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.
Reunion Tower and rooftop 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. 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 with an infinity pool for a sparkling view of downtown and, to the east, Fair Park. After 9 p.m. the bar is 21+ only.
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.
Meanwhile, in Fort Worth
The Fort Worth Symphony presents the Old-Fashioned Family Fireworks and 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.
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 1 p.m. with beer served until the fireworks start. Kids are free and pets are welcome.
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 10:30 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 advance tickets starting June 26.
Denton Kiwanis Club hosts its annual Fourth of July Fireworks Show from UNT’s Apogee Stadium from 7 to 10 p.m.
LSA Burger Co. - From the upper level of this restaurant, look out on Denton’s vibrant downtown square and the display over at the stadium.
Southlake Stars and Stripes includes a schedule of events including fireworks, the star of the whole shebang, starting at 9:30 p.m. on July 3.
Del Frisco’s Grille - In the middle of Southlake Town Square, this bar and grill boasts an ideal view of Stars and Stripes from its rooftop patio. Patio seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
The Colony’s Liberty By The Lake includes a fun run, parade and dog shows. The fireworks finale begins at 9:30 p.m.
Lava Cantina - This hybrid Mexican-Creole restaurant has both live entertainment and a rooftop patio where customers can relax. It's near the festival, but visibility can't be confirmed.