Wed, Jul 4
12:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Free games, water activities, a zipline, and other kid-focused activities get going at 3 p.m. (Early birds can head to the Midway starting at noon, when a $5 to $8 ticket will get you access to the rides and games, which will cost extra, there.) It’s the most lively day of the year at Fair Park, discounting the State Fair. Concession stands will be set up throughout the day outside the Cotton Bowl, and live music kicks off at the Lagoon shortly after 6:30 p.m. Find a vantage point before the fireworks show at 9:37 p.m. Seating will be available in the Cotton Bowl, but the show should be visible from anywhere at Fair Park. It will also be visible at home — Channel 8 is broadcasting the festivities, including live musical performances, starting at 9 p.m. Admission is free, but you’ll have to pay for parking or take DART.