Things to Do for the Fourth of July in Dallas

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Everyone’s favorite summer holiday is quickly approaching! Nothing says July 4th like BBQs, pool days, parades, and of course – fireworks! While last year most firework shows and celebrations had to be called off due to the pandemic, this year, some celebrations are able to return. Read on to see what’s happening around Dallas this Independence Day and gather up some ideas for your Fourth of July weekend.

Old Fashioned Fun

Dallas Heritage Village is planning an Old Fashioned Fourth Event on July 4th from 10 am to 4 pm. It includes games, treats, and the opportunity to join a parade by decking out your bike, trike, or scooter in patriotic style. Picnicking on the grounds is encouraged. Make a day of it by exploring the village, Texas’s largest collection of 19th-century homes and buildings. You’ll enjoy living history, farm animals, wildflowers, and more!

Midway Festival

Dallas’s largest Independence Day celebration returns to The State Fair of Texas Midway this year. There will be rides, games, yummy fair foods, and live music. The night culminates with a huge firework display! Even better, all proceeds will go to the Big Tex Scholarship program. More details will be coming soon, but in previous years, this event lasted all day and admission was only $5. Previous years also included add-ons to the nearby Texas Discovery Garden, Children’s Aquarium, and The African American Museum.

Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden

Head to the botanical garden for a Fourth of July Celebration that lasts all weekend long! On Friday, July 2nd, there will be family fun events like a petting zoo and face painting, kids’ music, and ice cream. Then, later on, there’s a concert by Elevation. On Saturday, there will be a tap performance and a concert. And on Independence Day itself, the first 100 people to enter the garden will receive an American flag and there’s a full day of fun planned:

·   Food trucks outside the garden selling pickles, apple pies, popcorn, and more classic American foods.

·   A wild bird show in the morning.

·   An old-fashioned picnic accompanied by a string band – red, white, and blue fashion encouraged!

·   A homemade jam, jelly, and pie contest you can enter.

·   An evening concert.

Visit a Waterpark

Cooling off in the pool feels great on sweltering July days, and Dallas’s family waterpark, Bahama Beach, will be open on July 4th from 12 pm to 6 pm. Fun attractions include waterslides, water balloon fights, and a lazy river. There’s also a gift shop on-site, and make sure to get refreshments like ice cream, hot dogs, and funnel cakes at Bahama Bob’s Island Eatery. If you’re coming with a large group (15 people or more), you can save money with group tickets. Adults that want to kick back while kids are enjoying the water activities can rent a cabana or pavilion for the day.

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