Whiterock's July 4th Fireworks Guide
To the men and women of the armed services who made the ultimate sacrifice for the rest of us. Thank you.
Here's our somewhat comprehensive list of places where we know fireworks will be going off and various degrees of fun will be had. We hope you have a blast (...get it?)!
Kaboom Town - Addison
This fireworks extravaganza is regarded as one of the best in the country. Addison Circle Park opens the gates at 4pm and admission is free...so get there early. And, capacity is limited, so show up early if you want to catch the festival, live music, face painting, etc. If you just want to see the fireworks without all the patriotic accouterments, there are lots of parking garages or bar/restaurant patios in Addison, and look to the skies for the bright lights. The show itself, what makes Kaboom Town go kaboom, should begin around 9:30 p.m..
From the Ronald Kirk Pedestrian Bridge, you get a beautiful view of the Trinity River levees, the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, and the downtown Dallas skyline. It’s one of the finest views in Texas. Launch some fireworks and now you’ve really got a sight. That’s the premise of this free festival, which runs from 6 to 10 p.m. (fireworks shortly after dark) at the bridge formerly known as the Continental Avenue Bridge.
Rangers vs Astros Game
The boys of summer aren't exactly fireworks on the field this season, but stick around after the games with the defending World Series champs, the Houston Astros, and you’ll at least have an awesome seat to a fantastic fireworks dsiplay. We still love you Rangers, but could you please find some pitching?
If you’re not trying to hurt your neck staring too high at the sky this year, Farmers Branch has you covered with what’s known as a “low-level fireworks show,” which goes heavy on the pops and crackles below 200 feet. Think of the Roman candles you shot off in your backyard as a kid, but a lot of them, launched with flair and pizazz. Live entertainment and festival food starting at 6:30, with the fireworks at 9:30. It’s free for Farmers Branch residents, but $5 if you’re coming in from elsewhere.
Lone Star Park - Grand Prairie
Gates open at 3 p.m., allowing you to spend a day at the races — or at the Family Fun Park with the bounce houses, petting zoo, and other activities; or at the bar — before a fireworks show immediately following the last horserace. Tickets ahead of time will cost you $10, and $20 on the day of the event.
Fair Park Fourth
Free games, water activities, a zipline, and other kid-focused activities get going at 3 p.m. (Early birds can head to the Midway starting at noon, when a $5 to $8 ticket will get you access to the rides and games, which will cost extra, there.) It’s the most lively day of the year at Fair Park, discounting the State Fair. Concession stands will be set up throughout the day outside the Cotton Bowl, and live music kicks off at the Lagoon shortly after 6:30 p.m. Find a vantage point before the fireworks show at 9:37 p.m. Seating will be available in the Cotton Bowl, but the show should be visible from anywhere at Fair Park. It will also be visible at home — Channel 8 is broadcasting the festivities, including live musical performances, starting at 9 p.m. Admission is free, but you’ll have to pay for parking or take DART.
Panther Island Pavilion
Fort Worth’s got the Trinity River all figured out, evidenced in part by the fun events held in and around the river at Panther Island Pavilion. The Fourth of July is no different. Gates open at 2 p.m., and the flyboard shows (demonstrations of those water-bound jetpacks you may have seen some maniac flying around with before) begin a little after that. Local bands battle on stage throughout the afternoon, while the professional cover and party bands take over in the evening. Face painting, bounce houses, and pony rides, for the kids, throughout most of the day. Tubing, a zipline, and waterslides, for the kids and adults, also throughout most of the day. The F-16 flyover is at 8 p.m., the fireworks at 10 p.m. You’ll be keeping busy all day.
Frisco Freedom Fest
The fireworks will launch from Toyota Stadium, after the 7:30 p.m. FC Dallas match, but they’ll also be easily visible next door from Simpson Plaza outside Frisco City Hall. It’s there at 4 p.m. that the Freedom Fest will begin, with live entertainment, stands occupied by vendors from Frisco restaurants, and other activities.
Lake Carolyn (Las Colinas)
Bring your own blankets and lawn chairs and umbrellas, and your own food. Do not bring your own booze, because you’re not allowed to bring that in or out. The hangout and festival-like good times begin at 6 p.m., with the big show itself happening at about 9:30 p.m. Most of the action will be on the lake’s south shore, but the fireworks themselves are going up from a barge in the middle of Lake Carolyn. The event is free, but parking in the nearby garages will cost $10 a vehicle.
The show is blasting off from Lake Grapevine at about 9:30 p.m., so find the viewing area that suits you best. The city of Grapevine has a number of suggestions, including Acorn Woods Park, Oak Grove Park, and Lakeview Park. Depending on where you wind up, you may have to pay for parking. And beware: the top level of the Gaylord parking garage, a reliable vantage point in years past, is closed for construction this year.
All American Fourth - Plano
Come for the food trucks at 5 p.m. Stay for the Fourth of July fireworks at 9:30. Or come for the fireworks, stay for the food trucks? We don’t know. Just have fun. This is one of the more scenic places in DFW at which to view fireworks this year, in our humble estimation.
Red, White and BOOM - McKinney
The day starts early with a 10 a.m. parade and subsequent block party in downtown McKinney, but let’s talk fireworks. Starting at 5:30 p.m., the party moves over to Craig Ranch, with live music, children’s activities, and other things to do. The fireworks start at 9:45 p.m. All of the above is free.
Family Fourth at Breckinridge Park - Richardson
The picnics and seating are on you. The live entertainment, bounce houses, and a climbing wall are on the city of Richardson. The event is free, but concessions cost. The Don’t Tell Mama Band plays at 6:15, and a patriotic salute concert by the Richardson Community Band is at 8:30. Fireworks are at 9:30.
4th of July in Denton
If you’re in Denton during the daytime, you’ll find a 4th of July Yankee Doodle Parade starting near the downtown square at about 9 a.m. This is a Fourth of July fireworks post, though, right? Right. Go to Apogee Stadium, home of the Mean Green, for the Denton Noon Kiwanis Club fireworks show. No outside drinks allowed, but there will be plenty of inside drinks for sale. Before the post-sunset fireworks, you’ll find a dedicated area for children’s activities and some live music. If you’re parking there, $10 per car. Entry is free.