There's nothing more American that grilling burgers, lighting things on fire and passing out drunk in a bedazzled flag shirt. That's right: It's time to celebrate our independence and what better way than to catch a screening of an American classic in which the Motor City descends into hell where it was filmed. Unfair Park has teamed up with the city, Dallas Film Society, FunFlicks and Downtown Dallas, Inc. to present a special screening of RoboCop in front of City Hall. Fans of the film know that the headquarters of the Omni Consumer Products was actually Dallas City Hall. Kick off the Fourth of July weekend with a free film and some good food. Food trucks will start lining up at 7:30 p.m., and the film will begin around 8:30 p.m. Robert's got more details on Unfair Park, and after the jump, see what else we recommend for your holiday weekend.
Fourth of July Haunted House Tour Friday, July 1, through Monday, July 4, at The Fatal End Halloween thrills on Fourth of July weekend? Yes, please. If you're not the beer-swigging, fireworks-shootin' type of patriot, then celebrate this most American of holidays with a haunted house tour at The Fatal End in the West End. The haunted house is only open during October and this weekend, so if you can't wait until Halloween to get your scare on, plan a visit for this weekend or Monday. Tickets are $20 and include parking. Visit dallashaunt.com.
Star Spangled Spectacular Friday, July 1, at Lakewood Theater Viva Dallas Burlesque is honoring Independence Day with their Star Spangled Spectacular, and the titillating show starts at 9 p.m. tonight at Lakewood Theater. We think the founding fathers would approve. We caught up with Viva producer Shoshana Portnoy yesterday, and she says the show is styled after those popular USO shows. Expect a Top Gun number and plenty of pasties as The Jigglewatts headline tonight's performance. Tickets are $20 and are available at lakewoodtheater.com.
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Red, White and Tuna Saturday, July 2, and Sunday, July 3, at Flower Mound Performing Arts Center The gang from Tuna, Texas is back again and they've extended their run at Flower Mound Performing Arts Center to offer holiday weekend performances of Red, White and Tuna. The fictitious third-smallest town in the country is celebrating the Fourth with a big party in the town square, so if you're looking for air-conditioned fun this weekend, catch performances at 8 p.m. Saturday or 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $20 to $30. Call 972-724-2147 or visit fmpat.org.
Third Annual Brass Knuckle Corndog Beatdown Monday, July 4, at The Libertine Bar Let's not forget what we're really honoring this Fourth of July: Our right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. And let's not forget that we have the right to stuff our faces full of America's favorite hyper-processed foods. Salute America on Monday by taking on the Third Annual Brass Knuckle Corndog Beatdown. Our very own Jesse "The Human Garbage Disposal" Hughey won the first-ever competition by knocking back 16 of those puppies in 15 minutes, and last year he came in second with 18 corn dogs. He's back this year to reclaim his title, so consider yourself warned. The competition is free and begins at 7 p.m., so call 214-824-7900 or sign up at the bar to face Mr. Hughey.
Fair Park Fourth Monday, July 4, at Fair Park Yes, we know Kaboom Town! is like the mother of all North Texas fireworks shows, and we admitted as much in our list of five best fireworks shows on Tuesday. But there's something special about bringing the family to Fair Park for fireworks, and this year the show will be even better since you can sit inside the comfort of the Cotton Bowl to watch all the glory. Fair Park Fourth gets started at 4:30 p.m. Monday, so take the kids early since admission to most museums will be free (others are offering discounted admission). The fireworks begin at 9:30, and you can find all the details you'll need to know on fairpark.org.