Not that it ever went away – but celebrating freedom has extra meaning this year as we are able to gather again. Several North Texas cities are getting back in the patriotic swing of things. And if you’re not comfortable venturing out just yet, many events will be livestreamed.
Please note that masks are required on all DART vehicles and facilities.
The no-holds-barred celebration takes place throughout the Addison Circle Park area, just north of Addison Transit Center. A restaurant, a tavern, or the park itself – anywhere you go, you’ll find the party, as well as a great view of an amazing airshow and 30 minutes of dazzling fireworks. Afterwards, stick around for a concert in the park. The event starts at 5 p.m., with fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
Farmers Branch Independence Day Celebration is a fête for the Fourth in Farmers Branch Historical Park, about a 6-minute walk south of the Green Line’s Farmers Branch Station. A low-level fireworks show will be accompanied by a dance band, along with kids’ activities and vendors. The celebration begins at 6:30 p.m.
Patriotic Pops in the Park is the Plano Community Band’s rousing celebration of Independence Day. Haggard Park (adjacent to Downtown Plano Station on the Red Line) comes alive with song at 7 p.m., featuring the 70-member-strong band along with the Custer Road United Methodist Church Chancel Choir.
Park Cities Fourth of July Parade and Post-parade Event will start at Highland Park Town Hall at 9 a.m. and proceed north on Preston Road to University Boulevard, heading east until ending in Goar Park, 3806 University Blvd. As the parade winds down, join the post-parade fun in Goar Park with activities until 1 p.m. Enjoy an outdoor movie, Fun Zone with bungee jump and rock climbing wall, “Silent Party” outdoor concert, E-sports gaming tournament, and SMU football players signing autographs.
Irving Brings Back the Spark with its two-day Independence Day Celebration. Festivities kick off at 9 a.m. Saturday with a parade through the Irving Heritage District, the city’s historical downtown. The parade travels east on Irving Boulevard and then doubles back westbound on 2nd Street – all immediately south of Downtown Irving/Heritage Crossing Station on the TRE.
On Sunday, the festivities kick into high gear, with live music, food vendors, adult beverages, kids’ activities and – you guessed it – a spectacular fireworks show. The festival-like fun starts at 6 p.m. at the Levy Event Plaza, 501 E Las Colinas Blvd, in the heart of Las Colinas. The plaza is located just across Lake Carolyn from the Orange Line’s Las Colinas Urban Center Station. There’s an after-celebration at the Texas Lottery Plaza at the Toyota Music Factory. That’s closer to Irving Convention Center Station, but a short walk away. If you prefer to celebrate at home, watch the livestream on YouTube.
Carrollton’s Community Fireworks is a pyrotechnic display at Josey Ranch Lake. Residents can view the 15-minute fireworks display from nearby neighborhoods, or from one of the available parking areas near 1700 Keller Springs Road. No on-site event is planned for this year.
Old Fashioned Fourth lives up to its name: The event takes place at Dallas Heritage Village, a collection of Victorian-era buildings that recreates the Dallas of the 19th century. There will be barbecue along with other festive foodstuffs, and families are welcome to bring their bikes along. (Bonus points if you deck them out in red, white and blue.) The celebration culminates with an “All Join In” parade, which will wind around the nostalgic grounds. The family fun happens from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; you can access the park via Bus Route 35.
Plano’s All-American Fourth is the city's Independence Day celebration, and it will happen both IRL (“in real life”) and as a livestream. The event, featuring food, beverage and music, begins at 6 p.m. at the Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve, 2801 E. Spring Creek Parkway. The fireworks start at 9:30 p.m. You can’t get to it by DART on Sundays, but you can watch a livestream on the city’s YouTube channel or the Plano Arts & Events Facebook page.
Rowlett’s Fireworks on Main features food trucks, kid’s activities and music from headliners Martha and the Vandellas. The festivities begin at 6 p.m. in Pecan Grove Park, next to the Rowlett Community Centre. That’s about a 12-minute walk from Downtown Rowlett Station on the Blue Line.
To view DART rail, bus, GoLink and paratransit schedules for July 4 and July 5, please visit DART to Operate on a Holiday Schedule on July 4-5.