Independence celebrations around the Metroplex (2012)

July 3, 2012 – Here are just some of the sizzling hot fireworks shows, parades and patriotic parties happening in and around Dallas-Fort Worth today and tomorrow. (If your event is not listed, please share the details in our comments section!)

Kaufman’s 4th of July Parade, Picnic

Wednesday, July 4. Parade at 10 a.m. Picnic from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Enjoy family fun, games, pony rides, great food, water slide, and a rock climbing wall.

See event flier for more details.

Fireworks at Harry Myers Park 

6 p.m. Wednesday, July 4 at Harry Myers Park, 815 East Washington St., Rockwall.

Live music by Jeanne Lay and the Loose Cannons from 6 to 9 p.m. Fireworks synchronized to music at 9:30 p.m.

Best viewing areas and parking are at Myers Park, Dobbs Elementary, Tuttle Athletic Complex and the RISD Education Center.

Caribbean Fourth of July

5 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, July 4 at KE Cellars Winery, 301 N. San Jacinto, downtown Rockwall, featuring Jimi Watusi Reggae and BBQ Cookoff.

See event flier for more details.

Rockwall 4th of July Parade

11 a.m. Wednesday, July 4 in downtown Rockwall.

Parade will end On The Square around the Old Downtown Rockwall Courthouse, where food & beverages from area restaurants, plus local entertainment and children’s face-painting, will be available after the parade. Gary Freedman, the “Voice of Rockwall,” will emcee the parade with special guests. “Rockwall’s Got Talent” winner Amber Carrington and El Cayote Rojo Tex-Mex restaurant owner Norma Valles will be among those singing patriotic tunes.

For full details, visit the parade’s Facebook event page.

Fireworks over Lake Ray Hubbard aboard Seawolf, Harbor Lights

The Harbor in Rockwall is bursting with Fourth of July festivities, and perhaps one of the best spots to view all the explosive action will be aboard Seawolf, a 40 ft. wooden catamaran,  and Harbor Lightsa 57-foot air-conditioned power boat on Lake Ray Hubbard.

The Wednesday, July 4 fireworks show is sponsored by Sail with Scott.

The Thursday, July 5th show is sponsored by Rusty Wallis Honda.

Fireworks will be launched from a barge in the water 300 feet in front of the Hilton Bella Harbor.

Make reservations at cost is only $25 per person.

Fireworks on Main, Rowlett

5  to 10 p.m. Wednesday, July 4 at 4000 Main St. in downtown Rowlett. Live music featuring J.D. Cobb Band and Blaze of Glory. Fireworks at 9:20 p.m. Parking at Coyle Middle School, 4500 Skyline, and Herfurth Park, 4600 Centennial. Shuttles will run from Rowlett High School, 4700 Main Street, to downtown. For more information, call 972-463-3946 or visit

Heath’s Independence Parade, Popsicles in the Park

A Best Decorated Award will be presented in several categories of the City of Heath’s Annual Independence Day Parade.

9 a.m. Wednesday, July 4 at Amy Parks-Heath Elementary, 330 Laurence Drive.

The city’s annual Independence Day parade honors veterans and active military.

The 2012 State Champion Heath Hawks Baseball team will lead the parade.


State 4-A Hawks Baseball Champs to lead Heath’s parade 

Heath to host parade, Popsicles in the Park

Frisco’s 10th Annual FreedomFest 

4 p.m. Wednesday, July 4 at  Simpson Plaza at City Hall, 6101 Frisco Square Boulevard. Includes Street Beats live percussion show, Hometown Heroes exhibit, Children’s Expo, and Taste of Frisco featuring area restaurants. Fireworks at 10 p.m. from the north fields of FC Dallas Stadium. Great viewing spots include FC Dallas Stadium and George A. Purefoy Municipal Center. Parking available at FC Dallas Stadium, Frisco Square and  municipal center fields. For more information, visit or call 972-292-5080.

McKinney’s Red, White and BOOM!

Wednesday, July 4. Parade at 10 a.m. through historic downtown McKinney, beginning at the intersection of Tennessee and Henry Streets. Car show at Tennessee and Davis from 1 to 5 p.m. Celebration continues at McKinney Soccer Complex at Craig Ranch, 6375 Collin McKinney Parkway, with food and live entertainment. Fireworks at 9:45 p.m. For more information, visit  

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Little Elm Park’s July Jubilee

5 to 11 p.m. Wednesday, July 4 at Little Elm Park, 704 West Eldorado Parkway, on the shores of Lake Lewisville. Live music by 121 North from 6 to 9 p.m. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Limited on-site parking. A shuttle will be available at the Little Elm ISD Athletic Complex beginning at 4:30 p.m. To learn more, visit or call 972-731-1465.

Cedar Hill’s Red, White and Pool Celebration 

1 to 5:45 p.m. Wednesday, July 4 at Crawford Park,401 Straus Road in Cedar Hill. Games and competition in the pool. Slip and Slide. Cost is $2 per person. For more information, call 972-291-5318.

Lone Stars and Stripes

3 to 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 4 at Lone Star Park, 1000 Lone Star Parkway in Grand Prairie. Horse racing. Fireworks at 10 p.m. For more information, call 972-237-7223 or visit

America the Beautiful 

7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 4 at Uptown Theater, 120 E. Main St., Grand Prairie. Will Rogers will take you on a musical journey focusing on what is right with America through the voices of a large cast of professional performers from around the country. Tickets $14 to $30. For more information, visit

Addison’s Kaboom Town 

5 p.m. to midnight Tuesday, July 3 at Addison Circle Park, 4950 Addison Circle Drive.  30-minute fireworks display choreographed to music and on a live radio simulcast on 100.3 JACK FM and TXA 21. The free event will also include food, live music and the thrilling Addison Airport Air Show featuring the Cavanaugh Flight Museum Warbird Flyover. After Party with Emerald City. For more information, visit

Farmer’s Branch Independence Celebration 

6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 3 at Farmers Branch Historical Park, 2540 Farmers Branch Lane. Music from TOP at 8 p.m. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. For more information, visit

Carrollton’s Fourth of July Car Show

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 4 at historic downtown Carrollton, 1102 West Main St. Car show hosted by Late Great Chevys and the Old Downtown Carrollton Association. DJ with 50s and 60s music. Awards at 4 p.m. For more information, call 972-466-1460 or visit

Devil’s Bowl Dirt Track Racing & Fireworks

8:30  p.m. Tuesday, July 3 at Devil’s Bowl Speedway,1711 Lawson Road in Mesquite. Dirt track racing and fireworks. Gates open at 6 p.m. For ticket information, call 972-222-2421.

Sachse’s 5th Annual Red, White, and Blue Blast  

6 p.m. Tuesday, July 3 at Heritage Park, 4405 Hudson Drive, Sachse. Parade starts at Sachse City Hall, 5560 Highway 78 and ends at Hertiage Park. Celebration continues with live music by Reuben Lael at 7 p.m. and Daughter Judy Band at 8 p.m. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Parking available at various locations in the area including Sachse Municipal Complex and Park Lake Church. Shuttles between Sachse Municipal Complex, Park Lake Church and Sachse High School starting at 6:30. The last shuttle will run at 11 p.m. For more information, call 469-429-4771 or visit

Irving’s Patriotic Parade 

9 a.m. Wednesday, July 4 in downtown Irving. The parade will circle around Irving Boulevard beginning at Sowers Road. Celebration follows at  Heritage Park,217 Main Street, including a live concert and watermelon feast.

Irving’s Fireworks Show

6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 4 at the intersection of Las Colinas Boulevard and Lake Carolyn Parkway. Live music, water slides, food and entertainment. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Parking will be available at the Irving Convention Center parking garage for $5. For more information, call 972-721-2501 or visit

Flower Mound’s Independence Fest

11 a.m.- 10 p.m. Wednesday, July 4 starting at the LISD Administration Building,1800 Timber Creek Road in Flower Mound. The Children’s parade from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. will include hot dogs provided by Summit Club, clowns, bounce houses, slides and family activities. All other Independence Fest activities will be at Bakersfield Park,1201 Duncan Lane, Flower Mound. Gates open at 5 p.m. Live music and vintage car show. Fireworks at 9:45 and free concert featuring Smash Mouth. For more information, visit

Red, White and Lewisville

9:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 4 at Vista Ridge Mall, 2401 S. Stemmons Freeway. Fireworks launched from the south side of Vista Ridge Mall. For more information, call 972-219-3401.

Liberty by the Lake 

All day event at Lewisville Lake, 3700 Sparks Road. Registration for 1K, 5K and 10K begins at 6:30 a.m. with races to follow.  Parade begins at 10 a.m. Festival begins at 4 p.m. with Elvis Extravaganza, Freedom Business Expo, Liberty Food Court, BMX and skateboarding stunt show performance, Salsa Shootout and watermelon contest. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. For specific times and more information, visit

Reds, Whites & You Wine Trail

Fireworks over Lake Grapevine aren’t just for Fourth of July

With fireworks, special Independence Day train rides and activities throughout the holiday weekend, Grapevine is the place to be to celebrate America’s birthday.Discover the Reds, Whites & You Wine Trail, “I Pledge Allegiance” at the Grapevine Opry, fireworks and more.

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Lake Cities Fourth of July

9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday, July 4 at Lake Dallas City Park,101 E. Hundley Drive. The cities of Corinth, Hickory Creek, Shady Shores and Lake Dallas host a free Independence Day celebration that begins with a parade at 9 a.m. Enjoy a vendor market, apple pie bake-off and watermelon eating contest. Live music throughout the day featuring Eleven Hundred Springs at 7 p.m. The sixth annual Lake Cities Idol Contest will be from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Fireworks  at 9:15 p.m. For more information, call 940-497-2226 or visit

July Fourth Parade, Picnic

9:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 4 at Simmons at Oak Trail in Double Oak. Parade route will follow Simmons to Cross Timbers, and then to John B.Wright Park at the Double Oak Town Hall, 320 Waketon Road. Picnic, live music and family fun follows. For more information, visit

Plano’s Independence Day Parade

9 a.m. Wednesday, July 4 beginning in Plano ISD administration building on West 15th. Parade sponsored by Plano Early Lions Club. For more information, visit

Plano’s All-American Fourth

9:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 4 at Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve, 5901 Los Rios Boulevard. Fireworks synchronized to patriotic music simulcast on 97.5 KLAK.

Patriotic Pops

3 p.m. Wednesday, July 4 at the Eisemann Center for Performing Arts,2351 Performance Drive, Richardson. The Plano Symphony Orchestra along with the Patriotic Pops Chorus composed of choral singers and groups throughout North Texas will perform patriotic songs. They will also be joined by “America’s Tenor,” Steve Amerson, who will sing selections from his presentation, Amazed by America, including God Bless the USA and Salute to the Armed Forces. To order tickets, call 972-473-7262 or visit

The Colony’s Freedom Fest

5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 4 at The Castle Hills Village Shops Plaza,2560 King Arthur Boulevard. Parade at 5 p.m. beginning at Polser Elementary to The Village Shops and Plaza. Live music from Cover Down, an obstacle course, face painting, interactive games, bounce houses and a photo booth. Food will be available from DFW area food truck favorites including  Ruthie’s, Rolling Café and The Butcher’s Son. Fireworks at 9 p.m. For more information, visit

Richardson’s Family Fourth

6 to 10:15 p.m. Wednesday, July 4 at Breckinridge Park, just south of the intersection of Renner and Brand Roads. Bring picnic baskets, lawn chairs and blankets. Live music begins at 6:30 p.m. with the Tex Fletcher Band and continues with the Richardson Community Band at 8:45. Fireworks at 9:45 p.m. The event will also include balloon artists, bounce houses and a climbing wall for the kids as well as the Star Spangled Safety Event.  For more information, call 972-744-4300 or visit

Lake Highland’s Exchange Club Parade & Carnival

9 a.m. Wednesday, July 4 on Church Road just east of Lake Highlands High School. For more information, visit

Fair Park Fourth

4:30 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, July 4 at Fair Park, 1300 Robert B. Cullum Boulevard, Dallas. Visitors can enjoy reduced admission to Fair Park museums from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. The Dallas Wind Symphony will perform a patriotic concert in front of the Hall of State at 8 p.m. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Admission is free, but the City of Dallas will charge $10 for parking within Fair Park gates. For more information, visit

Information compiled from a variety of sources. Before heading out, please double-check event websites for updates or schedule changes.