4th of July Fireworks & Festivities Guide for Dallas 2021

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4th of july dallasAfter a year off, most 4th of July fireworks shows are back with a bang. Independence Day is on a Sunday this year, so we’ve included the best celebrations on the 4th and surrounding days. Events are arranged by DATE and then alphabetically by CITY.

You’ll notice some annual city-funded events missing from the list: Dallas, Garland, Richardson, to name a few. These have been temporarily suspended due to safety concerns and/or COVID-related budget cuts. Hope to see them all back next year!

Help us add to this list by sharing in the comments so all families can find this post a helpful resource. And if you have any tips for attending fireworks shows in general, please share.

My main suggestion is to load up on cheap glow sticks/glow products beforehand. Bring them with you so the kids can run around and play while you wait for the show to start. Bonus points if you bring extra for children sitting nearby who are empty-handed. A nice mom shared some with my kids our first time out and it made their night.

Saturday, June 26

Market Street Allen USA Celebration

Allen prides itself on being “First to the Fourth,” and they have a big festival to celebrate. This year’s event will look a little different, for public health purposes. Those who come out to Celebration Park will find food trucks, live music, and a Fireworks Finale to cap off the night! Here’s the FAQ, you know how I love those.

Free admission! Event begins at 7pm. Fireworks Finale starts at 9:30pm and lasts about 25 minutes.

(Dallas) Independence Day Party at Klyde Warren Park

Patriotic music, games, family activities, and lots of food trucks. The evening will wrap up with fireworks over the Park’s East Lawn.

Free admission! Event is from 6-10pm. Fireworks start around 9:30pm.

Other notes: For parking information please visit klydewarrenpark.org/Visit-the-Park

Friday, July 2

(Arlington) Coca-Cola July 4th Fest at Six Flags

Enjoy fireworks, rides, discounted tickets and more from July 2-4. A special fireworks show lights up the sky nightly. Save on tickets all summer long with promo code COKE.

(Dallas) Fourth of July at the Arboretum

The Arboretum has you covered, with 4th of July celebrations all weekend long (July 2-4). Bands are scheduled to play each day, and local food trucks and breweries will be on site. Perfect spot for a summer picnic. Enjoy $2 hot dogs and root beer floats all weekend. Family Fun Friday events include petting zoo, KinderMusic, painted body art, and more. See the link for a complete schedule of events.

Included in general Arboretum admission. Active and retired/former military get free admission with ID. Event hours are roughly 10am-4pm on each day.

Farmers Branch Independence Day Celebration

Farmers Branch celebrates its 75th anniversary of becoming a city today. As you enter Farmers Branch Historical Park, be sure and grab your free commemorative backpack. Five of the backpacks contain a golden ticket that can be redeemed on-site at the Information Booth. This event will have kids’ activities, concessions, and enhanced fireworks show to celebrate.

Free for Farmers Branch residents, $5 for non-residents, kids 3 and under are free. Event hours are 6:30-10pm. Fireworks at 9:30pm.

Other notes: Residents should get a Firecracker Fast Pass in advance to avoid having to show proof of residence at the gate. See the event page link for more info about the event. Bring your chairs and blankets or rent a chair for $3!

Saturday, July 3

Addison Kaboom Town

This is one of the best fireworks shows in the country, and everyone comes to watch. In normal times we’re talking a million people posted up on every roadside, median, and open space near Addison Circle. You will definitely want to look at the FAQ for viewing tips and parking options.

Free to watch and attend. (UPDATE: Tickets to the main watch party in Addison Circle Park are SOLD OUT.) Air Show at 7:30pm. Fireworks at 9:30pm.

Other notes: Tune to 102.1 FM for the fireworks simulcast. You can find alternate spots to watch the display away from the crowds, including parking lots around Montfort & Belt Line and the Galleria parking garage. Local businesses will also host watching parties, many with their own kid-friendly entertainment. If you have any personal experience with Kaboom Town, please share your tips below!

Arlington Independence Day Fireworks

Globe Life Field, AT&T Stadium, and Esports Stadium Arlington & Expo Center parking lots will be open to the public so that families can set up chairs or tailgate and enjoy the free fireworks show. No vendors or activities this year, but Texas Live! establishments will be open.

Admission and parking are free! Parking lots open at 8pm. Fireworks at 9:30pm. 

Other notes: Tune in to 95.9 FM during the show for patriotic music accompaniment. There will also be an Independence Day Parade on Monday, July 5th at 9am.

(Arlington) Coca-Cola July 4th Fest at Six Flags

Enjoy fireworks, rides, discounted tickets and more from July 2-4. A special fireworks show lights up the sky nightly. Save on tickets all summer long with promo code COKE.

(Dallas) Fourth of July at the Arboretum

The Arboretum has you covered, with 4th of July celebrations all weekend long (July 2-4). Bands are scheduled to play each day, and local food trucks and breweries will be on site. Perfect spot for a summer picnic. Enjoy $2 hot dogs and root beer floats all weekend. Family Fun Friday events include petting zoo, KinderMusic, painted body art, and more. See the link for a complete schedule of events.

Included in general Arboretum admission. Active and retired/former military get free admission with ID. Event hours are roughly 10am-4pm on each day.

(Dallas) Lakewood Parade

This classic neighborhood parade winds through Lakewood, ending at Winstead and Tokolan with refreshments and music. The parade starts at 10am. Help warm up the parade route by running in the Fun Run (~1.2 miles). The race starts at 8am and has a $10 entry fee; see event page for details.

Denton 4th of July Jubilee

Start off your day with the Liberty 5K run or 1-mile walk and head to the streets of the Downtown Square for the Yankee Doodle Parade. Spend some time in Quakertown Park for family fun from 10am-12pm. Activities include bull riding, rock climbing, food trucks, games, face painting, pony rides, petting zoo, caricature artists, and more.

Fun runs start at 7:30am. Parade at 9am. There will be no fireworks show this year.

Duncanville Independence Day Celebration

Enjoy a parade in the morning, then come back in the evening for a night of great music, delicious food and fun for kids and adults of all ages.

Free admission! Parade is at 9am, party is at 6pm at Armstrong Park. Fireworks start around 9:30pm.

Other notes: Wristbands are required for park entry. Pick the up at the Recreation Center.

Forney Independence Day Celebration 

This festival at Community Park will have food vendors, games, and fireworks.

Free admission! Event is from 6-10pm. Fireworks start around 9:30pm.

Other notes: Parking will be available at the Community Park, with overflow parking at Forney Baptist Church and Forney High School.

Frisco Freedom Fest

While most of the festival takes place on July 4, there are several fun options on July 3 as well! Check the link for details on the cornhole tournament, dachshund races, and Hotter ‘n Firecrackers 5k and Glow Run through Frisco Square in the evening.

Other notes: Scroll down for details on the July 4th activities and fireworks show.

(Grand Prairie) Lone Stars and Stripes Celebration

Celebrate America at Lone Star Park on July 3rd and 4th with live racing and fireworks show set to music.

General admission is $5 (3 and under free). Parking is $20. Event hours are 3-9pm. First race is 5pm. Fireworks start after the last race and are set to music.

Irving Brings Back the Spark

The city of Irving will have a multi-day celebration this year. July 3 will be the parade, starting at City Hall at 9am. See link for map of parade route. July 4 will be for fireworks and the festival (scroll down for more info on that event).

The Lake Cities Fourth of July in Lake Dallas

The festivities begin with a patriotic parade followed by food, contests, vendors, toe-tappin’ music, and a fabulous fireworks display.

Admission is free! Parade is from 9-10am. Festival starts at 4pm. Fireworks as soon as it gets dark.

McKinney Red, White and BOOM!

Celebrate in McKinney with free family activities, live entertainment, and fireworks. The day starts with a parade and Yankee Doodle block party plus a classic car/truck/cycle show in Historic Downtown McKinney. Evening festivities resume at the McKinney Soccer Complex at Craig Ranch with music, food, kids’ activities, a concert, and a fireworks display.

Admission to all events is free! Parade at 10am. Block party from 11am-5pm. Family fun at Craig Ranch begins at 5:30pm. Fireworks start at 9:45pm.

Other notes: Coolers are allowed, but you can’t bring alcohol. No pets, please. Free parking is available in the Chestnut Street and Davis Street garages.

(The Colony) Liberty By The Lake

Start your weekend with the Liberty 5K, 10K, or 1 Mile Fun Run on July 3. The event culminates on July 4 with a festival featuring concerts, food vendors, BMX stunt shows, a comedy variety show, magic shows, and fireworks. Be on the lookout for the homemade salsa competition and watermelon eating contest.

Free admission! Runs begin at 7:45am. The festival starts at 6pm. Fireworks start around 9:30pm.

Other notes: Tune in to 99.9FM for music to go with the fireworks. Parking is FREE this year.

Sunday, July 4th

(Arlington) Coca-Cola July 4th Fest at Six Flags

Enjoy fireworks, rides, discounted tickets and more from July 2-4. A special fireworks show lights up the sky nightly. Save on tickets all summer long with promo code COKE.

Carrollton Fourth of July Community Fireworks

There’s no corresponding festival this year, but you can still watch a 15-minute fireworks show over Josey Ranch Lake. They’ll also be live streaming on the city’s Facebook page.

Admission is free! Fireworks start at 9:30pm.

(Dallas) Fourth of July at the Arboretum

The Arboretum has you covered, with 4th of July celebrations all weekend long (July 2-4). Bands are scheduled to play each day, and local food trucks and breweries will be on site. Perfect spot for a summer picnic. Enjoy $2 hot dogs and root beer floats all weekend. Family Fun Friday events include petting zoo, KinderMusic, painted body art, and more. See the link for a complete schedule of events.

Included in general Arboretum admission. Active and retired/former military get free admission with ID. Event hours are roughly 10am-4pm on each day.

(Dallas) Old-Fashioned Fourth

Dallas Heritage Village is doing something new this year. Deck out your bikes, trikes, or scooters in patriotic flair for a family parade around the Village. Enjoy games, food by Smokey Ray’s BBQ, and Kona Ice to cool off in Old City Park. Half of gate proceeds will go to Vogel Alcove. 10am-4pm. Tickets from $6-10, kids 4 and under free.

Dallas Wind Symphony’s Star-Spangled Spectacular

Want to celebrate indoors? Bring the family to the Meyerson to hear patriotic favorites and a display of “indoor fireworks.” You can also opt to watch the live stream. Concert begins at 1pm. Tickets start at $36 ($25 for Livestream pass).

Dallas Athletic Club

The fireworks show starts at 9:30pm.  The show is limited to members, but non-members can easily see the spectacle along La Prada Drive. Club event from 11am-10:45pm.

Dallas Country Club

Fireworks begin at sundown.  The show is only open to members, but non-members can find spots to watch the show at Highland Park Village or along Beverly Drive.

Flower Mound Independence Fest

Independence Fest 2021 takes place on July 4 with live music, a vintage car show, showcase of local businesses, food & drink, and a completely FREE Kid’s Zone.

Admission and parking are free! Gates open at Bakersfield Park at 5pm. Fireworks at 9:50pm.

Other notes: A Children’s Parade will take place at 10am on July 3 with decorated bikes, trikes, wagons, and strollers parading a short route to the LISD School Administration Building where free hot dogs, drinks, children’s activities, and live entertainment await. (parade line-up at 9:30am, see link for participation deets)

Frisco Freedom Fest

This is a big one, both the party and the fireworks show. So many attractions: Party in the Plaza, an FC Dallas match, live music, Taste of Frisco, a Children’s Expo with rides and games, and more. See the event page for much more info on each attraction.

Party in the Plaza is free and begins at 4pm. Fireworks start at about 10pm and are visible in all areas around the Toyota Stadium. Know of other great watching spots? Leave a comment below!

Other notes: Parking map and tons more details at the event website. Tickets are required for Children’s Expo activities. Tickets start at $1 and there’s an all-day wristband for $25. There are dachshund races and a 5k glow run through Frisco Square the night of July 3rd.

(Grand Prairie) Lone Stars and Stripes Celebration

Celebrate America at Lone Star Park on July 3rd and 4th with live racing and fireworks show set to music.

General admission is $5 (3 and under free). Parking is $20. Event hours are 3-9pm. First race is 5pm. Fireworks start after the last race and are set to music.

Grapevine Fourth of July Extravaganza

Grapevine’s 39th Annual July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza at Lake Grapevine can be viewed from lakeside locations and other spots throughout Grapevine including Oak Grove Park, Lakeview Park, Katie’s Woods Park, and Acorn Woods Park.

Admission to viewing locations ranges from free to $20 per car. See HERE for an extensive list of viewing areas and any applicable fees/details. Fireworks start at 9:30pm.

Other notes: Some private docks and parks along Lake Grapevine may charge an admission fee of $5 to $10 per vehicle (like Rockledge Park, which has the best view). These fees aren’t controlled by Grapevine. Visit the link above for maps and details on any and all viewing options.

Irving Brings Back the Spark

The city of Irving will have a multi-day celebration this year: July 3 will be the parade, starting at City Hall at 9am. See link for map of parade route. July 4 will be for fireworks and the festival. You’ll find live music, 15+ food vendors, a kids zone, and beer garden.

Admission is free! Festival is from 6-10pm. Fireworks begin at 9:30pm.

Plano All-American 4th Festival & Fireworks

Bring your coolers, blankets, and lawn chairs—but no pets please—to Red Tail Pavilion (formerly Oak Point Amphitheater). They’ll have music playing and food and market vendors to shop.

Admission is free! Festival starts at 6pm. Fireworks begin at 9:30pm.

Other notes: Tune to 97.5 KLAK for the fireworks simulcast. The show will stream live on The City of Plano’s YouTube page, PTV, and Plano Arts & Events Facebook page.

Rowlett Fireworks on Main

All sorts of fun stuff happening at this Rowlett festival including live music, food trucks/vendors, a spectacular kids area, and a whole bunch of other activities and attractions.

Admission is free! Event hours are 6-10pm. Fireworks at 9:30pm.

(The Colony) Liberty By The Lake

Start your weekend with the Liberty 5K, 10K, or 1 Mile Fun Run on July 3. The event culminates on July 4 with a festival featuring concerts, food vendors, BMX stunt shows, a comedy variety show, magic shows, and fireworks. Be on the lookout for the homemade salsa competition and watermelon eating contest.

Free admission! Runs begin at 7:45am. The festival starts at 6pm. Fireworks start around 9:30pm.

Other notes: Tune in to 99.9FM for music to go with the fireworks. Parking is FREE this year.

Red, White, and Brave (Virtual)

Celebrate with 98.7 KLUV from the comfort of home. Stream the celebration and Las Colinas fireworks show on kluv.com.

Admission is free! Livestream begins at 9:30pm.

Monday, July 5

Arlington 4th of July Parade

Head to Downtown Arlington for one of the largest 4th of July parades in Texas. Wave flags to the marching bands, vintage cars, color guards, clowns, and VIPs.

Admission is free! Festivities start at 9am. Check here for a slideshow of the top ten tips for parking and watching the parade.

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