We all love a good fireworks display and it is a great time to spend time with your family. After the backyard cookout pack up the family and check out a good fireworks display. Here is a list of a few our favorite happenings. No matter where you live in the Metroplex there is plenty of locations to pick from. First it is billed as the City of Dallas’ official Independence Day celebration, The MetroPCS Fair Park Fourth will feature fireworks from inside the historic Cotton Bowl, a Dallas Wind Symphony patriotic performance, reduced admission to Fair Park’s museums from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m., “dancing water” shows at the Esplanade Fountain, carnival games and more from 4:30 – 10 p.m. on Wednesday, July 4. Admission is free.
Arlington Community Band and Celebration Chorale Concerts
First United Methodist Church, 313 N. Center St.
7 p.m. Sunday; free
Levitt Pavilion, 100 W. Abram St.
7:30 p.m. Tuesday; free
On the steps of Arlington City Hall, 101 W. Abram St.
9 a.m. Wednesday; free
All concerts: 817-467-0158; arlingtoncommunityband.org
Three days of marches and patriotic music at different locations. Includes singers from First Baptist Church, First Christian Church, First Presbyterian Church, First United Methodist Church, New World United Methodist Church and Rush Creek Christian Church.
Light Up Arlington
6 p.m. Tuesday; free
Music from Pure Prairie League, the Spazmatics, the Heather Roberts Band and Arlington Community Band at Levitt Pavilion; fireworks at 9:45 p.m. There will also be a children’s area and vendors.
47th annual Arlington 4th of July Parade
Downtown/University of Texas at Arlington area (route map online); after-picnic at Knapp Heritage Park, 201 W. Front St.
9 a.m. Wednesday, free; after-picnic and awards at 1 p.m.
If you’d rather skip the night crowds, try this long-running parade, one of the state’s biggest.
4th of July Fireworks Extravaganza
7 p.m. Wednesday; free
Go for the free snow cones (first 3,000 folks between 7 and 9 p.m.), stay for the music by Chant and the fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
4thFest Independence Day Celebration
Bedford Boys Ranch Park, 2801 Forest Ridge Drive
Noon Wednesday; free
Admission to the adjacent Splash Aquatic Center is $6.50, $5.50 for children under 18 and free ages 2 and under; parking/shuttle $4 at Pennington Field, 1501 Central Drive. Limited on-site parking $15; at the Bedford Public Library, $10
The daylong event includes music, bounce houses, food and fireworks.
Red, White and Sousa
The Village at Colleyville
Main Street and Colleyville Boulevard
8 p.m. Friday; free
The Vocal Majority Chorus will perform the works of John Philip Sousa as well as patriotic songs. There will also be a gourmet food park.
Concerts in the Garden: Old-Fashioned Family Fireworks Picnic
Fort Worth Botanic Garden, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd.
8:15 p.m. Monday-Wednesday; tickets start at $16
The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra (with Andrés Franco conducting) plays patriotic music culminating with a fireworks show. Gates open at 6:30 p.m.
Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic
Billy Bob’s Texas, 2520 Rodeo Plaza
Noon Wednesday; $35 in advance, $45 at gate
Nelson brings his annual all-day indoor/outdoor concert back to the Stockyards. Acts include Johnny Bush, Asleep at the Wheel and Billy Joe Shaver.
Fort Worth’s Fourth
Panther Island Pavilion, 1098 W. Peach St.
4:30 p.m. Wednesday; free
Back in Black (an AC/DC cover band), food trucks, bounce houses, tubing, kayaking, horseback rides, jet ski shows and a levee slide; fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
Stockyards Fourth of July Celebration
Fort Worth Stockyards
11 a.m. July 7; free
A daytime, family-themed Independence Day event.
Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Competition
Curly’s, 4017 Camp Bowie
11 a.m. Wednesday; free
This is the second annual event with the high school division kicking off at 11 a.m. and the grand masters open division starting at 11:30 a.m.
9:30 p.m. Wednesday; free (some parks along the lake may charge admission)