Sandie’s Arts Blog: July 4th In North Texas

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July 4th is one of North Texas’ favorite weekends – so naturally there’s is a lot to do! The weather promises to be hot, as usual, so make sure you are hydrated and wear sunscreen to all the fun outdoor events but there is plenty to do inside as well!

First up – let’s talk fireworks!!

The world class Kaboom Town! Fireworks, in Addison, will start at 9:35 p.m. with a musical simulcast on 100.3 Jack-FM. USA Today has ranked the 30-minute show among the country’s best. It is the only show in Texas — in fact, in the entire region, with that designation!

Addison Circle Park has always been a destination for fireworks viewers, and the party at the park begins this year at 5 p.m. In addition to live music on the Dos Equis Main Stage, including the Dallas Wind Symphony, guests can enjoy a Family Fun Zone featuring fun picnic games presented by This Side Up Family Fun Center, bounce houses, laser tag, bubble runners and more.

At 7 p.m., the skies will come alive with the Addison Airport Air Show featuring the Cavanaugh Historic Warbird Flyover. During the flyover, dozens of warplanes ranging from WWI, WWII, Korea, and Vietnam to modern warplanes will maneuver both singularly and in formation. Plus, guests will enjoy stunt acrobatic acts from air show favorites including Jan Collmer, Matt Younkin & Mike Galloway. At 9 p.m., as the sky goes dark, guests will enjoy ‘Magic by Moonlight,’ Matt Younkin’s aerial acrobatics show with fantastic light effects.

Another fun way to celebrate the 4th is at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie with the Lone Stars and Stripes Celebration. Grandstand Gates Open at 3 p.m. on July 3 & 4 with the First Live Race at 5 p.m. on July 3 & 4. Enjoy two full days of exciting live thoroughbred racing and fun activities for the whole family including pony rides, a petting zoo, bounce houses, games and clowns.

After the races each day, stay to enjoy the spectacular 20-minute fireworks display, choreographed to music. Enjoy live music on the Courtyard of Champions Stage from 5:00-11:00 p.m. by Maiden Texas on Sunday, July 3 and Incognito on Monday, July 4.

Don’t forget about America’s game! Head out to see our Texas Rangers this weekend as they go up against the Marlins with fireworks and special events all weekend. First pitch at 7:05 p.m. on Friday and Sunday the popular Blue Bell $1 Ice Cream Sunday is back – a great way to stay cool and root for the home team! Monday night the Rangers host the Orioles at 7:05 p.m. with the Captain America–Disney Independence Day Fireworks Show. A great outing for the entire family!

Hundreds of magicians are set to materialize in Dallas this week! The International Brotherhood of Magicians, the world’s oldest and largest magicians organization, is holding its annual convention in Big D and the city will have more than 700 sleight-of-hand magicians, mind readers, escape artists and illusionists roaming the streets.

Fans of magic will have the opportunity to enjoy performances by some of the greatest magicians in the world by attending three different public shows to be held at the Majestic Theatre in downtown Dallas on June 29, July 1 and July 2 – all shows are at 8 p.m. and family friendly. These world-class shows will bring some of the finest magicians, comedians, and variety artists from all over the world to the historic Dallas stage.

The Fine Arts Chamber Players will present the 31st Annual Basically Beethoven Festival, a series of free classical chamber music concerts beginning July 3 and continuing every Sunday afternoon through July 31. The annual Festival will be back inside the air-conditioned Grand Hall at Fair Park’s Texas Discovery Garden and doors open at 2:00 pm for the 2:30 pm pre-concert recital, Rising Star Recitals, presented by young local music competition winners. At 3:00 pm, the chamber music performances begin. All concerts are FREE TO THE PUBLIC, including free admission to the Texas Discovery Gardens and free parking. No reservations or tickets are required.

Enjoy the holiday weekend! Stay safe and we’ll see you next week…center stage!

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