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Addison Kaboom Town! (photo by Scott Slocum)

Everything’s bigger in Texas, and that’s certainly the case when it comes to celebrating our nation’s independence. We’ve compiled the ultimate guide—more than 100 events!—to help you plan the perfect red, white, and blue holiday weekend.

Find more exciting things to do using the Texas Highways Events Calendar database.

Kaboom Town!

Addison: July 3
Rated one of the top five fireworks shows in the United States by the American Pyrotechnic Association, USA Today, and others, this celebration at Addison Circle Park features a choreographed, 30-minute, ground-launched fireworks show simulcast live on the radio. See fly-bys of World Class Warbirds from the Cavanaugh Flight Museum and enjoy food, games, music, and more. 


Amarillo: June 30
Explore the science of combustion at this family-friendly, Independence Day celebration event at the Don Harrington Discovery Center.

Viridian Stars and Stripes Celebration

Arlington: July 1
Lake Viridian will be the spectacular canvas for a firework display celebrating the birth of a nation. The Arlington community’s celebration includes live music by The Shane Bell Band and headliner Infinite Journey, food by Blue Mesa, and tons of family-friendly activities. The festivities will culminate with a fireworks display, set to music, over the lake at 9:15 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. 

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Austin Symphony July Fourth Concert and Fireworks (photo by Jerry Hayes)

H-E-B Austin Symphony July Fourth Concert and Fireworks

Austin: July 4
The Austin Symphony hosts an annual, family-friendly concert of patriotic music at Auditorium Shores, culminating in a spectacular firework display over Lady Bird Lake. 

Willie Nelson’s Fourth of July Picnic

Austin: July 4
This annual tradition returns to the Austin360 Amphitheater at Circuit of The Americas with performances by Sheryl Crow, Kacey Musgraves, Jamey Johnson, Steve Earl & the Dukes, Margo Price, Asleep at the Wheel, Turnpike Troubadours, Hayes Carll, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Johnny Bush, Billy Joe Shaver, David Allan Coe, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Insects vs. Robots, Raelyn Nelson Band, and Folk Uke.

Patriotic Festival

Bastrop: July 1
The day begins with Bastrop’s Pet and Pal Parade, where pets of all types dressed in patriotic colors strut down Main Street. The evening festivities include children’s activities, picnics, food booths in Fisherman’s Park, and a fireworks display with music by the Austin Symphonic Band. 

July Fourth Celebration

Beaumont: July 4
The Symphony of Southeast Texas once again joins the City of Beaumont for its annual July Fourth celebration downtown. The orchestra’s patriotic concert will be held at 8 p.m. inside the Julie Rogers Theatre and is free and open to the public. Following the concert, at 9 p.m., the festivities conclude with a grand fireworks display.

Bedford 4thFEST

Bedford: July 4
Festivities begin at noon at the Splash Aquatics Center, then enjoy a children’s pavilion area, live music, a classic car show, and watch fireworks at 10 p.m. at Bedford Boys Ranch Park.

Fourth of July Car Show

Bedford: July 4
Cars compete for awards at the Bedford Boys Ranch Park. See the fireworks after the show. 

Pops in the Park

Big Spring: July 3
An annual celebration of Independence Day at the 400-acre historic Comanche Trail Park’s amphitheater. 

Fourth of July Fireworks

Boerne: July 4
Sponsored by the Boerne Fire Department, this fireworks show can be viewed in many places around town, but the best place is Boerne City Park. Bring chairs, picnics, and your American spirit. 

Fourth of July Rodeos and Celebration

Canadian: July 1-4
Features a parade, turtle race, art shows, rodeos, dances, and more.

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"TEXAS" Outdoor Musical (photo by Russell A. Graves)

“TEXAS!” Outdoor Musical

Canyon: June 2-Aug. 19
This family-friendly outdoor musical drama plays Tuesdays through Sundays in the picturesque Palo Duro Canyon State Park, with a special holiday fireworks show the week of July 4. 

Fourth of July Celebration

Cleburne: July 4
When it comes to a party, Cleburne does not miss a beat—music, food trucks, boating, and fireworks are coming to Lake Pat Cleburne beginning at 6:30 p.m. Head to the Cleburne Golf Links alongside Lake Pat Cleburne to enjoy music from local Texas band Benay & Logan, and enjoy food truck fare while waiting for the annual boat parade to begin at 8 p.m. The night will end with fireworks from the Lake Pat Cleburne dam. 

July Fourth in the Park

Colorado City: July 4
Enjoy an afternoon of free swimming at the city pool, horseshoe and washer pitchin’ tournaments, a hot dog eating contest and a fireworks show to end the evening at Ruddick Park.

Celebration of American Independence

Comfort: July 1
Parade downtown at 10 a.m., barbecue, family activities, and vendors in Comfort Park.

Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks

Dalhart: July 1
This annual celebration in the Rita Blanca Lake park prior to fireworks includes food and game booths, and is free and open to the public. 

Red, White, and the Blues—July Fourth Weekend

Dallas: July 1-4
The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden will kick off five days of Independence Day events and activities with Family Fun Friday, live blues music, and $2 hot dogs and root beer floats.

Rotary Independence Rodeo

Del Rio: July 1-2
The annual rodeo at Val Verde Fair Grounds raises funds for the Rotary Club of Del Rio’s scholarships and other community projects. Last year had more than 3,400 people in attendance.

Fourth of July Celebration

Del Rio: July 4
A full afternoon of live music at Dr. Alfredo Gutierrez Jr., Amphitheatre before a fireworks show to celebrate our nation’s independence.

Fourth of July Parade

Del Rio: July 4 
The parade travels through downtown Del Rio on South Main Street. 

July Fourth Fireworks

Denison: July 4
Enjoy concessions and fun for the whole family at Forest Park/Munson Stadium.

Fireworks Show

Denton: July 4
A spectacular fireworks show is set to patriotic music at the University of North Texas’ Apogee Stadium.

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Fourth of July Jubilee (photo by Maria Denison, Denton Parks and Rec)

Fourth of July Jubilee

Denton: July 4
Features the Liberty Fun Run and 5K, the American Pride Cookoff, the Yankee Doodle Parade, a free children’s carnival, food, horseshoe tournament, and a craft show and sale in Quakertown Park.

July Fourth Celebration

Denver City: July 4
Enjoy this annual holiday picnic, car show, golf tournament, and fireworks display in Stuffy Moorhead Park.

Fourth of July Fire in the Sky

Dripping Springs: July 4
Celebrate U.S. independence with a professional fireworks show in Dripping Springs Ranch Park.

Fourth of July

Eagle Pass: July 4, 8, 15
On July 4, the downtown parade at 5 p.m. is followed by water games, musical entertainment, a ceremony, and fireworks display at Shelby Park. The Summer Sizzler 5K begins at 8 a.m. on July 8 at Shelby Park, and the Summer Sizzler Bike Race (4, 10, 30, and 50 miles) starts at 8 a.m. on July 15 at the Desert Lanes Bowling Center.

Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks

Edna: July 1
Event features an antique tractor show and parade, a kiddie tractor pull, a classic car show, and a fireworks display in Brackenridge Park and Campground.

Fourth of July People’s Parade and Celebration

Elgin: July 4
This annual event features a walking parade and a variety of activities on Main Street in historic downtown Elgin, concluding at Veteran’s Memorial Park. 

Fourth of July Parade and Celebration

Elgin: July 4
“Push, Pedal, Pull, and Pets” is the theme of the annual walking parade and celebration held on the Fourth of July. Everyone is invited to walk or ride down Main Street from City Hall to Veterans’ Memorial Park. All non-motorized entries are accepted. Food and fun follow the parade with a short program and a Soap Box Derby Exhibition by the local Cub Scouts.

Freedom Fest

Ennis: July 1
Holiday events are held downtown.

Coolest Fourth of July

Fort Davis: June 30-July 2
Enjoy live music, entertainment, great food, and arts and crafts on the Jeff Davis County Courthouse lawn Friday through Sunday. Fireworks are Friday night with live music both Friday and Saturday nights. 

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(photo courtesy Fort Worth’s Fourth)

Fort Worth’s Fourth

Fort Worth: July 4
2017 marks the 10th year of hosting this annual event on the Trinity River at Panther Island Pavilion. The event continues to grow year over year with upwards of 70,000 folks enjoying this free, family-friendly event. It’s the largest fireworks show in North Texas.

Fourth of July Celebrations

Fredericksburg: July 4
Enjoy a community parade down Main Street in Fredericksburg followed by a patriotic program at Marktplatz, a chili cookoff at Becker Vineyards in Stonewall, live music in Luckenbach, and a concert and fireworks at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park in Fredericksburg. 

July Fourth Celebration

Friendswood: July 4
The parade will begin on Friendswood and Heritage Drives, and concludes at Stevenson Park. In the park after the parade, there will be rides, games, food, entertainment, and fun for the entire family. The evening event starts at 7:30 p.m. at Centennial Park featuring live entertainment by “Bee Gee’s Gold.” Fireworks will start at approximately 9:20 p.m.

Freedom Fest

Frisco: July 4
Enjoy great food, music, and fireworks during one of North Texas’s biggest Independence Day celebrations at Frisco Square.

Boots and Eats on the Beach, Beachfront Parade, and Five Nights of Fireworks

Galveston: June 30-July 4
The island has festivities planned every night of the holiday weekend­ kicking off Friday, June 30, and continuing through Tuesday, July 4. Events­ include beachfront fireworks shows every night, concerts on the sand, a new ŒBoots and Eats on the Beach food truck event, an Independence Day parade, and more.

Star-Spangled Spectacular

Garland: July 3
Families will enjoy face painters, balloon artists, bounce houses, strolling entertainment, and more at Firewheel Town Center. The event will culminate with a patriotic fireworks display sponsored by the City of Garland at 9:15 p.m. Free and open to the community. 

Fireworks and Boat Parade

Gladewater: July 1
A boat parade on Lake Gladewater begins at 8 p.m., with fireworks at dusk. 

Old Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration

Granbury: July 1-4
For more than 40 years, the Granbury Chamber of Commerce has produced this sensational Independence Day celebration in the historic downtown square, featuring a hometown parade and extreme pyrotechnics fireworks show. This year’s event includes the Kiwanis Firecracker 5K, D&D Rockin’ Rods Classic Car Show, a concert on the square, and a top tier rodeo at the reunion grounds.

Lone Stars and Stripes Fireworks Celebration

Grand Prairie: July 3-4
Experience the family fun park, fireworks, a vehicle giveaway, and military discounts at Lone Star Park. Includes live horse racing: Gates open at 3 p.m. and first race starts at 5 p.m. each day.

July Fourth Fireworks Extravaganza

Grapevine: July 4
Celebrate America’s birthday in true patriotic style at the 35th annual event at Lake Grapevine.

Independence Day Celebration

Henderson: July 1
Features bounce houses, a giant water slide, food vendors, music, and fireworks at Lake Forest Park.

Red, White, and Boom

Hondo: July 1
An all-day festival providing fun and excitement for the whole family, including live music, a patriotic pet contest, golf tournament, food vendors, arts and crafts vendors, and a beautiful fireworks display.

Freedom Over Texas

Houston: July 4
Grab your lawn chairs and blankets for this one-of-a-kind patriotic event at Eleanor Tinsley Park that is done with a style that is all Houston. During the festivities, KBR Liberty Park will showcase military artifacts and vehicles including representation from all five military branches, and on-site recruiting. Also, patrons can make a donation to Honoring Our Troops and send a care packet overseas. The Bud Light Zone will offer a prime view of the eighth annual Bud Light Texas Volleyball Championship Series Finals.

July Fourth Celebration

Huntsville: July 4
Features family entertainment and a fireworks show at Kate Barr Ross Park.

Independence Day Parade and Reception

Irving: July 4
all day and into the night. It all starts in Irving’s downtown Heritage District with a patriotic parade, live music, and children’s activities, all washed down with refreshing watermelon drinks. In the evening, the party moves to Lake Carolyn, where attendees can snap selfies with a giant Uncle Sam, enjoy musical performances, a “fun zone” with land and water rides, games, a food court, and a glittering firework finale. 

July Fourth Weekend

Jefferson: July 1-4
The historic railway offers a special holiday weekend aboard a steam train, with a celebration of flags along the Big Cypress Bayou as the history of Independence Day unfolds in Narrated Historical Day Tours. For evening trains, enjoy a fireworks show and a cannon firing a dramatic “dragon’s breath.” 

Jefferson Salutes America

Jefferson: July 4
Enjoy a fresh slice of Norman Rockwell as Jefferson offers small-town Americana with hot dogs, lemonade, ice cold watermelon, live music, and more in Otstott Park. The festivities start off with a bicycle/tricycle decorating contest, homemade ice cream contest, and homemade cake and pie auction with all proceeds going toward the purchase of children’s books at the local Jefferson Carnegie Library. The Shreveport Metropolitan Brass Band plays John Phillip Sousa music amid the red, white and blue American flags. Event features children’s games, the famous Quacker State Duck Race and fireworks going off over the Big Cypress Bayou round out this very special and patriot event.


Johnson City: July 4
Celebrate the Fourth of July with fireworks, food vendors, crafts, music, and family fun at the Blanco County Fairgrounds.

Freedom Celebration

Junction: July 3
Enjoy a concert and fireworks along the banks of the South Llano River in Junction City Park.

Independence Celebration Parade

Kaufman: July 1
The Keep Kaufman Beautiful Board’s annual parade will feature a variety of entrants, and prizes are awarded for the best floats. The parade route will travel north on Washington Street beginning at FM 1388, and will end at the downtown square.

Independence Celebration and Cookout

Kaufman: July 1
At Kaufman Sports Complex, vendors and food trucks will be on hand, but attendees are encouraged to bring grills and coolers as well (alcohol permitted). Shane Smith and the Saints will be performing, followed by an amazing fireworks show. There will be a Kids’ Zone with large inflatables, free games and prizes for kids, face painting, a balloon artist, and jugglers. 

Robert Earl Keen’s Fourth on the River

Kerrville: July 4
Enjoy food, vendor booths, the Guadalupe River, live music, a free concert featuring Robert Earl Keen, and fireworks at Louise Hays Park.

Independence Day Fireworks Show

Kyle: July 4
Join in the holiday celebration with a 20-minute fireworks show at Plum Creek Golf Course. If you can see the water tower, you will have a great view of the fireworks. Parking on paved parking lots around the intersection of Kohler’s and Kyle Parkway are the safest locations. 

Firecracker 4 Run

Lake Jackson: July 4
A four-mile run through the neighborhoods of Lake Jackson along Oyster Creek. It is a USATF-certified course.

Fireworks Display

Lake Jackson: July 4
Fireworks in Dunbar Park to celebrate the nation’s birthday. 

July Jubilee

Leakey: June 30-July 2
Enjoy a full weekend of Independence celebration with a small-town parade, arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, and a cowboy rodeo at Frio Canyon Chamber Arena in historic downtown.

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Rock ‘N Riverfest (photo by Dust Devil River Photography)

Rock ‘N Riverfest

Llano: July 1, 4
Head to Badu Park and enjoy jet ski racing on the Llano River July 1 and fireworks over the Llano River on July 4.

Fireworks and Freedom Celebration

Longview: July 4
Includes amusement rides, food, music, and a fireworks show at the Maude Cobb Convention Center.

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Fourth on Broadway Festival

Lubbock: July 4
Event includes a day full of kids’ games, music, a car show, fireworks, food trucks/vendors, art, and more at Mackenzie Park.

Fourth of July Celebration

Madisonville: July 4
A hometown celebration with a gigantic fireworks display, an antique automobile show, a fun-filled kids’ zone complete with splash pad water park, food vendors, and live entertainment at Lake Madison Park.

Fourth in Unity Park

Magnolia: July 4
Begins with a bicycle parade at 4 p.m. and continues throughout the evening with live music by Lonely Road Band and fireworks at dark in Unity Park.

Fourth of July Dance and Barbecue

Marathon: July 1
One of the most popular events in Brewster County has the distinction of being the longest running. Entertainment this year at Post Park will be provided by Craig Carter and his Spur of the Moment Band. 

Fireworks and WCS Action

Mesquite: July 1
Enjoy holiday fireworks and high-speed auto racing as part of the Weekly Championship Series at Devil’s Bowl Speedway.

Fourth of July Parade and Concert in the Sky

McAllen: July 4
This event features a parade and an evening of entertainment and festivities including music, food, games, and more. Families from every corner of the Rio Grande Valley travel to witness the unique firework extravaganza dubbed the Concert in the Sky.

MCB Free Patriotic Concert

McKinney: July 2
Join the all-volunteer McKinney Community Band in the heart of the square—on the stage of the Courtroom Theatre. No tickets needed.

Red, White, and Boom

McKinney: July 4
The city’s Fourth of July event starts with an all-American parade around the historic downtown square. Action moves to East Tennessee from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. or so. Then fireworks and a concert are free of charge to the general public at the Craig Ranch Soccer Complex from 7-10 p.m.

Star-Spangled Salute

Midland: July 4
The day begins with the children’s sidewalk parade. Evening activities include the family fun zone, a beer garden for adults, and a family-friendly variety concert in Hogan Park. The event concludes with one of the largest fireworks displays in West Texas.

Freedom Fest

Monahans: July 4
Includes a parade, craft and food vendors, swimming, sand dig, live entertainment, the Blistering Sands Bike Tour, and fireworks at Hill Park.

Fourth of July Celebration

Nederland: July 4
Food vendors, a bike and wagon parade, entertainment, and fireworks at Doornbos Park.

Fourth of July Patriotic Celebration

New Braunfels: July 4
A morning parade kicks off the holiday downtown, while the day wraps up with a spectacular fireworks show in Landa Park.

Firecracker Fandango

Odessa: July 1
Begins with the Jaycees Independence Day Parade in the morning on Grant Street downtown. Later, the family-friendly street festival features live bands, entertainment, children’s activities, food booths, and more. The highlight of the evening is a professional fireworks display choreographed to patriotic music, which is broadcast live on two radio stations.

Fourth of July Concert and Fireworks

Orange: July 4
This event at Riverfront Pavilion will include live entertainment as well as a fireworks show after dark. There will be food and drink vendors on site, as well as new and exciting children’s activities. Coolers and chairs are welcome. This event is free to the public, and please note, no dogs or pets will be allowed. 

Fourth of July Celebrations

Ozona: July 1, 4
Small town Fourth of July kicks off with a G.I. Joe Stars & Stripes Fun Run on Saturday in the historic town square. Tuesday’s activities include food booths, games and entertainment; a parade; and fireworks.

July Fourth Celebration

Palacios: July 4
Enjoy the kids’ parade, helicopter rides, re-enactment of the LaSalle landing, fireworks show, and more at East Bay Park.

Fourth of July Celebration

Pearsall: July 4
Featuring country music performer Kyle Park, fireworks at 9 p.m., and a day full of activities and fun at the City of Pearsall’s Convention & Civic Center.

Plano Lions Independence Day Parade

Plano: July 4
Celebrate Independence Day at this annual holiday parade. The parade starts at 9 a.m. at the Plano ISD Administration Building, then travels north on Independence, east on Parkhaven, and ends at Plano Senior High.

The Texas Pool Independence Day Party

The 168,000-gallon salt water pool shaped like the Lone Star State will host its annual holiday pool party on July 4 from 12 to 6 p.m., featuring music, games, water volleyball, and a cannonball contest. Guests are permitted to bring coolers with non-alcoholic beverages and food, shade umbrellas, canopies, and camp chairs.

All-American Fourth

Plano: July 4
Wrap up your Fourth of July with this spectacular free fireworks display at Oak Point Park Amphitheater. Bring a blanket and a cooler (no alcohol please) or buy food from food trucks starting at 5 p.m. A live DJ starts the music at 7:30; fireworks start at 9:30 p.m. with music simulcast on the radio. 

Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration

Port Arthur: July 4
Outdoor games, sack races, music, bike/wagon contest, patriotic parade, and more at Gates Memorial Library at Lamar State College. Fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m. 

An American Tradition

Richmond: July 4
Try your hand at a variety of historic games and take a scavenger hunt through time as you pick up clues across George Ranch Historical Park and discover intriguing trivia about the American holiday. Enjoy a stirring reading of the Declaration of Independence at the 1890s Davis Victorian Mansion, then fill your stomach with an amazing hot dog feast and fourth annual hot dog-eating contest. 

July Fourth Activities

Rockport: July 4
Get in the patriotic mood as you view the patriotic boat parade at noon. Best views are from Broadway adjacent to Little Bay. The Wendell Family Fireworks Show is held at dark.

Fourth of July Celebration

Roscoe: July 1
Includes a parade, food and craft vendors, mud bog, live music, and street dance downtown with headliner Shooter Jennings and Band. A fireworks show follows the street dance.

July Fourth Frontier Days Celebration

Round Rock: July 4
Austin Symphonic Band performs in Old Settlers’ Park.

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Round Top Fourth of July (photo by J. Griffis Smith)

Round Top Fourth of July Parade

Round Top: July 4
The community has celebrated the Fourth of July every year since 1851, making it the longest-running Fourth of July celebration west of the Mississippi. The civil war-era cannon roars at 10:30 a.m., announcing the parade of handmade floats, antique cars and tractors, fire engines, trail riders, and longhorn cattle. Afterward, everyone heads a few blocks down FM 1457 to the historic Round Top Rifle Hall. Association members have been up all night preparing mouthwatering brisket, pork, and sausage on the Hall’s huge wood-fired pits. German style potatoes, green beans, fixin’s, and homemade desserts round out a delicious buffet lunch. The afternoon continues with music, a raffle, and games for the kids until 4 p.m. when the local band sets up for the afternoon’s dance. 

Holiday Artillery Salutes

San Angelo: July 4
See hourly artillery salutes from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Parade Ground at Fort Concho National Historic Landmark to mark the nation’s 241st birthday. 

Fourth of July Artisan River Walk Show

San Antonio: June 30-July 3
Vendors display and sell beautiful handmade merchandise along the San Antonio River Walk. Artisans are different for each show but usually include pottery, textiles, jewelry, woodwork, paintings, beadwork, and more.

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Seguin’s Biggest Small-Town Fourth of July Parade (photo by Cristi Anderson)

Independence Day Celebration

Seguin: July 1-4
The celebration kicks off the holiday weekend in Central Park downtown with Freedom Fiesta on Saturday, which includes live performances, games, plenty of delicious food vendors, local craft vendors, and more. Help your kiddos decorate their bikes, trikes, scooters, and wagons with a patriotic theme for a Kiddie Parade led by Uncle Sam. On Sunday, enjoy a patriotic concert in the park by the San Antonio Symphonic Band. On Monday at 9:30 p.m., a spectacular fireworks display at Seguin Starcke Park will light up the sky. And on Tuesday, July 4, more than 10,000 people will line up along Austin Street for the annual Biggest Small-Town Fourth of July Parade at 10 a.m.

July Fourth Celebration

Snyder: July 3-4
Features food, music, vendors, parade, and fireworks in Towle Park.

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July Fourth at the Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm (photo by Iris Neffendorf)

July Fourth at the Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm

Stonewall: July 4
Experience how German pioneers celebrated Independence Day in 1915 at the Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site.

Red, White, Blues, and Brews

Sugar Land: July 1
Pack up your chairs and head to the plaza in Sugar Land Town Square to indulge in snacks and brews from Baker Street, and live country music from Tribute to George Strait to kick off your holiday weekend. Note: This will not include a firework ceremony, only live entertainment.

Independence Day Celebration

Sulphur Springs: July 1
Have a real old-fashioned family experience to celebrate our nation’s birthday. Bring lawn chairs and join the crowd downtown on Celebration Plaza for music and family fun beginning with Saturday evening’s concert of traditional marches and patriotic tunes performed by the North East Texas Symphony Orchestra and ending in a blaze of colors as fireworks explode in the sky above the historic Hopkins County Courthouse. 


Taylor: July 4
Features a free firework display in Murphy Park.

July Fourth Family Fun Fest

Temple: July 4
The celebration at Miller Park includes live entertainment, arts and crafts, food, and games for the kids. The highlight of the evening is the amazing fireworks display. 

Independence Day Concert and Fireworks

Texas City: July 4
Enjoy an evening full of fun at Bay Street Park with a live band and spectacular firework show. 

July Fourth Celebration and Street Festival

Tomball: July 4
Enjoy live music, kids’ activities, and more on Main Street. There will be a special tribute to veterans and a patriot performance, along with fireworks at dusk. Gates open at 5 p.m.

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Fourth on the Brazos (photo courtesy Waco CVB)

Fourth on the Brazos

Waco: July 4
Enjoy a celebration of food, music and fireworks in Touchdown Alley at McLane Stadium. The fireworks are visible along both sides of the river and from areas around Baylor Campus and downtown starting at 9:15 p.m. 

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Crape Myrtle Festival (photo courtesy Waxahachie CVB)

Crape Myrtle Festival

Waxahachie: July 3-4
Crape myrtles are a favorite local flower that just so happens to bloom as Independence Day rolls around each summer. Enjoy a concert and fireworks on Monday evening at Waxahachie Sports Complex, followed by a parade through historic downtown on Tuesday. 

Independence Day at the Kell House Museum

Wichita Falls: July 4
The Kell House is getting ready to celebrate Independence Day in its own old-fashioned way. In order to share the fun this summer, the museum is inviting nonprofit organizations and local businesses to come and join in the festivities. The carnival opens as soon as the parade arrives at the Kell House (approximately 9:30 a.m.) and runs until noon. 

Annual Independence Day Parade

Wimberley: July 4
The best little parade in Texas features more than 80 entries including bands, horses, and floats begining on FM 2325 to RR 12 and through the Wimberley Square. Small-town America at its best.

From the July 2017 issue

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