Who is looking for something to do on Fourth of July? Are you confused by all the festivals that you can choose from?
As a family in the Dallas area, you have many events and firework displays to choose from when celebrating the Fourth of July holiday. With so much going on, it is sometimes hard to choose which event to attend.
To make sure you get the most out of your Fourth of July celebration, School-a-Hoop and CFBISD have compiled a list of five popular events that put on great shows, and are close to home.
Here is our list of the five best places to celebrate Fourth of July in the DFW Metrolplex, including celebrations in Carrollton, Farmers Branch and Addison:
1. Addison Kaboom Town – City of Addison
July 3, 2016 – 4:00 PM – 11:30 PM
Location: Addison Circle Park, 4970 Addison Circle Drive, Addison, Texas 75001
They say everything is bigger and better in Texas, and never is that truer than when Addison, Texas hosts its legendary Addison KaboomTown fireworks display. Every July 3rd a half-million guests from across the nation come to celebrate America’s Independence in a style that is uniquely Addison.
The celebration is city-wide, with a fantastic party in Addison Circle Park, watch parties at many of Addison’s 170+ restaurants, 22 hotels and the incredible Addison Airport Air Show which can be seen from anywhere in town!
The 30-minute long fireworks show is among the best in the nation, and is simulcast each year on 100.3 JACK-FM. Afterwards, while area traffic calms, attendees are invited to enjoy an after-party in Addison Circle Park featuring Party Machine Band.
Concessions are available in the park, serving both food and beverages. Guests are encouraged to leave coolers and bags at home to expedite entry into the park. Those choosing to bring coolers must limit the size to no larger than 16”X20”X12”. Absolutely no alcohol can be brought into or out of Addison Circle Park.
2. Fair Park Fourth – City of Dallas
July 4, 2016 – Noon – 10:00 PM
Location: 3750 The Midway, Dallas, TX 75215
Cost: Free, parking is $5
The City of Dallas, Friends of Fair Park, the State Fair of Texas and WFAA-TV (Channel 8) invite you to celebrate America with a day of family fun at the City of Dallas’ official Independence Day celebration, Fair Park Fourth.
Enjoy live music, water features and access to rides, games and concessions within the State Fair of Texas Midway, starting at noon on July fourth. Throughout the afternoon, music will be performed by the celebratory Razzmajazz Dixieland Band, and at 7 p.m. experience a concert by the multi Grammy Award-winning ensemble Brave Combo, near the fireworks viewing area on the Midway.
Admission to the Midway is $5, or complimentary to those who participate in the Dallas Park and Recreation’s “Dallas 7/4” race that morning. Approximately 30 exhilarating rides will be available on the Midway. Ride, game and concession costs will vary. All proceeds from the Midway during Fair Park Fourth will be donated to the State Fair of Texas Youth Scholarship Program.
3. July 4 Community Fireworks Display – City of Carrollton
July 4, 2016 – 9:30 PM – 9:45 PM
Location: Josey Ranch Lake – 1700 Keller Springs Road
The City of Carrollton will host a 15-minute community fireworks display over Josey Ranch Lake. The display is scheduled to start after sunset, at approximately 9:30 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to view the display from their neighborhood, or from one of a few parking areas available. There will be no on-site event. For more information, call 972-466-3593.
4. RED, WHITE & BLUE: Independence Day – City of Farmers Branch
July 3, 2016 – 6:30 PM – 10:00 PM
Location: Farmers Branch Historical Park – 2540 Farmers Branch Lane
The Annual Farmers Branch Independence Day Celebration invites everyone to show up in their finest red, white and blue on Sunday, July 3 at the Farmers Branch Historical Park.
Gates open at 6:30 p.m. and admission is free. Officials say, however, for safety reasons, the gates will close if the park reaches capacity.
There will be a concert from the band, “Inside Out,” along with a free KidZone area, historical structure tours, concessionaires selling festival favorites and more.
By popular demand, Uncle Willie’s Pie Eating Contest will return. There will be two rounds for adults and one for children, top three places of each round will be awarded prizes.
The traditional, low-level fireworks show will conclude the evening after dark.
5. Frisco Freedom Fest – City of Frisco
July 4, 2016 – 4:00 PM – Fireworks End
Location: Simpson Plaza at City Hall – 6101 Frisco Square Blvd
Cost: Free; Soccer Game Requires a Ticket
Frisco Freedom Fest 2016 is Monday, July 4. Don’t miss your once-in-a-year chance to celebrate our nation’s birthday with fantastic food, great music and aaahhh-worthy fireworks! Please remember, Frisco Freedom Fest is a family-oriented event – no alcohol is allowed and dogs should stay home.
The real star of Frisco Freedom Fest is one of the largest fireworks finales in all of North Texas! This year’s 20 minute show will rival any in our area. Fireworks start at approximately 10 pm on Monday, July 4th following the conclusion of the FC Dallas match at Toyota Stadium.
Enjoy the Holiday
Have fun. Be Safe. And enjoy the Fourth of July holiday.
Do you have other suggestions for events taking place in our area? Leave your suggestions in the comment section below.
* Information compiled from event websites