Addison Kaboom Town fireworks isn’t the only July 4th Independence Day celebration event in the Dallas-Forth Worth area this year. If attendance at last year’s Kaboom Town in Addison is any indication of its popularity, Dallas/Fort Worth area city officials should stand up and pay attention. The City of Dallas initially announced the cancellation of their annual July 4th fireworks show due to budget cuts, but Dallas officials have since realized that not having a fireworks event in their city would send the wrong message.
Dallas Mayor Pro Tem, Dwaine Caraway, who became angry that the city had scheduled no fireworks this Fourth of July because of budgeting problems, told city officials they had better come up with a plan for fireworks – or else. In an interview in his Dallas City Hall office, Caraway said, “It’s gonna be some fireworks if they don’t find fireworks. To not have fireworks – it’s sending an invitation to all of the surrounding cities that you’re better than Dallas,” Caraway said. “Everybody’s got some but us.” Caraway said Monday that the city hadn’t tried hard enough to find sponsors of its own. He said that if Friends of Fair Park can’t find the money, the city Park Department needs to make it happen somehow – at Fair Park or elsewhere.
Dallas will have a Fourth of July fireworks celebration this year at Fair Park after all, city officials announced Wednesday, but it’ll be held on Monday, July 5th. Mayor Tom Leppert said two local businesses put up the money to stage the event. Tom Leppert held an impromptu news conference in City Council chambers to make the official announcement: “You can bring a picnic or there’ll be food that’ll be sold out there, but one way or the other it’s going to be a party and a great time. I’m not going to sit here and feel comfortable about folks going to watch the Plano fireworks, the DeSoto fireworks, the Texas Rangers fireworks, the Lone Star Park fireworks, the Garland fireworks, and leave our city. We are the lead city.”
Fair Park Fireworks are on July 5 this year. It’s a FREE event, but Fair Park parking is $10.00, or attendees can take DART’s Green Line train to Fair Park Station. Fireworks will begin at 9:30 p.m. at Fair Park in Dallas. Music entertainment by Dallas Wind Symphony from 8:45 to 9:30 p.m. Dancing waters all night.Â Concession stands and games open at 6 p.m. For more details, visit the official Fair Park website at www.fairpark.org
Lake Grapevine Fireworks July 4th Extravaganza is the 28th Annual Fireworks held at Grapevine Lake, with fireworks starting at 9:30 p.m on July 4. Admission is free at most viewing locations, but some parks along Lake Grapevine may charge a minimal admission fee. For public safety reasons, the City of Grapevine will be shutting down Fairway Drive between State Highway 26 E. and Silveron Blvd. on July 4th beginning at 9:15 PM until the fireworks show ends. All traffic (except for emergency vehicles) and parking will be prohibited along Fairway Drive during this time.
Red, White & Lewisville Fireworks Display begins July 4, 2010 at 9:30 p.m. around the Vista Ridge Mall area. The best viewing opportunities to watch fireworks in Lewisville will be on the South side of Vista Ridge Mall and along the 121 Bypass. For more information, visit the official City of Lewisville website at www.cityoflewisville.com or call 972.219.3401.
City of Bedford 4th Fest / Island Adventure 2010 is being held on Sunday, July 4, 2010 from NoonÂ to 11 p.m.Â at 2801 Forest Ridge Road, Bedford Boys Ranch Park, Bedford, TX. Bedford’s 4th is anÂ Independence Day Celebration with an Island twist.Â 4thFEST Island Adventure CelebrationÂ includes a free concert, InflataFUN Zone, a variety of island adventure family fun FREE activities, festival-style culinary delights and of course, the spectacular fireworks extravaganza. There is no on-site parking. Parking and shuttle service will be offered at Pennington Field,Â 1501 Central Drive, for $3.00 per person. The last shuttle TO the Boys Ranch Park will leave Pennington Field at 9:30 p.m. Lawn chairs, blankets, coolers and non-alcoholic beverages are allowed. For more information, call 817-952-2300
Flower Mound’s Annual Independence Day Celebration fireworks display is on July 4, 2010, starting at 9:25 p.m. Flower Mound’s fireworks celebration is at Bakersfield Park, 1201 Duncan Lane, Flower Mound, TX. Gates open at 7 p.m. with concession stands, kid’sÂ and family fun activities including a bounce house, giant slide, obstacle course,Â rock wall and face painting. The Walton Stout Band will play from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.Â The fireworks show is scheduled to begin at 9:25 p.m. No glass, alcohol, or tobacco products are allowed on the park grounds. For more information, call 972-874-7275.
Arlington Highlands July 4th Celebration is being held on July 4, 2010 fromÂ 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The Fireworks Extravaganza begins atÂ about 9:30 Â p.m. at Arlington Highlands, Arlington, TX. See details here. Bring the whole family for an evening of family fun and festivities at the Arlington Highlands July 4th Celebration fromÂ 6 p.m. toÂ 9:30 p.m. with live entertainment.Â No alcoholic beverages allowed.
Rowlett’s QueFest/Fireworks is a 3-day fourth of July event on July 2nd, 3rd and 4th, 2010 at Elgin B. Robertson Park on Lake Ray Hubbard. The Rowlett Exchange Club will celebrate Independence Day July 2, 3 and 4 with QueFest. Proceeds from the fireworks event in Rowlett go to support Exchange Club programs. The fest will feature live music entertainment, world class barbecue, a children’s area, carnival rides, “State Fair foods” and fireworks every night. Gates open at 6 p.m. on Friday and at noon on Saturday and Sunday. VIP tickets are $95 and sponsorships are available. The general admission price will be $8 for adults and $6 for kids under 12. For more information, call 214-364-1632.
38th Annual 4th of July Fireworks – Denton Kiwanis Club will be on Saturday, July 3rd. The fireworks show will begin at dusk at the University of North Texas Fouts Field in Denton Texas. Sponsored by the Denton Kiwanis Club, Denton’s 38th annual 4th of July fireworks show is a free event. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. with fun activities for the whole family including bounce houses for the kids, concessions and live music.