North Texas is teeming with options for us to celebrate our nation’s birthday. And, considering it’s illegal to shoot or possess fireworks in and within 5,000 feet of Lewisville, what better way to appreciate America than to go to as many of the festivities as possible?

Most of the Independence Day events have live music, a kid’s play area and a firework display, but some will have contests, parades and one will have an air show.

Lewisville’s own city-sanctioned July Fourth display has upgraded this year.

Red, White and Lewisville will be joining forces with Sounds of Lewisville, turning the city’s typical fireworks show into an afternoon of musical festivities too.

Some July Fourth events will begin July 1 while others are July 3 and 4. All the firework displays listed are free.

Don’t forget to bring along a blanket or chair, some sunscreen and bug spray for optimal enjoyment. Here are some other nearby options for Lewisville Texans:

Saturday, July 1

The Colony’s Liberty by the Lake Festival – 6:30 a.m. at Stewart Creek Park, 3700 Sparks Road. Main Parking lots will open at 11 a.m. Start your weekend early with the Liberty 5K, 10K and 1-Mile Fun Run. On-site registration begins at 6:30 a.m.

The Independence Day Parade will begin at 10 a.m. and travel west on Nash to Blair Oaks, then south on Blair Oaks to the teacher’s lot at The Colony High School.

Liberty by the Lake festivities officially begin at 4 p.m. Attendees can go to the Family Fun Zone, the Freedom Business Expo, the Liberty Food Court, magic shows, a salsa shootout, a watermelon eating contest and a BMX stunt show. Live music is scheduled and the fireworks finale will take place around 9:30 p.m.

Celebrate Coppell: Party in the Park – 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Andrew Brown Park East, 260 Parkway Boulevard. Celebrate an early Independence Day and the grand opening of Andrew Brown Park East with live music, an array of children’s activities such as bounce houses, clowns, line dancers and other performances.

Crowds gathered at the Ben Harmon LHS Campus to watch the Flower Mound fireworks display were also treated to the Lewisville display. (File photo by Steve Southwell – 2014)

VIP Experience tickets are available for $100. VIPs get a waterfront view of the firework display, reserved parking, private bathroom facilities  as well as food samplings from area chefs and a barbecue dinner.

Performances will continue throughout the day. Fireworks will take place at 9:30 p.m.

There will be shuttle runs from 1:30 p.m. to midnight from Wagon Wheel Park, Coppell Middle School West, GracePoint Church and Riverside Church of Christ. Go to celebratecoppell.com for additional parking information and performance schedule.

Monday, July 3

Addison Kaboom Town – 4 p.m. to midnight at Addison Circle Park, 4970 Addison Circle Drive. Nationally acclaimed for its air show, entertainment and immense display of handmade fireworks, Kaboom Town draws hundreds of thousands North Texans to Addison Circle Park and surrounding areas.

Gates open at 4 p.m. and the Addison Airport Air Show starts at 7:15 p.m. The Dallas Wind Symphony takes the stage at 8 p.m. and about 9:30 p.m. the firework show will blast off. The musical firework show will be simulcast on 100.3 Jack FM.

Free parking is available at Millennium Garage, Colonnade Garage, Addison Circle one and two garage and handicap parking available at the DART parking lot on Arapaho. Keep these road closures in mind.

There will be a carnival and food vendors on-site. Capacity is limited. Visit addisonkaboomtown.com for more information.

Stars and Stripes Southlake – 6 to 11 p.m. in the Southlake Town Square, 1560 E. Southlake Blvd. Patrons will have three different live music stages with patriotic music performances to choose from: Frank Edgar Cornish IV Park, McPherson Park and Rustin Pavilion. Southlake Community Band, country from Empty Pockets and Limelight will be performing.

There will be a free KidZone and Creation Station for crafts and activities. There will be food vendors and trucks available. Fireworks start at 9:30 p.m.

Stars and Stripes will have free parking and shuttle buses. Internal parking at the square will be closed the day of, but surface lots and the East Garage will be open until full or at 7:30 p.m. Additional parking will be available at White’s Chapel Methodist Church with shuttle services from 3:30 p.m. to 11:55 p.m. Shuttles will also be available from Gateway Church to McPherson Park.

For band and tribute schedule and more info go to www.StarsandStripesSouthlake.com.

Light Up Arlington – 6 to 10:30 p.m. in Downtown Arlington, 500 E. Front Street. Arlington’s event will also have food, kids activities and live entertainment.

The kid zone will be open from 6 to 9 p.m. Train rides will be available from 6 to 10 p.m. Food trucks and carnival concessions will be open from 6 to 10 p.m.

The Levitt Pavilion Arlington Stage will host the tunes of Daphne Willis at 7:30 p.m. and Brad Thompson Band at 8:45 p.m. Idoljob will take the Grease Monkey Stage at 6:30 p.m. and Brandon Steadman Band will perform at 8 p.m. Young stars and their guitars will perform at the Municipal Office Tower Stage from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Tamara King will perform from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the J.R. Bentley’s Stage.

The firework kickoff will take place at 9:45 p.m. as 95.9 The Ranch provides the soundtrack.

Free parking is available at University of Texas at Arlington. Parking is also available on side streets or in public lots in Downtown Arlington.

Go to lightuparlington.com for maps and other information.

Independence Day Celebration – 6:30 to 10 p.m. at Farmers Branch Historical Park, 2540 Farmers Branch Lane. In addition to a low-level fireworks show there will be a high-energy dance band, a KidZone area and concessions.

While you can bring your own blankets and lawn chairs, there will be chair rentals for $2 a chair. Band Inside Out will perform and there will be a hydration station to fill your water bottles for a $1 each.

Kids can enjoy bounce houses, inflatables, games and activities for free in the KidZone.

Free parking and shuttle services will be available at the Metro Square Business Park. Attendees can also bike and park in the grounds or take the DART Green Line.

Farmers Branch’s Independence Day Celebration will close its gates when it reaches capacity, so event organizers suggest arriving early.

Hundreds of mortar shells were set up for the Red, White, and Lewisville fireworks show. (File photo – Steve Southwell – 2014)

Tuesday, July 4

The Sounds of Red, White and Lewisville – 4 p.m. at Wayne Ferguson Plaza, 150 W. Church St.  Rhythm N’ Boots of the 36th Infantry will perform on the Lone Star Toyota Stage at 4:15 p.m. Texas country rock singer Abbi Walker will continue the show at 5:45 p.m. Tom Petty tribute band Petty Theft will headline the show around 8 p.m.

Event goers may purchase food at the Lewisville Farmers Market or at one of the various food trucks, such as Sandy Sue’s BBQ or Pollo Camperio. Fireworks will take off around 9:30 p.m.

The City of Lewisville encourages participants to use the shuttle system or a ride-sharing service to get to Old Town. Free shuttles will be running from 3 p.m. to midnight between the plaza and the north end of Lewisville Railroad Park, DCTA Hebron Station or Lowe’s Home Improvement in Lewisville.

DCTA train services will not be running on July 4. Some parking options include the east and west lots of City Hall, public street parking in Old Town, Relevant Life Church and area Lewisville ISD campuses Purnell Support Center, Central Elementary, College Street Elementary and LISD Special Services Administration Building.

The public lots at the northwest corner of Mill and Walters, northwest corner of Mill and Elm, and south of Kealy and Main are also available to park at.

Church Street between Mill and Herod and Charles Street between Main and Walters will be closed for this event.

Castle Hills 4th of July Freedom Festival – 5:30 to 11 p.m. at the Village Shops & Plaza, 2560 King Arthur Blvd. The Shops will have two water slides, gaming units, an inflatable obstacle course in addition to bounce houses, carnival games and prizes. Children can also visit the face painters and balloon artists.

Attendees will be able to take a free photo in the photo booth and will have a chance to win a $100 gift card at the registration tents. There will be concessions and a DJ.

For more information go to http://castlehillsvillageshops.com/.

Flower Mound’s Independence Fest – 10 a.m. Children’s Parade at Eaton and Timber Creek Road in Flower Mound. The parade will take a short route to the LISD School Administration Building. The end of the route will have free hot dogs, drinks, live entertainment and activities for kids. The Kid’s Zone is free.

5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Independence Fest Evening Celebration at Bakersfield Park, 1201 Duncan Lane. A.A. Bottom, Le Freak and Brothers Osborne will perform before the fireworks display. There will be food and goods to purchase as well as a free Kid’s Zone, complete with face-painting and bounce houses.

Parking is free but there is no on-site parking. View parking maps online or, if you’re just interested in the firework display, set up for viewing in the LHS Harmon parking lot.

July Fourth Activities in Denton – 7 a.m. at the Denton Civic Center, 321 E. McKinney St. Start Independence day with the Liberty 5K Run or 1-Mile Walk. Entry costs $30 per person and includes a race tech shirt. Check-in begins at 6:30 a.m. and the race begins an hour later.

8:30 a.m. in Downtown Denton, 110 W. Hickory St. The City of Denton is hosting its Yankee Doodle Parade. Judging begins at 8:30 and the parade starts at 9 a.m. The parade will travel from Walnut Street down Locust Street to Hickory. It will turn down Elm Street, then Oak Street and continue down Locust before turning on McKinney Street and ending around Oakland Street. Entry forms to be in the parade can be found here.

9 a.m. to noon at Quakertown Park, 700 Oakland St. There will be a horseshoe tournament, a kid’s carnival and a hot dog eating contest all to enjoy for free. Registration for the Adult Lucky Horseshoe Tournament begins at 9 a.m.

Noon to 6 p.m. at the Civic Center Pool, 515 N. Bell Ave. Pool admission is knocked down to $1 per person.

Denton Kiwanis Club Fireworks Show – 6 to 10 p.m. at Apogee Stadium, 1251 S. Bonnie Brae St. in Denton. The Denton Noon Kiwanis Club has provided the Fourth of July show since 1972.

Children can play in the activity area and event goers can listen to live bands before the fireworks around 9:30 p.m.

While the entrance into the stadium is free, parking at Fouts Field and at the stadium is $10 per carload. No outside food or drink can be brought in but concessions are available for purchase.

All proceeds from the show will benefit various youth services the Denton chapter supports, such as the Denton Kiwanis Club Children’s Clinic, which provides free dental, medical and prescription services to children in Denton County.

DOVFD July 4th Parade and Picnic – 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at John B. Wright Park, 300 Waketon Road in Double Oak. The Double Oak Volunteer Fire Department will be hosting its 37th annual July 4th Parade and Picnic the morning of Independence Day. The Parade will start on Simmons Road and will continue to Cross Timbers Drive before ending at the park. Participation is free and open to the public.

At the conclusion of the parade, typically around 10 a.m., there will be a picnic and a silent auction. To volunteer, donate or get more information contact Kathy Heimerdinger at dinger2369@yahoo.com.

Celebrate Coppell: Parade Down Parkway – 9 a.m. along Samuel Boulevard and Parkway Boulevard in Coppell. The parade will end at Coppell Town Center. Intersections along the route will be closed as of 8:50 that morning and will remain closed until the parade has passed.

Lake Cities 4th of July – 9 a.m. parade in Lake Dallas. The parade will go along E. Hundley Drive, down Falcon Street before turning on Sycamore then on Falcon Drive. The parade will turn on Main Street continuing towards and down S. Shady Shores Road before turning once more onto E. Hundley Drive.

3 p.m. at Lake Dallas City Park, 101 E. Hundley Dr. Festivities will pick up again in the afternoon, offering vendors and entertainment. An apple pie bake-off will result in cash awards for the top three competitors. Doubledown Band, Terry Strange, Neci Hamilton and Eleven Hundred Springs will take the stage to provide live music.

Frisco Freedom Fest – 4 p.m. at the Frisco Square, 8874 Coleman Blvd. Party in the plaza or race your dachshund. Celebrate hometown heroes or enjoy local performances. Watch a soccer game at Toyota Stadium or shop with Frisco vendors. There will also be a Time Machine Car Show.

The 20-minute Fireworks Extravaganza will commence around 10 p.m. at the conclusion of the FC Dallas soccer match.

For the parking map and other details, go to www.friscofreedomfest.org.

July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza – 9:30 p.m. at Lake Grapevine. The fireworks show is the 35th for Grapevine. Patrons can view the show from atop the Gaylord Texan parking garage, at Acorn Woods Park, Horseshoe Trails Park, Oak Grove Park and Oak Grove baseball and softball fields, Katie’s Woods Park and Lakeview Park. Additional parking areas are available for a fee.

July 4 Community Fireworks Display – 9:30 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. over Josey Ranch Lake in Carrollton. Event organizers suggest attendees view the fireworks from their neighborhood or from a parking area shown on the online map.

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