The phrase “It’s always bigger in Texas” couldn’t hold more truth when it comes to July 4th weekend around the DFW area. Seemingly every neighborhood, suburb, and sub-community has a festival, party, or celebration going on of some kind, and here’s our guide to help you navigate this summer’s most anticipated holiday weekend:
DJ Music Night July 4th Party: Happening over at the Stagecoach Ballroom at 2516 E. Belknap Street, enjoy dancing, a DJ, and also live music from Michael Cote of the 92nd Road House Band. Free chili dogs will be available, and there’s also a Pot Luck dinner. And if you’re already in Fort Worth, you might as well take in the Fort Worth’s Fourth festival over at Panther Island Pavilion. All kinds of activities will be available which include a water slide, tubing and kayaking on the Trinity River, mini golf and an obstacle course, and fireworks starting at 10 p.m.!
Freedom Fest: Starting at 4 p.m. at Simpson Plaza at City Hall, Freedom Fest will feature live entertainment, all kinds of children’s activities like rock climbing and inflatables, an awesome new zip-line attraction, and of course a spectacular fireworks display that starts around 10 p.m.!
All American Fourth: The ultimate Independence Day celebration, the day starts out with a July 4th Parade down Independence Parkway, followed by a live performance from the Plano Symphony Orchestra. Around 9:30, July 4th will be capped off with an awesome fireworks display at Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve—we suggest getting a spot early!
Fair Park Fourth: One of DFW’s largest Fourth of July celebrations, attendees will be able to watch the local fireworks in the Cotton Bowl, sample all the food trucks that will be on hand, listen to all kinds of live music, and of course enjoy the fair-like festival that includes rides, games, concessions, and so much more! Fair Park is located at 1300 Robert B. Cullum Blvd and admission is FREE!
Red, White and Boom: There’s nothing more American than a historic downtown, which is what makes the Fourth so special in McKinney. An annual celebration that includes a 10 a.m. parade, a classic car show, and of course an evening celebration with live music, food, children’s activities, and fireworks, July 4th in McKinney, TX is always a great experience for the whole family!
July Jubilee: For all you late risers who can’t make it to a morning parade, swing on over to Little Elm for the 7th annual July Jubilee, which is from 5-11 p.m. Food, an outdoor market, live music, and a fireworks finale over the lake make for quite an atmosphere!
Independence Day Parade and Fireworks Show: First, take in Irving’s annual parade from 9 a.m. to noon, then head on over to Lake Carolyn for a fireworks and a fair that includes food vendors, inflatable rides, games, and various other attractions that will keep you and the whole family entertained!