Does food taste better on July 4th? Possibly! With that in mind, you may be planning to fire up the grill to celebrate America’s birthday (don’t forget locally-crafted beer and frozen margaritas from a local restaurant). If takeout is your bag, you’ll always find plenty of options in town. With so much star-spangled food to be had for Fourth of July weekend, why not razzle dazzle your plate, then enjoy fireworks for dessert? Here’s a few tips to light up your night:

Arlington Independence Day Celebration, July 3

Gather your family and friends and head to the Entertainment District to celebrate our nation’s birthday in Arlington with a dazzling fireworks display! Globe Life Field, AT&T Stadium and Esports Stadium Arlington + Expo Center parking lots will be open to the public so that families can set up chairs or tailgate and enjoy the free show, thanks to the City’s partnership with Texas Health Resources. These parking lots will open to the public at 8 p.m.

Arlington 4th of July Parade, July 5
Downtown Arlington
The parade kicks off at 9 a.m.

The Arlington Independence Day Parade is the oldest, longest running event in Arlington, so expect a spectacular show! The parade regularly attracts 75,000 spectators each year, so our best advice is to be an early bird….as in 8 a.m. or earlier to nab the best spots. Some folks even pitch tents the night before to lock down prime placement. You can look forward to professionally-built floats and small entries from businesses, organizations, churches and youth groups. TIP: make a full day of it by visiting one of Downtown Arlington’s eateries or watering holes.

Six Flags Over Texas, July 2–4

Have a bang up time 4th of July weekend at Six Flags Over Texas! It isn’t summer without a few thrill rides and a Pink Thing, so there isn’t a better time to grab a corn dog and a selfie. Best of all, approximately 15 minutes before park closing, you’ll celebrate our country with glittering fireworks that are choreographed to a patriotic soundtrack. It will be one of the biggest and brightest firework shows in the region! TIP: check out the best viewing spots in the Gotham City in front of JUSTICE LEAGUE: Battle for Metropolis.

Lone Star Park, July 3-4

Ready to run? Lone Star Park is hosting live thoroughbred racing for the Lone Stars and Stripes Celebration. Gates will open at 3 p.m., with live racing beginning at 5 p.m. Enjoy fireworks after the last race. TIP: Purchase tickets for your friends and family or how about a suite rentals of 16 guests or more?


Editor’s note: CDC Guidelines:

Fully vaccinated people: wear a mask; unvaccinated people: wear a mask, stay 6 feet apart, and wash your hands.

Safety levels assume the recommended prevention measures are followed, both by the individual and the venue (if applicable).

CDC cannot provide the specific risk level for every activity in every community. It is important to consider your own personal situation and the risk to you, your family, and your community before venturing out.