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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This Week in Food & Beverage News


This Week in Food & Beverage News: Stonedeck Pizza Pub

If you’re a fan of rosé, local beer, or tequila, we’ve got wonderful paired dinners for you to try this week! Plus, a get your tickets for TEXSOM, join LYFE Kitchen at its three grand openings, and check out Deep Ellum’s newest pizza place.

 

Events: 

Keep-The-Pint Night: In the first of their two events this week, Rabbit Hole Brewing is joining up with Luck tonight, Tuesday, July 29, for a pint night, tap takeover, and live music.

 

Keep the Growler Night: Wednesday, July 30, Rabbit Hole Brewing and Craft and Growler are running a deal on Rabbit Hole growlers. Fill a special Rabbit Hole growler and keep it for a new low price.

 

LYFE Kitchen: We reported a few months ago that this gluten-free restaurant, “Love Your Food Everyday,” would open three locations this summer. Well, Wednesday night marks the grand opening of all three- Plano Park, Preston Center, and West Village. There will be complimentary food and drinks starting at 7pm.

 

Rosé Wine Dinner at Abacus: A four-course meal prepared by Chef Kent Rathbun and paired glasses of rosé from Spain, France, and California will be featured this Thursday, July 31. Guest Todd Ruback, the Regional Manager for Vineyard Brands, will lead table discussions and give insight on each pairing.

 

Tequila Dinner at Komali: A five-course tasting menu of Mexican food by Executive Chef Julio Peraza paired with tequila cocktails prepared by mixologist Leann Berry will be served up beginning at 7pm.

 

Lexus Supper Club: Dine at Komali or Salum between now and August 1, show them your Lexus key, and receive a complimentary chef’s hors d’oeuvre. You’ll also be entered to win a seat at the VIP dinner, which takes place on August 7.

 

Chefs at the Market: The second-to-last cooking class at the Dallas Farmers Market is this Saturday, August 2. This week Chef Michael West will present an Introduction to R Bar & Grill, a theme based on his restaurant at the Hilton Arlington.

 

Food Truck Schedule: See where favorite meals-on-wheels will be this week.

 

TEXSOM: Buy tickets now for the 10th annual Grand Tasting and Awards Reception, which will take place August 9-11. This is the only conference in the world co-presented by the four major education/certification organizations for wine. There will be 23 seminars, 39 Master Sommeliers, 10 Certified Wine Educators, 6 Masters of Wine, and more than 200 wines up for evaluation.

 

Restaurant Week: Don’t forget to get your reservations for Restaurant Week, which begins Monday, August 11. 

 

News: 

Fat Rabbit: After the closing of Sfuzzi in Uptown months ago, there has finally been progress on a new concept. The new restaurant will be called Fat Rabbit and will open in October of this year. The theme? “An upscale American Tavern sourcing local Dallas produce, hand-crafted cocktails, and top-of-the-line service.”

 

Stonedeck Pizza Pub: The newest pizza joint is open now in Deep Ellum. They’re open daily from 11am-midnight and on Thurs.-Sat. they’re open late until 2am. You can enjoy crispy, thin-crust pizza as well as more than 80 varieties of beer and 20 varieties of moonshine.

 

Lauren Festa: FT33‘s head bartender served her last drink at the location last Saturday. Beginning August 4, she will join Danny Caffall at the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek.

 

Image via Stonedeck Pizza Pub

 

D-FW Weekend Round Up


Your D-FW Weekend Round Up

There’s much food to eat and beer to drink on this week’s edition of Weekend Round Up. From secret dinners and brewery tours to cliff diving and theater, see all the fun ways you can spend upcoming weekend:

 

Food Truck Schedule: Click to see where your favorite food truck eats will be now through June 8.

 

Cadillac Pizza Pub Caddy Run: Every Wednesday, beginning June 4 and ending November 19, runners (or walkers) can meet at the pub at 6:30 p.m. for a 2-3 mile run through downtown McKinney. After the run, participants can enjoy free bottled water and beer specials back at the pub. On tonight’s opening night, pizza will also be half-off.

 

Booth: Thursday, June 6, though June 14, local writer and actor Steven Walter’s new play will dig into the life of theater actor and presidential assassin John Wilkes Booth. Shows are at 7:30 or 8 p.m., depending on the night, at Kalita Humphreys Theater in Oak Lawn.

 

Beer School: Whole Foods Highland Park is hosting an event with beer-specialist Lynda that includes a lesson on and sampling of craft beers and micro brews on Thursday, June 5. The store will also serve bites of food to accompany the beer.

 

Underground Dinner with Chef DAT: This exclusive event pops up Fridays and Saturdays and provides a great escape from your normal dinner routine. The location of the dinner is only available to those who RSVP and the menu is always different. This Friday’s menu takes you a round the world at a secret location somewhere in Deep Ellum.

 

Red Bull Cliff Diving: Possum Kingdom Lake has two cliffs that rise almost 100 feet. Friday, June 6, and Saturday, June 7, 14 world-class cliff divers will perform as spectators watch by boat.

 

Lakewood Brewery Beer Dinner: A special collaborative pop-up dinner with Chef Daniel Tarasevich will take place Saturday, June 7. The five-course, beer-paired menu includes grilled peaches and goat cheese, crispy redfish, apricot lacquered duck, smoked short rib, and a frozen tiramisu with craft brews and a couple gems from LBC’s cellar.

 

Community Beer Company Tour: Guided tours and local beers combine with art, live music, and food trucks on Saturday, June 7. The event is dog and family-friendly.

 

Dallas’ Best Burgers & Brewery Tour: Saturday, Dallas Bites presents a tasting and sipping event that includes Hopdoddy Burger Bar, Dairy-ette, Liberty Burger, Maple & Motor, and Peticolas Brewing Company.

 

Cafe Momentum Pop-Up at Oak: Support a great cause while eating great food with Chef Richard Gras on Sunday, June 8, at Oak.

 

DJ Dinner: FT33 Chef Alex Stupak and Chef Matt McCallister team up for a nine course dinner set to a drum and bass set by DJ Dieselboy on Monday, June 9.