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Dallas — By Tui Cameron on June 29, 2010 at 3:00 pm
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Independence Day Celebrations in Dallas: Not Just the 4th of July

Independence Day is just around the corner, and the Dallas – Fort Worth Metroplex offers a plethora of patriotic pastimes. The festivities take place over the course of several days, too, not just the 4th of July. There is even a celebration taking place on the 5th. So much is going on, that I have arranged the offerings by date below. Wth a little planning, you could see fireworks several nights in a row.

Fireworks in the night sky.

Three Day Celebrations: July 2nd, 3rd & 4th

QueFest 2010
The Rowlett Exchange Club puts on this three-day event to raise money for charity, with carnival rides, food stands (including BBQ), live music and fireworks every night. This year’s performers include the likes of Johnny Lang, Joan Jett, and Tracy Lawrence. Please note: No outside food, beverages or fireworks are allowed.

What: QueFest 2010 (sponsored by Rowlett Exchange Club)
When: Gates open Friday at 6pm, Saturday/Sunday at noon.
Where: Elgin B. Robertson Park, Dalrock Road and Cooke Lane, Rowlett, TX 75088 (map)
Price: $8 for Adults, $6 for kids under 12, VIP tickets are $95.
Parking: $7 onsite, $5 remote
More information: Visit the Rowlett Exchange Club
official website.

Old Fashioned Family Fireworks Picnic
Whether you bing a picnic basket, or buy goodies on-site, this is a great way to celebrate our nation’s independence. The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra serves up a night full of patriotic music ending with a beautiful display of fireworks. Music lovers can kick back and enjoy the uplifting selections, and little ones are free to run around and play.

What: Old Fashioned Family Fireworks Picnic
When: Nightly concerts starting at 8pm from July 2nd, 3rd and 4th, 2010
Where: Fort Worth Botanic Garden, 3220 Botanic Garden Boulevard, Fort Worth, TX 76107 (map)
Price: Lawn tickets are $16 if purchased in advance, or $20 on the day of show. Children 10 and under are free on the lawn, if accompanied by an adult. Reserved table seating tickets range in price from $23-$46.
More information: Read this article or visit the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra official website.

Fireworks in the night sky.

One Day Celebrations: July 3rd

25th Annual Kaboom Town! in Addison, Texas
Come celebrate the 25th anniversary of this free family festival. Kaboom Town! in Addison, Texasm, where you will find food, live music and plenty of diversions for the kids, including rock climbing, sand art, and a giant slide. There’s a family-friendly outdoor movie after the fireworks, too.

What: Kaboom Town! in Addison, Texas
When: July 3rd, 2010 from 5 p.m. to Midnight. Firework display starts at 9:30pm.
Where: Addison Circle Park, Bud Light Main Stage, 4970 Addison Circle Drive, Addison, TX 75001 (map)
Price: Free
More information: Visit the Addison, Texas official website.

The City of Frisco’s 8th Annual Frisco Freedom Fest
Frisco’s party starts in the late afternoon, with the Taste of Frisco, featuring nibbles from local restaurants. Entertainment includes a mini train, rock climing, bungees, live music, a Hometown Hero Exhibit, and more.

What: Frisco Freedom Fest 2010
When: July 3rd, 2010 starting at 4 p.m., with fireworks at dusk.
Where: Simpson Plaza at City Hall, 6101 Frisco Square Blvd., Frisco, TX 75034 (map)
Price: Free
More information: Visit the Frisco Freedom Fest 2010 official website.

Farmers Branch Independence Day Celebration
Farmers Branch Independence Day Celebration is a free celebration offering tours of historical buildings, children’s activities (bounce house, face painting), live music, and concession stands.

What: Farmers Branch Independence Day Celebration
When: July 3, 2010. Gates open at 6:30 p.m., Fireworks at 9:35 p.m.
Where: Historical Park, 2540 Farmers Branch Lane, Farmers Branch, TX 75234 (map)
Price: Free
Parking: Park at Metro Square Business Complex (on the corner of Villa Creek and Ford Road) then hop the free shuttle.
More information: Vthe Farmers Branch official website.

Arlington Highlands July 4th Celebration
The Arlington Highlands July 4th Celebration is a family-friendly gathering with concessions, free snow cones,  and live entertainment, capped off with a firework display. Please note: This is an alcohol-free gathering.

What: Arlington Highlands July 4th Celebration
When: July 3, 2010 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., with Fireworks at 9:00p.m.
Where: Arlington Highlands, Arlington, TX 76018 (map)
Price: Free
More information: Visit the Arlington Highlands official website.

38th Annual 4th of July Fireworks in Denton
The Denton Kiwanis Club is putting on its 38th Annual 4th of July Fireworks, with bounce houses and other activities for the little ones, concessions, and live music.

What: 38th Annual 4th of July Fireworks in Denton
When: July 3rd, 2010 Fireworks at dusk.
Where: University of North Texas Fouts Field, Denton, TX (map)
Price: Free
More information: Visit the Denton Kiwanis Club official website.

Star Spangled Spectacular in Firewheel Town Center
The Star Spangled Spectacular in Firewheel Town Center features lots of live music, including the Dallas Jazz Orchestra, and Ken Savage & The Best Kept Secret. Jay Jenson from Radio Disney will host a special show with prizes and games. Bounces houses, face painting and more will keep the little ones occupied.

What: Star Spangled Spectacular in Firewheel Town Center
When: Saturday, July 3, 2010, 4:00 p.m. to 9 p.m. Fireworks display at 9 p.m.
Where: The Park at Firewheel Town Center, 245 Cedar Sage Drive, Garland, TX 75040 (map)
Price: Free
Parking: Please note that parking is limited. Please carpool or ride DART and get there early.
More information: Visit the Garland official website.

Quad Cities Family 4th of July Fireworks Celebration
The Quad Cities Family 4th of July Fireworks Celebration is a free family event. It takes place near The Hills Shopping Center, so it could be a nice way to end a day of shopping. Concessions will be available on-site. Please note: This is an alcohol-free event. Also, no personal fireworks or grilling are allowed.

What: Quad Cities Family 4th of July Fireworks Celebration
When: July 3rd, 2010, Fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
Where: The Hills Shopping Center, 6351 Boulevard 26, North Richland Hills, TX 76180 (map)
Price: Free
Parking: Free
More information: Visit the North Richland Hills official website.

Fireworks in the night sky.

Two Day Celebrations: July 3rd & 4th

Lone Stars & Stripes Fireworks
Lone Star Park offers two consecutive nights of fireworks and fun. Saturday’s 20 minute fireworks display wil be choreographed to patriotic tunes from Lone Star KZPS radio (92.5 FM), while Sunday’s pyrotechnics will be accompanied by a soundtrack from Wolf KPLZ radio (99.5 FM). The whole family can enjoy the horse races, petting zoo, pony rides, bounce houses, live entertainment, arts and crafts for sale, and more.

What: Lone Stars & Stripes Fireworks
When: July 3rd, 2010, and July 4th, 2010
Where: Lone Star Park, Grand Prairie, TX (map)
Price: Adults $5, Kids 4 to 12-years-old $3, Kids 3 and under are free
More information: Call 972-263-RACE or visit the Lone Star Park official website.

Fireworks in the night sky.

One Day Celebrations: July 4th

Red, White & Lewisville Fireworks Display
If it’s fireworks you are after, it is fireworks you will get at the Red, White & Lewisville Fireworks Display at 9:30 on Independence Day.

What: Red, White & Lewisville Fireworks Display
When: July 4, 2010 at 9:30 p.m.
Where: Vista Ridge Mall , Lewisville, TX 75067 (map) (Best viewing on the south side.)
Price: Free
More information: Visit the City of Lewisville official website.

City of Bedford 4th Fest – Island Adventure 2010
For a full day of patriotic celebrations, swing on over to the city of Bedford, Texas for the 4th Fest Island Adventure Celebration. The festival includes live music, concessions, fireworks and plenty of free activities for the whole family.

What: City of Bedford 4th Fest – Island Adventure 2010
When: Sunday, July 4, 2010 from Noon to 11 p.m.
Where: 2801 Forest Ridge Road, Bedford Boys Ranch Park, Bedford, TX (map)
Price: Adults $5.50, Kids under 18 $4.50, Kids 2-years-old and below are free
Parking: No on-site parking. Parking and shuttle service is $4 per person (kids under 3 are free) at Pennington Field, 1501 Central Drive (map) The last shuttle to the festival leaves this parking area at 9:30 p.m.
More information: Visit the City of Bedford official website.

Flower Mound’s Annual Independence Day Celebration
Independence Day Fireworks Extravaganza starts at 7:00 p.m. and provides plenty to keep the kids occupied: a rock wall, face painting, bounce houses, and more. The Walton Stout Band plays from 8:00 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. There will be concessions on-site. Please note: This is an alcohol-free event. Also, no glass or tobacco products are allowed in the park.

What: Town of Flower Mound Annual Independence Celebration
When: July 4th at 7:00 p.m. Fireworks start at 9:25 p.m. (The rain-out date is: Monday, July 5th at 7:00 p.m.)
Where: Bakersfield Park, 1201 Duncan Lane, Flower Mound, TX (map)
Price: Free
More information: Visit the Flower Mound official website.

DeSoto & Lancaster Old Fashioned 4th Fireworks Show
Pack a picnic, bring a chair or blanket and come on out to the DeSoto & Lancaster Old Fashioned 4th Fireworks Show in Grimes Park. The fun starts at 6:00 p.m., with laser tag, water tag, miniature golf, a batting cage and more. In case all those activities work up an appetite, there will be food and beverages available for purchase.

What: DeSoto & Lancaster Old Fashioned 4th Fireworks Show
When: 6:00 p.m., Fireworks begin at dusk.
Where: Grimes Park, 501 East Wintergreen Road in Desoto, TX (map)
Price: Free admission
More information: Visit the Desoto official website.

All-American Fourth Fireworks Show in Plano
Bring lawn chairs and blankets to the All-American Fourth Fireworks Show. Radio 97.5 KLAK will provide an on-air selection of patriotic songs to accompany the colorful visuals.

What: All-American Fourth Fireworks Show
When: July 4th, 2010 at 9:30 p.m.
Where: Oak Point Park & Nature Preserve, 2601 Spring Creek Parkway, Plano, TX (map)
Price: Free
More information: Visit the Plano Parks official website.

Fourth of July: Stockyards Style
For an Independence Day celebration with a western feel, head on down to the Fort Worth Stockyards for a day full of cattle drives, a petting zoo, face painting, gunfight shows, and live music.

What: Fourth of July – Stockyards Style
When: July 4th, 2010, 11:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Where: Stockyards in Fort Worth, TX (map)
Price: Free
More information: Visit the Fort Worth Stockyards official website.

Fort Worth Fourth
The party continues on into the evening in Fort Worth, with trolley rides, live music, water shows, games, and fireworks alongside the Trinity River.

What: Fort Worth Fourth
When: July 4th, 2010 4:30 until fireworks.
Where: Trinity River behind LaGrave Field, Fort Worth, TX (map)
Price: Free
More information: Visit the Fort Worth City News official website.

28th Annual Fireworks Extravaganza at Lake Grapevine
Lake Grapevine’s 28th July 4th Extravaganza puts on a beautiful display that can be seen anywhere along Grapevine Lake, as well as many spots throughout the town, itself. The fireworks are free, however, some parks may charge a small admission fee.

What: Lake Grapevine’s 28th July 4th Extravaganza
When: July 4th, 2010 at 9:30 p.m.
Where: Grapevine, TX (map)
Price: Free (although some parks may charge a small fee.)
More information: Visit the City of Grapevine official website.

Fireworks in the night sky.

Last But Not Least: July 5th

Fair Park July 5th
Here’s your chance to extend the holiday for one more day. Fair Park in Dallas is hosting an evening of food, games, and music from the Dallas Wind Symphony, capped off by a magnificent display of fireworks.

What: Fair Park July 5th
When: Gates open at 6:00 p.m., with fireworks at 9:30
Where: Fair Park, Dallas, TX (map)
Price: Free
Parking: $10 event parking, however, DART’s green line drops you right at Fair Park, so please consider this option.
More information: Visit the Fair Park official website.

Photo credit: Courtesy of Naomi Morlan

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