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Fourth of July: Here are fireworks shows, events happening across North Texas

While some cities are back to having in-person events for this year's Fourth of July, some had to cancel due to COVID-19 related budget cuts.

This story will be updated as more events are announced.

With COVID-19 vaccines being distributed and cases continuing to drop across North Texas, many families and communities will be celebrating the Fourth of July a little differently this year.

Keep in mind there are no fireworks shows planned in Dallas or Denton this year. WFAA created a map to see where all the fireworks shows will be happening.

Here is what is going for the public holiday across North Texas.

Addison - Kaboom Town

Addison will be holding its Addison Kaboom Town! event on Saturday, July 3 at Addison Circle Park from 5 p.m. to 12 a.m.

This will include a fireworks show that is considered as one of the top in the nation. Fireworks will be launched around 9:30 p.m.

Tickets for the event sold out within two hours, organizers said on June 21.

The fireworks show can be seen from anywhere in Addison. The city's restaurant and hotel community host special watch parties offering spectators a unique viewing experience with live music and food specials as well.

Road Closures: 

Festival Way from Addison Road to Quorum Drive will close June 28 at 9 a.m. and will re-open July 5 by 5 p.m.

Addison Circle Drive from Addison Road to Witt Place will close on July 1 at 8 a.m. and will re-open July 5 by 9 a.m.

Quorum Drive from Arapaho Road to Morris Avenue will close on July 3 at 11 a.m. and will re-open July 4 by 1 a.m.

McEntire Place west of Lewis Place to Quorum Drive will close on July 3 at 11 a.m. and will re-open July 4 by 1 a.m.

Spectrum Drive from Arapaho Road to McEntire Place will close on July 3 at 11 a.m. and will re-open July 4 by 1 a.m.

Arapaho Road Bridge will be closed at 1p.m. on July 3 and will open after the fireworks show (approximately 10:30 p.m.).

Addison Airport Tunnel will be one way (westbound) on July 3 from approximately 9:30 – 11:30 p.m. The Town of Addison will pay the tunnel fee for cars during this time period.

Lindbergh Drive will close at approximately 6 p.m. on July 3 and will open after the fireworks show (approximately 10:30 p.m.).

Parking along the following roads will be prohibited between 2 a.m. on Saturday, July 3 and 6 a.m. on Sunday, July 4.

  • Quorum Drive from Arapaho Road to Morris Avenue
  • Witt Place (south of the parking garage entrance/exit) to Addison Circle Drive

Addison Circle Park will also be closed for set-up and tear-down Wednesday, June 30 – Friday, July 5.

Click here to open the full map of fireworks shows in a new window.

City of Arlington Fireworks Display

The City of Arlington's fireworks display will take place on Saturday, July 3 beginning at 9:30 p.m.

The radio station 95.9 The Ranch will provide patriotic music to accompany the display, which listeners can tune in to from their vehicles or The Ranch mobile streaming app.

The show will be at Globe Life Park - 1000 Ballpark Way, Arlington, TX 76011.

Gates will open for parking at 8 p.m. Approved lots are: 

  • Rangers Lots M, N, F, B, C, T, W
  • Convention Center Lot
  • AT&T Stadium Lot 4

People will be encouraged to watch at or around their vehicles. No ancillary entertainment or vendors will be provided, but Texas Live! will be open to the public.

Bedford

The City of Bedford will have a fireworks show on July 4th starting at 10 p.m.

"In order to accommodate a larger viewing audience, crews will be shooting the fireworks 200-feet higher than usual, to allow viewing from additional locations outside of Generations Park at Boys Ranch and within the city," the city said. "The City will not be providing entertainment, concessions, or any additional activities."

Go here for information from the city on where to watch from.

Carrollton

Carrollton has will hold its annual Fourth of July community fireworks display over Josey Ranch Lake on Sunday, July 4 starting at 9:30 p.m. This event was held on Veterans Day last year due to COVID-19.

There will be no vendors or entertainment on-site. The community is invited to park in surrounding parking lots and neighborhoods to view the 15-minute display. 

Guests will be able to view the fireworks in-person, and the display will be streamed on the city’s Facebook page.

On Friday, July 2, the Carrollton Senior Center is hosting a Fourth of July concert and lunch. The lunch is free while supplies last, and music will be performed by New Horizons Band. This event is in-person. Registration is not required.

Dallas

Dallas does not have any city-sponsored events for the holiday weekend. However, as of June 4, these groups/members have submitted applications through the city's convention and event services to hold the following events:

Lake Highlands Fourth of July Parade and Carnival 

  • July 3, 7 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • 9626 Church Rd.

Lakewood 4th of July Parade 

  • July 3, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
  • 6530 Lakewood Blvd.

Dallas Athletic Club Celebration 

  • July 4, 11 a.m. - 10:45 p.m.
  • 4111 Dallas Athletic Club Dr.

Sparkman July 4th Parade

  • July 4, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • 3366 Duchess Trail

Prestonwood Homeowners Association Parade

  • July 4, 9 a.m.—10 a.m.
  • Shadydale Drive

Bent Tree West HOA 4th of July Parade

  • July 4, 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
  • 4214 Briargrove Ln.

Denton

Denton will be holding multiple events during the holiday weekend.

Liberty Run (July 3)

Yankee Doodle Parade (July 3) 

  • A parade that begins off Denton Square, goes around the square and down McKinney St. to the Civic Center. People are encouraged to come out and watch. To register a float, go here: https://bit.ly/YankeeDoodleParade

Free Family Fun Jubilee (July 3)

  • This event will take place mmediately following the parade from 10 a.m.—noon at the Civic Center. There will be inflatables, face painting, yard games, food trucks, DJ and more.

Hot Dog Eating Contest (July 3) 

  • This contest will happen at 11:30 a.m. at the Civic Center. Registration is free but required. A link for this event will be posted in mid-June.
  • Civic Center Pool has dollar admission all day on July 4 during normal hours (12 p.m. to 6 p.m.)

Water Works Park Special Event (July 4) 

  • Water Works Park is directly next to the stadium where the fireworks will be. People can come and watch the fireworks from the water park.

Flower Mound

During the Fourth of July weekend, Flower Mound will have two events.

The city will hold its first event on Saturday, July 3 with the Children’s Parade at 10 a.m. at Leonard and Helen Johns Park.

Then on Sunday, July 4, Independence Fest will begin at 5 p.m. at Bakersfield Park. Independence Fest 2021 will include live music, concessions, a kid's zone, a car show, local vendors, food trucks and a fireworks show around 9:50 p.m.

Fort Worth's Fourth

Fort Worth will be celebrating the holiday with one of the largest fireworks show in North Texas at Fort Worth’s Fourth. This event will be held Sunday, July 4 at Panther Island Pavilion. Gates open at 6 p.m.

The celebration includes food, drinks, live music and a fireworks show that starts at 9:30 p.m. Admission is free.

Frisco Freedom Fest

The Frisco Freedom Fest is Sunday, July 4, and will be a celebration with food, music and - of course - fireworks. 

Some pandemic protocols - like extra cleaning and sanitizers, and a more spread out set-up - will be in place. 

Featured events include the Party in the Plaza, which begins at 4 p.m., and the Children’s Expo. The Taste of Frisco also returns, with Frisco restaurants serving some of their most popular menu items. 

Fireworks begin approximately at 9:45 p.m., after the conclusion of the FC Dallas match at Toyota Stadium. 

Check out all the full schedule of activities.

Garland

Garland is not planning a Fourth of July celebration this year. The city is starting to hold live events again on the Square. To see a list of concerts going on right now, you can visit garlandparks.com/3853/MFL-Live-at-the-Square

The Granville Arts Center is also putting on live performances as well.

Grand Prairie - Lone Stars & Stripes Fireworks Celebration

Lone Star Park and the City of Grand Prairie will be putting on the Lone Stars & Stripes Fireworks Celebration on Saturday, July 3 from 5 - 11 p.m. 

This event starts with horse races at the Lone Star Park race track.

This also includes live music, a petting zoo and a 20-minute fireworks show choreographed to music.

Tickets range in price from $5 to $30.

Irving

Irving is holding a weekend-long celebration for the Fourth of July holiday. 

The city’s Parks and Recreation Department will hold a traditional parade in downtown Irving on Saturday, July 3 starting at 9 a.m. This will include a caravan of patriotic floats, cars and people on foot.

The parade route starts at Irving Blvd. and Sowers Rd. and will travel westbound on Irving Blvd., around Millennium Park fountain, eastbound on Second St., northbound on Delaware St. onto Irving Blvd. westbound and will head north on Sowers Road to end the parade.

Then there will be live music and fireworks show on Sunday, July 4 at Levy Event Plaza starting at 6:00 p.m. There will also be a variety of food trucks, a beer garden and a kids’ fun area.

The fireworks show is scheduled to go from 9:30 - 10 p.m. It will be coordinated to music on 98.7 KLUV.

Handwashing and hand sanitizer stations will be located throughout the event site, and masks are not required.

Irving residents and guests can also enjoy the live music and fireworks celebration via a live simulcast at the Texas Lottery Plaza at Toyota Music Factory from 7 - 11 p.m., where a post-celebration is also planned featuring the Rockaholics band.

The event will be live streamed on YouTube @TheCityofIrving.

McKinney - Red, White and BOOM

McKinney is putting on its Red, White and BOOM event on Saturday, July 3. This includes free family activities, live entertainment and a fireworks show.

There will also be a hometown parade and a classic car, truck and cycle show.

The fireworks show is at 9:45 p.m. at McKinney Soccer Complex at Craig Ranch. A music simulcast will be on on WRR 101.1 FM.

Evening festivities resume at the McKinney Soccer Complex at Craig Ranch with music, food, kids’ activities, a concert and a fireworks display. 

All Red, White and BOOM! activities are free and open to the public.

Free parking is available due to the opening of the Chestnut Street Garage and the Davis Street Garage.

Northeast Tarrant Family 4th

The Northeast Tarrant Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the Northeast Tarrant Family 4th on Sunday, July 4.

The event will include a simultaneous drone show along with a display of fireworks from 9:30 p.m. - 10 p.m. One hundred drones will be used to enhance the fireworks display, something only a few organizations in the United States currently have the capability to perform.

"After this challenging year, we are proud to help our community come together to celebrate our freedom in this unique way,” Jack Bradshaw said. He is the president and CEO of the Northeast Tarrant Chamber of Commerce.

This free event is supported by the cities of Haltom City, North Richland Hills, Richland Hills and Watauga as well as the event title sponsors: Five Star Ford and Medical City North Hills.

The show will happen at BISD Plaza (6351 Boulevard 26, North Richland Hills, TX 76180).

Plano - All American 4th and Fireworks Show

Plano will hold the All American 4th and Fireworks Show at its normal location on Sunday, July 4. 

The in-person event begins at 6 p.m. on Sunday, July 4 at Red Tail Pavilion (formerly Oak Point Amphitheater) at 2801 E Spring Creek Pkwy, Plano, TX 75074.

City officials say they have received permission from Collin College to have music, five to six food vendors and 20 market vendors onsite at the College.

This year's event will be a reduced footprint from 2019 but it is an in-person event, city officials said. If allowed, the city will open the festival site at 6:00 p.m. 

Fireworks will be at 9:30 p.m. and will also be streamed by Plano TV and the city’s social media channels.

Richardson

Richardson will have no fireworks show this year due to COVID-19 related budget cuts, according to city officials.

Wichita Falls - Fourth in the Falls

Wichita Falls will be hosting Fourth in the Falls on Sunday, July 4 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. 

The event is free for anyone to attend and will include a salsa competition, vendor row, live music, food trucks, a kids zone, a classic car show and conclude with a fireworks show.

If you are interested in becoming a vendor at the event, city officials are asking people to fill out this form and a member of Wichita Fall's Multi-Purpose Events Center staff will help.