With the recession still severely impacting city operating budgets, several cities in North Texas have cancelled their annual 4th of July fireworks displays, most notably the City of Carrollton and the traditional Fair Park event in Dallas. However, a number of cities will be holding Independence Day celebrations, and the cancellations elsewhere may mean even bigger crowds at these events, so it pays to plan ahead. Here are some of the more notable celebrations for the 4th of July 2010:
Kaboom Town 2010 – Addison, TX (Saturday, July 3)
See a dazzling fireworks display choreographed to music and a live radio simulcast. The City of Addison website reports that the city will once again host their nationally recognized fireworks show, a display visible all over Addison. There will be food, live music and spectacular historic warplane fly-bys. Rated one of the top places to watch fireworks in the country by the American Pyrotechnics Association, USA Today and the Wall Street Journal. The festival is from 5:00 p.m. to midnight at Addison Circle Park.
Red, White & Lewisville – Lewisville, TX (Sunday, July 4)
The city’s annual Red White & Lewisville fireworks show will be held July 4 around Vista Ridge Mall. The fireworks will start shortly after dark at approximately 9:30 p.m. The best viewing opportunities will be on the South side of Vista Ridge Mall and along the 121 Bypass.
Mansfield’s Rockin’ 4th of July – Mansfield, TX (Sunday, July 4)
This year’s Independence Day celebration will be held at Big League Dreams (500 Heritage Parkway South) from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm. Free admission and parking, free live music, and free activities like bounce houses and carnival games. Fireworks start at 9:30 pm, with live music starting at 10:00 pm. No parking at the building; everyone must use the remote shuttle at Newsome Stadium (Hwy 360 and Broad Street). No outside food, drinks, coolers, or pets. Bring lawn chairs, blankets, and money for food and drinks.
28th Annual Fireworks Extravaganza – Grapevine, TX (Sunday, July 4)
Starting at 9:30 pm, Lake Grapevine will be the scene of spectacular fireworks. Get ready to be wowed by fireworks that can be viewed from any lakeside location as well as several other spots throughout Grapevine. Admission is free at most viewing locations. Some parks along Lake Grapevine may charge a minimal admission fee. Note: In the interest of public safety, the City of Grapevine will be shutting down Fairway Drive between State Highway 26 E. and Silveron Blvd. beginning at 9:15 PM and lasting through the duration of the fireworks show. Also, parking along Fairway Drive will be prohibited.
The 4thFEST Island Adventure Celebration – Bedford, TX (Sunday, July 4)
This year’s 4th of July celebration in the City of Bedford has an Island twist. The 4thFEST Island Adventure Celebration is a full day of family fun (Noon to 11:00 pm) that includes a free concert, InflataFUN Zone, a variety of island adventure family fun FREE activities, festival-style culinary delights and of course, the spectacular fireworks extravaganza when the sun goes down. 4thFEST visitors can also take a dip in Bedford’s Splash Aquatic Center. Splash is located in the Bedford Boys Ranch, and gives 4thFEST patrons plenty of cool fun for the whole family. It features three unique pools with several water slides, a kids’ play area, umbrella-shaded leisure patios and a cabana party pavilion. Admission is $5.50 for adults, $4.50 for kids under 18, and free for children two years old and younger. When the sun goes down the massive fireworks extravaganza will light up the night sky. Parking and shuttle service for $4 (Free for children 3 and under) will be offered at Pennington Field, 1501 Central Drive. There is no on-site parking at the Boys Ranch. Admission to 4thFEST is free, and lawn chairs, blankets, coolers and non-alcoholic beverages are permitted.