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Things to do around DFW: July 1 - 4

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There are plenty of great things to do around town, across North Texas for this Independence Day weekend!

Audacy’s Red White and Brave / Irving’s Independence Day Celebration

Audacy’s Red, White and Brave, presented by Mrs. Bairds is an event you can come to in person this year...or watch it online! It’s all happening at the Levy Event Plaza (501 E. Las Colinas Blvd., Irving), with free parking and shuttle from the Toyota Music Factory parking lot, or $10 parking at The Summit Parking Garage. Bring chairs and blankets, but coolers and alcohol are prohibited. Performances start at 6:10 p.m. with Alex Aguilar, then Downtown Fever performs at 8 p.m. We wrap up the night with the ultimate fireworks show at 9:30 p.m. There will also be more than 15 food vendors including local favorites, NOLA Cajun Catering, JBW Vending and Papa’s Homemade Ice Cream. Plus check out the kids area and the beer garden.

On Saturday morning at 9 a.m., Irving’s Independence Day Parade pushes off from City Hall.

Where: City Hall, 825 W. Irving Blvd. (for parade) & 501 E Las Colinas Blvd (fireworks)

When: July 3 (9am) and July 4 (6pm with fireworks at 9:30pm)

Cost: Free

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African American Museum, Dallas

A powerful exhibition called "Confederate Currency: The Color of Money" has opened at the African American Museum, Dallas. The exhibition is the work of artist John W. Jones, who started doing acrylic paintings of slave images depicted on Confederate Currencies about 20 years ago. Mr. Jones was working as a graphic artist at a blueprint company in Charleston, South Carolina when a customer asked him to enlarge a Confederate bank note. "When I did so, I noticed there were slaves on the note I was enlarging," says Jones. The finding intrigued him, and he started to research these notes and was inspired to produce acrylic paintings inspired by the pictures on the currencies. To date he's produced more than 300 works, which are on display in Dallas for the next few months.

Where: African American Museum, 3536 Grand Ave, Dallas

When: Fridays, Saturdays from Noon - 5 p.m. through July 24

Cost: Free

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All American Fourth - City of Plano

Plano's All American 4th & Fireworks will be held both in-person and online for 2021.  The in-person event begins at 6 pm on Sunday, July 4 at Red Tail Pavilion (formerly Oak Point Amphitheater). Parking will be available at Collin College. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. The fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. and will live stream on The City of Plano's YouTube page, PTV, and Plano Arts & Events Facebook page. Bring blankets, coolers and lawn chairs. Please leave pets at home.

Where: Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve, 2801 E. Spring Creek Pkwy., Plano

When: July 4, 6:00 p.m. - Fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

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Arlington Fireworks Display and Parade

On Saturday night, Arlington’s official fireworks display originates from Globe Life Field. 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 show. The lots open at 8 p.m.

Then on Monday, head to Downtown Arlington for the annual Independence Day Parade, which begins at 9 a.m. Spectators are invited to line the streets in the heart of Downtown to enjoy dozens of floats, marching bands and other patriotic entries in the long-time parade, organized by the Arlington 4th of July Association. The theme for this year’s parade, billed as the largest Independence Day Parade in Texas, is Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.

Where (Fireworks): Globe Life Field, 734 Stadium Drive, Arlington

Where (Parade): Downtown Arlington

When: Fireworks - Saturday July 3, 9:30 p.m.; Parade - Monday July 5, 9:00 a.m.

Cost: Free

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Castle Hills’ July 4th Freedom Festival

The annual July 4th Freedom Festival, a community tradition for more than 20 years, is returning to Castle Hills on Sunday, July 4th, at 5:30 p.m. The event features activities such as bounce houses, carnival games and music. The event is FREE and concessions will be available for purchase from several Village Shops’ restaurants and popular food trucks. The highlight of the evening, a fantastic fireworks show, will start at dusk. Get there early to get the best seats. Don’t forget to bring blankets, chairs and coolers.

When: Sunday, July 4 at 5:30 p.m.

Where: Castle Hills Village Shops & Plaza, 2540 King Arthur Blvd., Lewisville

Cost: Free

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Chuck E. Cheese at Klyde Warren Park

Chuck E. Cheese and Munch’s Make Believe Band are celebrating their first ever concert tour, traveling to five major cities across the country this summer. On Saturday, July 3 at Klyde Warren Park in Dallas, Texas Chuck E. Cheese and crew will put on a FREE family-friendly performance filled with fun, flare and rockin’ music from their brand new album, Summer of Fun. Showtimes: 10 am and 1 pm. Guests who purchase a Summer Fun Pass (full of in-store savings and exclusive deals throughout the summer) through the Chuck E. Cheese mobile app, will automatically be upgraded to VIP front-row seats.

When: Saturday, July 3 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Where: Klyde Warren Park

Cost: Free

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Dallas Arboretum’s Summer of Sculpture: ZimSculpt

The Dallas Arboretum presents the return of the international blockbuster exhibit ZimSculpt, a world-renowned collection of hand-selected, modern Zimbabwean stone sculptures. ZimSculpt features the talent of several contemporary Zimbabwean artists with more than 100 hand-selected, exquisite sculptures artfully displayed throughout the garden. These contemporary pieces, created by the Shona people of Zimbabwe, are carved from various types of serpentine and semi-precious stone, often weighing tons, and can be as large as seven feet tall.

And remember, the arboretum’s Cool Thursday Concert Series is back every Thursday night during the warm weather months. Bands perform on the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn overlooking White Rock Lake.

Where: 8525 Garland Road, Dallas

When: Daily through August 8

Cost: $12-$17

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Dallas Museum of Art: Cubism in Color: The Still Lifes of Juan Gris

Co-organized by the Dallas Museum of Art and the Baltimore Museum of Art, this is the first U.S. exhibition in over 35 years dedicated to the Spanish artist Juan Gris. Cubism in Color: The Still Lifes of Juan Gris highlights the artist’s pioneering and revolutionary contributions to the Cubist movement by focusing on his fascination with subjects drawn from everyday life.

Where: 1717 N Harwood, Dallas

When: Daily through July 25

Cost: Free

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Denton’s 4th of July Weekend


From 10am to 12pm on July 3rd, families are invited to the Denton Civic Center and Quakertown Park for free family fun! Take advantage of activities such as bull riding, rock climbing, food trucks, games, face painting, pony rides, petting zoo, caricature artists, and more!


The parade begins at 9am on July 3rd around the downtown area and ends at the Denton Civic Center.

Where: Downtown Denton Square, 110 W. Hickory St., Denton

When: Saturday July 3rd

Cost: Free

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Family Field Day with the Texas Rangers

Celebrate 4th of July Weekend with a Globe Life Field experience never available before. There’s plenty of fun for the whole family. Family Field Day will include: Catch on the Field, Wiffle Ball Homerun Derby, Yard Games, Inflatables, Run the Bases, Self-Guided Tours, Pitching Radar, Unlimited Photo Ops & More!

Where: Globe Life Field, 734 Stadium Drive, Arlington

When: Saturday July 3rd at 4 p.m.

Cost: $35-$50

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“For a Dreamer of Houses” at Dallas Museum of Art

"For a Dreamer of Houses'' brings together more than 50 works from the DMA's collection that range from immersive installations to intimate photographs, all related to the idea of home. The exhibition's sections correspond to five chapters in philosopher Gaston Bachelard's influential 1958 book "The Poetics of Space." Major recent acquisitions - including works by Alex Da Corte, Olivia Erlanger, EJ Hill, Francisco Moreno, Pipilotti Rist, and Do Ho Suh - are highlighted in each section. Because of COVID precautions, you must have a timed free ticket. There is a small extra charge for the collection.

Where: 1717 N. Harwood, Dallas

When: Now through July 4, 2021

Cost: Free General Admission, Tickets to the installation are $9

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Fort Worth Botanic Garden

The Fort Worth Botanic Garden invites visitors to check out "Sean Kenney's Nature Connects Made with Lego Bricks" through Aug. 1, 2021. This exhibit includes 15 builds, like a colorful hummingbird drinking from a trumpet vine blossom, a butterfly sitting on a blooming flower, a family of ducks, and more.

Where: 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd, Fort Worth

When: Daily through August 1

Cost: $6 - $12

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Fort Worth Fourth at Panther Island Pavilion

Celebrate Independence Day with the largest fireworks show in North Texas at Fort Worth’s Fourth. Space out along the banks of the Trinity River at Panther Island Pavilion and enjoy an evening of festival food, drinks, live music and a fireworks show. Gates open at 6 PM and the fireworks show will start at 9:30 PM. Admission is free!

Where: Panther Island Pavilion, 395 Purcey St., Fort Worth

When: Sunday, July 4 at 6:00 p.m.

Cost: Free

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Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra presents America Strong

The one-night-only performance will feature more than 60 minutes of music performed by the FWSO, soprano Latonia Moore, bass Morris Robinson, and will feature works by leading Black and Latin American composers, including Kevin Day, Adolphus Hailstork, and Jimmy Lopez. Miguel Harth-Bedoya will conduct this celebration of the best America has to offer in his final season with the orchestra.

Where: Dickies Arena, 1911 Montgomery St., Fort Worth

When: July 4, 7:00 p.m.

Cost: $29.30

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Frisco Freedom Fest

The fun kicks off Saturday night with the Hotter 'n Firecrackers 5K & Glow Run. Participants will light up the night as they race through Frisco Square sporting flashing LED lights and their brightest fluorescent gear. Immerse yourself in the mesmerizing ‘glow’ effect, energized by the beat of electronic music.

Then on Sunday, Party in the Plaza festivities will feature a Community Stage with local dancers, singers and bands; a Children's Expo complete with exciting rides, strolling entertainers and NEW this year - Sports City, USA! Try your hand at fun games honoring most of the professional sports that make their home in Frisco. Also enjoy a classic car show, and the Taste of Frisco with food from local vendors. After the FC Dallas match that night, there is a fireworks show.

Activities begin at 4 p.m.

Where: Simpson Plaza at City Hall, 6101 Frisco Square Blvd., Frisco

When: July 3 and July 4

Cost: Free

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George W. Bush Presidential Center: Out of Many, One

The George W. Bush Presidential Center has opened an exhibit called, "Out of Many, One: Portraits of America's Immigrants." The exhibit includes 43 portraits painted by George W. Bush, statistics about immigration and policy recommendations. Out of Many, One includes paintings of celebrities like Dirk Nowitzki, Henry Kissinger and Madeleine Albright and lesser known immigrants who may know the former president personally. Included with the paintings are stories about how each person adjusted to life in America.

Where: 2943 SMU Blvd, Dallas

When: Now through January 3, 2022

Cost: $15 - $21 / Free for military (current) / $10 for retired military

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If/Then She Can Exhibit at Northpark Centre

The exhibit, sponsored by Lyda Hill Philanthropies, stands outside Northpark Centre in the CenterPark Garden. It’s a monumental exhibit of the most women statues ever assembled in one location. This first-of-its-kind, life-sized statue exhibit of more than 120 Ambassadors hailing from more than 40 states is free to the public. All these women are in STEM careers. Visitors can scan a QR code to learn about each one of the unique contributors. The exhibit is sure to be inspirational to young women and men alike.

Where: CenterPark Garden, 8687 N Central Expy, Dallas

When: Daily through October 24

Cost: Free

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Grapevine Fireworks Extravaganza

Lake Grapevine is a beautiful place to take in fireworks on America’s birthday. The 39th Annual July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza features spectacular fireworks set to patriotic music. Viewing locations include some of Grapevine’s lakeside parks...some of which charge up to $20 to park in during the evening. Oak Grove Park is the best place to view the show.

Where: Oak Grove Park, 2520 Oak Grove Loop S., Grapevine

When: July 4th, 9:30 p.m.

Cost: Free, but parking may cost as much as $20

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Jurassic World: The Exhibition

It's an immersive 20,000-square-foot experience based on one of the biggest blockbusters in cinema history. Visitors will walk through the world-famous “Jurassic World” gates, encounter life-sized dinosaurs, and explore richly themed environments. Guests will have an up close look at a Velociraptor, stand under a towering Brachiosaurus, and encounter the most fearsome of them all, the mighty Tyrannosaurus Rex.

Where: Grandscape, 5752 Grandscape Blvd., The Colony

When: June 18 - September 5

Cost: $29.50 for adults (16 years +) and $19.50 for youth (3- 15 years)

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Kaboomtown in Addison

The tickets to get into Addison Circle Park are sold out, but you can still watch the fireworks spectacular at 9:30 p.m. from parking lots in the area. There’s also a “Freedom Flyover” at 7:30.

Where: Addison Circle Park

When: Saturday, July 3

Cost: Free

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Keller Lights

The Firecracker 5K kicks off the Keller festivities at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday...then starting at 4 p.m...enjoy more than 40 vendors and food trucks, live music, the Light Up Keller parade and more. The evening will feature a beautiful display on the Keller Town Hall pond thanks to thousands of glowing water lanterns decorated by community members, and they cap the night with a fireworks show.

Where: Keller Town Hall, 1100 Bear Creek Pkwy., Keller

When: Saturday, July 3 from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Cost: Free

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Liberty by the Lake in The Colony

The Colony will celebrate the birth of America’s freedom at the 24th Annual Liberty By The Lake festival. Saturday, July 3rd the celebration kicks off with the Liberty 5K/10K/1M race out at The Old American Clubhouse. Then on Sunday, July 4th there’s a concert, food vendors and fireworks.

Where: The Colony Five Star Complex, 4100 Blair Oaks Drive

When: July 3, July 4

Cost: Free

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Lone Stars and Stripes Fireworks Festival

Watch the thoroughbred ponies race, and then get fireworks at the end of the night. The gates open at 3, the first live race is at 5, and there’s a 20-minute fireworks show, choreographed to music at the end of the night. There’s also live music on the Courtyard of Champions Stage.

Where: Lone Star Park, Grand Prairie

When: Saturday and Sunday from 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Cost: General admission - $5 / Parking - $20

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McKinney’s Red, White and BOOM

The City of McKinney celebrates the Fourth of July at Red, White and BOOM! with free family activities, live entertainment and a spectacular fireworks show. Historic Downtown McKinney hosts the hometown parade and the Yankee Doodle block party on Saturday. The parade is at 10 a.m. and the block party goes from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday evening festivities resume at the McKinney Soccer Complex at Craig Ranch with music, food, kids’ activities, a concert and a fireworks display.

Then on Sunday catch the Classic Car, Truck & Cycle Show at the McKinney Soccer Complex at Craig Ranch from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Where: Downtown McKinney & the McKinney Soccer Complex at Craig Ranch

When: Saturday, July 3 and Sunday July 4

Cost: Free

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NERF Challenge

Well, this is cool. It’s every NERF fan’s dream come to life. At Fair Park in Dallas, experience a wonderland of activities inspired by NERF. There’s 90,000 Square Feet of action-packed play, with thousands of Blasters, and MILLIONS of darts. Additionally, check out the football, baseball, basketball, and other sports games.

Where: Fair Park, 1121 1st Ave., Dallas

When: Thursdays - Sundays now through August 8

Cost: $29.50

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Patriotic Pops in the Park in Plano

The Plano Community Band presents their free concert, Patriotic Pops in the Park, on Saturday evening. Featuring the talents of the band and the Custer Road United Methodist Church Chancel Choir.

Where: Haggard Park, 901 E. 15th St., Plano

When: Saturday, July 3, 7 p.m.

Cost: Free

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Pop! By Snowday at Galleria Dallas

Looking for that perfect photo op? Pop! Just opened at Galleria Dallas. There are unique photo opportunities for guests to have fun, strike a pose, and snap a picture - including 7 extra-special photo moments with integrated cameras and lighting. The retro-style themes will have you looking like you’ve gone back in time to capture stunning moments.

Where: Galleria Dallas

When: Daily through September 6

Cost: $22 to $32

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Rainbow Vomit presents: Sanctuary

The immersive art exhibit, Rainbow Vomit, has reopened its doors for public and private tours on a newly imagined experience titled “Sanctuary.” This creative refuge will transport guests to a new realm of visual splendor and relaxation that combines many mediums of art into a fun and moving artistic experience. This gallery is great for all ages.

Where: Rainbow Vomit, 3609 Parry Ave, Dallas

When: Daily through December 19

Cost: $17 - $40

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Red, White and Groove

Red, White, and Groove is a July Fourth celebration in the Globe at the AT&T Discovery District featuring live music, entertainment, and an Immersive Fourth of July light show. After dark on Saturday, July 3 and Sunday, July 4 lights throughout the district including the trellis and ground lights will be themed red, white, and blue. On Saturday night CB Smoove and Tess Vockler play. On Sunday it's Deejay Mike B, Sam Blacky and Ishi.

Where: AT&T Discovery District, 208 S. Akard St., Dallas

When: Saturday July 3 and July 4

Cost: Free

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Rockin’ the River at Panther Island Pavilion

Saturdays in the summer just got hotter, with Rockin’ the River at Panther Island Pavilion. It’s a six week series of great music, plus river floating activities. Enjoy 30 bands over 6 weeks – top Texas Country acts and a little rock & soul. A fireworks show will end each night with a BANG.

Where: Panther Island Pavilion, 395 Purcey St., Fort Worth

When: Saturdays through August 7 from 1 p.m. - 10 p.m. (fireworks at 9:25 p.m.)

Cost: Parking is $10 / Activities (like tubing) cost extra

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The Stockyards Championship Rodeo

Grab your boots and Cowboy hat! This rodeo is back! The live and kicking rodeo is every Friday and Saturday night at 8 p.m. (’s “Free Kid Friday” an adult ticket and get a kid’s ticket free!) It's in the Cowtown Coliseum. Rodeo organizers say you can feel safe as you watch the live rodeo action because they are enforcing social distancing and everyone has to wear a facial covering. Giddy up!

Where: Cowtown Coliseum, 121 E. Exchange Avenue, Fort Worth, TX 76164

When: Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.

Cost: Adults: $27, Children: $15

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The Music Man

All aboard the Wells Fargo Wagon with Theatre Three’s touring production of Meredith Willson’s The Music Man! Directed by Joel Ferrell and Music Directed by Vonda K. Bowling, this innovative boutique production on the classic musical. The show features a 10-person cast. It will be performed under the stars in three outdoor venues over the next month. This week it moves to Texas Discovery Gardens.

Where: Texas Discovery Gardens, 3601 MLK Blvd, Dallas

When: June 30- July 4 - all at 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $75 for a “socially distanced square” that seats 2

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Thursdays on Tap at Perot Museum

Looking for a fun date-night destination or a unique spot to connect with friends after work? Want to peruse the Perot Museum of Nature and Science sans kids? Do you like live music, breweries and curious-minded adults? Then don’t miss Thursdays on Tap happening weekly at the Perot Museum! From 6-9 p.m. each Thursday (rain or shine), the adults-only event gives grown-ups exclusive after-hours access to explore all five levels of the Museum including, for a limited time only, The Science of Guinness World Records® exhibition. Outside, ticket holders can enjoy local food trucks, craft beer and wine, live music and games.

Where: Perot Museum, 2201 N Field, Dallas

When: Thursday 6 p.m.-9 p.m.

Cost: $13-$20 and up

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Volunteers of America Classic

The VOAClassic is a signature community event, and stands alone as the only Official LPGA Tour event in Texas.  The tournament mission is to be the premiere event in North Texas, serve as champions of Volunteers of America’s message and create an atmosphere that is fun for the entire family. The event features a $1.5 million purse. All four rounds can be seen live on The Golf Channel.

Where: Old American Golf Club, 1001 Lebanon Rd., The Colony

When: July 1 - 4

Cost: $10-$15 per day; $20-$25 for full-week tickets.

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Whoazone at Grapevine

WhoaZone at Grapevine, located at Meadowmere Park, offers a full day of family fun. Featuring the action-packed floating ninja course and shaded seating rentals. It’s a full day of active entertainment that’s great for the whole family.

Where: Meadowmere Park, 3000 Meadowmere Ln., Grapevine

When: Daily through Labor Day / 12p - 6:30p Weekdays & 11a - 6:30p Weekends

Cost: $18 (for one hour) - $108 (for full-season)

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