5 ways to celebrate Fourth of July in DFW

Photo courtesy of Town of Addison

Every Fourth of July, many of us celebrate with family and friends. We enjoy barbecue, hot dogs and, of course, fireworks. Check out these five 2012 Independence Day events in and around DFW. Whether you want a little taste of history or one of the top fireworks shows in the country, these events will deliver.

Kaboom Town!

Kick off Independence Day early with Addison’s popular Kaboom Town. The event takes place 5 p.m. to midnight July 3 at Addison Circle Park. The Dallas Observer ranks this the Best Fourth of July Fireworks Show in DFW and Forbes includes Kaboom Town in its Top 10 Best July 4th Fireworks Displays, so you know it’s going to be good. Live music and an air show lead up to the 30-minute fireworks celebration, scheduled for 9:30 p.m. After the fireworks, Emerald City Band will take the stage for more live entertainment during the after party. Admission is free, so arrive early to snag a spot.

Getting there:
Addison Circle Park
4970 Addison Circle Drive
Addison, TX 75001

Old-Fashioned Fourth

Dallas Heritage Village hosts this blast from the past, but there won’t be any fireworks. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., July 4, visitors can find out how Dallasites celebrated Independence Day from 1840 to 1910. (Think ice cream, stick pony races and tours of historic buildings.) Parking is free and pets are allowed as long as they’re leashed. Admission is $9 for adults, $7 for seniors and $5 for children ages 4 to12.

Getting there:
Dallas Heritage Village
1515 South Harwood Street
Dallas, TX 75215

Fair Park Fourth

The MetroPCS Fair Park Fourth is the official July 4 celebration for Dallas. The event, held 4:30 – 10 p.m., will feature fireworks and a concert by the Dallas Wind Symphony. Parking at Fair Park costs $10, so visitors may want to take the DART Rail. Admission is free. Bring cash for concessions or be ready to use one of the ATMs. The fireworks are scheduled for 9:30 p.m.

Getting there:
Fair Park
1300 Robert B. Cullum Blvd
Dallas, TX 75240

Lone Stars & Stripes

The Lone Stars & Stripes Fireworks Celebration offers a variety of family fun for Independence Day. The event, held 3 to 11 p.m. July 4 at Lone Star Park, will offer pony rides, a petting zoo, games and more. And, of course, a fireworks display is scheduled as well. Check online or call the park at 972-263-PONY for pricing information.

Getting there:
Lone Star Park
1000 Lone Star Parkway
Grand Prairie, TX 75050

Fort Worth’s Fourth

This year’s Fourth of July in Fort Worth is returning to Panther Island Pavilion in Trinity Uptown. Bring lawn chairs or blankets to watch the show. The event starts at 4:30 p.m. and the fireworks show is scheduled for 9:30 p.m. July 4. Visitors can take in live music by AC/DC cover band, Back in Black, or enjoy some food from food trucks.

Getting there:
Panther Island Pavilion (for parking)
1098 Peach Street
Fort Worth, TX 76102

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