The Metroplex has many great activities planned to celebrate Independence Day. From parades to concerts to barbecues, you're sure to get your fireworks fix this fourth. Firecrackers bring out the inner kid in all of us. I have always loved watching fireworks displays.
I love Roman Candles, fountains and sparklers. I may have been involved in a few Bottle Rocket Wars (when they were once legal). My husband even owned a fireworks stand when he was a kid. Let's just say he's in the fire prevention business now.
My suggestion, kids (of all ages), is to attend a fantastic fireworks festival and leave the work to the pros.
Warning: Many cities post that there's up to a $2,000 fine for shooting off fireworks in the neighborhoods. Don't set your neighbor's house on fire.
When: June 28, 2014. Event opens at 4 p.m. Fireworks at 10:05 p.m.
Where: Celebration Park, 701 Angel Pkwy., Allen, TX 75002.
Cost: Event is free. Cost for inflatables/activities/crafts run $2-$3 per time but all-inclusive wristbands (for the kids inflatables/climbing wall/activities) are available for $25 the day of the event. Food is available for purchase on-site. Wristbands or tickets are required for some kids’ activities.
Lawn chairs and coolers are permitted but no alcohol allowed. No pets.
Fans are encouraged to bring their sleeping bags, sleeping mats and pillows to enjoy this special ballpark experience - complete with all the best ballpark features like the Dot Race, Steal-A-Base, and more.
Sleepover PricingChildren (13 and under) - $30
Adults - $40
On-field sleepover spots are limited to the first 2,000 guests.
Fans who are unable to spend the night can purchase tickets to take part in the activities, but will not have field or sleepover access.
Non-Sleepover PricingChildren (13 and under) - $5
Adults - $10
What: Kaboom Town! celebrates its 30th anniversary with a festival beginning at 5 p.m. Food, music, kid's activities including rock climbing, giant slide, fun inflatables, sand art, free movie, an obstacle course. The dazzling 30-minute fireworks show is choreographed to music and a live radio simulcast on 100.3 JACK FM. This event is free.
When: Thursday, July 3, 2014 from 5 p.m. to Midnight. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
Where: Addison Circle Park, Dos Equis Main Stage, 4970 Addison Circle Drive, Addison, TX
Additional info: Kaboom Town!
When: July 4, 2013; Fun starts at 7 p.m. Dine in one of the fanatstic restaurants or bars in the area. Fireworks at 9:15 p.m.
What: The City of Bedford will celebrate Independence Day with 4thFEST, a free celebration featuring live music, a variety of themed family-friendly activities, a birthday themed classic car show, yummy festival food and of course, the spectacular fireworks when the sun goes down.
When: Fireworks at 10 p.m. Activities all day long.
4thFEST visitors can also take a dip in Bedford's Splash Aquatic Center, featuring three unique pools with several water slides, a kids' play area, umbrella-shaded leisure patios and a cabana party pavilion. Admission is $6.50/adults, $5.50/kids under 18 and free for children two/younger.
Parking and shuttle service are available for $4 (free for children 3 and under) at Pennington Field, 1501 Central Drive. The last shuttle TO the Boys Ranch Park will leave Pennington field at 9:30PM. Limited on-site parking is available for $15 (entrance via Eastbound Harwood) and $10 parking at the Bedford Public Library (proceeds benefit the Friends of the Library).
Cost: Admission to 4thFEST is free. Feel free to bring lawn chairs, blankets, coolers and non-alcoholic beverages (No glass containers).
What: This year Denton County's event will move to UNT's beautiful new Apogee Stadium so come on out for live music, followed by an awesome array of fireworks that light up the sky. The event is free, but donations are gladly accepted by our energetic "Bucket Brigade" before, during, and after the show.
When: Friday, July 4, 2014. Gates open at 5:30 p.m., music begins at 6:30. Fireworks at dusk.
That evening the Dallas Wind Symphony will perform a special patriotic performance on the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage. The best patriotic costume will win a 1 night stay in deluxe accommodations at the Ritz-Carlton Dallas. A limited number of tickets are available online.
Daytime admission is $15/adults, $12/seniors, $10 children ages 12-3 and free for children under 3 and members. Concert ticket prices are $15/adult-members, $25/adult-nonmember, $10/children ages 12-3.
More information is available at www.dallasarboretum.org or by calling 214-515-6500.
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 the explosive sound and crazy look of the legendary Texas trio ZZ Top, performed by one of the nation’s top tribute acts, Dallas' own, Trio Grande, with band members Kraig Parker, Pauley DeFrancisco and Rod Foster.
Admission to the Midway is $5, or complimentary to those who participate in the Dallas Park and Recreation “Dallas 7/4” race (7k/4k) that morning. Approximately 26 exhilarating rides will be available on the Midway. Ride and game costs will vary.
Texas Discovery Gardens will be open extended hours, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., with the annual “Red, White and Butterflies” festivities. Enjoy the gardens, butterflies, crafts and activities all day long for a reduced $1 admission. The Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park will be open from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and will charge a discounted admission of $4 per person after 4:30 p.m. The Fair Park campus of the Perot Museum of Nature and Science will have the Nature Building open from noon to 5 p.m. Admission will be $1.00, or free for members.
More live music and access to food trucks will be available throughout Fair Park starting at 6 p.m. Fireworks show at approximately 9:30 p.m.
View the fireworks show from inside the Cotton Bowl, on the State Fair of Texas Midway, or from various locations throughout the Fair Park grounds. For more information on Fair Park festivities, including museum information and the “Dallas 7/4 Race,” visit FairPark.org.
When: Friday, July 4, 2014. 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. in the Cotton Bowl.
Where: Fair Park, 1300 Robert B. Cullum Blvd., Dallas, TX.
Parking: $5. Parking for the general public is $5 at Fair Park Gates 5, 6, 10 and 11. Gates D and E to the Cotton Bowl will open at 7 p.m.
The day kicks off with the annual Children's Parade at the LISD School Administration Building, 1800 Timber Creek Road, and concludes with a fantastic fireworks finale at around 9:50 p.m. that follows the free concert featuring KANSAS at Bakersfield Park.
Independence Fest 2014 will also host performances by other musical groups including Back in Black and Breaking Southwest; plus a vintage car show presented by Time Machine Car Shows, a showcase of our local businesses, food and drinks for the whole family, and a completely free Kid's Zone complete with bounce houses, face painting, and more.
The Children's Parade will take place from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the LISD School Administration Building; with line-up beginning at 9:30 a.m. There will be hot dogs prepared by The Summit Club, Clowns, Bouncehouses, slides, vendors, and more. Please visit the Children's Page for more information.
All other Independence Fest activities are hosted at Bakersfield Park, 1201 Duncan Lane in Flower Mound, with gates opening at 5 p.m.
When: Wednesday July 4, 2014.
Where: Bakersfield Park, 1201 Duncan Lane, Flower Mound, TX
Don't bring: No glass, alcohol, or tobacco products may be brought to the park.
Additional information: 972-874-7275.