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Enjoy A Neighborhood 4th of July: Dallas

This week, America celebrates one of its biggest national holidays and a highlight of every summer, Independence Day, also known as the 4th of July. Officially it commemorates the signing of the United Stated Declaration of Independence in 1776. That was a long time ago, but it’s definitely not forgotten. On Friday next, every city and town in America, no matter how large or small, will honor the 4th of July. 

In the Dallas/Ft.Worth Metroplex, there is a plethora of places and activities where you can enjoy typical 4th of July events. Traditional celebrations include fireworks, parades, sporting events, and family get-togethers. In Texas, typical foods include B-B-Q, watermelon, ice cream, hamburgers, and hot dogs.

 Whether you’re going to a big shindig or a more intimate gathering of family and close friends, 4th of July is a time to eat, drink, be merry, and fly your US flag with pride.

 I love fireworks but dislike crowds, so I stay close to home and enjoy the Lakewood parade, sans the crowd of places like Kaboom Town and Fairpark. These photos are from last year. It’s colorful, fun, and friendly.

Enjoy a neighborhood 4th of July @Pennysadler 2014

Enjoy a neighorhood 4th of July Dallas @PennySadler 2014

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Where will you be enjoying the 4th this year?

Enjoy a neighborhood 4th dallas

enjoy a neighborhood 4th of July Dallas

The Lakewood neighborhood parade is obviously a family affair, supported by many local businesses. A special aspect of this parade is all the vintage cars!

Enjoy a neighborhood 4th of July

Enjoy a Neighborhood 4th of July

Enjoy a Neighborhood 4th of July Dallas has a full listing of where to watch fireworks, covering the entire Dallas/Ft. Worth area.

To break it down a bit for you, the Dallas Observer listed their top 5 places for fireworks:

5. Star Spangled Spectacular at Meyerson Symphony Center is a perfect slice of Americana with ice cream, a classic sing-along, and an 11-foot tall Uncle Sam. However, the most impressive offering is the indoor firework ext

How often can you enjoy fireworks in an air-conditioned building? Tickets range from $16 to $38. Call 214-670-3600 or visit for tickets and more information.

4. Lone Stars & Stripes Celebration at Lone Star Park is a two-day event with thoroughbred horse races, petting zoos, face painters, and a 2011 Chevrolet Silverado giveaway. Don’t miss out on the 20-minute choreographed fireworks display on July 3 and 4. Tickets range from $8 to $30. Call 972-263-PONY or visit for tickets and more information.

3. Red, White and Boom! is a free, all-day Fourth celebration that features a car show, parade, and music. The festivities start at 10 am in Historic Downtown McKinney, and the fireworks show begins at 9:45 pm at Craig Ranch. Visit for more information and the complete schedule of events.

2. Fair Park Fourth at Fair Park is one of the biggest fireworks show in North Texas. Enjoy pedal boat rides, water shows, musical performances, and fireworks that can only be defined as epic. Oh, did we mention the fireworks show is free? Plus, there’s also free and discounted admission to the museums at Fair Park. Visit for more information.

1. Kaboom Town! at Addison Circle Park has always been the must-see firework spectacular in this neck of the woods. Brace yourself for a mind-blowing experience with air shows, musical acts, and a 30-minute fireworks show. Visit for more information.

Whatever you do have a happy and safe 4th!

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  1. Now I know where to spend 4th of July next year. Fun, patriotic, vibrant, festive! I had to work this year but had my first July 4th fireworks in Galveston seawall last year. I wish I can be off every time.

  2. Love them old styled cars. Always had a thing for that look.

  3. I think you had me convinced with the Star Spangled Spectacular at Meyerson Symphony Center and the indoor fireworks…

    • That is a really nice venue. Maybe next year I’ll go to that. 🙂

  4. For me, the Fourth of July is like Thanksgiving, quintessentially American — celebrate with hope and gratitude in cities, towns, hamlets and backyards throughout the US. I’m from Philadelphia — need I say more?

    • I agree Suzanne. If it wasn’t so hot here every summer I’d enjoy it a lot more! 🙂

  5. I love 4th of July and miss it when I’m in Spain!! We always find ways to celebrate, but it’s never the same!

  6. Penny,
    I will lead off with your use of the word “Plethora”. I have been enchanted for decades with this word and try to use it often in my writing. I loved your use.

    Secondly, although I am not sure if it was on July 4th I saw the Tchaikovsky 1812 Overture, at the Hollywood Bowl, in Los Angeles or not. I have seen it several times and with the music, the fireworks and the ability to picnic on the grounds prior to the event beginning, I am always mesmerized. It has to be my all time favorite celebration.

    Not sure if you have been, but you need to try and see it one of these days. It will blow you away and you will understand my emotion after viewing this presentation. I may have steered off topic a tad bit, but when and if you see this wonderful arrangement, promise me to write me and give your impression!

    • Well I’m convinced. Unfortunately my trip to LA is later in the month.

  7. looks like you had a great celebration.. the clicks clearly show it must be great fun neighborhood 🙂 those mini statues of liberty looked too cute 🙂 thanks for sharing sweetie! 🙂

  8. It’s always fun to do 4th of July celebrations a smaller town or community, that’s where you see the true spirit of American culture, ideals and the local community gathering together.


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