It's almost America's birthday, and we've picked 10 fireworks destinations and patriotic parties where you're sure to have a blast, plus a daytime event perfect for those with early bedtimes.
Allen USA Celebration
As the area's self-professed "first to the Fourth," Allen takes pride in early planning.Over 80,000 people are expected to enjoy more than 10 unique zones such as a military zone with patriotic honors, a laid-back tailgate area with lawn games, an NFL combine challenge, a car show, a Ninja Nation obstacle course, and a pop-up performance space with artists, dancers and more. For children, there's a craft zone, a dinosaur-themed area and a "sprayground." To cap it off, watch a fireworks display choreographed to contemporary and patriotic music.
June 29 from 4 to 11 p.m. at Celebration Park, 701 Angel Parkway, Allen. Free admission, remote parking and shuttle service. allenspecialevents.org.
Addison Kaboom Town
It's known as one of the top places to see fireworks in the nation. More than 500,000 are expected to descend upon Addison Circle Park for this 34th annual extravaganza, which traditionally takes place on July 3, meaning you can stay out late before your day off from work. This year's festivities include an airshow with skydivers, patriotic live music and a showstopping fireworks display at about 9:30 p.m. Party band Emerald City rounds out the fun with an after-party on the main stage. Admission to Kaboom Town is free, but space is limited, and it's wise to arrive early as traffic delays are a given. Take cash for food and drink purchases and tickets for rides and games at the carnival.
July 3 from 4 p.m. to midnight at Addison Circle Park, 4970 Addison Circle Drive, Addison. Free admission and parking. Food, drink and activity prices vary. addisonkaboomtown.com.
Red White and Boom on the Bridge
The Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge is already one of the most spectacular elements of the Dallas skyline, so imagine its sprawling white cables illuminated with breathtaking sparks of red, blue, green, gold, purple and -- well, a variety of vivid colors -- during this annual celebration on the adjacent pedestrian bridge. In addition to the light show, there will be live music, concessions and outdoor activities.
July 3 from 6 to 10 p.m. at Ronald Kirk Pedestrian Bridge, 109 Continental Ave., Dallas. Free admission. facebook.com/kluv987.
Old Fashioned Fourth at Dallas Heritage Village
This Fourth of July event is unique for a variety of reasons, but the most obvious may be its sunny disposition: The old-timey fun takes place during daylight hours, making it a perfect Independence Day celebration for families with little ones too young to stay up late for fireworks. Set on a shady 20 acres in the Cedars neighborhood, the village features an "immersive history museum in a parklike setting." Authentic Victorian-era structures and artifacts, culled from around D-FW, were rehomed here for preservation. As they explore the grounds, guests can travel back to the 19th century by chatting with characters in pioneer dress. Bring a wagon or tricycle (no bikes or scooters) to decorate at a craft station before the "all-join-in" patriotic parade at noon. And meet Waylon and Willie, a pair of mammoth jack donkeys who call the village home and will be on-site for photos. Play Victorian-era carnival games, then head into the saloon for frosty root beers and games of cards and dominos. The day ends with a reading of the Declaration of Independence.
July 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Dallas Heritage Village at Old City Park, 1515 S. Harwood St., Dallas. $10 for ages 13-64, $8 for ages 65 and older, $6 for ages 4-12 and free for ages 3 and younger. Free for veterans, active military and Dallas first responders with ID. facebook.com/dallasheritagevillage.
Red, White and Boom
Events kick off with a parade starting 10 a.m. in downtown McKinney, followed by a Yankee Doodle Block Party from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Afterward, scope out cool rides during a classic car, truck and cycle show from 1 to 5 p.m. From there, the party moves to the McKinney Soccer Complex at Craig Ranch, where the celebration resumes at 5:30 p.m. with family activities, live music and a fireworks display beginning at 9:45 p.m. Coolers are allowed, and there will be food for purchase, but alcohol, grilling and pets are prohibited.
Parade, block party and car show: July 4 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the downtown square, 111 N. Tennessee St.; McKinney. Fireworks: July 4 from 5:30 to 10 p.m. at McKinney Soccer Complex at Craig Ranch, 6375 Collin McKinney Parkway, McKinney. Free admission and parking. mckinneytexas.org.
Fair Park Fourth
This annual spectacle features children's activities, live music, State Fair concessions, rides and games, and, of course, fireworks. The midway opens at noon for games and rides ($5-$8 for entry; games and rides cost extra). At 3 p.m., the fairgrounds open with patriotic performances and other entertainment, water inflatables, swan boats to rent, arts and crafts, and more. The African American Museum, Texas Discovery Gardens and Children's Aquarium will also be open (check the website for hours and admission fees).
July 4 from noon to 10 p.m. at Fair Park, 1121 First Ave., Dallas. Free admission to Fair Park, $10 for on-site parking at Gates 5 and 6. Midway admission: $5 in advance at bigtex.com or $8 at the gate. Tickets required for rides, games and concessions. fairpark.org.
Fort Worth's Fourth
This extensive annual event features all-day activities on and around the Trinity River. The free KidZone, open from 2 to 8 p.m., offers bounce houses, a zip line, face painting, water slides and more -- including horseback rides from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. There will be acrobatic hydroflight shows throughout the day and a special after-dark performance with LED suits, plus live music from cover bands and a battle of the bands showdown. There will be an F-16 flyover at 8 p.m. and a massive firework display set to music from country station "The Ranch" KFWR-FM (95.9) at 10 p.m. Free tubes and life jackets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, and there will be festival concessions such as street tacos, nachos, corn dogs, shaved ice and more.
July 4 from 2 to 10 p.m. at Panther Island Pavilion, 395 Purcey St., Fort Worth. Free admission. $50-$60 for VIP upgrades with premium fireworks views, private bars, air-conditioned tents and bathrooms, and more. $10-$20 per car for parking (cash only). fortworthsfourth.com.
This fest has all the things you expect from a great Independence Day celebration: food trucks, live music, a flag ceremony and fireworks -- but that's only the beginning. There will also be bounce houses, an inflatable slide, arts and crafts, a patriotic photo booth, a chance to write letters to soldiers, face painters, balloon artists, stilt walkers, caricature artists, the Dallas Mavericks drum line and a trackless train. After dark, you can purchase $1 glow sticks (cash only) to wear during the fireworks spectacular.
July 4 from 4 to 9:15 p.m. at Firewheel Town Center, 245 Cedar Sage Drive, Garland. Free admission and parking. Food truck prices vary. $1 donation for sodas and water from 4 to 8 p.m. facebook.com/firewheeltowncenter.
Liberty by the Lake
Flooding and high lake levels have caused this 22nd annual event to trade its traditional location, Stewart Creek Park, for new digs, but that is unlikely to dampen the fun. The 10K, 5K and 1-mile running events will begin at the Lewisville ISD Aquatics Center East, 5729 Memorial Drive, and remaining activities will move to The Colony Five Star Complex, 4100 Blair Oaks Drive. You can still expect a patriotic morning parade to follow the running. (It will travel Nash Drive and Blair Oaks Drive from Peters Colony Elementary to The Colony Five Star Complex.) There, starting at 4 p.m., will be a family-friendly festival with a kid zone, salsa-making competition, a watermelon-eating contest, live music and other entertainment, and a food court. The party ends with a fireworks display at 9:30 p.m.
July 4 from 4 to 10 p.m. at The Colony Five Star Complex, 4100 Blair Oaks Drive, The Colony. Free admission and parking. Prices vary for race registration. libertybythelake.com.
Old-Fashioned Fourth Fireworks Celebration
This Lancaster-DeSoto collaboration moves back to DeSoto this year with family activities, games, live entertainment, festival food for sale and fireworks at 9 p.m. Jazz saxophonist Don Diego and Grammy-winning R&B artist Chrisette Michele will perform, and guests are encouraged to take lawn chairs or blankets.
July 4 from 6 to 10 p.m. at Grimes Park, 501 E. Wintergreen Road, DeSoto. Free admission and parking. Vendor prices vary. desototexas.gov.
Grapevine's July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza
UPDATE: Due to remaining elevated water levels at Grapevine Lake, this year's fireworks show will be launched near Great Wolf Lodge, at the intersection of State Highway 26 and Texan Trail, allowing spectators to view the show from many public parking lots throughout Grapevine. Click here to view a map of public parking locations and download the music that accompanies the show
July 4 from 9:30 to 10 p.m. at various viewing locations around Grapevine (check website for complete list). Parking or entry fees may apply at viewing locations. grapevinetexasusa.com/summerblast.
CORRECTION, 11:58 a.m., July 1, 2019: An earlier version of this story listed the admission fee for Old Fashioned Fourth at Dallas Heritage Village as $5. The current pricing is $10 for ages 13-64, $8 for ages 65 and older, $6 for ages 4-12, free for ages 3 and younger.