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On this day in 1776, the Declaration of Independence was approved by the Continental Congress, setting the 13 colonies on the road to freedom as a sovereign nation. In America, we celebrate this day is marked by parades, fireworks and backyard barbecues across the country. So, I have gathered a list of many celebration across the Dallas Fort Worth area. Please remember, firework safety, and keep your eyes on the kids!

Arlington Community Band and Celebration Chorale Concerts
Arlington City Hall, 101 W. Abram St.
9 a.m. Wednesday; free
817-467-0158; arlingtoncommunityband.org

Light Up Arlington - Downtown Arlington
6 p.m. Tuesday; free
arlingtontx.gov/parks/lightuparlington
Music from Pure Prairie League, the Spazmatics, the Heather Roberts Band and Arlington Community Band at Levitt Pavilion; fireworks at 9:45 p.m. There will also be a children's area and vendors.

47th annual Arlington 4th of July Parade
Downtown/University of Texas at Arlington area. After-picnic at Knapp Heritage Park, 201 W. Front St.
9 a.m. Wednesday, free; after-picnic and awards at 1 p.m.
817-330-9872; www.arlington4th.org

4th of July Fireworks Extravaganza
Arlington Highlands
7 p.m. Wednesday; free
arlingtonhighlands.com

Go for the free snow cones (first 3,000 folks between 7 and 9 p.m.), stay for the music by Chant and the fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

4thFest Independence Day Celebration
Bedford Boys Ranch Park, 2801 Forest Ridge Drive
Noon Wednesday; free
bedfordtx.gov

Admission to the adjacent Splash Aquatic Center is $6.50, $5.50 for children under 18 and free ages 2 and under; parking/shuttle $4 at Pennington Field, 1501 Central Drive. Limited on-site parking $15; at the Bedford Public Library, $10. Enjoy a full day of family entertainment including live music, a family-friendly boot camp, games, crafts, a patriotic puppet show by the Dallas Puppet Theater, and a fireworks show. Swim at the Splash Aquatic Center, and enjoy bounce houses, slides and an obstacle course at InFlatafun.

Red, White and Sousa
The Village at Colleyville
Main Street and Colleyville Boulevard
8 p.m. Friday; free
www.colleyville.com

Concerts in the Garden: Old-Fashioned Family Fireworks Picnic
Fort Worth Botanic Garden, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd.
8:15 p.m. Monday-Wednesday; tickets start at $16
817-665-6000; www.fwsymphony.org
The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra (with Andrés Franco conducting) plays patriotic music culminating with a fireworks show. Gates open at 6:30 p.m.

Willie Nelson's 4th of July Picnic
Billy Bob's Texas, 2520 Rodeo Plaza
Noon Wednesday; $35 in advance, $45 at gate
817-624-7117; www.billybobstexas.com
Nelson brings his annual all-day indoor/outdoor concert back to the Stockyards. Acts include Johnny Bush, Asleep at the Wheel and Billy Joe Shaver.

Fort Worth's Fourth
Panther Island Pavilion, 1098 W. Peach St.
4:30 p.m. Wednesday; free
trinityrivervision.org

Back in Black (an AC/DC cover band), food trucks, bounce houses, tubing, kayaking, horseback rides, jet ski shows and a levee slide; fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

Stockyards Fourth of July Celebration
Fort Worth Stockyards
11 a.m. July 7; free
fortworthstockyards.org
A daytime, family-themed Independence Day event.

Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Competition
Curly's, 4017 Camp Bowie
11 a.m. Wednesday; free
817-763-8700

This is the second annual event with the high school division kicking off at 11 a.m. and the grand masters open division starting at 11:30 a.m.

29th Annual Fireworks Extravaganza
Grapevine, multiple locations
Grapevine, TX
Jul 4, 9:30pm.
Free - 800/457-6338
grapevinetexasusa.com
Pick any spot in Grapevine to watch the patriotic fireworks show over the waters of Lake Grapevine. Fairway Drive, between Texas 26 East and Silveron Boulevard, will be closed starting at 9 p.m.

4th of July Fireworks and Food
Fellowship Church, 2450 N. Texas 121, Grapevine
6 p.m. Saturday; free
972-471-5700; www.fellowshipchurch.com/july4

Games, a volleyball tournament, bounce houses and more, followed by fireworks. Food available from food trucks and vendors.

Fourth of July Parade and Fireworks
The Vineyards Campground and Cabins
1501 N. Dooley St., Grapevine, TX 76051, Jul 4
10am activities; 9:30pm fireworks.
$10 per car; free for registered campers.
817/329-8993
vineyardscampground.com
Watch a parade, compete in a decorating contest with your bikes, golf carts and pets for a chance to win prizes, and stay to enjoy the fireworks show over Grapevine Lake.

This event or venue can accommodate children with special needs. This event or venue hosts specific days and/or events for children with special needs. The facilities at the outdoor park are ADA compliant.

Rockin' 4th of July
Big League Dreams Sports Park, 500 Heritage Parkway S.
7 p.m. Tuesday; free
mansfield-tx.gov

Family activities, military appreciation, carnival games and music from Poo Live Crew; fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

Family 4th Fireworks Show
ATI Career Training Center, 6351 Boulevard 26, North Richland Hills
Wiley G. Thomas Coliseum, 6108 Broadway Ave., Haltom City
9:30 p.m. Wednesday; free
nrhtx.com

Stars & Stripes Parade
Vista Ridge Mall, 2401 S. Stemmons Fwy., Lewisville, TX
Jul 4, 11am–2pm., Free.
972/315-3641
vistaridgemall.com

Decorate your tricycle, stroller or wagon, and join an old-fashioned parade through the shopping center led by Uncle Sam. Participants will meet near Oasis Cafe before 11am. No bicycles allowed. Enjoy a DJ, games and prizes, face painting and patriotic-themed crafts at a block party inside the mall. For children ages 8 and younger, but all ages are welcome.

Stars & Stripes
Southlake Town Square
6 p.m. Tuesday; free
visitsouthlaketexas.com

Frank Cornish Park, McPherson Park and Rustin Pavilion will be the site for music and jugglers; fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

Independence Fest and Children's Parade
Flower Mound, multiple locations
Flower Mound, TX, Jul 4
11am–2pm parade; 5pm festival; 9:45pm fireworks.Free.
972/874-6300
flower-mound.com/festival

Celebrate the Fourth of July with all day events including a children's parade at the LISD School Administration Building, and a vintage car show, an art exhibition, and bounce houses and face painting at the Kid's Zone at Bakersfield Park. See multi-platinum record selling band Smash Mouth at the evening concert and a fireworks finale.

Kaboom Town!
Addison Circle Park, 4970 Addison Circle Drive
5 p.m.-midnight Tuesday; free
www.addisontexas.net

The Cavanaugh Flight Museum Warbird Flyover and music from Emerald City Band complement this nationally recognized fireworks event.

Dallas - Old-Fashioned Fourth
Dallas Heritage Village, Old City Park, 1515 S. Harwood St.
11 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday; $9, $7 seniors 65+, $5 children 4-12, free for children under 4 and Heritage Village members
dallasheritagevillage.org

Attendees will see how Dallasites celebrated the holiday between 1840 and 1910. The Prairie House food truck will be on site, along with traditional carnival games and such vintage games as horseshoes and croquet.

July 4th Celebration – A Lake Cities Tradition
Lake Dallas City Park, 101 E. Hundley Dr., Lake Dallas, TX
Jul 4, 9am parade; festivities 10am–10pm.
Free, 940/497-2226
lakedallas.com

Celebrate Independence Day in the lake cities with a patriotic parade down Main Street, a vendor market, live music, the sixth annual Lake Cities Idol competition, an apple pie bake-off and watermelon-eating contest, and a play area for children.

Fair Park Fourth - Cotton Bowl
4:30-10 p.m. Wednesday; free, parking $10
214-421-9600; www.fairpark.org

All the museums on the grounds will have reduced admission 4:30-7:30 p.m. "Dancing water" shows at the Esplanade Fountain and carnival games and festivities for all ages. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m., Listen to musical performances including a patriotic concert by the Dallas Wind Symphony 8 p.m., enjoy carnival games, and watch dancing water shows at the Bellagio-style Esplanade Fountain and a fireworks show.

Lone Stars & Stripes Celebration
Lone Star Park, 1000 Lone Star Parkway
Grandstand gates open at 3 p.m. Wednesday; $5, $3 children 4-12, free for military with ID
972-263-7223; lonestarpark.com
Family Fun Park with bounce houses, a petting zoo, pony rides and games. Fireworks display choreographed to music after the last race.
Grand Prairie AirHogs
QuikTrip Park, 1600 Lone Star Parkway
Wednesday; $8-$15, parking free
972-504-9383; airhogsbaseball.com

The game against the Wichita Wingnuts begins at 6:05 p.m. Postgame fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Inside the Wide World of Parks will be bounce houses, face painting, basketball, mini golf, climbing and games on the concourse, and photos with mascot Ace Bacon and the championship trophy.

Frisco Freedom Fest
Simpson Plaza at City Hall
6101 Frisco Square Blvd., Frisco, TX, Jul 4
Festivities at 4pm; fireworks at 10pm.
Free admission. Fees for Taste of Frisco concessions. $1-6 for some children's activities or $25 for all-day pass.
972/292-5000
friscofreedomfest.org

Celebrate the national holiday with a hometown heroes exhibit, a percussion show and performances on the community stage, Taste of Frisco event, as well as train rides, henna tattoos, bungee jumps and face painting for children.

Liberty by the Lake
Stewart Creek Park, 3700 Sparks Rd., The Colony, TX
Jul 4, 7am–11pm., Free admission; $10 for parking.
972/625-1106
libertybythelake.com

Celebrate Independence Day along shoreline of Lake Lewisville with day-long activities including 5K, 10K and 1-mile runs, a parade, the Family Fun Zone, Elvis impersonators and live music. Compete in homemade salsa and watermelon eating contests, and watch a skateboarding and BMX stunt show and fireworks display.

Red, White and Boom
McKinney, multiple locations
McKinney, TX
Jul 4, 10am parade; 7pm evening activities. Free.
972/547-7480
mckinneytexas.org

See a morning parade and car show at Historic Downtown McKinney, and enjoy a concert and fireworks show at the McKinney Soccer Complex at Craig Ranch.

Spirit of Coppell Parade and Fireworks
Coppell, multiple locations
Coppell, TX 75019
Jul 3 - Jul 4, 7–10pm Tue; 9am Wed. Free.
972/462-5100
coppelltx.gov

Enjoy face painting, bounce houses, live music and a fireworks show at Andrew Brown Park East on Tue. Fireworks begin at 9:40pm. Then watch the parade from Samuel Boulevard to Town Center Plaza on Wed.

Denton
40th Annual Kiwanis Fireworks Show
University of North Texas' Fouts Field, 2300 N. Interstate 35E
5:30 p.m. gates open, starts at 6:30 pm Wednesday; free
dentonkiwanisclub.org

Listen to live music by The Holler Time, and watch the fireworks show. Donations will be accepted to benefit the Denton Kiwanis Club.

Independence Fest 2012
LISD School Administration Building, 1800 Timber Creek Road
11 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday; free
flower-mound.com/festival
Children's parade, bounce houses and vendors.
Evening Entertainment and Fireworks
Bakersfield Park, 1201 Duncan Lane
5 p.m. Wednesday; free
flower-mound.com/festival

Smash Mouth headlines a concert culminating in fireworks at 9:45 p.m.

Independence Day Celebration
Chisenhall Fields, 500 W. Hidden Creek Parkway
5 p.m. Wednesday; free
burlesontx.com

Asleep at the Wheel plays its Western swing at 7:30 p.m.; fireworks around 9:20 p.m.

Old-Fashioned 4th of July Celebration
Downtown Granbury
Friday-Wednesday; $30 for the musical
817-579-0952; granburychamber.com

Activities include a car show at 7 p.m. Friday at Jerry Durant Hyundai, a parade at 10 a.m. Saturday starting at Granbury High School, fireworks over Lake Granbury at 9:45 p.m. Sunday, July 4 on the Square on Wednesday with a laser-light show at 9:30 p.m., and special showings of the musical 1776 at 3:30 and 7 p.m. Wednesday.

15th Annual Crape Myrtle Festival
Waxahachie, multiple locations
Waxahachie, TX 75165
Jul 3 - Jul 4
5-10pm Tue; 10am Wed.
Free. - 972/937-2390
waxahachiechamber.com
Bring your lawn chairs to the Waxahachie Sports Complex for the Bloomin’ & Boomin’ Bash with a tailgating party, Battle of the Bands competition, children's activities, and a fireworks show. Then watch a parade through Downtown Waxahachie on July 4. The parade begins on College Street and heads west on Main Street to Getzendaner Park. This event or venue can accommodate children with special needs. The property has handicapped parking and ADA compliant sidewalks.

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