Depending on how you like to do Independence Day in DFW, you’ve got a lot of options! Whether you’re retro, rocker or just ready for fun, there’s the right place for you to salute the red, white and blue.
To find the right Independence Party for you, you need to look past location and price and more at the experience. Kinda like choosing a church, you need to find just the right place for you to share your praise. So we’ve put together a list of great Independence events in Dallas, Fort Worth and the places in between based on your personality.
Ready to put a Feather in Your Hat? Then get ready to call it macaroni at Red, White and Boom in McKinney
This is as Americana as it gets! Red, White and BOOM! kicks off Independence Day with a parade and classic car, truck and cycle show in Historic Downtown McKinney. Hollie Cavanagh, American Idol finalist and McKinney native, will also be on stage to provide live entertainment until Sounds of America, the fireworks show, takes over the airwaves and skyline.
Wanna be in the Limelight? Then be a star at Southlake’s Stars and Stripes
Hosted at Southlake’s Town Square, you can be a big dog in a big town with their special Star Experience. While the event is free, VIP allows you reserved seating, special parking, perfect viewing, table for four, preset appetizers and water for a cost. You’ll also be able to enjoy the rest of the activities you expect like bounce houses, face painting, music and a zipline? Not sure about where you’d put that except maybe to the always packed Apple store so you can get ahead of the line.
Aren’t much for Red, White and Blue because black is more your color? Then Fat Daddy’s Star-Spangled Patio Party in Manfield is your TNT.
Shake it “All Night Long” at Fat Daddy’s Star-Spangled Patio Party. With a new extended patio, prepare for a fun night of rockin’ fun complete with AC/DC tribute band “Back to Black.”
Feeling Nostalgic for Fried Food and a Ferris Wheel? Fair Park Fourth in Dallas will be your favorite flavor!
Held at Fair Park, you can spend the day reminiscing about all your State Fair memories while you walk around Fair Park. Enjoy live music from Razzmajazz Dixieland Band and at 7 p.m. and The Beatles tribute band A Hard Night’s Day, water features and access to rides, games and concessions within the State Fair of Texas Midway, starting at noon on July fourth. near the fireworks viewing area on the Midway.
Does Fort Worth by Way of Water Whet Your Whistle? Then Fort Worth’s Fourth has a tube waiting for you!
Fort Worth has a little bit of everything from pony rides, bounce houses water sliding, mini golf, ziplines and tubing at Panther Island! The event is free, but you can upgrade to better seating and close bathrooms, which I consider always to be worth the cost. And of course, there’s a big fireworks show that can’t be beat (I saw it last year from Willie Nelson’s Picnic and it was amazing – but see that note below.)
For those of you that always spent Fourth of July with Willie, I’m sad to report he’s left the building…Well actually he’s returned his annual Fourth of July Picnic to Austin, so you’ll need to get southbound 35 for that Texas country renegade roundup.
Do You Want the Best Show in the U.S.? Then belly up with half a million of your new best friends at Addison Kaboom Town!
This little city may be home to less than 20,000 people, for 30 years this nationally acclaimed event has brought more than half to this suburb known for its food and fun to Addison Circle Park for what is called one of the Best Fireworks Shows in the U.S. (and that’s bonafide). On July 3, warbirds take over the sky, military bands fill the park with music, and surrounding restaurants put on their own watch parties as everyone waits for the 30-second show that is also simulcasted on 100.3 Jack-FM.
Word from the Wise: From my own experience (this event is one I’m proud to promote professionally), the way to do this event is at one of the fun parties like Cantina Laredo with a steel drum band, The Quarter with karaoke, or TGI Friday’s with bands all day. But there’s a ton to choose from, so make sure to check the list and see if you need to make reservations so they have a spot for you!
And from the fine folks at Addison, we’ve got a $50 gift card for one lucky winner to TGI Friday’s to help you get festive as we count down to freedom!