As America gets ready to blow out the candles on her birthday cake, it’s time for YOU to get ready for a fabulous Fourth of July in Arlington and maybe a day or two of extra playtime. Let’s take a look at some of your best options for summer-flavored fun:

Live Music at the Levitt Pavilion [Free Event]

Celebrate freedom with free music under the stars. On deck at the Levitt: Southern blues rockers Somebody’s Darling (Friday at 8 p.m.); legendary singer-storyteller Ray Wylie Hubbard (Saturday at 8 p.m.); Grammy-nominated Jaime y Los Chamacos (Sunday at 8 p.m.); and indie artist Daphne Willis (Monday at 8 p.m.). Get tips for your Levitt visit.

Legal Draft Beer Presents: Orange Out

Food truck fare, games, and we’re betting there might be some craft beer, too. Legal Draft’s Orange Out event offers the chance to kick off the Fourth of July weekend with family-friendly fun and cold brews (and “moot” beer for the kids), all while raising money to fight childhood cancer. Saturday from noon-6 p.m.

Dallas Wings

Come cheer on the Wings as they take on Seattle at College Park Center, then enjoy a late evening in Downtown Arlington after the game. Saturday at 7 p.m.

Light Up Arlington [Free Event]

This popular family-friendly celebration is just one of the reasons that Arlington is a top destination for Independence Day revelers. Light Up Arlington kicks off on Monday at 6 p.m. with children’s entertainment, carnival games, concessions, and live music, all leading up to a dazzling fireworks show that starts around 9:45 p.m. Arrive early and bring a lawn chair.

Arlington 4th of July Parade [Free Event]

A beloved Independence Day tradition for more than 50 years, the Arlington 4th of July Parade is bursting with sights, sounds, excitement and small-town nostalgia, all-served up in big city portions. This year’s theme is “Texas Style”. Tuesday at 9 a.m. Arrive early and bring a lawn chair.

Texas Rangers vs. Tampa Bay Rays

America’s birthday and America’s favorite pastime. Throw in Mom and apple pie and it’s almost too perfect. Head to Globe Life Park to cheer on the Rangers as they host the Boston Red Sox on Monday and Tuesday (7:05 p.m.), then stick around afterwards for one the Rangers’ famous fireworks shows. Get tickets. 

Arlington Museum of Art: “Milton Greene: Women” [Admission under $10 per person]

Hailed as “the greatest photographer of women,” Milton Greene’s  subjects included top-shelf celebrities like Audrey Hepburn, Frank Sinatra and Elizabeth Taylor, just to name a few—as well as Greene’s most famous subject (and close friend), Marilyn Monroe. Friday and Saturday/Monday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. 

Six Flags Over Texas

Enjoy classic summer fun Arlington-style with world-class thrill rides, dining and live entertainment —plus special offers and a patriotic show courtesy of the park’s Fourth of July Fest, presented by Coca-Cola.   Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday-Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Get Six Flags tickets.

Hurricane Harbor

Thrill rides, crazy slides, a lazy river, poolside burgers and more, all served up with three million gallons of cool blue water. If this sounds like a great way to spend a hot summer day when you’ve got a few days off, head to Hurricane Harbor, Arlington’s top destination for watery fun. Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Monday and Tuesday from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Get tips for your visit.

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