Editor's note: This story was originally published on June 14, 2018. We've brought it back with new details for 2019 Fourth of July events.
Love the Fourth of July fireworks but not the festival crowds? Try experiencing the pyrotechnics from one of these fun spots. You'll have stellar views plus food, drink and even entertainment options.
For great views of Red, White & Boom on the Bridge (on July 3 from the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge and Ronald Kirk Pedestrian Bridge west of downtown Dallas) and Fair Park Fourth (on July 4 from the Cotton Bowl at Fair Park), check out these venues:
REUNION TOWER GEO-DECK With a 360-degree view of Dallas and beyond, iconic Reunion Tower's observation deck is a great perch for sky-watching any night of the July 4th holiday. The GeO-Deck will be open until 10 p.m. on July 3-4. Bonus: On July 4, the Ball will flash red, white and blue with a patriotic light show. Reunion Tower tickets are $17 for adults with discounts for kids and seniors.
HAPPIEST HOUR Another 360 view, this time from the roof of the Harwood District bar and restaurant located a block from the American Airlines Center. Happiest Hour's July Fourth specials include a super-sized Watermelon Smash cocktail and a two-foot-long Hot Diggity Dog. DJs spin until 2 a.m. Wednesday through Saturday and a live band plays on July 4 from 6 to 9 p.m.
CANVAS HOTEL The South Side boutique hotel's Gallery rooftop bar with an infinity pool offers a sparkling view of downtown and, to the east, Fair Park.
PAPPASITO'S and PAPPADEAUX Stop in for dinner and/or a drink at one of these Pappas restaurants on July 3 or July 4 and they won't mind if you stay to watch the fireworks from the Old-Fashioned Family Fireworks and Picnic. The Pappas eateries are located north of Interstate 30 at University, near the Fort Worth Botanic Garden, site of the fireworks.
PANTHER ISLAND BREWING The Northside brewery offers a near perfect view of Fort Worth's Fourth fireworks from Panther Island. The brewery is hosting a Brews & Booms watch party on July 4. For $15, you can get a souvenir Fourth of July glass and three beers. Doors open at 1 p.m. with beer served until the fireworks start. Kids are free and pets are welcome. Get your advance ticket here.
COYOTE DRIVE-IN Make a family night of it and head for this drive-in movie spot just north of downtown. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Singer-songwriter Zach Maberry will perform before the movie. Around 10 p.m., the movies will pause so guests can enjoy the Fort Worth's Fourth fireworks display on July 4. Turn the radio dial to 95.9 The Ranch for synchronized music. Click here to buy advance tickets.
URBAN UNION The entertainment district is throwing a Light Up Arlington watch party on July 3 with all-day specials from restaurants and bars including Cartel Taco Bar, Legal Draft Beer, Lone Star Axe Throwing, the Tipsy Oak and 4 Kahunas Tiki Lounge. Bring your own chairs and blankets and stake out a great fireworks-watching spot. Check out specials and more details here.
UNCLE SAM JAM Rock the Fourth with a free outdoor show in the Texas Lottery Plaza at the Toyota Music Factory. Tribute bands Halen (Van Halen) and PriMadonna (Madonna) play from 3 to 7 p.m. Grab a bite to eat or a drink on the patio at any of the restaurants that line Las Colinas Blvd. for a great view of the Independence Day Fireworks festival at Lake Carolyn. July 4.
DEL FRISCO'S GRILLE Located in the middle of Southlake Town Square, this bar and grill boasts an ideal view of Southlake Stars and Stripes from its rooftop patio. Patio seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. July 3.