Independence Day 2023 Celebrations in Dallas-Fort Worth
Some of the biggest Independence Day celebrations happen right here in Dallas-Fort Worth. Here are some of the biggest and best that we'd recommend you check out this July 4th.
Saturday, July 1
Location: Downtown Denton Square
Deck yourself out in red, white, and blue for this patriotic occasion, or watch from your lawn chair on the square as the parade rolls out. The parade route begins near the Wells Fargo building at Austin St. and Hickory St., continues around the square, then down McKinney St. to the Denton Civic Center.
Location: Keller Town Hall
Join the City of Keller for their 3rd annual Keller Lights with live music, a hot dog eating contest, food trucks, and a 15-minute fireworks show at 9:45pm. You are welcome to bring your own blankets, lawn chairs, and shade structures - they just ask that you lower your shade structure after sunset to to improve visibility for the fireworks show.
Location: Andrew Brown Park East
Kick off Independence Day weekend with a Party in the Park at Andrew Brown Park East in Coppell! Enjoy a variety of entertainment including live music by Micky and the Motorcars and The Spazmatics, lawn games, and festive photo ops! Then there will be an 18-minute firework show set to the tune of patriotic music beginning at approximately 9:45 pm, and The Spazmatics will take the stage once again for a half-hour set following the fireworks to “sing” everyone home!
Location: Five Star Complex
Liberty by the Lake actually starts in the morning with a 5K, 10K & 1 Mile Fun Run and then continues on with a parade at 11:30am. Then head to Five Star Complex at 6:00pm to enjoy concerts, a watermelon eating contest, and a fireworks finale at 9:30pm.
Monday, July 3
Location: Addison Circle
Kaboom Town is probably the most well-known Independence Day celebration in DFW and has been around since 1985. People from all over the country come to check out the Addison Airport Airshow and the incredible fireworks display.
You can find out all the Watch Party locations hosted by restaurants and hotels on their website.
Location: Historic Oak Street
Join the City of Roanoke for the annual July 3rd Independence Day celebration. The FREE family fun event includes: bounce houses, face painting, contests, giveaways, a concert with Emerald City band, and a giant fireworks display. And it all takes place on Historic Oak Street with all of its restaurants, shopping, and more.
Location: Gabe Nesbitt Community Park
The City of McKinney is getting their Independence Day festivities kicked off the night before with a concert and fireworks at Gabe Nesbitt Community Park. In addition to the live music, there will also be food and kids' activities, with the night ending with a fireworks show beginning around 9:45pm.
Location: Southlake Town Square
Each year, thousands gather in Town Square and nearby parks to participate in Southlake’s annual Stars and Stripes event. This epic outdoor celebration features live music, family-friendly activities, and a variety of festive foods transforming the community into one big patriotic party—all culminating in a colorful fireworks extravaganza at the end of the night.
Location: Downtown Arlington
This year's celebration includes some of the top musical acts in the Dallas-Fort Worth region, vendors, food trucks and plenty of kid-friendly fun. Bands will perform at four stages around Downtown starting at 6:00pm. There will also be face painting, a bubble bus, and at least 20 food trucks featuring a variety of food and desserts.
Location: Downtown Denton Square
Celebrate Independence Day downtown on the Square with patriotic fun and activities for all ages! This free family-friendly event features live music, tasty treats from local vendors, inflatables, games, rock climbing, face painting, photo opportunities, hot dog eating contest, and to cap off the evening, a spectacular drone show!
Tuesday, July 4
Location: Downtown Arlington
The 4th of July Parade is Arlington's longest-running event and it's easy to see why! There's always so much fun and it's one of the largest 4th of July parades in the state of Texas! The parade will begin at 9:00am on Monday, July 4 and you can visit the website to see the full route.
This year they also have an Inaugural Arlington Independence Day Parade Firecracker 5K which you can register for now!
Location: Downtown McKinney
Potentially one of the most charming Independence Day celebrations here in DFW belongs to McKinney. Start the day off with a hometown parade and a Yankee Doodle block party, while also exploring the many dining and shopping options that downtown has to offer.
Location: Simpson Plaza
Frisco's Freedom Fest actually kicks off the evening of Monday, July 3 with a cornhole tournament, the Dachshund Dash, The Yankee Doodle Poodle Parade, and the Hotter 'n Firecrackers 5K & Glow Run. Then on Tuesday, head to Simpson Plaza for Taste of Frisco and a party with music, rides, food, and a Hometown Heroes Exhibit. At around 9:45pm, they'll start one of the biggest fireworks displays in DFW from Toyota Stadium which will be visible from the area around Purefoy Municipal Center and Toyota Stadium.
Location: The Lakefront
Little Elm is offering TWO simultaneous fireworks shows beginning at 9:30pm again this year. One show will be at Little Elm Beach and the other will be at Little Elm High School. Little Elm Park will be open all day with vendors, live music, and so much more! Parking passes for the event are on sale now, but you can purchase parking the day-of. But keep in mind that they will not allow you to come and go throughout the day.
Location: Fair Park
This year's event will feature hands-on activities for kids, local market vendors, live music, entertainment, food trucks, and other concession offerings. In addition to the fun-filled activities for all, Fair Park Fourth will light the sky with a spectacular firework show. Guests can experience the show from inside the iconic Cotton Bowl Stadium or from anywhere across Fair Park.
Location: Bakersfield Park
As residents of Flower Mound, Independence Fest has a special place in our heart! It's a full day of fun beginning with the Children's Parade at 10:00am followed by hot dogs, children's activities, and live entertainment. Then at night at Bakersfield Park beginning at 5:00pm there will be a vintage car show, more children's activities, and live music from Eli Young Band (!!) beginning around 8:15pm. Stick around until 9:45pm for the amazing fireworks show to end the night!
Location: Panther Island Pavilion
Head to Fort Worth this year to celebrate Independence Day with the largest fireworks show in North Texas. You can watch the show from along the banks of the Trinity River at Panther Island Pavilion while also enjoying the festival full of food, drinks, and live music. Gates for the event open at 5:00pm and the fireworks show will start at around 9:30pm.
Location: Coyote Drive-In Fort Worth
Tickets are on sale for Coyote Drive-In's movie and fireworks show happening Tuesday, July 4. Watch any of the new releases playing on their screens and enjoy the fireworks show that is performed from Panther Island Pavilion. Gates open at 6:00pm and tickets are $10 per person. Movies all start after 9:00pm.
Purchase your tickets here.
Location: Collin College (Parking)
Celebrate Independence Day at Plano’s All American 4th on Tuesday, July 4! The festival is open from 6 to 10 pm, with a parade at 7:30 pm and fireworks beginning at 9:30 pm. This free, family-friendly event will have a free kid zone sponsored by Champion Energy Services, a parade by Rotary Parades of Plano, and a fireworks show. And because it's also Plano’s 150th birthday, they'll be handing out free treats and gifts for all guests, while supplies last.
Location: Levy Event Plaza
The City of Irving will host its annual Independence Day celebration on Monday, July 4. The full day of fun starts with a parade at 9:00am in the Heritage District and then you can swing by Levy Event Plaza starting at 6:00pm for live music and a fireworks and drone show starting around 9:15pm!
Location: Grapevine Lake
Another of DFW's most popular fireworks displays is the one set off over the beautiful backdrop of Lake Grapevine each year. They are continuing the tradition this year with viewing spots all around the lake. The show set to patriotic music will begin at around 9:30pm and you can see a list of suggested viewing areas on Grapevine's website.