Monday, July 1, 2013

Best Places to Watch Fireworks in DFW for Independence Day 2013

This Wednesday, July 3 turn your eyes toward the sky as Addison Kaboom Town! Kaboom Town! will be watched by over a half million people who visit Addison, many of whom enjoy the exciting musical simulcast on 100.3 JACK FM. The evening is made more complete by the Addison Airport Air Show, which takes to the skies at 7:15 p.m.

 Across Addison’s 4.4 square miles, families will enjoy seeing some of the country’s best aerobatic pilots, fantastic formation flights, as well as historic warbirds from the Cavanaugh Flight Museum. The air show continues until dark, when night aerobatics from pilots including Dan Buchanan and Bill Leff prepare guests for the upcoming fireworks display, which has been created for decades by Texas’ Atlas Enterprises.

Guests visiting Addison Circle Park will enjoy traditional family games, military bands, a performance by the Dallas Wind Symphony, as well as many concession opportunities, and a fantastic After Party on the Dos Equis Main Stage featuring Emerald City! Addison Circle Park opens at 12 noon, and the festivities in the park begin at 5 p.m. Attendance in the park this year will be limited, and guests are encouraged to bring fewer bags and coolers to facilitate ease of entry into the park. All bags and coolers will be searched as you enter the park. And, you can join the Town of Addison in supporting the USO DFW this year through Silver for Service. Donations can be made at any North Texas Albertson’s Market or online at

Visitors wanting to enjoy the show without the traffic make a plan to stay in one of Addison’s 22 hotel properties.  Each of these facilities offers special rates, packages and opportunities, with many of the hotels hosting fantastic viewing parties during the Kaboom Town!® fireworks.

On Wednesday, July 3, enjoy live music at Lone Star Park from Vegas Stars on the Courtyard of Champions stage from 5:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. and make sure to enter the Lone Stars and Stripes Truck Give-a-Way* (2013 Chevrolet Silverado). Following the last race there will be a spectacular 20-minute fireworks display choreographed to music courtesy of 106.1 Kiss FM.

On Thursday, July 4, enjoy live music from Incognito on the Courtyard of Champions stage from 5:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. and make sure to enter the Lone Stars and Stripes Trip Give-a-Way* (Las Vegas). Following the last race there will be a spectacular, 20-minute fireworks display choreographed to music courtesy of 99.5 The Wolf. 

Price: $5 General Admission.  Members of any branch of the military receive free general admission with a valid military I.D. Date(s) and Times: Wednesday, July 3, 2013 3:00pm – Gates open 5:00pm – First live race After the final race – Fireworks

Lone Star Park is located at 1000 Lone Star Parkway Grand Prairie, TX 75050

*Truck to be given away is a 2013 Chevrolet Silverado. No purchase necessary. Must be 21 years of age or older. Must be present to win the Chevrolet Truck Giveaway only. Entry deadline 7:30 p.m. on the day of the drawing. Full details and official rules coming soon.

Celebrate Independence Day with festivities for all ages and beautiful fireworks at MetroPCS FAIR PARK FOURTH from 4:30-11:30 p.m. Thursday, July 4, at historic Fair Park.

Free and open to the public, the family-fun event will feature a Dallas Wind Symphony patriotic performance sponsored by Big City Crushed Concrete, “dancing water” shows at the Esplanade Fountain, kids activities and entertainment, plus a national-class fireworks show sponsored by Gold Metal Recyclers.

To enter the Cotton Bowl, visitors will need a wristband, which will be distributed free of charge from 4:30-8:30 p.m. on July 4 at information booths located at Cotton Bowl Gates D and E and across Fair Park. Gates D and E will open at 7 p.m. The fireworks, produced by Pyrotecnico, will begin at 9:30 p.m.

4:30 - 8:30 p.m. - Wristbands for Cotton Bowl entry available at information booths while supplies last
4:30 - 5:45 p.m. - Performance by Quiver (acoustic/rock band)
6:30 - 7:30 p.m. - Performance by Havana NRG (salsa/merengue band)
7 p.m. - Gates D and E open to Cotton Bowl (handicap entrance at Gate C)
8 p.m. - Dallas Wind Symphony patriotic performance in front of the Hall of State
9:30 p.m. - Fireworks program
10 - 11:15 p.m. Performance by Motion (party dance band)

IMPORTANT CHANGES for this year:  Fireworks can be viewed inside the Cotton Bowl or from various locations throughout Fair Park grounds. Due to renovations being made to the Cotton Bowl, stadium seating and handicap seating will be limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Because stadium concourses will be closed for construction, visitors should be prepared to walk several flights of stairs to get to seating.

Fair Park is located at 1300 Robert B. Cullum Blvd., Dallas, TX 75210

On Thursday, July 4th, the Dallas Arboretum will offer complimentary admission to all active and retired military personnel (must have valid ID). That evening the Dallas Wind Symphony will perform a special patriotic performance on the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage.

The best patriotic costume will win a 1 night stay in deluxe accommodations at the Ritz-Carlton Dallas. Daytime admission is $15/adults, $12/seniors, $10 children ages 12-3 and free for children under 3 and members.

Concert ticket prices are $15/adult-members, $25/adult-nonmember, $10/children ages 12-3. More information is available at or by calling 214.515.6500.

Red White and Boom in McKinney will take place Thursday, July 4. This two-location event will begin downtown with a parade, shopping and a classic-car show.

It will end at the McKinney Soccer Complex at Craig Ranch, where there’ll be family activities, bounce houses, games, food, and live entertainment by American Idol finalist Jason Castro, followed by a fireworks show. Activities start at 10 a.m.

Firewheel Town Center, in conjunction with the City of Garland, will celebrate our nation’s independence with a full day of free family fun during Star Spangled Spectacular from 4 p.m. - 9 p.m. on Thursday, July 4.

Sparks will fly at this year’s Main Stage featuring local favorite, The Wonders, who will perform today’s hits as well as classics from the 80s and 90s. The stage will be located at Prairie Clover Drive and Town Center Blvd, near Houlihan’s. Patrons are encouraged to bring their own chairs and blankets. Coolers, open alcohol containers and pop-up tents will not be allowed. 

Firewheel Town Center will also present a day of free entertainment in the Star Spangled Spectacular Fun Zone area, located in The Park. Guests who visit the Star Spangled Spectacular Fun Zone will enjoy bounce houses, inflatable slides and miniature train rides. Additionally, Radio Disney will host Patriot’s Plaza, also in The Park area, featuring games, prizes, balloon artists, face painters and great family fun. Simon Kidgits Club members will receive special red, white and blue glow necklaces, while supplies last. Guests will have the opportunity to register to win prizes throughout the event. The Rad Hatter will return this year to help attendees create their own festive and whimsical hats. The hats will be made from paper sacks and decorated with paint, feathers, beads and fun, flashy festoons.

At 9 p.m. spectacular fireworks will light up the night sky choreographed to an exciting arrangement of patriotic songs. Firewheel Town Center retailers and restaurants will join the fun by adding great summer sales and in-store events throughout the day. Guests are encouraged to arrive early as onsite parking is limited. DART transportation will be available. Please visit