Love the Fourth of July fireworks but not the festival crowds? If you're looking for options, try experiencing the fireworks from one of these spots. Some offer a stellar view, maybe a food and drink menu. The patios and bars in Addison, on the other hand, go full party with live bands, drinks specials and, in one instance, a dunking booth.
Reunion Tower and roof-top bars
Go way up high to view these pretty light displays:
July 3 - Red, White & Boom on the Bridge from the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge and Ronald Kirk Pedestrian Bridge west of downtown Dallas;
July 4 - Fair Park Fourth from the Cotton Bowl at Fair Park
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 weekend. The indoor-outdoor deck is open until 10 p.m. on July 3-4. 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 has dozens of draft beers and wine on tap, specialty drinks, music and food.
NYLO Dallas Soda Bar - Try the South Side boutique hotel's rooftop bar for a sparkling view of downtown and, to the east, Fair Park. After 9 p.m. the bar is 21+ only.
Saint Rocco's - Visit the rooftop patio at this Trinity Groves Italian restaurant for a picture-perfect look at the Dallas skyline. On July 3, dinner guests have free access to the third-floor patio, all others can pay a cover. No cover on July 4.
The Belmont - Watch the July 3 Red, White & Boom show while relaxing at the hotel's Poolside Viewing Party. The fun starts at 6 p.m. with a DJ, dancing, and food and drinks available to purchase. $15 cover (bring your own towel).
Kaboom Town watch parties
The crowds are huge for this July 3 festival and fireworks display, ranked as one of the best in the nation. The event takes place in Addison Circle Park but thousands more will party off-site at one of the official watch parties. Kaboom Town gets underway at 4 p.m. A Warbirds air show starts at 7:15 p.m. and fireworks are set for approximately 9:30 p.m.
Chamberlain's Fish Market Grill - Four-course Kaboom Town dinner will set you back $74.99 per person, but you'll see the air show and fireworks from a private viewing area. Reservations required.
4525 Belt Line Road, Addison; 972-503-3474
Chuy's - Food, drinks and DJ on the patio.
4440 Belt Line Road, Addison. 972-661-1019.
Courtyard Addison Quorum - Hamburgers, brats, beer and margs; outdoor games.
15160 Quorum Drive, Addison; 972-404-1555
Duke's Icehouse - Great views of both the air show and the fireworks at this close-to-the-airport bar. Party gets underway around 4:30 p.m. with drink and food specials, and a live band after the fireworks.
16101 Addison Road, Addison; 972-803-4264.
The Hub Sports Bar and Grill - Field party with open seating starts at 2 p.m. Live music on the outdoor stage after the fireworks.
4145 Belt Line Road, Addison; 214-995-6536
La Comida - Pet-friendly patio party with food and drink specials, DJ Righteous.
5100 Belt Line Road, Addison; 972-770-0968.
The Lion & Crown Pub - Patio watch party, food and drink service.
5001 Addison Circle Drive, Addison; 972-503-5001.
On the Border - Live music, food and drink specials.
4855 Belt Line Road, Addison; 972-488-4400.
The Quarter - Party on the patio with a DJ before the fireworks and the Josh Lee Band inside post-fireworks. Reserve your seats by e-mailing: email@example.com.
15201 Addison Road, Addison; 972-788-1919.
Meanwhile, in Fort Worth
The Fort Worth Symphony presents the Old-Fashioned Family Fireworks Picnic, three nights of patriotic music and fireworks in the Fort Worth Botanic Garden, July 2, 3 & 4.
If you can't go the the Garden, try the nearby Pappas eateries Pappasito's and Pappadeaux (north side of Interstate 30 at University). Stop in for dinner and/or a drink and they won't mind if you stay to watch the fireworks.
Fort Worth's Fourth
This all-day July 4 festival at Panther Island comes to a rousing fireworks finale.
Coyote Drive-in - Make a family night of it and head for this drive-in movie spot just north of downtown. The movie will pause around 10 p.m. so guests can enjoy the fireworks display. Turn the radio dial to 95.9 The Ranch for synchronized music. Click here to buy tickets.
Panther Island Brewing - The Northside brewery offers a near perfect view of Fort Worth's Fourth fireworks finale. For $15, you can get a special release pint glass and 3 beers. Doors open at 5 p.m. with beer served until the fireworks start.