Thursday, July 3
Kaboomtown Addison understands the best party is the first party. So the city's annual July 4th celebration happens on July 3. Head out to Addison Circle Park for Kaboomtown, the free fireworks extravaganza. Gates open at 3:00 p.m., the event kicks off at 5:00 p.m. and Kaboomtown will light up the night at approximately 9:30 p.m. This event is free, but you're gonna need a ticket so print one out at addisontexas.net.
2nd Annual Block Party on Henderson Ave. What's better than boozy popsicles, live music, a pool party, and $1 hot dogs? Well, freedom for one. But you live in America, so you already have that. For the other goodness, head to the corner of McMillan and Henderson Ave. beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday. Plus, there's no cover, so the event is free if you're of legal drinking age, which in this otherwise free country is still 21 years old.
Brek Shea Charity Art Show Even though many would consider soccer a form of art, it's not often enough that sports and fine art come together in meaningful ways. But Texas-born soccer star Brek Shea is also an artist and he's bringing his two loves under the same roof at 6 p.m. Thursday for an exhibit that will benefit Cancer Support Community North Texas. Taking place in Deep Ellum's beloved gallery Kettle Art (2650-B Main St), this charity art show will feature work by Shea and is $10 for entry, but the proceeds directly benefit his chosen charity. What could be more sportsmanlike than that? More info at leftfootstudio.com.
Willie Nelson's 4th of July Celebration- 35mm Print The outlaw country singers take over the big screen at the Texas Theatre at 8 p.m. Thursday. If you're hungry for more than just a movie, Bolsa Mercado has you covered. Buy a $25 combo ticket and get a sausage roll with macaroni and cheese and a freshly baked dessert. Your Thursday night just got delicious. More info at thetexastheatre.com.
Friday, July 4
Old Fashioned Fourth The donkeys at Dallas Heritage Village are named Nip and Tuck, and they wait all year for July 4th to don their festive red,white, and blue hats and pull kiddos through the rustic scenery on a wagon. The Old Fashioned Fourth takes place at 11 a.m. Friday and is a family-friendly festival with wagon rides, stick pony races, macaroni necklace-making, and lemonade. There'll also be music, a parade, and 1800s-era carnival games. Tickets are $10 for adults, and free for kids ages 12 and under. Visit dallasheritagevillage.org for more.
Fair Park Fourth There's something aggressively patriotic about fireworks over Fair Park. Maybe it's the stunning art deco architecture or the childhood memories of the State Fair, but seeing sparklers crackle in the night sky while Lee Greenwood plays over the loud speakers brings an American tear to my eye every red, white, and blue time. Grab your kids, dress them in American flag shirts, pack an apple pie and head to Fair Park Fourth (3809 Grand Ave). The festivities start at 12 p.m. Friday with music all afternoon, access to rides, games, and concessions culminating in fireworks. Entry is free, but parking is $5. More information available at fairpark.org.