Party Like a Patriot this 4th of July
June 25, 2015
Any self-respecting birthday party celebrating the birth of our nation has a fireworks show—and there are a TON happening in Texas, because we know how to party—but we’ve divvied up the best-of-the-best so you know where to go for the best live music, family-friendly events and the big finale: fireworks. Check out these 4th of July celebrations across Texas:
Willie Nelson’s Fourth of July Picnic – Austin Settle in to Austin’s Circuit of the Americas’ Austin360 Amphitheater on Saturday, July 4 for live music, drinks and shopping starting at 10am. Purchase reserved seats online in advance here, or snag a general admission lawn pass for just $35. Eric Church, Kasey Musgraves, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson and many more will all be on hand for the celebration.
Fourth of July at Riverfront Park – Beaumont Breathtaking views of the Neches River set the background for Beaumont’s Fourth of July celebration at Riverfront Park this Saturday. Head to the park at 5pm for live music from Paul Childers and Black Tie Affair, The Flava Band and Danica and Jeb followed by a 9pm fireworks show.
Freedom Over Texas – Houston Hosted by Southwest Airlines at newly renovated Eleanor Tinsley Park in Houston, highlights from this year’s Freedom Over Texas include performances by Clint Black and Josh Turner, an All-American Kids Zone, and a chance to check out military tanks and helicopters up close at KBR Liberty Park. Tickets are $8 when purchased online in advance, or $10 day of the event.
Red, Hot and Blue Festival – The Woodlands It’s the best place to see fireworks in The Woodlands, but you’ll be dancing to music all night long with two stages for live music from Troy Hess and the Texas Heartbreakers, Brian Loftin and the Texas Reflections, The Blues Grooves and The Joey Green Band. This event is free and open to the public.
4th of July at Uni-Trade Stadium – Laredo Doors open at 4:30pm at Uni-Trade Stadium’s 4th of July party, with live music starting at 5pm. There will be a special military appreciation video following Shelly Lares’ performance at 9pm, a fireworks show at 11pm and even more music from Guerra DJ at 11:15pm to close out the night. This event is free for the whole family.
All American Fourth – Plano After you’re done barbecuing with the fam, head to Plano’s Oak Point Park & Nature Reserve with your blankets and lawn chairs to catch a fireworks show from 9:30 – 10pm choreographed to music and simulcast on 97.5 KLAK. Admission and parking are free and open to the public, but arrive early to get a seat in time before the show starts.
Fair Park Fourth – Dallas Fair Park gates open at 6am on Saturday, with the Midway opening at noon where you can enjoy rides and games for just $5. Be sure to line up at the Cotton Bowl Stadium Gate A when the gates open at 7pm to get a spot in time for fireworks at 9:45pm. Admission to the park is free; check out admission fees for the Children’s Aquarium, Texas Discovery Gardens and Midway online here.
Fort Worth’s Fourth – Fort Worth Held at Panther Island Pavilion along Fort Worth’s Trinity River, Fort Worth’s Fourth boasts the largest fireworks show in North Texas, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. There’s an entire KidZone featuring face painting, tubing, zip lines, bounce houses and so much more. Admission is free and open to the public.
Fourth on the Brazos – Waco H-E-B’s annual fireworks show over the Brazos is the highlight of this event, and this year it’ll be even more beautiful with brand new McClane Stadium as its backdrop. Definitely arrive early for live music and family fun, but make sure you’ve got a spot to catch the fireworks by 9:15pm.
Fireworks Extravaganza – Grapevine Snag a spot in the Grapevine Mills parking lot in time for Grapevine’s massive Fireworks Extravaganza happening July 4 at 9:30pm.
Old Fashioned Fourth of July – Granbury Head to Granbury square to celebrate all weekend long with arts, crafts and food vendors along the square, live music, a parade around the square and a top-ranked fireworks show at 9:45pm Saturday evening over Lake Granbury.
“I Love America” Fourth of July Celebration – College Station You’ll still be able to catch a fireworks show at the “I Love America” Fourth of July Celebration at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum in College Station this Saturday, but we’re positive you and the kiddos will love free admission to the museum from 9:30am – 8:15pm, with live entertainment and children’s games starting at 6pm.
Firecracker Fandango – Odessa Bring the whole family to Odessa’s longest-running street festival in downtown Odessa starting at 10am for the Jacyees Independence Day Parade. Festival gates open at 6pm where you’ll find live entertainment, children’s activities food vendors and an evening fireworks display. Purchase tickets online in advance here.
July 4th Parade – Fredericksburg The official parade around Fredericksburg’s Marktplatz starts at 10am, but we encourage you to turn out at 8am decked out in your best red, white and blue for the Children’s Parade. Patriotic-themed bikes, wagons and even pet costumes are highly encouraged!
Red, White and BOOM – McKinney Festivities start at 10am with a Red, White and Boom parade in downtown McKinney, followed by a classic car show from 1 – 5pm and tons of family activities at McKinney’s Soccer Complex at Craig Ranch from 7 – 9:30pm culminating in a fireworks show set to the “Sounds of America” at Classical 101.1 FM at 9:45pm. All events are free and open to the public.
Freedom Fest – Frisco Freedom Fest activities are scheduled all day long in Frisco, but the real family fun is happening at the Party in the Plaza with a community stage, a children’s expo with bounce houses, face paint and games, a hometown heroes exhibit and Taste of Frisco—a true culinary delight. Fireworks start at 10pm
Live at Night in The Woodlands
April 22, 2015
The Woodlands’ seasonal live music concert series—and your perennial date night idea this spring—Live at Night at picturesque Waterway Square is back again for the spring season! Each Saturday now through May 9, enjoy classic rock, Texas blues, jazz and Americana tunes from 6 – 9pm from the comfort of your own lawn chair or blanket. Snacks and coolers are welcome at Live at Night, so feel free to bring wine spritzers—or juice boxes—as the evening requires!
April 25 – Michael Hardy – Texas Blues and Americana tunes
May 2 – Sawdust Road – Progressive Country sounds
May 9 – Dan Holmes Group – blues, rock and jazz tunes
Garage Sale Gold: Columbus’ Junk in the Park
April 21, 2015
Another’s man’s trash junk is another man’s treasure in Columbus this weekend. Head to picturesque Beason Park this Saturday from 9am – 4pm to shop the city’s best garage sale finds in one spot at Junk in the Park. Parking is free for the event, and food vendors will be set up in the park’s pavilion so you can shop all morning and afternoon if you’re feeling exceptionally thrifty!
Fiesta Starts Tomorrow!
April 15, 2015
The countdown is finally over! San Antonio’s most exciting time of the year, Fiesta, is finally happening tomorrow. A San Antonio tradition since 1890, today’s Fiesta events grew from the The Battle of Flowers Parade—the only one in the country to be planned and directed completely by women. This year’s Battle of Flowers Parade will be held on April 24, but Fiesta events are happening all over the city tomorrow through April 26. Check out the full schedule of events here so you can start planning which parades and concerts to attend for the next two weeks!
Food Truck Park Coming to Richardson
DFW’s food trucks are about to up their mileage in the metroplex—the Richardson Food Truck Park plans to open its “doors” in late June. Pending a likely approval by the Richardson City Council later this month, the food truck park will have space to host up to five trucks, including two yard areas—one with play equipment for the kiddos. Located at 522 Bishop Avenue, the future food truck park is only a five-minute walk from the Arapaho DART rail station—making it even easier to indulge in mobile culinary masterpieces this summer. Until then, follow the Richardson Food Truck Park on Facebook for the latest news, and an exact date for the grand opening!
This Weekend: Frisco StrEATS
April 13, 2015
It’s finally time for Frisco’s 4th annual food truck festival, Downtown Frisco StrEATS, happening this Saturday from 1 – 7pm. Featuring tasty bites from over 15 local food trucks—Nammi, Easy Slider, The Butcher’s Son, Cup Cakin and more—this year’s event is still free and open to the public, but you can bring a non-perishable food item for Frisco Family Services for a chance to win a great prize. Check here for a complete list of food vendors and sponsors for this year’s event!
Weekly Brew Ha Ha’s in Grapevine
April 9, 2015
Restaurants across Grapevine are hosting weekly Craft Brew Dinners now through May 6, so by the time American Craft Beer Week and Main Street Fest – A Craft Brew Experience roll around mid-May, you can call yourself a bona fide beer aficionado. Snag your $40 tickets in advance for next Thursday’s craft beer dinner at Chill Sports Bar & Grill featuring brews from Deep Ellum Brewing Company, or plan to attend one of the other four remaining craft brew dinners below:
April 20 at Uncle Buck’s Brewery & Steakhouse
Brewery: Real Ale Brewing Company
April 24 at Hilton DFW Lakes
Brewery: Goose Island Beer Company
April 28 at Love and War in Texas
Brewery: Franconia Brewing Company
May 6 at Tolbert’s Restaurant
Brewery: Saint Arnold Brewing Company
The Dallas Art Fair is this Weekend
April 8, 2015
This weekend, the Fashion Industry Gallery on Ross Avenue is all about the Dallas Art Fair. With events scheduled tomorrow through Sunday, you’ll have an opportunity to browse works from over 90 prominent national and international art dealers and galleries. Purchase day passes for just $25/person, or go all-in for the weekend at $50/person and snag your event tickets online in advance here.
Austin Fashion Week Starts this Friday
Shop our Austin Best Stores so you can look your best during Austin’s Fashion Week happening this Friday through April 18. Gawk at trunk shows, mini runway events and designer showcases at AFW Soirees held April 11 – 15 from retailers like Milk + Honey, San Marcos Premium Outlets and Sugarcoat Nails. Meet fashion stars from Project Runway and browse over thirty stunning jewelry and accessories lines at STARS Presented by Bernina on April 17 or stick around for the FINALE on Saturday featuring Austin’s favorite designers followed by an After Party at The Madison. Check out the full schedule of events online here, and purchase your tickets online in advance here!
Happening Now: Wildflower Celebration at Wildseed Farms
April 6, 2015
In Texas, spring showers mean fields and fields of wildflowers, and you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better view of them than at Wildseed Farms in Fredericksburg. Be sure to bring your camera as you stroll through butterfly gardens and walking trails at the country’s largest working wildflower farm. Wildseed Farms is open 9:30am – 6pm daily, and admission is free.
Big Bloom Plant Sale and Garden Festival
April 3, 2015
Even if you don’t have a green thumb, you should still check out the Big Bloom Plant Sale and Garden Festival happening at the South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center in Corpus Christi this Saturday. First of all, it will only cost you $1 dollar to stroll through beautiful orchids, plumeria and other tropical plants for some Instagram-worthy shots. Amateur gardeners will swoon over the vendors offering everything wholesale-priced roses, Easter lilies and other garden merch, while the kids will surely be entertained by the H-E-B Kids Fun Zone complete with Easter Bunny visits, Lady Bug releases a larger outdoor Iguana House and so much more!
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