This year marks the 240th celebration of America's independence, and it happens to fall on a Monday — giving us all an extra day to eat barbecue, kick back, and spend too much money on fireworks. Grab your party hats, put on your loudest red, white, and blue outfit and celebrate America's independence at these Texas-sized events in Dallas-Fort Worth:
Addison Kaboom Town!
This is one of DFW's most explosive gatherings all year and is rated one of the top places to watch fireworks in the country by the American Pyrotechnics Association, USA Today, Travel + Leisure and The Wall Street Journal. Kaboom Town! features live music, great food and the best part: a massive 30-minute fireworks show choreographed to music. While the "official" party goes down at Addison Circle Park (and is free), restaurants and hotels in the area also host official watch parties.
Fair Park Fourth
This is the official Independence Day Celebration of Dallas. Head to Fair Park to celebrate America's birthday with the family, or watch coverage of the event on WFAA starting at 9:00 PM. While you can see the fireworks from the Midway, the real pros know the best seats are at the Cotton Bowl. But be sure you're on time — the fireworks show starts at 9:37 PM sharp.
Fort Worth's Fourth
Self-proclaimed "the largest 4th of July Fireworks Show in North Texas," Fort Worth's Fourth is a free family event at Panther Island Pavilion. Activities include tubing, bounce houses, water slides, zip lines, plenty of live music and more. The schedule for the event is packed with an F-16 flyover, Flyboard shows, a battle of the bands and a huge fireworks show at 10:00 PM. It's a do-not-miss spectacular.
$20 in Free Ride Credit to Celebrate
Parking at these events will be in high demand, short supply and pricey. So skip the hassle of driving, celebrate a little harder, and take Lyft. Your first ride is on us (up to $20):