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Dallas Fourth of July Activities

Dallas Fourth of July Activities

There’s nothing more relaxing than a great Fourth of July weekend. Cookouts, fireworks and a few days off from work feel like a mini-vacation in the middle of a busy summer. This year, cancel your boring barbecue and head out to explore the city. There are plenty of activities to fill your holiday weekend that don’t involve almost setting the grill on fire.

Check out this list for the best spots to watch the fireworks, grab a bite and celebrate our nation’s birthday in Dallas-Fort Worth.


Fireworks are a given for the Fourth of July, and Addison’s Kaboomtown is one of the best displays around. Consistently ranked in the top fireworks shows in the country by the Travel Channel and Forbes magazine, Kaboomtown is nothing short of a spectacle. The show is synchronized with music and simulcast over the airwaves, and you can even catch an airshow from the Cavanaugh Flight Museum Warbirds before the sky is filled with colors and lights on July 3rd.

Catch the Lakewood 4th of July parade

This Fourth of July parade has been around for 48 years, and it’s perfect for kids and families. This year, the theme is “Lakewood Loves The Beach,” so grab a few of your friends and put together a patriotic and beach-themed float for a chance to win one of the coveted medals for “Best Theme” or “Best Costume.”

Check out Fair Park

If you can’t hold out until September for a taste of the Texas State Fair, Fair Park Fourth may just have your fix. For only $5, you can enter the Midway to play games, eat delicious fair food and enjoy the rides. Fair Park Fourth isn’t limited to just a fireworks show, either. Take the kids to the Texas Discovery Gardens’ Red White & Butterflies exhibit for gardens, games, and crafts in the company of beautiful butterflies, or relax while enjoying the free live music.

Take a trip back in time

You may not be familiar with Dallas’ Heritage Village, a small historical park tucked into Downtown. The park’s Old Fashioned Fourth, sponsored by the Dallas Historical Society, is the perfect time for history buffs to get to know this spot as it was in days past. The park’s resident donkeys will be available to provide cart rides, and there are plenty of old-school carnival games to play, like beanbags and horseshoes.