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Fireworks and the Fourth: Where to celebrate in North Texas

By Denise Harris and Courtney Ortega;

June 29, 2017 08:21 AM

The United States has turned 241 and this year’s Fourth of July offers a range of opportunities to celebrate. If you’re still wondering where to celebrate, we’ve got you covered.

Tuesday, July 4

Arlington: 52nd Arlington 4th of July parade at 9am at southeast corner of Mitchell and South West streets on the UTA campus. Free parking, open-seating bleachers and food for sale. Kids Zone features face-painting, games and bounce houses. UTA Radio will have music and prizes. Award ceremony for parade floats at 1pm at Knapp Heritage Park, 201 W. Front St.

Bedford’s 4thFEST Bedford Boys Ranch Park, 2801 Forest Ridge Drive. Activities all day, including classic car show. Fireworks at 10pm. Free. Bedford Splash Aquatic Center noon-7pm, admission is $6.50, $5.50 ages 3-17, free age 2 and under. $20 on-site parking (enter via eastbound Harwood Road), $15 at Bedford Public Library.

Burleson’s Independence Day Concert and Fireworks 5-10pm. Escape, the Trio Grande band performs at 7:30. Fireworks 9:20pm. Chisenhall Fields Sports Complex, 500 W. Hidden Creek Parkway, Burleson.

City of Hudson Oaks, Boomin’ 4th, Gene L. Voyles Park., entertainment at 6 p.m. with the Boomin’ 4th Battle of the Bands winner Two Far Gone, followed by recording artists Jason Eady and Courtney Patton at 8 p.m. A recognition of all military branches will follow honoring veterans. Fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m.

Cleburne Fourth of July Celebration 6:30pm-10pm. Boat parade begins at 8pm. Fireworks at Lake Pat Cleburne; KCLE radio will play music in sync with show.

Denton’s Kiwanis Club 41st Annual 4th of July Fireworks Gates open 6pm, music 6:30pm. Fireworks at dusk. UNT Apogee Stadium. Features live music, kids activities. Free, donations accepted. Parking $10.

Fair Park Fourth 4:30-10pm. Fireworks around 9:45pm in the Cotton Bowl at Fair Park in Dallas. Free. Midway opens at noon. Admission $7 at gate, $5 in advance. Live music and access to rides, food trucks and activities.

Flower Mound: Independence Fest Gates open at 5pm. Bakersfield Park, 1201 Duncan Lane. Free concert Brothers Osborne and Le Freak. Fireworks finale at 9:50pm. Vintage car show and free Kid’s Zone. Free parking.

Fort Worth Botanic Garden: Old-Fashioned Family Fireworks Picnic 8:15pm. Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra with conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya. Program includes marches, military salutes and fireworks. $19-$55 per person, tables available.

Fort Worth’s Fourth at Panther Island Pavilion 2-10pm. Live music 3:30-9:30pm; Tejas Brothers, Party Machine. Fireworks, 10pm. 395 Purcey St., along the Trinity River. 817-698-0700. Includes music, water slides, zip line, tubing and kayaking, bounce house, pony rides, an obstacle course and fireworks. Picnic baskets welcome; food available for purchase. Bring blankets and lawn chairs. No alcoholic beverages; vendors will sell beer. Free. VIP seating $45-$60. Parking $10-$20.

Frisco Freedom Fest begins at 4pm. Fireworks finale at 10pm. Simpson Plaza at City Hall, 6101 Frisco Square Blvd. Taste of Frisco, party in the plaza, police and fire exhibit. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. Fireworks are visible around Frisco City Hall, Frisco Square and from Toyota Stadium. The show will last about 20 minutes.

Granbury’s Old Fashioned 4th of July 8am-10pm. Firecracker 5K; parade begins at 10am at Granbury High School. Fireworks at 9:45pm over Lake Granbury. Granbury hosts more events July 2-3; see website for details.

Grand Prairie’s Lone Star Park: Lone Stars & Stripes Celebration. 1000 Lone Star Parkway, Grand Prairie. 972-263-7223. Gates open at 3pm; live racing begins at 5pm. Family Fun Park featuring bounce houses, pony rides and a petting zoo. Music by Vegas Stars between races. Fireworks after last race, 10pm. Free admission for military with valid I.D. Enter to win 2017 ATV.

Grapevine Annual July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza 9:30pm. Oak Grove Park. 26-minute show over the lake set to music; can be viewed on the rooftop of the parking garage at the Gaylord Texan Resort, as well as from parks around Lake Grapevine. Lakeview Park.

Hurst’s Annual Stars & Stripes 5-10pm. Hurst Community Park, southwest corner of Precinct Line and Pipeline roads. Children’s area on west lawn, with inflatable activities. Music starts at 5:30pm with Jolie Holiday and Sonny Burgess, Infinite Journey, Emerald City Band. Fireworks at 9:30pm. Free shuttle from North East Mall. There is no onsite parking. Shuttle pickup is at North East Mall in front of Nordstrom. No pets, alcohol or smoking.

Irving Independence Day Parade and Fireworks Show 9am-noon parade. Heritage Park Irving, 217 N. Main St. Festival 6-10pm, fireworks begin at 9:30p.m. at Lake Carolyn, 601 E. Las Colinas Blvd., East Irving. Free admission; parking in area garages cash only.

Southlake Town Square is always packed for its Fourth of July fireworks show.
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Lake Cities 9am-10pm. Lake Dallas City Park, 101 E. Hundley Drive. 214-656-4939. Cities of Corinth, Hickory Creek, Shady Shores and Lake Dallas. Parade begins at 9am. Vendors open at 3pm. Live music with Eleven Hundred Springs begins at 7pm. Fireworks around 9:15pm. Free.

Little Elm’s July Jubilee 5-11pm. Little Elm Park, 701 W. Eldorado Parkway, on the shores of Lake Lewisville. Live music by Empire 6 and fireworks finale over the lake at 9:30pm.

McKinney’s Red, White and Boom Historic Downtown McKinney. 10am parade, plus classic car, truck and cycle show. 5:30pm. evening celebration at McKinney Soccer Complex at Craig Ranch with music from Prophets and Outlaws. Fireworks finale at 9:45pm; live simulcast on Classical 101.1 FM.

Northeast Tarrant County Family 4th Fireworks Show 5-10pm. The Hills Shopping Center, 6351 Boulevard 26, North Richland Hills. Activities, food for purchase, concert, corn dog-eating contest and fireworks. Veterans are invited to the stage for a white dove release. Fireworks best viewed from parking lots at The Hills Center and Wiley G. Thomas Coliseum in Haltom City. Free. 817-281-9376;

Red, White and Lewisville. 150 W. Church St., Lewisville. 4pm-10pm. Carnival, farmers market, live music. Fireworks begin around 9:30pm. 972-219-3401;

Weatherford’s Spark in the Park 4-10pm. Heritage Park, 315 Santa Fe Drive. Music by Josh Weathers and Wade Bowen at Weatherford Amphitheater. Food trucks, activities and fireworks. Free shuttle from Weatherford College.

Trophy Club 4th Celebration 7:15am-10pm. Parade begins at 9:30am., 5K race, live music and food. Fireworks begin at 9:40pm.

Fireworks are illegal in Fort Worth and cause serious injuries every year. Just watch the pros do it.


The popular city of Southlake fireworks display went off Monday night.


Denise Harris: 817-390-7747, @YeahThatDenise