I’ll keep the intro short. Here’s a list of Independence Day celebrations in DFW. This post is subject to change as events are added.
45th Annual Arlington Independence Day Parade - scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. in downtown Arlington. An award ceremony follows at Heritage Park afterwards. You can take a shuttle bus to the parade site from UTA; see here for details.
Light Up Arlington, downtown Arlington, 6:30 to 10 p.m. Includes fireworks and other activities. Free. For more info, see here.
Kaboom Town in Addison – 5 p.m. to midnight, Addison Circle Park. Enjoy food, live music, and fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Admission to the event is free. See here for more info.
Independence Day Children’s Parade – in Flower Mound, 11 a.m., Timbercreek Elementary.Kids will parade to LISD Administration Building for free hot dogs, drinks and activities.
Family Fireworks Show – in North Richland Hills. View at the Hills shopping center (6351 Blvd 26) or WG Thomas Coliseum (6108 Broadway in Haltom City). Admission and parking free. Concessions for sale. The fireworks start at 9:30 p.m.
Granbury Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration – enjoy arts and crafts vendors, live music and more. All day. See here for complete schedule.
Star-Spangled Spectacular – Firewheel Town Center in Garland, 4 to 9 p.m. Live music, kids’ activities, Radio Disney, and more. Fireworks begin at 9 p.m. For info on how to get to the shopping center, visit www.firewheeltowncenter.com.
Frisco Freedom Fest - begins at 4 p.m., Simpson Plaza at City Hall (6101 Frisco Square Blvd). Lots of activities, including a “Taste of Frisco” food event (there is a charge for this). Fireworks begin around 9:45 p.m. For complete info, visit www.friscofreedomfest.org.
Grapevine - Fireworks scheduled to begin at 9:30 p.m. at Grapevine Lake. Admission is free at most locations, though some parks may charge a nominal viewing fee. Find a map of fireworks-viewing sites here.
Fort Worth’s Fourth – Begins at 4:30 p.m. on the Trinity behind LaGrave Field. Water activities, a mass slide-down-a-hill world-record-setting attempt, and fireworks at 9:30 p.m. See their website for details.
Arlington Highlands Shopping Center Celebration – begins at 7 p.m., fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Live music, free snow cones. See here for directions.
Red White & Lewisville - fireworks will start around 9:30 p.m. Best viewed between SH 121 and the South side of Vista Ridge Mall.
Stars & Stripes Kids’ Parade, noon, Vista Ridge Mall. Children can dress in red, white and blue and outfit kid vehicles to parade around the mall. No bicycles allowed. To enter the parade, show up a little while beforehand near Panera Bread. The parade will be followed by crafts and activities for kids 8 and younger on the lower level of the Center Court, until 2 p.m.
Independence Day Splashtacular in Flower Mound – 2 to 5 p.m., Community Activity Center (1200 Gerault Rd). Enjoy activities at the outdoor waterpark, like a balloon toss, penny dive, a chalk drawing contest and more.
Flower Mound Fireworks Show – celebration begins at 7 p.m. at Bakersfield Park (1201 Duncan Ln), fireworks at 9:25. Live music, bounce houses, giant slide and more.
Granbury Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration – all day long. Arts and crafts, rodeo, and fireworks over Lake Granbury at dusk. See here for complete schedule.
Old-Fashioned Fourth Fireworks Celebration – in Lancaster at Lancaster Community Park (1700 Veterans Memorial Pkwy). Entertainment begins at 6 p.m., fireworks at dusk. Enjoy laser tag, mini putt-putt and more. Free admission.