July Fourth Fireworks and Fun

fireworks for a national holiday in Dallas


The Fourth of July is almost here, and no matter where in North Texas you’re planning to be for Independence Day, there’s a way to celebrate. From Addison to Waxahachie, there is no shortage of events to toast our nation’s birth.


Addison Kaboom Town: July 3

Arlington 4th of July Parade : July 4

Bedford 4th Fest Independence Day Celebration: July 4

Burleson Independence Day Celebration: July 4

Celebrate Coppell – Party in the Park: June 29

Celina Splash & Blast: June 29

Cleburne 4th of July Celebration: July 4

Dallas Fair Park Fourth: July 4

Denison Fourth of July Fireworks: July 4

Denton Fourth of July Jubilee: July 4

DeSoto Old Fashioned Fourth Fireworks Celebration: July 4

Farmers Branch Independence Day Celebration: July 3

Flower Mound Independence Fest: July 3

Fort Worth 4th of July Celebration: July 4

Frisco Freedom Fest: July 4

Grand Prairie Lone Stars & Stripes Fireworks: July 4 & 5

Granbury’s Old-Fashioned 4th of July: July 3 & 4

Grapevine Lake July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza: July 4

Heath’s Independence Day Parade and Celebration: July 4

Highland Park 4th of July Parade: July 4

Irving’s Independence Day Celebration: July 4

Lake Highlands Fourth of July Parade: July 4

Lake Texoma Fireworks at Roosevelt Bridge: July 5

Lewisville Sounds of Red, White & Lewisville: July 4

Little Elm July Jubilee: July 4

Mansfield Rockin 4th of July: July 3

McKinney Red, White and Boom: July 4

Midlothian Independence Day Fireworks: July 3

Plano’s Freedom Celebration: July 4

Pottsboro’s 4th of July Fireworks at Highport Marina: July 6

Prosper’s Pride in the Sky: July 3

Richardson’s Family 4th Celebration: July 4

Rockwall’s 4th of July Parade & Fireworks: July 4

Royse City’s Celebrating Freedom Fireworks: June 28

Rowlett Fireworks on Main: July 4

Sherman Lights on the Lake: July 3

Southlake Stars & Stripes: July 3

Waxahachie Crape Myrtle Festival & Parade: July 3 & 4

Valentine Treats for Your Sweet

Whether you’re planning a date with your sweetheart or spending the day with friends, give your loved ones a delightful treat this Valentine’s Day.


From pies and cupcakes to bite-sized cheesecake, these sweet treats make the perfect gift — and an even better dessert!


1 Bird Bakery

Bird Bakery’s Cupid Valentine Box puts a cute, modern spin on the classic box of chocolates. Available for preorder, each box contains 12 mini cupcakes in flavors like red velvet and fresh strawberry.


2 Sweet Daze

Sweet Daze Dessert Bar offers an extensive collection of Valentine goodies. From artfully designed chocolate-covered strawberries to festive heart-shaped cake pops, you can preorder these handmade treats or limited quantities will be available in-store Feb. 10 through Feb. 14. 


3 Val's final

Dallas-favorite (and now a Fort Worth-fave, too) Val’s Cheesecake is offering the “It Takes Two” cheesecake cupcake box. Val suggests melting your beloved’s heart with two delicious cheesecake cupcakes topped with chocolate-covered strawberries — but there are two, so maybe your sweetie will share.


6 Emporium

Emporium Pies is taking Valenpies preorders for delivery on Feb. 14. These delicious 7-inch pie brownies are available in Dr. Love, a red velvet chess pie, and Ebony & Ivory, a buttermilk chess pie with chocolate hazelnut spread. Delight even more knowing that a portion of the sales will go towards providing Valenpies for women at the Genesis Women’s Shelter.


7 Sprinkles

Sweeter than a box of chocolates, Sprinkles suggests saying “I love you” with a custom XOX box through Feb. 18. Each box includes the perfect mix of cupcakes (think red velvet, raspberry chocolate chip and classics like dark chocolate and vanilla) topped with sugar hearts and sweet messages.


5 Pie Pop Co

Who wouldn’t love adorable, bite-sized pies on a stick? Don’t miss The Pie Pop Company’s special edition Valentine’s Pie Pops, filled with dulce de leche or sweet cherry and available for delivery or pickup.


4 Krispy Kreme

If you’re missing those traditional conversation hearts, say it with doughnuts instead. Available at participating Krispy Kreme shops through Feb. 14, the all-new Valentine Conversation Doughnuts are topped with edible phrases like “DM ME,” “ALL THE FEELS” and “BE MINE.”

Celebrating the Season in DFW

Group Of Friends Drinking Mulled Wine At Christmas Market

Celebrate the holiday season in North Texas at one of these family-friendly holiday events. Happy holidays!

Christmas in the Square at Frisco Square
 Until Dec. 31
Take a walk through the Frisco Square and enjoy the largest choreographed holiday lights and music show in North Texas. The light show runs daily from 6 to 10 p.m. and there’s an outdoor ice rink where you can skate until your heart is content.


Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens’ The 12 Days of Christmas – Until Dec. 31
Celebrate the holidays like never before at the Dallas Arboretum’s extraordinary Christmas display. From 6 to 9 p.m. on select evenings, the Arboretum lights up with 12 elaborate Victorian-style gazebos inspired by the beloved Christmas carol. Each display is 25-feet tall and filled with beautifully detailed characters and animals.


Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s Christmas Pops Concerts – Dec. 7 to 16
Complete your holiday bucket list at the DSO’s annual Christmas pops concerts featuring the Dallas Symphony Chorus. Head to the Meyerson Symphony Center to enjoy live renditions of your favorite holiday tunes.


Dallas Zoo Lights – Until Jan. 1
This Dallas Zoo spectacular has quickly become a must-see this season. After the animals head in for the evening, the zoo transforms into a winter wonderland with over 1 million twinkling lights illuminating ZooNorth throughout the holiday season. Discover realistic silk-covered lanterns in the shape of your favorite animals. You’ll also enjoy entertainment by local performers, crafts and tasty winter treats, including s’mores, hot chocolate and gourmet donuts.


Holiday Carriage Rides – Until Dec. 30
Take a tour of Highland Park and Plano’s Deerfield neighborhood with a festive carriage ride. Whether it’s date night or fun for the whole family, a leisurely ride to look at Christmas lights is a lovely holiday tradition. Different carriages are available to accommodate your party size and budget.


Holidays at the Heard – Dec. 14 and 15
Enjoy the beauty of the holiday season in nature at McKinney’s Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary. From 6:30 to 9 p.m., enjoy lights and holiday décor along a half-mile nature trail, or stop for a photo with Father Christmas and Mother Nature. Grab a holiday treat and enjoy live entertainment at this family-friendly holiday event.


Mannheim Steamroller Concert – Dec. 28
Mark your calendars for a few days after Christmas when the widely celebrated new-age music group Mannheim Steamroller takes the stage at Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth. Tickets start at $49, and you won’t want to miss the one-night opportunity to hear your favorite modern renditions of classic Christmas tunes.


Panther Island Ice Skating – Until Jan. 14
Take a trip to Fort Worth’s only outdoor skating rink, Panther Island, to join in some “cool” holiday excitement. The rink operates seven days a week, including all holidays, and a $12 ticket includes skate rental and tax.


Six Flags Holiday in the Park – Until Dec. 30
Experience the magic of the holidays at Six Flags Over Texas during this year’s Holiday in the Park. Enjoy fun for the whole family with rides, story time with Mrs. Claus, live entertainment and visits with Santa.


Texas Ballet Theater’s The Nutcracker – Select dates in December
Take part in a beloved holiday tradition and enjoy a live performance of Texas Ballet Theater’s The Nutcracker. This age-old ballet will delight you with a story of Clara and a dreamland filled with heroic battles and sweet treats. Performances take place Dec. 7 to 24 at Fort Worth’s Bass Performance Hall.

12 Must-See Open Houses This Weekend

If you’re in the market for a home in North Texas, you’ve come to the right place. Enjoy your weekend with Ebby Halliday Realtors and our amazing agents at these stunning properties.



5230 Boca Raton Drive | Dallas | $1,150,000


4549 Biltmoore Drive | Frisco | $1,100,000


6608 Crown Forest Drive | Plano | $899,900


5016 Spyglass Drive | Dallas | $799,500


9 Lochleven | Richardson | $740,000

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5406 Mercedes Avenue | Dallas | $685,000

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12922 Lourdes | Frisco | $630,000


910 Twin Creeks Drive | Allen | $575,000


10935 Ridgemeadow Drive | Dallas | $449,000


1033 Midnight Pass | Rockwall | $365,000


6308 Lambeau Court | McKinney | $359,000


1825 Arundel Drive | Carrollton | $320,000


To view all the wonderful homes open this weekend and discover dates and times, visit EbbyOpenHouses.com.

5 Must-See Open Houses This Weekend

If you’re looking for a home in North Texas, you’ve come to the right place! Even if you’re not, these properties are all open to visitors this weekend and may serve as the perfect inspiration for your next home search.
4206 Gloster Road | Dallas – Old Preston Hollow | $1,900,000499742-01Rankin3317.jpg
3317 Rankin Street University Park | $1,825,000496724-5439-castlewood-rd-dallas-tx-High-Res-46.jpg
5439 Castlewood Road | Dallas | $1,124,999474470-2.jpg
10018 Coppedge Lane | Dallas | $1,075,0002.jpg
2804 Shelton Way | Plano | $1,065,000


To see all the wonderful homes open this weekend, visit EbbyOpenHouses.com

7 Must-See Open Houses This Weekend


If you’re looking for a home in North Texas, you’ve come to the right place! Even if you’re not, these properties are all open to visitors this weekend and may serve as the perfect inspiration for your next home search.

Lennox Lane
10010 Lennox Lane | Dallas – Preston Hollow | $3,300,0003324 beverly
3324 Beverly Drive | Highland Park | $2,699,000412 lakeway droive
412 Lakeway Drive | Allen – Wimberely Place | $2,650,000
15 stonecourt
15 Stonecourt Drive | Dallas – University Park | $2,100,000
7 grantley
7 Grantley Court | Dallas – Lakewood | $1,175,000
5716 templin way
5716 Templin Way | Plano – Willow Bend | $1,150,000
7146 wildgrove
7146 Wildgrove Avenue | Dallas – Lakewood | $1,375,947


To see all the wonderful homes open this weekend, visit EbbyOpenHouses.com

Fresh Listing Friday: Historic Charm

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Happy Friday all! This week’s Fresh Listing Friday is a home situated in Dallas’ highly sought-after Lower Greenville neighborhood. Turning 100 this year, the residence at 5928 Richmond Ave. offers original leaded-glass windows, and updates throughout, including the kitchen and master bath. Take a virtual tour below and see how this historic home is perfectly suited for modern-day living.

Need-to-know Details:

• Priced at $610,000
• 2,887 square feet: 3 bedrooms, 3 baths
• Master bedroom with sitting area and reading nook
• Back patio with outdoor fireplace

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To view this listing, contact Katherene Hough at 214-532-2118 or Katherene@Ebby.com.

New Year, New (Home) Resolutions

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The new year always serves as a catalyst for personal resolutions and goals: lose weight, save money, volunteer, get organized, etc. Essentially, the same objectives could be set for your home.


We’ve transformed Time magazine’s Top Ten Commonly Broken New Year’s Resolutions into the top list of what the resolute home owner should accomplish in 2017 and beyond.


Don’t worry, you’ve got this!


1. Cut Your Energy Use (lose weight)

2. Purify Indoor Air (quit smoking)

3. Budget for Improvements (get out of debt)

4. Educate Yourself on Home Finances (learn something new)

5. De-clutter (get organized)

6. Support Your Community (volunteer)

7. Slash Your Water Use (drink less)

8. Share Home Improvement Projects (spend more time with the family)

9. Exercise Your DIY Skills (get fit)

10. Use Maintenance-Free Materials (be less stressed)


Happy new year!

DFW Weekend Round Up – Halloween 2015

From trick-or-treating to pumpkin patches, fall is in the air and we couldn’t be more thrilled. This Halloween weekend, Dallas has no shortage of hair-raising fun to get into.


Thursday, October 29

Pumpkinville: Located in McKinney’s Tucker Hill community, this event features food trucks and concession stands, hay mazes, pumpkin decorating and more fall activities to enjoy. FREE. 10 a.m. Every day – October 31.


​​Come-As-You-Are Wine Dinner: Travel over to lower Greenville and visit the Grape for a taste of fine wines. Chef de cuisine Sarah Snow will create a three-course bistro menu to compliment the hand-selected wines of the evening. $52/person. Dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. For reservations, call 214-828-1981.


Decks in the Park Halloween Bash: Bring your costumes to the last Decks in the Park of the season! With ghoulish beats and tasty treats, this event promises an unforgettable and spooky evening. FREE. 6 p.m.


Craft Beer Tasting: Join the Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Garden for pre-concert tasting with Martin House Brewing Company. Tasting includes four samples of hand-crafted brews, a brewery tasting glass and a full beer to enjoy at the end of the tasting. Light bites will also be provided. Admission to Emerald City (Dallas’ Favorite Variety Band) concert included. $50/adult; $45/member. 6:15 p.m. Purchase tickets here.


Friday, October 30

Scare on the Square: The shops in downtown McKinney and McKinney Main Street invite you to come out and enjoy the sights of hundreds of ghosts and goblins, young and old, in the historic downtown area. Enjoy interactive activities, costume contests and a ghost hunt! FREE. 4 p.m.


Saturday, October 31

Spooky Pooch Festival: Visit Main Street Garden in downtown Dallas for a canine-centric Halloween festival. There will be a contest for best dog costume, a kids zone, vendors, food and drink, plus more! $13/person. For tickets, click here.


Trick or Treat the Square: Rain or shine, Frisco Square will host their fifth annual halloween event featuring face paintings, a petting zoo, wagon rides, and a costume contest. FREE. 1 p.m.


Treat Street: Head over to the historic Fort Worth Stockyards for costume contests, pumpkin decorating, games, hayrides, and trick-or-treating at Stockyards Station shops. FREE. 6 p.m.


Sunday, November 1

Music on the Southwest Porch: Grab a seat on the Southwest Porch at Klyde Warren Park and enjoy the soulful country tunes of Grace Tyler and Haley Rynn. FREE. 2 p.m.


Light the Night Walk: The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society will host a fundraising campaign, consisting of community participants who walk with an illuminated lantern to bring awareness and raise funds for treatments and cures. The North cities and Dallas walk have joined forces and will be held at Trinity Groves in West Dallas. To register, click here. 5 p.m.