Number One – Today is the official start of summer and if you have been living in TX, the long days of summer culminate when we all celebrate our country’s independence on July 4th. The longstanding tradition in Dallas at Fair Park has been around for years as the official City of Dallas Independence Day celebration. In years past, the event was in jeopardy but Texans have a heart as big as the state and the event was able to go on from private donors and sponsorships. This year the event is officially called the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group Fair Park Fourth. To be held, Monday, July 4th 2011 from 4:30 PM to 10:00 PM and the event is FREE!
There’s plenty of room in the Cotton Bowl to view the fireworks and lots of activities in Fair Park with FREE admission to participating Fair Park museums.
Here’s what is planned:
Fair Park Fourth begins
Free admission to Fair Park’s participating museums
Stefani Little Band show in front of the Hall of State
Gate D to Cotton Bowl opens (Gate D is only entrance. Handicap entrance for Cotton Bowl will be Gate B)
Dallas Wind Symphony patriotic concert in front of the Hall of State
Fireworks program (recommended seating for fireworks is inside the Cotton Bowl)
Fair Park Fourth ends
Free Museum Admission
Fair Park’s participating museums will offer free admission from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. including the African American Museum, The Women’s Museum: An Institute for the Future, Dallas Historical Society/Hall of State, the new Texas Museum of Automotive History, Texas Discovery Gardens, Museum of Nature & Science and Museum of the American Railroad. The Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park will offer discounted admission at $4 from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.
For another aquatic experience, the Swan Boats will be available for $10 per boat (cash only).
The fireworks display will begin at 9:30 p.m. Recommended seating will be inside the Cotton Bowl. KLUV 98.7 will simulcast the fireworks music. NOTE: Gate D, which opens at 8:45 p.m., will be the only entrance to the Cotton Bowl. Visitors also may sit throughout the Fair Park grounds. The event closes at 10 p.m. IMPORTANT: Alcoholic beverages, glass bottles, fireworks or firearms are NOT permitted on Fair Park grounds. Strollers, coolers and pets are NOT permitted inside the Cotton Bowl.
Concessions will be sold, or guests are invited to bring their own picnics. ATM machines will be available.
ADMISSION AND PARKING
Admission is FREE. The City of Dallas charges $10 for parking within the gates of Fair Park, or ride DART’s Green Line Rail to the Fair Park Station. Parking will be available at Gates 2, 5, 6, 10 and 11. Handicap parking at Gate 5.
Ten Days and Ten Ways to Celebrate our Independence
Previous links to other events in the Dallas Fort Worth area:
Number One – Fair Park Fourth
Number 2 – Kaboomtown in Addison
Number 3 – Lone Stars and Stripes Celebration at Lone Star Park
Number 4 – Willie Nelson’s Fourth of July Picnic at the Fort Worth Stockyards
Number 5 – Dallas Cowboys Stadium Fourth of July Rally
Number 6 – Grapevine Fireworks and the best viewing spot
Number 7 – Texas Rangers game with a special Captain America – Disney Fireworks
Number 8 – Bloomin and Boomin ends this weekend in McKinney – meet Randy Travis
Number 9 – Dallas Arboretum showcases patriotic tunes with the 36th Inf. Div
Number 10 – Fort Worth’s Independence Day 3 day picnic
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