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.
When: June 30, 2012. Festivities start at 4 p.m. Random Axis at 6:30 p.m. The Bangles at 8:30 p.m. Fireworks at 10 p.m.
Where: Celebration Park, 701 Angel Pkwy., Allen, TX 75002.
July 3: Addison - Kaboom Town!
What: Kaboom Town! celebrates its 28th 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 and an After Party featuring Emerald City on the Dos Equis Main Stage. This event is free.
When: July 3, 2012 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, 2012; Fun starts at 7 p.m. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
What: An Independence Day Celebration with an Circus twist. 4thFEST Big Top Celebration includes a free concert, InflataFUN Zone, a variety of circus family fun FREE activities, festival-style culinary delights and of course, the spectacular fireworks extravaganza.
When: Wednesday, July 4, 2012 from Noon to 11 p.m. Fireworks at 10 p.m.
Where: 2801 Forest Ridge Road, Bedford Boys Ranch Park, Bedford, TX
Parking: There is no on-site parking. Parking and shuttle service for $4 per person will be offered at Pennington Field, 1501 Central Drive. The last shuttle TO the Boys Ranch Park will leave Pennington Field at 9:30 p.m.
Bring: Lawn chairs, blankets, coolers and non-alcoholic beverages.
What: Don't miss the 40th Annual 4th of July Fireworks show sponsored by the Denton Kiwanis Club. Admission is free; gates open at 5:30 p.m. with activities for the entire family including bounce houses for the kids, concessions and live music by The Holler Time.
When: Wednesday, July 4, 2012. Fireworks at dusk.
Where: University of North Texas Fouts Field, Denton, TX.
What: It's Dallas' biggest fireworks display. Fair Park's participating museums will offer free or reduced admission including the African American Museum, Dallas Historical Society/Hall of State, the new Texas Museum of Automotive History, Texas Discovery Gardens, Museum of Nature & Science and The Children's Aquarium at Fair Park.
When: Wednesday, July 4, 2012. 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
Where: Fair Park, 1300 Robert B. Cullum Blvd., Dallas, TX.
July 4: Duncanville
What: Fireworks, bands, water slides, fun for kids and the entire family.
When: Wednesday, July 4, 2012. 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Where: Armstrong Park, Duncanville, TX 75116.
What: The annual Independence Day Fireworks Extravaganza is an all day free family event at Bakersfield Park. It starts with a parade at 11 a.m. at LISD admin building. Gates open at 7 p.m. with concessions, kid's activities including a bounce house, giant slide, obstacle course, rock wall and face painting. Smashmouth will play from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The fireworks show is scheduled to begin around 9:45 p.m.
When: Wednesday July 4, 2012. Fireworks at 9:45 p.m.
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.
Children's Parade: 11 a.m. Timbercreek Elementary, 1900 Timber Creek Road. Lineup begins at 10:30 a.m.
What: Annual Farmers Branch Independence Day Celebration. Gates Open at 6:30 p.m. Free Admission. Fireworks at approximately 9:35 p.m. Admission is free. TOP performs a free concert at 8 p.m. Kid's activities bounce house, face painting, concessions available, take a tour of the historical structures.
When: Tuesday, July 3, 2012. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. Fireworks at 9:35 p.m.
Where: Historical Park, 2540 Farmers Branch Lane, Farmers Branch, TX 75234
Parking: Park at Metro Square Business Complex, corner of Villa Creek and Ford Road. Free shuttle provided.
Additional information: 972 919-2620.
What: Willie Nelson's 4th of July Picnic is coming back to the Fort Worth Stockyards. Willie takes the Main Stage at 11 p.m. Randy Rogers Band at 10:30 p.m. on the Honky Tonk Stage. Stoney LaRue takes the Outdoor Stage at 9:30 p.m. Jamey Johnson takes the Main Stage at 8:30 p.m.
When: July 4, 2012.
Where: Fort Worth Stockyards.
Tickets: Advance tickets are $35 at Billy Bob's. This is an indoor / outdoor event located on Rodeo Plaza in the Historic Fort Worth Stockyards. 17 and under must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. No chairs - No umbrellas - No pets - No Coolers.