North Texas hosts several events to enjoy Independence Day. However, four events stand out. Here’s a guide to the top four places to see and be seen on the Fourth.
Willie Nelson’s Fourth of July Picnic
Only in Fort Worth can you find an event like Willie Nelson’s Picnic. Located at the Fort Worth Stockyards, expect both a celebration of Texas and Americana. Gates open at 11am and close at midnight. Both the north and south gates to the Stockyards offer access to the picnic. Parking is plentiful; prices range from $10-$20. The confirmed line-up for 2014 is David Allan Coe, Folke Uke, Insects vs. Robots, Jamey Johnson, Johnny Bush, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Paula Nelson, Ray Wylie Hubbard – and, of course, Willie Nelson. With that list, it’s no surprise that tickets are $40 in advance, and $60 at the gate. Included is all day access to the Stockyards and Billy Bob’s Texas. 500 $125 VIP tickets are for sale, but the Skybox tickets are sold out for 2014.
Addison KABOOM Town
On July 3rd, Addison hosts a stellar show with KABOOM Town. Admission is free, but tickets are required. Donations are accepted for the USO. Entertainment includes live music and an airshow, in addition to the fireworks. Food is plentiful both at the watching party, and at the restaurants in the Town Circle. Expect to park and walk; most of the parking in the garages is for residents of the community. Addison Town Circle can be a bit crowded, but the few other shows feel so close to the fireworks.
Red, White and BOOM
McKinney hosts a free, family-friendly Fourth celebration, open to the public. Start the day in the historic downtown with a parade at 10am, followed by a classic car show at 1pm. Afterwards, on the west side of town at the Soccer Complex at Craig Ranch, festivities start at 7pm, with live entertainment between 8 and 9:30. Fireworks begin at 9:45pm. Food is plentiful at the downtown restaurants; food vendors have a separate area at the Soccer Complex. Coolers are welcome; alcohol is not allowed. Parking is plentiful and free.
Fair Park Fourth
Dallas puts on a huge event at Fair Park. Gates are open from 10am – 10pm. Admission to the Midway is $5, or free to Dallas 7/4 race participants. Rides have varying prices, but museums and exhibits will offer discounted prices. Free live music begins at 6pm, along with access to food trucks. The day ends with a fireworks show at the Cotton Bowl at 9:30pm. Parking is $5 at Gates 5, 6, 10 and 11. If you can’t get out to this one, WFAA Channel 8 will broadcast an hour long show of highlights.
Whichever event you experience for the Fourth, you’re bound to have a great time in North Texas.