm.
Lancaster Old Fashioned Fourth Fireworks Celebration: July 4, 2013. No further info.