Friday, July 1, 2016

5 Best Family-Friendly July 4th Events in DFW

I love the everything about Independence Day - the patriotic music, the fireworks and the food! Many in North Texas will seek out pools and lakes to cool off and celebrate but others will seek adventure and look to gather with others wanting to pay tribute to our Country. I visited the set FOX's Good Day to share just a few of my favorite picks with their viewers. To see a slew of other options across the Metroplex, hop over to Fox 4's website.

Concerts in the Garden: Old-Fashioned Family Fireworks Picnic at Fort Worth Botanic Garden

Pack a picnic and celebrate Independence Day with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. Enjoy thrilling marches, heartfelt military salutes, and the most spectacular fireworks show in town! Gates open at 6:30pm. Concerts begin at 8:15 p.m. Pack a picnic or purchase concessions on site. Lawn or Table seating is available. Ticket prices increase the day of the concert. Children 10 and under are half-price at Red and White tables and are free on the lawn.

Advance Ticket Prices:
July 2 Lawn: $22 Red Tables: $30 White Tables: $40 Blue Tables: $50
July 3 & 4 Lawn: $22 Red Tables: $35 White Tables: $45 Blue Tables: $55

Click here to see what's happening at the Dallas Arboretum for the July 4th holiday weekend.

Fair Park Fourth

Fair Park Fourth will be held Monday, July 4, 2016. Admission is free to Fair Park's grounds and to see the historic art, architecture, fountains. Music will be performed by the Razzmajazz Dixieland Band and multi Grammy Award-winning ensemble Brave Combo. Once inside the Midway coupons can be purchased for food, beverages, rides, and games. Available on the Midway will be approximately 30 exhilarating rides (including the Texas Star and the Top o' Texas Tower), 14 games, and 19 concession stands (including Fletcher’s Corny Dogs). Dallas Winds (formerly the Dallas Wind Symphony) will perform a free concert in front of the historic Hall of State at 6:50 p.m. A lead singer from Dallas Summer Musicals will open the concert by singing our national anthem. The Fair Park Fourth fireworks show created by Pyrotechnico will begin at 9:37 p.m. and is sponsored by Oncor. The best seating for viewing fireworks will be in Cotton Bowl Stadium. The main gate of the Cotton Bowl will open at 5 p.m.

Park Cities Parade, Fair Park Fourth and Fort Worth Botanic Gardens are just a few of the options for fireworks and fun this Independence Day! (photos via Facebook)

McKinney Red White & Boom 

The City of McKinney celebrates the Fourth of July at Red, White and BOOM! with free family activities, live entertainment and a spectacular fireworks show Monday, July 4. Red, White and BOOM! kicks off Independence Day with a parade and classic car, truck and cycle show in Historic Downtown McKinney. Families can also explore the many dining and shopping options that downtown has to offer. Evening festivities resume at the McKinney Soccer Complex at Craig Ranch with music, food, kids’ activities, a concert and a fireworks display. WRR will provide ‘Sounds of America’ on a live simulcast during the fireworks on Classical 101.1. All Red, White and BOOM! activities are free and open to the public. For more information about the event call 972-547-7480. Red, White and BOOM! is presented by the City of McKinney and Craig Ranch.Monday, July 4 -  Historic Downtown McKinney
RWB Parade - 10 a.m. Car Show - 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. (corner of Tennessee and Davis)
Yankee Doodle Block Party - 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. East Louisiana St. from Tennessee St. to Chestnut St. Family-friendly activities include the Rock N' Roll Freedom Bus, Yankee Doodle Elvis, kids games and races, a dog kissing booth. Lots of eats and drinks. A water dunking booth featuring Hillary and Trump!

McKinney Soccer Complex at Craig Ranch Family fun, activities and food: 5:30-9:30 p.m.
Concert 8-9:30 p.m. - Blue Water Highway Band Fireworks display and Sounds of America Simulcast Music - 9:45 p.m. View or print a map of the activities at the McKinney Soccer Complex at Craig Ranch or call 972-547-7480 for more information Handicapped-accessible parking is available at the north entrance from Collin McKinney Pkwy.

Hotter 'n Firecrackers 5K Glow Run / Dachshund Dash at Frisco Square 

Runners wearing flashing LED lights and their brightest fluorescent gear will light at the night in this 5K Glow Run. The run begins at 9 p.m. Register online ($30-$35) or day of the race ($40) from 6 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. As a warm-up to the Hotter 'N Firecrackers 5k Run, dachshunds will race to earn fantastic doggie prizes. The Dachshund Dash is fun to watch and the $10 entry fee benefits the Collin County Animal Shelter.

 Park Cities Fourth of July Parade at Goar Park

The annual community parade, presented by the Rotary Club of Park Cities, begins on Euclid Avenue near the Highland Park Town Hall and ends at Goar Park in University Park, where there will be a free festival with music, food and games. Families are invited to show up at the Park Cities YMCA (6030 Luther Lane) before the parade for a Family Bicycle Contest. Judging begins at 8 a.m.

If you want to get in and out of these events easily - or want to drink and not get a DWI - consider using a car service like Uber or One Ride!