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4th of July Fireworks & Festivities Guide for Dallas 2018

Back in the day, I don’t remember there being too many options for big fancy fireworks shows on the 4th of July. But times have changed, and you can now find public fireworks displays (and July 4th celebrations) all over the Dallas metroplex. Independence Day is on a Wednesday this year, so we’ve included the best celebrations on the 4th and in the days leading up to it. Events are arranged by DATE and then by CITY.

We hope you’ll help us add to this list by sharing in the comments below so other families can find this post a helpful resource. And if you have any tips for attending fireworks shows with kids, please share!

4th of July fireworks in Dallas 2018My main fireworks-watching tip is to load up on cheap glow sticks/glow products beforehand. Bring them with you so the kids can run around and play while you wait for the show to start. Bonus points if you bring extra for kids sitting nearby who are empty-handed. A nice lady gave some to my kids the first time we went to fireworks as a family and it made their night

Saturday, June 30

Market Street Allen USA Celebration

Allen prides itself on being “First to the Fourth,” hence the early date. They’ll have a bunch of event zones – a Sprayground, Jurassic Zone, Ninja Challenge, Sports Zone, Kid Zone, and more. Food, live music, pop-up magic shows and acrobats, too. Here’s the FAQ, you know how I love those.

Free admission! Event begins at 4pm. Fireworks Finale starts at 10pm and lasts about 25 minutes.

Other notes: Tickets are required for Kids Zone activities -2 tickets for $1 or an all-access wristband for $25 ($20 in advance at Joe Farmer Recreation CenterDon Rodenbaugh Natatorium or Ford Pool). Shuttle buses from Allen High School (AHS) to Celebration Park will run from 3:30-9:30pm and again when the fireworks are over.

Red, White, and Blues at the Dallas Arboretum

Relax while listening to blues music and enjoy an all-American Independence Day picnic on June 30, July 1, and July 4. Celebrate the American bandstand with classic music of our nation and dancing demonstrations throughout the garden. Enjoy a local selection of barbecue, ice cream, $2 hot dogs and $2 root beer floats all weekend long.

Included in general Arboretum admission. Active and retired/former military get free admission with ID. Event hours are 11am-2pm on each date.

Other notes: Lots of kids activities at the Rory Myer Children’s Adventure Garden on these dates as well. See the event page for a detailed schedule of activities.

Independence Day Celebration in Forney 

This festival at Community Park will have free rides for kids, food trucks, live entertainment, face painting, and fireworks.

Free admission! Event is from 6-10pm. Fireworks start around 9:30pm.

Other notes: Parking will be available at the Community Park, with overflow parking at Forney Baptist Church and Forney High School.

Tuesday, July 3

Addison Kaboom Town

This is one of the best fireworks shows in the country, and everyone comes to watch. We’re talking a million people posted up on every roadside, median, and open space near Addison Circle. You will definitely want to look at the FAQ for viewing tips and parking options. There’s also an air show, live music, and a carnival in Addison Circle with rides, face painters, and vendors. CASH ONLY for ride tickets.

Free to watch and attend the carnival. Addison Circle opens at 4pm. Air Show at 7:15pm. Fireworks at 9:30pm. Live music in Addison Circle before and after fireworks.

Other notes: Tune to 100.3FM for the fireworks simulcast. You can find alternate spots to watch the display away from the crowds, including parking lots around Montfort & Belt Line and the Galleria parking garage. Local business will also host watching parties, many with their own kid-friendly entertainment. If you have any personal experience with Kaboom Town, please share your tips below

Light Up Arlington

UT Arlington hosts a big celebration full of fireworks, live music, carnival foods, food trucks, and kids’ activities including trackless trains, inflatable games, pony rides, a petting zoo, and more. Bring lawn chairs or blankets, snacks or a picnic dinner, and a cooler with beverages (but no glass containers, please).

Admission is free! Event hours 6-10:30pm. Fireworks at 9:45pm.

Other notes: Tune to 95.9 The Ranch during the fireworks. There is free parking at UTA. There is no dedicated lot for the event. Parking is available on side streets or in any public lot in downtown Arlington. Street signs will direct to legal parking spots.

Red White & Boom on the Bridge (Dallas)

Come celebrate with live music, children’s activities, and great food along the Ronald Kirk Bridge. Fireworks enhance what’s already a pretty nice view of the skyline. The Westbound Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge will also be closed and open to pedestrians.

Admission is free! Event hours are from 6-10pm. Food trucks start at 6pm. Fireworks at dark.

Other notes: No coolers allowed!

Independence Day Celebration in Farmers Branch

Farmers Branch Historical Park is the spot for this low-level (ground-to-air) fireworks show. The evening also includes a high-energy dance band on stage, concession stands, and a FREE KidZone area with inflatables, lawn games, airbrush tattoos, colored hairspray, scratch masks, and more.
 
Free for Farmers Branch residents, $5 for non-residents, kids 3 and under are free. Event hours are 6:30-10pm. Fireworks at 9:30pm.
 
Other notes: Admission is first-come, first-served and gates close when they reach capacity, so get there early. See the event page link for tons of info about parking, prohibited items, and gate locations. Bring your chairs and blankets or rent a chair for $2!
 

Lone Stars and Stripes Celebration in Grand Prairie

Celebrate America at Lone Star Park on July 3rd and 4th with live racing, live music, and an expanded Family Fun Park with bounce houses, face painters, tattoo artists, pony rides, a petting zoo, and more.

Admission to Lone Star Park is tiered, starting at $3 (3 and under free). Parking is $10 in advance, $20 on the day. Event hours are 3-9pm. First race is 5pm. Fireworks start after the last race and are set to music.

Other notes: Purchase advance tickets/parking by phone (972) 263-RACE (7223).
 

Wednesday, July 4

Arlington 4th of July Parade

If you’d like to kick off Independence Day with a good old-fashioned parade, head to Downtown Arlington for one of the largest 4th of July parades in Texas. Catch candy from a float, and wave flags to the marching bands, vintage cars, color guards, clowns and VIPs. Slight changes to the parade route this year due to construction, so keep that in mind when you pick your spot.

Admission is free! Festivities start at 9:00 a.m. Check here for a slideshow of the top ten tips for parking and watching the parade.

Lakewood Parade (Dallas)

This classic neighborhood parade winds through Lakewood and ends at Winstead and Tokolan with refreshments and music. The parade starts at 10am. Help warm up the parade route by running in the Fun Run (~1.2 miles). The race starts at 8am and has a $10 entry fee; see event page for details.

Dallas Wind Symphony’s Star-Spangled Specatular

Want to celebrate indoors? Bring the family to the Meyerson to hear patriotic favorites and a display of “indoor fireworks.” Concert begins at 1pm. Tickets start at $23.

Dallas Athletics Club

The fireworks show starts at sundown.  The show is limited to members, but non-members can easily see the spectacle along La Prada Drive.

Dallas Country Club

Fireworks begin at sundown.  The show is only open to members, but non-members can find spots to watch the show at Highland Park Village or along Beverly Drive.

Old-Fashioned Fourth at Dallas Heritage Village

Deck your family out in red, white and blue, grab your picnic basket and celebrate our nation’s past. Explore the Village and chat with costumed characters. Bring a wagon, decorate it at the craft station, and be a part of the All-Join-In-Parade at noon. Test your modern skills against a variety of Victorian era games, including the Junior Historian Carnival and its famous stick pony race. 

Admission is free for 12 and under. All others $5. Event hours are 10am-3pm. Parade at noon.

Red, White, and Blues at the Dallas Arboretum

Relax while listening to blues music and enjoy an all-American Independence Day picnic on June 30, July 1, and July 4. Celebrate the American bandstand with classic music of our nation and dancing demonstrations throughout the garden. Enjoy a local selection of barbecue, ice cream, $2 hot dogs and $2 root beer floats. On July 4 only at 10:30am, see a 45 minute outdoor education flight training show with 5+ birds on the concert stage.

Event activities included in Arboretum general admission. Active and retired/former military get free admission with ID. Event hours are 11am-2pm on each date.

Other notes: Lots of kids activities at the Rory Myer Children’s Adventure Garden on these dates as well. See the event page for a detailed schedule of all activities.

Fair Park Fourth (Dallas)

Enjoy the rides, games, and concessions of the State Fair of Texas Midway. Find live music and food trucks around the Park starting at 6pm. The fireworks show can be seen inside the Cotton Bowl, on the Midway, and at various locations throughout the Park.

Gates open at noon ($5 advanced admission; $7 at the door). Admission will be FREE at 6 p.m. Fireworks start about 9:30.

Other notes: Parking $10 and is available at Gates 5 & 6. Texas Discovery Gardens, the Children’s Aquarium, the African American Museum, and Hall of State will be open for extended hours with discounted admission.

Five on the 4th (Dallas)

New in 2018, this family-friendly celebration features several events to choose from: a 5-mile Run, a 5-Mile Family Bike Ride, a 2-Mile Walk (or dog walk), and multiple races for kids. Face painting, balloon artists, music, and more await at Klyde Warren Park, where all the races start and end. Proceeds benefit YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas.

Entry fees start at $10 and are different for each race, with discounts available for early registration. 5-mile run begins at 8am. 2-mile walks at 8:45am. Family Bike ride at 9:30am. Kids races at 10:30am. See event page for race details and registration.

4th of July in Denton

Start off your day with the Liberty 5K run or 1-mile walk and head to the streets of the Downtown Square for the Yankee Doodle Parade. Spend some time in Quakertown Park for family fun and end your day at the UNT Apogee Stadium for live music, concessions, and kids’ activities followed by a fireworks show.

Parking at the stadium is $10 per carload and entry is FREE. Fun runs start at 7:30am. Parade at 9am. 

Independence Fest in Flower Mound

Independence Fest 2018 will feature headliner Pat Green, a vintage car show, a showcase of local businesses, food & drink, and a completely FREE Kid’s Zone with bounce houses, face painting, and more.

Admission and parking are free! Gates open at 5pm. Fireworks at 9:50pm.

Other notes: A Children’s Parade will take place at 10am with decorated bikes, trikes, wagons, and strollers parading a short route to the LISD School Administration Building where free hot dogs, drinks, children’s activities, and live entertainment await. (parade line-up at 9:30am, see link for participation deets)

Freedom Fest in Frisco

This is a big one, both the party and the fireworks show. So many attractions: Party in the Plaza, an FC Dallas match, live music, dachshund races, Taste of Frisco, a Children’s Expo with bounce houses, bungees, rock climbing, a dunk tank, hamster ball races, and more. See the event page for much more info on each attraction.

Party in the Plaza is free and begins at 4pm. Fireworks start at about 1opm and are visible in all areas around the Toyota Stadium. Know of other great watching spots? Leave a comment below!

Other notes: Parking map here! Tickets are required for Children’s Expo activities. Tickets start at $1 and there’s an all-day wristband for $25. There’s a 5k glow run through Frisco Square the night of July 3rd.

Star-Spangled Spectacular in Garland

Come for live music, face painting, bounce houses, entertainment, food trucks, and more at Firewheel Town Center. The 92.1 Hank FM Party Patrol will be onsite from 4-7pm with games, music, and fun.

Free admission! Event is from 4-9pm. Fireworks start at 9:15pm.

Other notes: Check the link for details on where the stage and activities are located within property. On-site parking is limited, so arrive early for that. No shuttles that I could find, but DART transportation will be available.

Lone Stars and Stripes Celebration in Grand Prairie

Celebrate America at Lone Star Park on July 3rd and 4th with live racing, live music, and an expanded Family Fun Park with bounce houses, face painters, tattoo artists, pony rides, a petting zoo, and more.

Admission to Lone Star Park is tiered, starting at $3 (3 and under free). Parking is $10 in advance, $20 on the day. Event hours are 3-9pm. First race is 5pm. Fireworks start after the last race and are set to music.

Other notes: Purchase advance tickets/parking by phone (972) 263-RACE (7223).
 

Fourth of July Extravaganza in Grapevine

Grapevine’s 36th Annual July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza at Lake Grapevine can be viewed from lakeside locations and other spots throughout Grapevine including Oak Grove Park, Katie’s Woods Park, Acorn Woods Park, and Rockledge Park.

Admission is free at most viewing locations. See the event link for a list of viewing areas and any applicable fees/details. Fireworks start at 9:30pm.

Other notes: Due to construction the Gaylord parking garage will not be available as a viewing deck this year. Some private docks and parks along Lake Grapevine may charge an admission fee of $5 to $10 per vehicle. These fees aren’t controlled by Grapevine. 

The Lake Cities Fourth of July in Lake Dallas

The festivities begin with a patriotic parade followed by music, food, contests (an apple pie bake-off!), vendors, kid zone, and other activities the whole family can enjoy.

Admission is free! Parade is from 9-10am. Festival starts at 4pm. Fireworks as soon as it gets dark.

Red, White and BOOM! in McKinney

Celebrate in McKinney with free family activities, live entertainment, and fireworks. The day starts with a parade and block party plus a classic car/truck/cycle show in Historic Downtown McKinney. Evening festivities resume at the McKinney Soccer Complex at Craig Ranch with music, food, kids’ activities and a fireworks display. 

Admission to all events is free! Parade at 10am. Block party from 11am-2pm. Family fun at Craig Ranch begins at 5:30pm. Fireworks start at 9:45pm.

Other notes: Here’s a map of the parade route and activities. Coolers are allowed, but you can’t bring alcohol. No pets, please.

All-American Fourth Fireworks in Plano

Bring your blankets and lawn chairs to Oak Point Park & Nature Preserve for food trucks, music with a live DJ, and fireworks choreographed to music.

Admission is free! Food trucks open at 5pm. DJ starts spinning at 7:30. Fireworks begin at 9:30pm.

Other notes: Tune to 97.5 KLAK for the fireworks simulcast. Plenty of parking is available at Collin College, Plano Event Center and First United Methodist Church. 

Lions Club Independence Day Parade in Plano

The Lions Club of Plano will once again host their Fourth of July parade from 9-11am. The parade will start at the Plano ISD Administration building and will end at Plano Senior High School (North of Park). FYI, I checked their website and it says throwing candy and stuff to spectators isn’t allowed. Bummmmer.

Family 4th Celebration in Richardson

Bring picnics, blankets, and lawn chairs to this Breckinridge Park celebration and fireworks show. You can even bring your grill, although it must remain on a hard surface, not turf. If you don’t want to bring food, concessions will be available starting at 6pm. They’ll also have attractions for kids including bounce houses, a climbing wall, and patriotic activities.

Admission is free! Live music starts at 6:15pm. Fireworks at 9:30pm.

Other notes: On-site parking is limited; free roundtrip shuttle service starting at 6pm will be offered from the Rockwell-Collins International Campus at the SE corner of Renner & Shiloh. The last shuttle will depart at approximately 9:00pm (which is before the fireworks FYI).

Fireworks on Main in Rowlett

All sorts of fun stuff happening at this Rowlett festival including live music, a children’s area, outdoor laser tag, bounce houses, face painting, games for all ages, food vendors, a cornhole tournament, and fireworks.

Admission is free! Event hours are 6-10pm. Fireworks at 9:30pm.

Other notes: They suggest parking at the Rowlett High School, the DART station, and Herfurth Park. Shuttle transportation will be available at the DART station, Coyle Middle School, and Herfurth Park. These shuttles will run from 5:00-11:00pm and will drop off at Rowlett High School.

Liberty By The Lake in The Colony

Start your morning with the Liberty 5K, 10K, or 1 mile Fun Run and the Independence Day parade with floats and marching bands. The afternoon is packed with events like watermelon eating contests, a salsa competition, dog trick shows, science shows, and more. Don’t miss the Family Fun Zone with bounce houses, obstacle courses, toddler area, train rides, face painters and more.

Free admission! Runs begin at 7:45am. Parade at 10am. Stewart Creek Park opens at 11am and the festival officially starts at 4pm. Fireworks start around 9:30pm.

Other notes: Tune in to 99.9FM for music to go with the fireworks. On-site parking costs $20(!). Take the free shuttle from Lakeview Middle School.

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