Here’s our lineup of top picks for free Dallas / Fort Worth, Texas Fourth of July events: fireworks, parades. Popular picks include Fair Park Fourth — the City of Dallas’ official Independence Day celebration, and Fort Worth’s Fourth, (the largest fireworks show in North Texas). Also fun: McKinney’s Red, White & Boom. What’s your favorite? Follow the links below for more details on each event from the event organizers.
Dallas Area 4th of July
Dallas: Fair Park Fourth – July 4, 2015, from 6am-10pm. Features live music, rides, games and concessions within the State Fair of Texas Midway, starting at noon on July fourth. Activity and open schedule:
- 6am: Fair Park gates open.
- 7am: Dallas 7/4 7K/4K Race Registration Opens; 7:40pm. Race begins.
- 9am-7:30pm: Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park. Admission drops to $4 after 4pm.
- 10am-7pm: Texas Discovery Gardens. Enjoy its “Red, White and Butterflies” celebration with $2 general admission, crafts and activities.
- 10am-5pm: The Hall of State.
- 11am-10pm: The Old Mill Inn restaurant and patio.
- 12 noon: State Fair of Texas Midway opens. Admission to the Midway will be $5 (free to those who participate in the Dallas 7/4 race). Ride, game and concession costs will vary.
- 2pm-7pm: The African American Museum.
- 4pm: Dixie Land Band performs throughout the State Fair of Texas Midway.
- 7pm: Cotton Bowl Stadium Gate A opens (south side).
- 7pm: A Hard Night’s Day, a Beatles tribute band, will perform on the Midway near the Top o’ Texas Tower.
- 7pm: Dallas Wind Symphony performs on Court of Honor Stage in front of Hall of State.
- 9pm: WFAA-TV Channel 8 live broadcast begins from Cotton Bowl Stadium.
- 9:45pm: Fireworks.
SAVVY TIP: LEGOLAND Dallas is open July 4th. Take the family and get Discount Tickets in advance.
Addison: Kaboom Town! – July 3, 2015, 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, rides, face painting, and more). The celebration is city-wide, with a huge party in Addison Circle Park, watch parties at many restaurants. The 30-minute Fireworks start at 9:30pm, and simulcast on 100.3 JACK-FM.
Denton: Kiwanis Club Fireworks Show – July 4, 2015 at Apogee Stadium in Denton, TX. Gates open at 5:30pm, live music begins at 6:30. Fireworks at dusk. Liberty Run 5k Run/1 Mile Walk (North Lakes Rec Center); Fourth of July Yankee Doodle Parade (Downtown Denton 8:30am); Fourth of July Free Family Jubilee (Quakertown Park and Denton Civic Center 9am-6pm):
- 9am: Registration begins for horseshoe tournament
- 9:30am: Adult Lucky Horseshoe Tournament
- 9:30am: Live entertainment
- 9:30am: Entry begins for the kid’s arts and crafts show
- 11am-noon: Art displayed in the Civic Center.
- 10am-noon: FREE kid’s carnival in the Civic Center.
- 11am: Good ol’ fashion family fun begins
- 11am: Senior Center luncheon, $3/person
- Noon-6 pm: Civic Center Pool, $1/person
Fort Worth: Fort Worth’s Fourth 2015 – July 4, 2015 – 2pm-12am, along the Trinity River at Panther Island Pavilion, 395 Purcey Street, Fort Worth, TX. Activities include live music, tubing on the Trinity River, Flyboard shows, and a kids zone full of free activities including bounce houses. Fireworks start at 10pm. Free. Concerts in the Garden July 2-4, 2015, 6:30pm-10pm. Fireworks Picnic on July 2, 3 and 4. Tickets between $15-$50.
Flower Mound: Independence Fest – July 4, 2015. Flower Mound, TX. A full day of activities begins with the annual Children’s Parade at the LISD School Administration Building, 1800 Timber Creek Road, and concludes with a fireworks finale at around 9:50 p.m. that follows the free concert featuring 38 SPECIAL at Bakersfield Park.
Frisco: Freedom Fest – July 4, 2015. 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, Dachshund Races, Hometown Heroes, Hot Dog Eating Contest, and a major league soccer match (FC Dallas vs Philadelphia Union). Fireworks start at 10:20pm
Grapevine: Fourth of July Fireworks Extravaganza – July 4, 2015, at 9:30pm. 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. Free. Some parks along Lake Grapevine may charge a minimal admission fee.
Plano: All-American 4th Fireworks Show 2015 — July 4, 2015, 9:30pm at Oak Point Park & Nature Preserve (2801 E. Spring Creek Pkwy Plano, TX). Free. Bring your blankets, lawn chairs. Fireworks show choreographed to music and simulcast on 97.5 KLAK.
McKinney: McKinney’s Red, White & Boom – July 4, 2015, in McKinney, TX. Downtown parade at 10am, followed by a car show 1pm-5pm. 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. Historic Downtown McKinney (Parade and Car Show), McKinney Soccer Complex at Craig Ranch. Evening Activities. Fireworks at 9:45pm.
NOTE: This isn’t a comprehensive list, but if your favorites aren’t listed, tell us why they rock (in the comment box below) and I’ll add them.