Three Events in Dallas (& One in Fort Worth) to Keep You Outside on July 4th

I like to think of Independence Day as America’s collective sigh that it’s finally, really, truly summer. Memorial Day is a nice teaser, but by the time July 4th rolls around, schools are out, those late-season mild weather spells are in the rearview, and Friday quitting times creep closer to 4 p.m. than 5.

Since the holiday is on a Thursday this year, I expect a lot of people will be stretching their weekends out into a cozy four days, heading out of town to their preferred body of water.

But if you’re like me and have things to do (work) and places to be (work) on either side of this national holiday, it’s nice to know there are some fun things going on close to home, too, no PTO required.

Five on the 4th

klyde warren park, downtown dallas

I’ve never been one to understand the concept of running for long periods of time of one’s own free will, but for those of you who get a thrill out of road racing, there’s Five on the 4th, a 5-mile run, 5K run, 2-mile dog-friendly walk and Kids’ Race presented by runDallas and benefitting the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas.

All events start and finish at Klyde Warren Park, and registration includes admission to the after party there with food, music, beer and activities for kids.

Pricing ranges from $10 for the kids’ race to $59 for the 5-mile race. Register in time to pick up your packet on July 3rd.

photo from runDallas  Facebook page

photo from runDallas Facebook page

photo from Dallas Heritage Village  Facebook page

photo from Dallas Heritage Village Facebook page


Old fashioned fourth

dallas heritage village, cedars area dallas

This is possibly the closest you’re gonna get to a literal interpretation of “good old-fashioned fun” this July 4th in Dallas.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dallas Heritage Village will be hosting all kinds of old-timey activities great for kids, as well as adults who like to keep things really wholesome and/or nostalgic.

There’ll be costumed characters, an “All-Join-In” Parade where guests can participate in their own decorated wagon or tricycle, Victorian carnival games, and a live reading of the Declaration of Independence.

Standard admission fees apply, except for Dallas Police and Fire Departments and other current and former service members who will be admitted free.


texas pool’s independence day party

The texas pool, plano

So maybe you can find a pool to swim in just about anywhere. So maybe you don’t love the idea of driving all the way to the part of Plano that’s not even a little bit considered “North Dallas.”

I hear you, but I also can’t think of anything that says “‘Murica” more loudly and proudly than rounding up a bunch of your friends to spend the day lounging at a party next to a giant pool in the shape of Texas, hot dog in hand.

The pool has sand and water volleyball and a snack bar along with the typical sliding and diving accoutrements, and, according to the Texas Pool Foundation this place is a Pokestop, so there’s that.

The party will go from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Texas Pool members, Veterans, and active duty service members get in free, everyone else is $10/person.

photo: David Woo/Dallas Morning News

photo: David Woo/Dallas Morning News

photo from Fort Worth Botanic Garden  Facebook page

photo from Fort Worth Botanic Garden Facebook page

OLd-fashioned family fireworks picnic

fort worth botanic garden, fort worth

Here’s one for all my Fort Worth people and those like me who just happen to quite enjoy Fort Worth.

The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra holds a concert series each summer at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden, complete with a fireworks display on the eve of July Fourth. Bring chairs, blankets, and a picnic to enjoy the, and I’m quoting directly here, “brilliant display of musical patriotism.” This might be my pick of the lot, right here.

Tickets are $25. The lawn will open at 6:30 p.m., and the performance begins at 8:15. Get there early to secure a good spot on the lawn. Parking opens at 5 p.m.