Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness

No time in recent history has tested our resolve like the previous year’s events: a pandemic, an election year, and a devastating winter storm.

As we commemorate Independence Day, let us celebrate our enthusiasm in liberty and our individual and collective acts of bravery and heroism. We have overcome so much and continue to endure in life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. 

There is a certain enthusiasm in liberty that makes human nature rise above itself, in acts of bravery and heroism.

Alexander Hamilton, “The Farmer Refuted” February 23, 1775

Fourth of July Celebrations By County

Collin County

Red, White & BOOM! | McKinney | July 3

Festivities include music, food, kids’ activities, a concert, and a fireworks display. 

10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

All American 4th & Fireworks | Plano | July 4

The in-person event begins at 6 p.m. at Red Tail Pavillon (formerly Oak Point Amphitheater). Fireworks will also be live streamed on The City of Plano’s YouTube page. 

6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Dallas County

Kaboom Town! | Addison | July 3

The renowned freedom flyover and fireworks show is back! Tickets are required for entry into Addison Circle Park. 

5 p.m. – Midnight

Fair Park Fourth | Dallas | July 4

The free event offers live performances, “dancing water” shows at the Esplanade Fountain, food trucks, concessions, and spectacular fireworks. Fair Park gates open at 6 a.m.

6 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Independence Day Celebration | Duncanville | July 3

Enjoy a parade in the morning and come back in the evening for a night of great music, delicious food, fun, and fireworks. Wristbands are required for entry into Armstrong Park and can be picked up at the Recreation Center.

Parade | 9 a.m.

Celebration | 6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Independence Day Celebration | Irving | July 4

“Irving Brings Back the Spark”. Free parking and shuttles are available from the Toyota Music Factory to the Levy Event Plaza. Enjoy food vendors, a kids’ fun area, a beer garden, and performances by Alex Aguillar and Downtown Fever followed by fireworks. 

6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Denton County

Fourth of July Jubilee & Parade | Denton | July 3 & 4

Gather at the Denton Civic Center for activities such as bull riding, rock climbing, food trucks, a petting zoo, Liberty 5k Run & Walk, and more. The Yankee Doodle Parade begins downtown. No fireworks display in 2021 – stay tuned for 2022! 

All Day

Independence Fest | Flower Mound | July 4

This free event, located at Bakersfield Park, will feature concessions, a kids zone, car show, a lot of exhibitors, and a great fireworks show. Live music performed by Le Freak and headliner Josh Abbott Band.

5 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Freedom Festival | Lewisville | July 4

A community tradition for over 20 years, this FREE event features bounce houses, carnival games, food trucks, and music. A fantastic fireworks show is the highlight of the evening. Located at Castle Hills Village Shops and Lake Avalon.

5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Grayson County

12th Annual Lights on the Lake | Sherman | July 2

Get ready to rock the night away with a FREE Rick Springfield concert at Pecan Grove Park West followed by an incredible fireworks show.

4 p.m. – 10 p.m. 

Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration | Denison | July 4

Blue Eyed Murder will be the featured entertainment. Children can enjoy the splash pad and playground.  Munson Stadium is limited-capacity but will stream on Facebook Live “Denison Live”.

7 p.m. – 9:45 p.m.

Henderson County

Thunder over Cedar Creek Lake Airshow | Gun Barrel City | July 3

A spectacular air show that will amaze you with aerial acrobatics and an up-close and personal experience with fighter jets. The entire performance takes place over Cedar Creek Lake.

5 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Kaufman County

Independence Day Celebration | Forney | July 3

This free event, located at Forney Community Park, will include food trucks, bounce houses, games, and a magnificent fireworks show. 

6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Navarro County

Freedom Festival | Corsicana | July 4

Come out to I.O.O.F Park for family-fun activities, food trucks, live music by The Pontiax, and fireworks!

6 p.m. – 9:45 p.m.

Palo Pinto County

PKCC Hell’s Gate Fireworks Show | Graford | July 3

Possum Kingdom Lake in Graford, Texas. Hosted by the Possum Kingdom’s Chamber of Commerce 

Time TBD

Parker County

Boomin’ 4th | Hudson Oaks | July 4

Celebrate freedom at this highly choreographed fireworks show – one of the best low and high aerial displays in North Texas. Prophets & Outlaws headlining.

Time TBD 

Spark in the Park | Weatherford | July 4

Headliners Blue Oyster Cult and opening act Texas Clearwater Revival at the Heritage Park Amphitheater! Fireworks set to launch at 9:30 p.m. 

6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Rockwall County

Independence Day Parade & Fireworks | Rockwall | July 3

The parade will begin at Utley Middle School and end at Dobbs Elementary School. In the evening, gather at Harry Myers Park East for live music and fireworks.

Parade | 11 a.m.

Celebration | 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

Somervell County

4th of July at the Lake | Glen Rose | July 4

Pack your coolers (no glass), chairs, and floats and grab a spot at the lake to watch the annual fireworks show presented by the Somervell County Water District. Wheeler Branch Park gates open at 7 p.m. Live music by Brady Hulsey. 

7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Tarrant County

Independence Day Fireworks & Parade | Arlington | July 3 & 5

The fireworks show is set to begin July 3 at 9:30 p.m. in the skies over Globe Life Field. On July 5, starting at 9 a.m., head downtown for Arlington’s oldest, longest running Independence Day parade. This year’s theme is Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.

July 3 | Fireworks | 9:30 p.m.

July 5 | Parade | 9 a.m. 

Fort Worth’s Fourth | Fort Worth | July 4

The largest fireworks show in North Texas is at Fort Worth’s Fourth. Space out along the banks of the Trinity River at Panther Island Pavilion and enjoy an evening of food, live music and fireworks. 

6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Mansfield Rocks Weekend | Mansfield | July 2 – 4

Mansfield Rocks promises all the excitement of past Rockin’ 4th events with family activities, live music, food, and fireworks. Free shuttles are provided from Mansfield ISD’s Newsom Stadium

6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Southlake Stars and Stripes | Southlake | July 3

Join the festivities at Southlake Town Square. Activities include a kids corner, games, live entertainment, delicious eats, and fireworks. 

6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

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State Fair Headliners You Don’t Want to Miss

Dallas, TX USA - October 17, 2015: The iconic and massive Texas Star, at Fair Park in Dallas, TX
It’s time to get excited about the State Fair of Texas – our state’s most beloved event of the year. While there is notable debate over what the best part of the fair is, there’s no doubt the free concert series draws a large crowd every time. Below is a list of who you can (and should) see live on the Chevrolet Main Stage this year:
Thursday, October 5

Israel Houghton & New Breed – 8:45 p.m.


Friday, October 6

The Peterson Brothers – 5:30 & 8:30 p.m.


Saturday, October 7

Ro James – 2 p.m.


Sunday, October 8

The Spazmatics– 2 & 4 p.m.

Wilson Phillips – 5:30 p.m.


Monday, October 9

Temecula Road – 4 p.m.

Daya – 5:30 p.m.


Tuesday, October 10

Tristan McIntosh – 11:30 a.m., 5:45 & 8:30 p.m.


Friday, October 13

Prophets & Outlaws – 5:30 & 8:30 p.m.


Saturday, October 14

Pat Green – 8:30 p.m.


Sunday, October 15

Charlie Daniels Band – 5:30 p.m.


Friday, October 20

Waterloo Revival – 8:30 p.m.


Saturday, October 21

For King & Country – 8:30 p.m.


Sunday, October 22

Los Traileros Del Norte – 3 p.m.


In addition to the headlining acts who will perform each weekend over the course of the Fair, another set of regional bands and musicians will play this year during weekdays on the Chevrolet Main Stage. To see their schedule, click here.

DFW Weekend Round Up (4/30-5/3)

DFW Weekend Round Up (4/30-5/3)

Today marks the beginning of the NFL Draft, but this weekend is also big for live music and culture in DFW. From DJs to country music and Broadway to Cinco de Mayo, there’s something for everyone.


If your looking for events centered around food and drink, click here.


Thursday, April 30:

Decks in the Park: Dallas’ top DJs will be at Klyde Warren Park to get you dancing under the stars. It’s family-friendly and there will be food trucks on site.


2015 Dallas Cowboys Draft Day: Today is one of the biggest days of the year for NFL football fans, the beginning of the draft. The Cowboys will hold parties for three days; Thursday and Saturday at AT&T Stadium and Friday at the Rustic.


Mayfest 2015: You’re sure to find plenty of festival food, rides, and fun at this family-friendly Fort Worth event. It goes through Sunday.


Newsises: The two-time Tony award-winning Broadway musical has made its way to Dallas. Get a look into the exciting times surrounding the 1899 New York City newsboy strike at Winspear Opera House now through May 10.


Friday, May 1:

Dwight Yoakam: The country music star will play at Gas Monkey Bar n’ Grill.


Kacey Musgraves: The country star-on-the-rise will be at Billy Bob’s.


Rangers v. Athletics: Our Texas Rangers will take on the Oakland Athletics in a three-game series through Sunday. Get out there and cheer them on!


Saturday, May 2:

Asian Festival 2015: The 25th year of this event is sure to be a big one. Dive into Asian food and culture at Klyde Warren Park.


Cinco De Mayo Parade & Festival: Oak Cliff will host a parade complete with marching bands, costumes, floats, and more in celebration of the upcoming holiday. Afterwards, the festival will feature live music, food, drink and more.


Cottonwood Art Festival: The annual festival in Richardson will feature more than 240 artists, live music, and food and drink. Join in on the celebration through Sunday.


Lady Antebellum: Fresh from their show at the ACM Awards two weeks ago, the country group will be back in Dallas with openers Hunter Hayes and Sam Hunt at Gexa Energy Pavilion.


The Who: The rock legends will make their way through Dallas on their celebrate their 50th anniversary at American Airlines Center. Opening for the group is Joan Jett & The Blackhearts.


Sunday, May 3:

Dog BowlCotton Bowl Stadium will become a haven for dog-lovers and man’s best friend for the day during this ultimate pooch party. There will be treats for dogs and humans alike.


Image via Dallas Cowboys Facebook

DFW Weekend Round Up (3/19-3/22)

DFW Weekend Round Up (3/19-3/22)

Live music, live music, live music. From pop sensations to legendary artists, the Metroplex has something for everyone this weekend.


If you’re looking for events that are more food and drink centric, click here.


Thursday, Mar. 19:

The Beach Boys: The pop band that never stopped making catchy tunes over the years will be at Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie.


The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes: Through May 10, the Perot Museum will host an exhibit that asks you to tap into your inner detective. See how Sherlock Holmes used science to solve mysteries- then try it yourself.


Stars vs. Penguins: The Dallas Stars take on the Pittsburgh Penguins at 7:30pm at American Airlines Center. Get out and cheer them one.


TV on the Radio: The band will play two nights in a row at the Granda as well as a set at Good Records on Friday at 6pm.


Wings Of Freedom Tour: Take an adventure through historic aviation at the Frontiers of Flight Museum through March 22.


Friday, Mar. 20:

The King and I: The classic musical filled with drama, music, dance, and decor will be put on by Dallas Summer Musicals through April 5 at Music Hall at Fair Park.


Hozier: The popularity of the Irish singer seems to have no limit recently. Catch him live at House of Blues singing his latest hits.


The Jack Kerowax: The local band is on the final stages of their cross-country tour. They’ll remind you why local shows by local acts are so great when they play at Stonedeck Pizza Pub.


South By So What?! Music Festival: The 8th-annual live music festival featuring artists who played SXSW in Austin will be held Friday through Sunday at QuickTrip Park in Grand Prairie.


Spring ’till Midnight at the Nasher: From 6pm to Midnight, enjoy an evening of music, movies and moonlight. Live music will be performed by The King Carroll Band and the film will be Twenty Feet From Stardom.


Saturday, Mar. 21:

Bill Medley: Medley solidified his place in music history as part of the Righteous Brothers, a group that produced hits like “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling” and “Unchained Melody.” See him live at the Granada at 8pm.


Wipeout Run: Crash, smash, and splash your way through a 5k course with larger-than-life obstacles and elements inspired by the hit TV show Wipeout!


Sunday, Mar. 22:

2nd-Annual Dallas Jazz Age Sunday Social: Don your finest whites and lawn party apparel for an afternoon of live music at Dallas Heritage Village on Hardwood St. There will also be food trucks, Model A Fords, a costume contest and more.


Spillover Music Fest: For the 8th year, a variety of bands will come directly from SXSW to various venues in Deep Ellum, like Trees and Off the Record.


Stevie Wonder: He’s a singer, a songwriter, a musician and a producer- he is a legend. Wonder will play a show that will no doubt bring the audience to its feet at American Airlines Center.


Image via American Airlines Center

DFW Weekend Round Up (2/19-2/22)

 DFW Weekend Round Up (2/19-2/22)

This weekend’s events have no clear theme, but that just means there’s something for everyone! Take a look…


If you’re looking for things to do that are more food and drink centric, click here.


Thursday, Feb. 19:

The Book of Mormon: If you didn’t make last year’s show, now is the time to catch the Tony Award-winning musical created by the people behind South Park, Trey Parker and Matt Stone. This is the final weekend that it will be at Winspear Opera House.


The Last Two People on Earth: An Apocalyptic Vaudeville: This musical includes two major stars, Mandy Patinkin and Taylor Mac. On top of that, the show is directed by Tony-winner Susan Stroman. Follow the pair as the take on a post-apocalyptic world at the Eismann Center in Richardson through Sunday.


Medea: The Greek tragedy, presented by Dallas Theater Center, will take place in the basement of Kalita Humphrey’s Theater through March 29.


Thin Line Festival: The 8th-annual festival in Denton goes all weekend long. Thin Line will deliver an engaging program of high quality documentary films, world-class music, and (new in 2015) a diverse palette of photographic art.


Friday, Feb. 20:

Disney in Concert: The Dallas Symphony Orchestra presents classic songs from Disney movies that you’ll never forget, old and new. Friday through Sunday, the orchestra will play songs from Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, Frozen, The Lion King, The Little Mermaid and more.


Ticketstock 2015: The annual sports talk event hosted by the crew from 1310 The Ticket is back at Irving Convention Center Friday and Saturday. Join them for free admission, autographs, and concerts.


Wynonna Judd: The country music singer will be at Arlington Music Hall for stories and song.


Saturday, Feb. 21:

Chinese New Year Celebration: The Crow Colleciton of Art celebrates the Year of the Ram with their 16th-annual free Chinese New Year Celebration.Head to the Hardwood District for crafts, fortune telling, a photo booth, family yoga, food trucks and more.


Sunday, Feb. 22:

Seryn: The sextet from Denton will be at Dan’s Silverleaf singing new-age folk songs you can’t help but love.


Image via The Ticket

D-FW Weekend Round Up (9/4-9/7)

Your Weekend Round Up (9/4-9/7)

This weekend in DFW is packed with live music, celebrations, and the first regular season Cowboys game! Check out where you can find Aretha Franklin, Dallas’ best 80’s tribute bands, and one of the most exciting airplane stunt shows in the US.


Ken Burns and The Roosevelts: An Intimate History: He’s one of the most acclaimed documentary film makers whose subjects range from the Civil War to Frank Lloyd Wright. Join Ken Burns tonight, Thursday, Sept. 4, at Winspear Opera House to hear him speak about his latest project that focuses on the famous Roosevelt family.


First Thursday Late Night: The Perot Museum is introducing an all new series that will take place every first Thursday of the month. Tonight’s inaugural event will feature special guest Jeff Corwin and will explore the amazing islands of the Galapagos.


Let’s Dance: Tango, Waltz, and Cha-Cha with the DSO as award-winning dancers strut their stuff on stage Friday, Sept. 5, through Sunday, Sept. 7.


Brad Paisley, Randy Houser, Leah Turner & Charlie Worsham: These country stars will take the stage Friday at Gexa for an evening dedicated to their greatest hits and newest music.


Carnivores Tour: Linkin Park and 30 Seconds to Mars with special guest AFI will be at Gexa on Saturday, Sept. 6 to rock the night away.


Totally 80’s- A Night of Covers: Granada Theater is hosting a night of awesome 80’s cover bands on Saturday. Stop by to relive the decade with two of Dallas’ best tribute bands, Le Cure and Panic.


A Night to Remember feat. Aretha Franklin: This year’s fundraiser, hosted by anti-poverty organization CitySquare, takes place this Saturday and features “The Queen of Soul,” Aretha Franklin. She just one of the many big names to grace the annual event, which has also hosted Steve Martin, B.B. King, Bill Cosby, Jay Leno, and others.


Meyerson Symphony Center 25th Anniversary Celebration: Though there is a full week of events celebrating the Dallas Arts District building, Saturday will feature a parade and marching band on Flora Street. After the main event, there will be family-friendly activities and performances.


The Most Good Music Festival: Panther Island Pavillion in Fort Worth is hosting another music festival this Saturday, but this one comes with a good cause. You’ll see Jack Ingram, Stoney LaRue and other Texas country singers while benefitting the Salvation Army and its goal of providing 1 million meals to the hungry people of DFW.


Target First Saturdays: This free event at the Nasher is design especially for preschool and elementary school children. The theme this month is “Legacy.” Activities are based around inspiring your children’s artistic talents and broaden their understanding and appreciation of the world.


Drake vs. Lil Wayne: Head to Gexa on Sunday, Sept. 7, to see a friendly face-off between these two hip-hop/rap icons.


Cowboys vs. 49’s: The first regular season Cowboys game is finally here! See the ‘boys take on San Francisco on Sunday at AT&T Stadium and celebrate the beginning of the 2014 NFL season. If you can’t make the game you could always watch it here.


Red Bull Air Race 2014: After a three-year hiatus, Red Bull will be back at Texas Motor Speedway with a show that features airplanes flying through incredible aerial racetracks.


Oscar de la Renta: Five Decades of Style: Fashion fans will love the newest exhibit at the George W. Bush Presidential Center. Through October 5, attendees can gaze upon the memorable clothes made for first ladies Laura Bush, Hillary Clinton, and Nancy Reagan by one of fashion’s biggest names.


Farmer’s Markets: Get your taste of local produce at one of the many farmer’s markets over the long weekend.


Image via CitySquare


Weekend Round Up: Local Events and Shows

Pixar in concert


Looking for some plans this weekend? There’s no shortage of events and shows around North Texas. Check out some of your options below!


Second Floor Bistro Wine and Dinner: Tonight, Thursday, at 6 p.m., World Wine Discoveries and Second Floor Bistro are pairing up to bring you a four-course, five-wine experience.


North Texas Hip-Hop Showcase: Friday, tune in and jam out with some Dallas’ best hip-hop and rap artists at the Granada Theater presented by the Dallas Observer.


Pappas Bros. Pinot Noir Tasting: Friday at 6 p.m., pull up a seat and treat your tastebuds to hors d’oeuvres and a worldy selection of delicious pinots.


Pixar In Concert: Saturday, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra will play music from some of the most beloved movies of our time including pieces from the Toy Story Trilogy, The Incredibles, and UP, just to name a few.


The Roomsounds at The Rustic: Take advantage of the beautiful day that’s forecasted for Saturday and head uptown to The Rustic for some classic rock-inspired live music.


Mot Hai Ba: This Vietnamese Dallas restaurant has won a slew of awards since its opening in 2013, most notably the national acclaim of being named one of Zagat’s 25 most important restaurants of 2013. IF you can get a table, this is a must visit.


2014 Texas Home and Garden Show: For the third year in a row, the Texas Home and Garden show comes to the Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas to feature home and garden experts, products, and services


An Evening of Prokofiev: The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra presents Crane, a sinlge-movement piece composed in 2009. Experience this symphonic event Friday or Saturday at Bass Performance Hall.