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, and Bedford 4thFEST Independence Day Celebration. What’s your favorite?
Follow the links below for more details on each event from the event organizers.
Dallas / Fort Worth 4th of July
Arlington: Light up Arlington – July 3, 2014, at 6pm at Levitt Pavilion in Arlington, TX. Food, fun, fireworks, and free music. American Jazz Composers Orchestra plays at 7:30pm and Firefall at 8:45pm. Fireworks at 9:45pm.
Addison: Kaboom Town! – July 3, 2014, 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). Fireworks start at 9:30pm.
Bedford: 4thFEST Independence Day Celebration – July 4, 2014, from 12pm-10pm at the Bedford Boys Ranch Park in Bedford, TX. Event includes a free concert, InflataFUN Zone (pay per activity), a variety of family fun FREE activities, live music, free childrens’ comedy show, classic car show, and fireworks at 10pm.
Denton: Kiwanis Club Fireworks Show – July 4, 2014 at Apogee Stadium in Denton, TX. Gates open at 5:30pm, live music begins at 6:30. Fireworks at dusk.
Dallas / Fair Park: Fair Park Fourth – July 4, 2014, from 10am-10pm. The City of Dallas, Friends of Fair Park and the State Fair of Texas invite everyone to celebrate America with a day of family fun. Enjoy live music, water features and access to rides, games and concessions within the State Fair of Texas Midway, starting at noon. (Admission to Midway $5). Texas Discovery Gardens will be open extended hours, from 10am-7pm, with the annual “Red, White and Butterflies” festivities. Enjoy the gardens, butterflies, crafts and activities all day long for a reduced $1 admission. More live music and access to food trucks will be available throughout Fair Park starting at 6pm. Free and open to the public, the family-friendly event will feature patriotic performances, “dancing water” shows at the Esplanade Fountain, entertainment, concessions, plus a spectacular fireworks show at approximately 9:30pm.
Farmer’s Branch: Independence Day Celebration – July 3, 2014, starting at 6:30pm at Farmers Branch Historical Park. Live entertainment, KidZone, food and drinks, pie eating contest. Fireworks at 9:30pm.
Flower Mound: Independence Fest – July 4, 2014. Flower Mound, TX. Children’s Parade and free kids’ zone 10am-1pm at the LISD School Administration Building. Event includes bounce houses, face painting, and games. Evening entertainment starts at 5pm at Bakersfield Park and features live music, a Time Machine Car Show, and fireworks at approximately 9:50pm.
Fort Worth: Fort Worth’s Fourth – July 4, 2014, 2-9:30pm along the Trinity River at Panther Island Pavilion in Trinity Uptown. Activities include live music, tubing on the Trinity River, Flyboard shows, and a kids zone full of free activities including bounce houses. Regular admission is FREE. Fireworks start at 10pm.
Frisco: Freedom Fest – July 4, 2014. 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
Garland: Star-Spangled Spectacular – July 4, 2014, 4-9:15pm at the Firewheel Town Center. Families will enjoy face painters, balloon artists, bounce houses, strolling entertainment and more during Star Spangled Spectacular. Additionally, Radio Disney will be onsite with games and giveaways for lucky attendees. Fireworks at 9:15pm.
Lake Grapevine: Fourth of July Fireworks Extravaganza – July 4, 2014. 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.
Lancaster: Old Fashioned Fourth Fireworks Celebration: July 4, 2014, 7pm-9pm at Lancaster Community Park. Music, food, Family Fun Zone, and more. Fireworks at 9pm.
McKinney: McKinney’s Red, White & Boom – July 4, 2014 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.
Lewisville: Red, White & Lewisville — July 4, 2014 in the Vista Ridge Mall Area in Lewisville, TX. Fireworks start at 9:30. Best viewing areas are around the Vista Ridge Mall Area.
The Colony: Liberty by the Lake Festival – July 4, 2014 from 6:30am-11pm at Stewart Creek Park in The Colony, TX. Event features a parade at 10am starting at Peter’s Colony Elementary School, wakeboarding competition, business expo, watermelon eating contest, salsa shootout, family fun zone, scavenger hunt, 5k, 10k, and 1 mile run, BMX and skateboarding stunt show performance, magic and comedy shows, and fireworks at 9:30pm.
Terrell: Tricycle /Bicycle Parade, Celebration, Fireworks — July 4th, 2014, entertainment begins at 6pm. At Ben Gill Park at the intersection of Hwy 80 & 9th St. Tricycle/ Bicycle Decorating Contest and Parade begin at 7:15pm. Age categories are 5 and under , 6-9 and 10-12. Prizes will be awarded. $2.00 Entry Fee. Concessions available. Fireworks at dusk.
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 we’ll add them.