Explosions and Meat Sweats for America

If your idea of an exciting Fourth of July includes a kiddie pool, a six-pack and looking up at big sky booms, you really don’t need us to guide you to the action. For the rest of you, let’s do this thing. Head over to Fair Park for the MetroPCS Fair Park Fourth (1300 Robert B. Cullum Blvd.) and enjoy free fun for the whole family. We recommend getting there early — wristbands for Cotton Bowl entry will be available at 4:30 p.m. while supplies last. There will be kids’ activities and live music performances from Quiver, Havana NRG and the Dallas Wind Symphony throughout the Fair Park grounds until the fireworks program at 9:30 p.m. Festivities will wrap up with a performance by party dance band Performance By Motion. Visit fairpark.org. Rather stay indoors? Head over to the Morton H. Meyerson Center (2301 Flora St.) for A Star Spangled Spectacular! Whether you find the idea of indoor fireworks a welcome relief or just kinda scary, there’s only one place to enjoy the obligatory annual lights in the sky and the cool breeze of an A/C. Festivities begin at 1 p.m. and include hot dogs, John Philip Sousa’s most patriotic marches and an appearance by Sousa himself (or at least somebody dressed up like him). Tickets start at $21. Visit dallasculture.org. Hate fireworks? Fine. Head to Fort Worth for the ultimate mash-up of all-American music, friends and food at Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic. In Willie’s 40th year of celebrating America’s birthday in Fort Worth, he’ll be bringing along some of his best friends, including Kris Kristofferson, Randy Rogers Band, Gary Allen, David Allan Coe and many more! Performances will be held on three stages inside and outside of Billy Bob’s (2520 Rodeo Plaza, Fort Worth) with food trucks on-site. Tickets begin at $35, and anyone younger than 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Doors open at 11:30 a.m., and you must have a wristband to enter. Visit billybobstexas.com. Embrace America’s super-sizing culture at the fifth annual Brass-Knuckle Corndog Beat-Down at The Libertine Bar (2101 Greenville Ave). If there’s any way to make a hot dog even more disgustingly American, it’s to deep fry it and put it on a stick. Potential contestants should register now, be there by 5 p.m., then cram ’em in. First and second prize winners will be compensated with gift certificates, third wins $25 in quarters, and there will be a tequila shoot-out in the event of a tie-breaker. Visit libertinebar.com.
Thu., July 4, 2013
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