Oohing and aahing at fireworks—the candles on America’s birthday cake—is a core part of the way we celebrate our Independence Day (not to mention safer than popping off your own). Here’s where to find the biggest and brightest fireworks at festivals with live music and kids activities to boot, much of them completely free.
Old-Fashioned Family Fireworks Picnic
When: Wednesday–Thursday, July 3–4, music begins at 8:15pm
Where: Fort Worth Botanic Garden, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., Fort Worth
Addison Kaboom Town!
When: Wednesday, July 3 from 4pm−midnight. Fireworks start at 9:30pm.
Where: Addison Circle Park, 4970 Addison Circle Drive, Addison
It’s no wonder Kaboom Town attracts thousands of North Texans every Independence Day. A full schedule of live entertainment features a vintage air show, an infantry band concert and a massive fireworks show. Bring cash to buy tickets for the carnival and midway games, opening at 5pm, or watch from outside the park at one of the many nearby restaurants hosting watch parties. Free park admission but space is limited so come early.
Pride in the Sky
When: Wednesday, July 3 from 3−10:30pm. Fireworks begin at 9:30pm.
Where: Frontier Park, 1551 W. Frontier Parkway, Prosper
Prosper’s sixth annual Independence Day celebration features live music by bands Southern Brave (5pm) and Cold Shot (7:30pm) and food trucks, as well as games, inflatables and water slides in not one but two kid zones staying open until the fireworks begin at 9:30pm. Free admission.
Farmers Branch Independence Day Celebration
When: Wednesday, July 3 at 6:30–10pm. Fireworks at 9:30pm.
Where: Farmers Branch Historical Park, 2540 Farmers Branch Lane, Farmers Branch
Grab your lawn chairs and a picnic basket (chairs available for $2 rental) for an evening of low-level fireworks and live music by the Limelight band. The free kid zone remains opens through 10pm for max playtime with lawn games and inflatables. The Firecracker Fast Pass grants free and early entry at 6pm for Farmers Branch residents. $5 for nonresidents; free for kids 3 and younger.
Light Up Arlington
When: Wednesday, July 3 from 6−10:30pm. Fireworks begin at 9:45pm.
Where: Downtown Arlington
Explore the downtown area around Levitt Pavilion for festivities, food trucks and not one but three kids play areas (until 9pm) with activities such as a petting zoo, bubble buses and a trackless train. Admission is free, but activities are individually priced.
Stars & Stripes
When: Wednesday, July 3 from 6−11pm. Fireworks start at 9:30pm.
Where: Southlake Town Square, 1256 Main St., Southlake
Take advantage of the free shuttle service from White’s Chapel Church or Gateway Church and explore the outdoor entertainment and food trucks around the Southlake Town Hall and the square’s Family Park and Frank Cornish IV Park. Make patriotic crafts at the creation station, and check out the inflatable obstacles in the KidZone and more in the Toddler Zone. Free admission.
Sounds of Red, White and Lewisville
When: Wednesday, July 3, 6pm. Fireworks at 9:30pm.
Where: Wayne Ferguson Plaza, 150 W. Church St., Lewisville
The Sounds of Lewisville summer series in Old Town turns patriotic with a fireworks show after the concerts by Texi-Cali band Hightower and Rolling Stones tribute band Satisfaction. Let the kids play on the inflatables and settle on the lawn at Old Town Lewisville for the best view of the fireworks launched from the roof of the MCL Grand. Free admission.
Liberty by the Lake
When: Thursday, July 4, 7:45am run, 10am parade, 4pm festival. Fireworks begin at 9:30pm.
Where: The Colony Five Star Complex, 4100 Blair Oaks Drive, The Colony
The Liberty 5K, 10K and 1-mile fun runs through the park begin bright and early, and the Independence Day Parade steps off from Peters Colony Elementary School around to the Five Star Complex where the festivities pick up again later in the day. Don’t miss the watermelon eating contest (open to ages 10 and up, participation is first-come, first-serve) and the family fun zone. Activity wristbands $15 for age 4 and younger and $20 for 5 and older, but general event admission is free.
When: Thursday, July 4, activities from 4−9pm. Fireworks begin at 9:15pm.
Where: Firewheel Town Center, 245 Cedar Sage Drive, Garland
Enjoy an afternoon of playing on bounce houses and obstacle courses, plus face painting and strolling entertainment. Grab complimentary Star-Spangled Snacks or your choice of dinner from on-site food trucks before the live music gets started by Hi Definition on the Main Stage at 7pm. Free admission.
Grapevine’s Fireworks Extravaganza
When: Thursday, July 4, 9:30pm
Where: Over Lake Grapevine, multiple parks for viewing
Due to high water on the lake, Grapevine’s usual summer Friday night fireworks series gets a late start (new dates are July 12–September 20), but plans for a full-on 30-minute show are still a go for the 36th annual July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza. For a lower key fireworks viewing without the crowd of a festival, venture out to one of several viewing areas and parking locations listed online.
4th FEST Independence Day Celebration
When: Thursday, July 4, noon–10:30pm. Fireworks at 10pm.
Where: Bedford Boys Ranch Park, 2801 Forest Ridge Drive, Bedford
Pack the lawn chairs and coolers, and head to this full day of fun with family activities, a car show and festival foods. Kids make waves in the Splash Aquatics Center from noon–7pm. Splash admission for Splash is $6.50 for adults, $5.50 for children ages 3–17. Festival admission is free.
Fair Park Fourth
When: Thursday, July 4 from noon−10pm. Fireworks around 9:30pm.
Where: Fair Park, 1121 First Ave., Dallas
There’s no need to arrive by the dawn’s early light. The Midway at Fair Park opens at noon with access to rides and games, and at 3pm other free attractions will open throughout the grounds including water inflatables and, new this year, a touch-a-truck with a local firetruck and police car. After the Dallas Winds performance at the Lagoon, head inside the Cotton Bowl Stadium for the best view of the fireworks show. Free admission to Fair Park. Midway admission: $5 in advance; $8 at the gate.
Frisco Freedom Fest
When: Thursday, July 4 from 4−11pm. Fireworks around 10pm.
Where: Frisco Square, 6101 Frisco Square Blvd., Frisco
Party in the Frisco Square plaza with live music, a Hometown Heroes exhibit, Taste of Frisco food vendors. All-day play wristbands are $25 for the children’s expo, which stays open until the fireworks begin after the soccer match concludes at Toyota Stadium. Free on Wednesday night? That’s when dachshund owners bring their pups to compete in the dog races, human runners light up the streets in the Hotter ‘n Firecrackers 5K glow run, and when competitors roll up their sleeves for the new corn hole tossing and corndog eating tournaments.
Fort Worth’s Fourth
When: Thursday, July 4, from 2pm. Fireworks start at 10pm.
Where: Panther Island Pavilion, 395 Purcey Street, Fort Worth
What cooler way to enjoy Independence Day than floating in the water on the Trinity River? Tubing, general admission and Kids Zone activities (open from 2–8pm) are absolutely free. Fighter jet flyovers, fly board shows and live bands provide the entertainment up until the fireworks finale. Free admission.
Castle Hills Freedom Fest
When: Thursday, July 4 from 5:30−9:30pm. Fireworks begin at dusk.
Where: Castle Hills Village Shops, 2540 King Arthur Blvd., Lewisville
Grab a spot on the lawn around Lake Avalon early for Castle Hills’ 21st annual July 4th fest, and let kids explore a giant inflatable obstacle course and bounce houses and enjoy the face painters and balloon artists before the fireworks. Free admission.
Irving Independence Day Celebration
When: Thursday, July 4, 9am–noon parade and party, 6−10pm festival. Fireworks at 9:30pm.
Where: Multiple locations, Irving
The Independence Day Parade starts at 9am near Millennium Park, with a reception following at Heritage Park, 217 S. Main St., for free watermelon, a patriotic concert and kids activities, including letter writing with nonprofit Unite for Troops. Later in the evening, the party moves to the area around Lake Carolyn, 501 E. Las Colinas Blvd. Don’t forget to bring the lawn chairs. Free admission and free kids activities including for inflatable water slides. Free admission.
Flower Mound Independence Fest
When: Thursday, July 4 from 5−10pm. Fireworks begin at 9:50pm.
Where: Bakersfield Park, 1201 Duncan Lane, Flower Mound
A full day of activities begins with the annual children’s parade, which begins at 10am, at the Lewisville ISD School Administration Building. Gates at Bakersfield Park open at 5pm for a vintage car show, live music by headliner Bret Michaels, and a free kid’s zone with bounce houses and rock climbing. Free admission.
Denton Kiwanis Club Fireworks Show
When: Thursday, July 4 from 6−10pm. Fireworks begin at 9:30pm.
Where: University of North Texas Apogee Stadium, 1251 S. Bonnie Brae St., Denton
Head inside the UNT football stadium where you’ll find a children’s activity area and local bands The Almost Brothers and Raised Right Men, followed by a rendition of the national anthem. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted by the Bucket Brigade before, during and after the show. Note that Apogee Stadium has a clear bag policy. Free admission; $10 for parking.
Lake Cities Fourth of July
When: Thursday, July 4, 4−9:30pm festival. Fireworks begin at 9:15pm.
Where: City Park, 101 E. Hundley Drive, Lake Dallas
The festivities begin with a patriotic parade from 9–10am and pick up again in the late afternoon beginning with an apple pie bake-off with local bakers. Purchase slices to benefits the Lake Dallas Animal Shelter, and enjoy the festival fun including food trucks and live music by country band Eleven Hundred Springs beginning at 7pm before the fireworks. Free admission; coolers are welcome.
Plano’s All American Fourth Fireworks
When: Thursday, July 4, 4–10pm. Fireworks begin at 9:30pm.
Where: Oak Point Park, 2801 E. Spring Creek Parkway, Plano
Arrive early with blankets and lawn chairs in tow to claim a spot to watch the fireworks at Collin College. Beforehand, feast on food truck fare and then dance off the calories to live DJ (starts spinning at 7:30pm) or in the kid zone. Fireworks will be simulcast with music on 97.5 KLAK. Admission and parking are free.
Red, White and Boom
When: Wednesday, July 4 from 10am−10pm. Fireworks begin at 9:45pm.
Where: Multiple locations, McKinney
Kick off Independence Day in downtown McKinney by attending the Hometown Parade at 10am and Yankee Doodle Block Party through 2pm. Family fun at the McKinney Soccer Complex at Craig Ranch starts at 5:30pm, plus live music by Sunny Sweeney before the fireworks show. Free admission.
Stars and Stripes
When: Thursday, July 4 from 5–10pm. Fireworks begin at 9:30pm.
Where: Hurst Community Park, 601 Precinct Line Road, Hurst
There’s no on-site parking to be sure to take the shuttle from North East Mall (in front of Nordstrom) to the park’s soccer fields where the kids activities such as face painting and bounce houses are under way, followed by live concerts from Grady Spencer and the Work, One Headlight Band, and Emerald City before the main event: the fireworks. Free admission.
Visit our entertainment calendar to see a full list of Independence Day celebrations around Dallas-Fort Worth.
Updated July 2019