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    What: Red, White & True Blue! A Musical Tribute to America
    When: Thursday, June 30th – Monday, July 4th @ 7:00PM & 3:00PM (Mon)
    Where: Artisan Center Theater
        420 E. Pipeline Rd., Hurst, TX 76053
    Why: Leading up to the 4th of July holiday, Artisan Center Theater will stage a musical tribute to America featuring some of the most talented singers, dancers and musicians in the Metroplex.

    What: Dallas Summer Musicals presents 42nd Street
    When: Thursday, June 30th – Friday, July 10th @ 7:30PM & 1:30PM
    Where: Music Hall at Fair Park
         909 1st Ave., Dallas, TX 75210
    Why: Peggy Sawyer arrives in New York City from Allenstown, PA with hopes of becoming a Broadway star. Facing adversity from all directions, the young but talented performer learns about show business and discovers which relationships are most important in life. With highs and lows in her early career, Peggy experiences growth as both a performer and a young woman

    What: Allen Philharmonic Winds Patriotic Salute
    When: Friday, July 1st @ 5:00PM – 10:00PM
    Where: Watters Creek at Montgomery Farm
         970 Garden Park Dr. Allen, TX 75013
    Why: Celebrate America’s Independence Day with a Patriotic Salute at Watters Creek. The event features 42 talented musicians from the Allen Philharmonic Winds performing a lively mixture of marches and classic patriotic. This concert, as part of Music Makes a Difference, is in support of Heroes on the Water. Join in on many family-friendly activities: Children’s crafts, balloon artists, glitter hair from Toni & Guy and a Light Show.

    What: Feeding Texas Presents the Lone Star Beer Texas Heritage Festival
    When: Friday, July 1st @ 7:00PM
    Where: The Bomb Factory
         2713 Canton St., Dallas, TX 75226
    Why: Feeding Texas presents the second annual Lone Star Beer Texas Heritage Festival celebrating the best in Texas food, fun, music and beer. Musical lineup features performances from Charleston-based folk duo Shovels & Rope, indie rock band Okkervil River, San Antonio rock group Girl in a Coma, and Matthew Logan Vasquez of Delta Spirit. Festival goers can also enjoy yummy food options, arcade games, photo booth and more. Proceeds from ticket sales benefit Feeding Texas statewide network of food banks.

    What: Bluegrass on Ballard
    When: Saturday, July 2nd @ 10:00AM – 10:00PM
    Where: Downtown Wylie
         Ballard Ave and E. Oak St., Wylie, TX 75098
    Why: Free bluegrass festival features top bands performing 3-10 p.m., car show, arts & crafts, chili cook-off in Olde City Park, great food and new this year – fireworks (9:45 p.m.). Guests are welcome to bring their instruments and jam all day. Activities for the kids: pony rides & bounce houses. Slated to perform are Special Consensus, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Bluegrass Band, Texas & Tennessee, Downtown String Band, Phil Ferguson & Texas True, Strings of Faith.

    What: Granbury’s Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration
    When: Saturday, July 2nd @ 10:00AM – 10:00PM
    Where: Historic Granbury Square
         100 W. Pearl St., Granbury, TX 76048
    Why: Celebrate the Fourth in Granbury with a hometown parade, live music, opera house performances, a classic car show, arts & crafts, food vendors on the Square, ghosts and legend tours, the Kiwanis Firecracker 5k run, and more. The celebration is topped off with a fireworks show over Lake Granbury that has been ranked among the Top 10 shows in the Southwest

    What: ‘Merica the Beer-tiful Party
    When: Saturday, July 2nd @ 1:00PM – 9:00PM
    Where: Texas Ale Project
         1001 N. Riverfront Blvd., Dallas, TX 75207
    Why: The brewery hosts an Independence Day pre-party on July 2 with games (cornhole, water balloon toss, photo scavenger hunt), Pit Commander barbecue, live music, and craft beer. Free admission. Live music from 2-5 p.m. with Fort Worth singer/songwriter Luke McGlathery

    What: Liberty by the Lake Festival
    When: Saturday, July 2nd @ 4:00PM
    Where: Colony Five Star Sports Complex
         4100 Blair Oaks Dr., The Colony, TX 75056
    Why: Join us as we celebrate the Independence Day holiday in The Colony. We have an entire day of family fun activities planned, concluding with the best fireworks show in Texas

    What: Billy Bob’s Texas 4th of July Picnic
    When: Saturday, July 2nd @ 7:00PM
    Where: Billy Bob’s Texas
         2520 Rodeo Plaza, Ft. Worth, TX 76106
    Why: featuring Turnpike Troubadours, Shinyribs, Billy Joe Shaver and Mike & the Moonpies

    What:  Old Fashioned Family Fireworks Picnic
    When: Saturday, July 2nd – Monday, July 4th @ 8:15PM – 10:30PM
    Where: Ft. Worth Botanic Garden
         3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., Ft. Worth, TX 76107
    Why: Pack a picnic and celebrate Independence Day with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. Enjoy patriotic music followed by a thrilling fireworks show.

    What: The Singapore Slingers Celebrate America
    When: Saturday, July 2nd @ 8:30PM
    Where: Kessler Theater
         1230 W. Davis St., Dallas, TX 75208
    Why: The Singapore Slingers return to the Kessler Theater for a patriotic show unlike any other – the orchestra will be performing everything from Sousa marches to some of the most treasured gems from America’s rich musical past. Jazz, ragtime, marches, and a whole lot more- enjoy this star-spangled dance and concert!

    What: Lone Stars and Stripes Fireworks Celebration
    When: Sunday, July 3rd – Monday, July 4th @ 3:00PM
    Where: Lone Star Park
         1000 Lone Star Pkwy., Grand Prairie, TX 75050
    Why: The annual Lone Stars & Stripes Fireworks Celebration, hosted by Lone Star Park in conjunction with the City of Grand Prairie, features two nights of spectacular fireworks.  Kids can enjoy the Family Fun Park featuring pony rides, petting zoo, obstacle course, zip line, bounce houses, face painters, tattoo artists and more.  Music lovers can hear live music by Vegas Stars between the races. Following the last race each night there will be a spectacular 20-minute firework display choreographed to music.

    What: Addison Kaboom Town!
    When: Sunday, July 3rd @ 4:00PM – MIDNIGHT
    Where: Addison Circle Park
         4970 Addison Circle Dr., Addison, TX 75001
    Why: Top-rated July 4th fireworks show promises to be bigger and better this year with a 30 minute with an airshow, entertainment, concessions and 30 minutes of awesome fireworks. Visitors can enjoy the show at Addison Circle Park or from any number of watching parties at Addison restaurants and hotels. Kaboom Town is free to attend but admission to Addison Circle Park will be cut off once capacity is reached.

    What: Red, White & Boom on the Bridge
    When: Sunday, July 3rd @ 5:00PM – 10:00PM
    Where: Ronald Kirk Pedestrian Bridge
         122 Continental Ave., Dallas, TX 75207
    Why: Mrs. Baird’s presents City of Dallas & KLUV’s Red, White and Boom on the Bridge. The beautiful downtown Dallas skyline will light up with a fantastic fireworks show to celebrate America’s Independence Day. The Westbound Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge will also be closed and open to pedestrians. The festival is free and open to the public and includes the fireworks show, musicians and other local performers, food, vendors, children’s activities and more

    What: Light Up Arlington
    When: Sunday, July 3rd @ 6:00PM – 10:30PM
    Where: Downtown Arlington
         201 E. Abram St., Arlington, TX 76010
    Why: Arlington’s annual hometown Independence Day celebration, presented by Arlington Parks & Recreation, includes Kids Zone activities, food trucks and carnival concessions, performances on three stages – the Boomtown Kids stage, Grease Monkey stage and the Levitt Pavilion (Brad Thompson/Hannah Kirby). Fireworks, set to music from 95.6 The Ranch, start at 9:45 p.m. Three locations for fun and games before the fireworks: Boomtown (NE corner of Center & Border streets) – 92.1 Hank FM live music stage, food trucks, inflatable games, petting zoo, temporary tattoos, face painting. Firecracker Alley (NW corner of Abram and Pecan streets) – Train rides, food trucks, caricature artist and face painting. Kids Corner (NW corner of Front and Pecan streets) – Concessions, bounce house, face painting.

    What: Hotter ‘n Firecrackers 5k Glow Run/ Dachshund Dash
    When: Sunday, July 3rd @ 8:00PM
    Where: Frisco Square
         8874 Coleman Blvd., Frisco, TX 75034
    Why: Runners wearing flashing LED lights and their brightest fluorescent gear will light at the night in this 5K Glow Run. The run begins at 9 p.m. Register online ($30-$35) or day of the race ($40) from 6 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. As a warm-up to the Hotter ‘N Firecrackers 5k Run, dachshunds will race to earn fantastic doggie prizes. The Dachshund Dash is fun to watch and the $10 entry fee benefits the Collin County Animal Shelter.

    What: Lake Highlands 4th of July Parade and Carnival
    When: Monday, July 4th @ 9:00AM – 12:00PM
    Where: Lake Highlands North Recreation Center
        9940 White Rock Trail, Dallas, TX 75238
    Why: The Exchange Club of Lake Highlands presents a patriotic parade and neighborhood carnival. The parade steps off at 9 am. at Church Road and Garden Oaks Drive (in front of North Highlands Baptist Church), proceeds west on Church past Lake Highlands High School, south on White Rock Trail to the Lake Highlands North Recreation Center. The post-parade carnival features many kid-friendly activities, booths compliments of the Exchange Club.

    What: Red, White and BOOM: Hometown Parade and Car Show
    When: Monday, July 4th @ 10:00AM – 12:00PM
    Where: McKinney Downtown Square
         111 N. Tennessee St., McKinney, TX 75069
    Why: Red, White and Boom kicks off Independence Day with a parade (at 10 a.m.) and classic car, truck and cycle show (1-5 p.m.) in Historic Downtown McKinney. The parade starts and ends at Henry & Tennessee St. There will be good viewing on either Tennessee or Kentucky St. Families can also explore the many dining and shopping options that downtown has to offer. Activities are free. The 2016 theme for the parade is “Going 4 Gold – USA all the way!” to celebrate our nation’s independence and salute our Olympic team as they prepare for the 2016 Summer Olympics. In the evening, Red, White & Boom action moves to McKinney Soccer Complex at Craig Ranch for food, music and a big fireworks display.

    What: Fair Park Fourth
    When: Monday, July 4th @ 12:00PM – 10:30PM
    Where: Cotton Bowl
         3750 Midway Plaza, Dallas, TX 75210
    Why: Celebrate Independence Day in Fair Park, the national historic landmark located in the heart of Dallas. The midway will be open, and the Dallas Winds will perform a free concert. Stay till the end to sit in the famous Cotton Bowl – the seventh biggest stadium in the country – and watch free fireworks sponsored by Oncor. Admission to Fair Park Fourth is free. Fair Park museums will offer discounted admission during the festival. Fireworks display starts around 9:45 p.m. Seating will be available inside the Cotton Bowl but attendees can view the show from the Midway and various locations around the fairgrounds.

    What: Fort Worth’s Fourth
    When: Monday, July 4th @ 2:00PM – 10:30PM
    Where: Panther Island Pavilion
         395 Purcey St., Fort Worth, TX 76102
    Why: Fort Worth’s Fourth is a free family event hosted on the banks of the Trinity River at Panther Island Pavilion. Admission and all family activities such as zip lines, bounce houses, water slides and more are free to the public. The celebration will take place all afternoon with family activities, live music, tubing and when the sun goes down attendees will be treated to the biggest fireworks show in North Texas.  Back by popular demand, Aquafly fly board shows will feature riders performing tricks on what can only be described as water fueled jet-packs. These high-flying daredevils are guaranteed to make the audience’s hearts stop with stunts only seen in the movies. In addition, jet ski shows will be back this year. The shows will feature multiple backflips, barrel rolls, 360s, 540s, extended combinations of tricks strung together back to back, while taking hands and feet off of the ski.

    What: Frisco Freedom Fest
    When: Monday, July 4th @ 4:00PM – 10:30PM
    Where: Frisco Square
         8874 Coleman Blvd., Frisco, TX 75034
    Why: Celebrate Independence Day with family fun at Party in the Plaza at Simpson Plaza in Frisco Square. The all-day event features a Children’s Expo with multiple zip lines, hamster ball races, Euro bungees, rock climbing, inflatables and more. Soccer fans can take in an FC Dallas match across the street at Toyota Stadium (requires ticket purchase).  Featured performers include Eagles tribute band Into the West, Fancy Fingers Baton Twirlers and the Dallas Cowboys Rhythm & Blue dance team. Other fun attractions include performances on the Community Stage, Hometown Heroes area with local First Responders, and the Patriotic Vendors Village. And foodies will enjoy the Taste of Frisco with a variety of great bites from Frisco restaurants. The party wraps up with a fireworks display at approximately 10 p.m.

    What: Firewheel Town Center presents Star-Spangled Spectacular
    When: Monday, July 4th @ 4:00PM
    Where: Firewheel Town Center
         245 Cedar Sage Rd., Garland, TX 75040
    Why: Firewheel Town Center, in conjunction with the City of Garland, will celebrate our nation’s independence with a full afternoon of family fun during Star Spangled Spectacular. Families will enjoy face-painting, bounce houses, games, and Food Truck Alley during Star Spangled Spectacular. Additionally, 92.1 Hank FM Party Patrol will be onsite with games, live music, and even more fun. The event will culminate with a patriotic fireworks display at 9:15 pm. Firewheel Town Center retailers will join the celebration by adding great summer sales and in-store events throughout the day.

    What: Castle Hills 4th of July Freedom Festival
    When: Monday, July 4th @ 5:00PM
    Where: Castle Hills Village Shops & Plaza
         2450 King Arthur Blvd., Lewisville, TX 75056
    Why: The annual Castle Hills 4th of July Freedom Festival is all about family fun with lots of kids’ activities, live music, food trucks and one of the best fireworks shows in the area. The Village Shops will be buzzing with activity around the Plaza with a DJ spinning tunes to keep everyone entertained. This year’s activities include a euro bungee, a water slide, two mobile gaming units, a giant inflatable obstacle course, bounce houses, carnival games and prizes, as well as face painters, balloon artists, and arts & crafts by The Enchanted Artist. The finale of the evening is the fireworks display, sponsored by Bright Realty, beginning around 9:30 pm

    What: Plano’s All-American Fourth
    When: Monday, July 4th @ 5:00PM – 10:00PM
    Where: Oak Point Park & Nature Preserve
         5901 Los Rios Blvd., Plano, TX 75086
    Why: Enjoy Plano’s fireworks spectacular with free parking and prime viewing from the hill at Collin College and from First United Methodist Church. Food trucks on site at 5 p.m., DJ starts at 7:30 and fireworks begin at 9:30 pm. Tune in to KLAK 97.5 for music simulcast with the fireworks display. Spring Creek Parkway will be closed at Parker and Jupiter at 4 p.m. Come early and claim your spot.

    What: Richardson’s Family 4th of July Celebration
    When: Monday, July 4th @ 6:00PM – 10:15PM
    Where: Breckinridge Park
         Brand Rd. and Park Vista Rd., Richardson, TX 75082
    Why: Sparks will fly at Richardson’s annual 4th of July celebration. This traditional, patriotic event is free and families are encouraged to bring picnics, blankets/lawn chairs and enjoy an evening under the stars. Food and drinks will also be available to purchase. Attractions include strolling balloon artists, bounce houses, and a climbing wall for the kids and safety awareness information for all.

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