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Great Fireworks Displays in DFW: Where to Celebrate the July 4th Holiday

Celebrate Independence Day 2013 with Parades, BBQs, Festivals and Fireworks


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.

June 29: Allen - USA Celebration

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What: Music, food, fireworks, kids activities and more. Radio Disney LIVE! presents Dylan Riley Snyder, star of Disney XD's "Kickin' It." Then Emerald City will open for Dennis DeYoung, performing the music of the band Styx on the Main Stage. Tthe night caps off with Allen’s massive fireworks show which gets bigger and bigger each year.

When: Event opens at 4 p.m. Fireworks at 10 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. They can be purchased for $20 in advance at the Joe Farmer Recreation Center and the Don Rodenbaugh Natatorium starting June 3 through the day of the event at noon.

Lawn chairs and coolers are permitted but no alcohol allowed. No pets.

July 3: Addison - Kaboom Town!

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What: Kaboom Town! celebrates its 29th 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: Wednesday July 3, 2013 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!

July 4 and 5: Ballpark at Arlington

In 2013, after the Texas Rangers play (and hopefully beat) Seattle on July 4th and the Astros on July 5th, stick around for a fantastic fireworks show. Go to the game or listen to the Rangers for start times because you never know when it may go into extra innings. Game time each night is 7:05 p.m. Is there anything better than baseball, hot dogs and fireworks?

July 4: Arlington Highlands 4th of July Extravaganza

Arlington Highlands 4th of July Extravaganza kicks off at 7 p.m. Fireworks show at 9:30 p.m. FYI: The best viewing location is on the east side by Dave & Busters. There is no tailgating or liquor allowed on the parking lots or outside of the restaurants.

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.

July 4: Bedford's 4thFest

What: The city of Bedford's celebrating 60 years of service with the theme of "Sweet 60" and a giant cake. This 4thFEST will feature free live musical entertainment, a variety of themed family friendly activities, a birthday themed classic car show, yummy festival food and spectacular fireworks.

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).

July 4: Denton - Kiwanis Club's 40th Annual 4th of July Fireworks

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: Wednesday, July 4, 2013. Gates open at 5:30 p.m., music begins at 6:30. Fireworks at dusk.

July 4: Dallas Arboretum

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Spend 4th of July outdoors at the beautiful Dallas Arboretum. On Thursday, July 4th, 2013 the garden will offer complimentary admission to all active and retired military personnel (must have valid ID).

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.

July 4: Dallas - Fair Park Fourth

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What: It's Dallas' biggest fireworks display. Celebrate Independence Day with festivities for all ages and be dazzled by beautiful fireworks from inside Dallas’ historic Cotton Bowl Stadium at MetroPCS FAIR PARK FOURTH on Thursday, July 4, 2013 at Fair Park.

This family-fun event will feature a Dallas Wind Symphony patriotic performance, reduced admission to Fair Park's museums, live music, a children's area, “dancing water” shows at the Esplanade Fountain, carnival games, plus a spectacular fireworks show sponsored by Gold Metal Recyclers.

For the ultimate experience, guests are encouraged to watch the fireworks from inside the Cotton Bowl. Enjoy a patriotic performance by the Grammy-nominated Dallas Wind Symphony at 8 p.m. in front of the Hall of State. Led by guest conductor Don McKinney of LSU in Baton Rouge, the Dallas Wind Symphony will perform its beloved Red, White and Blue Concert featuring July 4th favorites such as America the Beautiful, The Star-Spangled Banner, Washington Post March and more.

When: Thursday, July 4, 2013. 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.

Cost: Free.

July 4: Duncanville

The parade is set for July 4th, 2013 at 9 a.m. Event begins at 4:30 p.m. and includes inflatables, vedors, music and fireworks.

Where: Armstrong Park, Duncanville, TX 75116.

July 4: Flower Mound's Annual Independence Day Celebration

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What:  On Thursday, July 4, the Town of Flower Mound will host the Independence Fest 2013, celebrating our country’s freedom. Music by Rick Springfield and many activities for the whole family

Beginning at 10 a.m. with the Children’s Parade and ending with an unforgettable fireworks finale, Independence Fest 2013 will also host performances by Breaking Southwest and The Walton Stout Band, a vintage car show presented by Time Machine Car Shows, a showcase of our local businesses, and a free Kid’s Zone, presented by Raising Cane’s, complete with bounce houses, games for all ages, and more.

When: Wednesday July 4, 2013.

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.

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