KRLD — If you enjoy fireworks, this is the weekend for you! Tasha Stevens helps you find the perfect place for you and your family to celebrate Independence Day.

— Thursday’s Rockin’ the River at Panther Island Pavilion features The Landsharks, a Jimmy Buffet Tribute.

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— Saturday, July 4, you can celebrate our nation’s birthday at Panther Island with Fort Worth’s Fourth. They’ll have tubing down the Trinity, water slides, levee slides, face painting, pony rides — the whole shebang.

— You remember the lines… “Johnny, what can you make out of this? This? Why, I can make a hat or a brooch or a pterodactyl…” or how about “Can you fly this plane, and land it? Surely you can’t be serious. I am serious… and don’t call me Shirley.” Yes! The lines are from the movie “Airplane,” and you can recite all your faves Thursday night at the Alamo Drafthouse Richardson Airplane Quote a Long.

— Many celebrate July 4 with parties, fireworks and food — but if you want to use the holiday to reflect on those who gave their lives for this nation on 9/11, you may want to visit the “Ground Zero 360 Never Forget” exhibit at the Dallas Holocaust Museum Center for Education and Tolerance. This event pays tribute to First Responders in North Texas Thursday through Aug. 25.

The exhibit honors the victims of the 9/11 attacks and the heroic first responders who put their own lives at risk to save others. “Ground Zero 360: Never Forget” displays the work of Nicola McLean, a New York-based Irish photographer who captured powerful images in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks. Her husband, Paul McCormack, was the presiding New York Police Department Commanding Officer of the 41st Precinct at the time. Together they created the exhibit in remembrance of the victims of the attacks and in honor of the heroic actions of the first responders who worked tirelessly in the hours, days and weeks that followed. This exhibit was 10 years in the making.

— Kick off the Fourth of July weekend Thursday evening with Cool Thursdays at the Dallas Arboretum featuring patriotic music with The Dallas Winds — the leading professional civilian wind band in the United States. This week’s costume contest: “Lady Liberty or Uncle Sam”. Wear your best and brightest red, white and blue outfit. The celebration continues this weekend with the Fourth of July Weekend Discount, a special reduced $5 general admission. Active and retired members of our armed services will receive free admission on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Everyone will enjoy patriotic music and flags throughout the garden. Bring the kids because the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden will have tons of stuff for them to do.

— Are the kids and grandkids already driving you nuts? Then get them enrolled in a summer camp, pronto! Summer Camps at the Dallas Arboretum are organized by age (3 years to 8th grade) and cater to your child’s interests.

— One of the world’s best-loved musicals is back at the Winspear Opera House Thursday through July 5. See Annie.

— When I saw this movie, I walked away thrilled because finally a chick with a normal body and a non-perfect nose actually got the hot guy in the end. See the live, musical version of Dirty Dancing at Fair Park now through July 5.

— You know, you don’t have to wait until the 4th to see some great fireworks. Concerts in the Garden: An Old Fashioned Family Fireworks Picnic at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden kicks off Thursday July 2 and runs through Saturday the 4th.

— Also celebrating our nation’s birthday is Frisco, with their Freedom Fest in Frisco Square Friday July 3.

— Here is something cool and different to do for the holiday weekend. Red White and Blues: Celebrating the 35 Anniversary of the Blues Brothers is happening Friday at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.

— The Willie Nelson 4th of July Music Festival and Picnic is set for this Friday and Saturday in Austin. There is an impressive list of performers. In addition to Willie, you’ll see Eric Church, Merle Haggard, Kacey Musgraves, Asleep at the Wheel, Jamey Johnson, and more.

Billy Bob’s Texas 4th of July Picnic set for this Friday and Saturday July 3 and 4. Merle Haggard is performing Friday.

— Celebrate the 4th with Light up Arlington and Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Bluegrass Band, your favorite Beatles tunes done bluegrass style! It is happening this Friday at Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. Make plans to be back at Levitt Pavilion October 3 for Kenny Loggins.

— The Lake Cities 4th of July has a ton of stuff going on Saturday. They will have an Apple Pie Bake-Off, a Watermelon Eating Contest, a parade, kid zone, horse rides, and live music from Matt Hillyer of the band Eleven Hundred Springs and up and coming Texas Country artist Jake Ward.

— The 2015 Addison Kaboom Town is set for this Friday July 3 and it is a big deal. It has been included in Forbes’ Top 10 Best July 4th Fireworks Displays list and The Travel Channel’s Top Five July 4th Displays.

— The Sachse Red White and Blue Blast at Heritage Park this Friday July 3 will include live entertainment, food, stuff to buy, bounce houses, contests, face painting, and fireworks. Back by popular demand, the Sachse Fire Department will be hosting the “Splash Down”.

— The Independence Day Celebration at Farmers Branch Historical Park is happening Friday. They say this is one of the very few, low-level firework shows in Texas. And don’t forget about Uncle Willies Pie Eating Contest. There will be two rounds for adults and one for children.

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— The 8th annual Mansfield Rockin’ 4th of July event is Friday, at Big League Dreams Mansfield Sports Park. It’s free to the public and there are a lot of family-friendly activities including bounce houses, smash car, ice slide and music from The Mullet Boyz. Once again, Mansfield-based Extreme Pyrotechnics will be doing the fireworks show.

— This week’s Friday Night Drags at Texas Motor Speedway is featuring DSG Arms Law Enforcement & Military Appreciation Night. Military or law enforcement officers who present a valid ID will receive free admission for them and up to three guests for that evening’s activities. There will also be a fireworks show.

— Celebrate our nation’s birthday this Friday with Concerts by the Creek, the Allen Philharmonic Winds Patriotic Salute at Watters Creek at Montgomery Farm. You’ll hear classic patriotic melodies under conduction of John Peterson, associate band director for Allen High School. This concert, as part of Music Makes a Difference, is in support of the Veterans Center of North Texas.

— Celebrate the 4th at the Spirit of Coppell Celebration and Fireworks this Friday at Wagon Wheel Park.

— Then celebrate some more Saturday at the Fair Park 4th 2015 celebration. They’ll have live music, water features and access to rides, games and food within the State Fair of Texas Midway. Then be sure to check out a tribute to The Beatles with music from A Hard Night’s Day.

— Celebrate the 4th at the Lone Stars and Stripes Celebration at Lonestar Park on Saturday. There will be bounce houses, pony rides, a petting zoo, a rock climbing wall, and face painters for the kids…live music, fireworks and members of any branch of the military will receive free general admission with a valid military I.D.

— The Garland Star Spangled Spectacular is also happening Saturday at Firewheel Town Center. It is free with tons of kids’ stuff and of course a huge fireworks display.

— The rain in North Texas has changed many of the ways we celebrate the 4th of July and it is no different for the folks in The Colony. Their Liberty by the Lake event Friday July 4 is being moved because their normal location is in the lake right now. This year’s festival will be moved to The Colony Five Star Complex. The Liberty 5k, 10k, and 1-mile fun run will begin at the Nebraska Furniture Mart.

— The next North Dallas Toy Show is happening Saturday. They will have over 50 vendor tables filled with vintage toys and collectible toys — from Hot Wheels to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to Batman and Superman toys. And, since this show falls on JULY 4th, they will have a free Bounce House for all Kids, and Half Price Admission for adults!!! It is happening at the Valley View Center Mall on Preston Road in Dallas, Texas.

— Still trying to decide what to do this July 4th weekend? Take a short drive over to Gun Barrell City for their July Fest Friday and Sunday. You can check out a cool Car Show, a carnival, a Battle of the Bands, Aaron Watson and Vanilla Ice and an awesome fireworks show.

— Our four-legged friends dig the 4th of July, too. Ok, maybe not loud fireworks…but they dig the daylights out of parades. So, dress up your furry baby in the most patriotic way possible and take part in the Patriotic Pooch Parade in Murphy Saturday. They will also have Doggie ice cream for the first 25 canine parade participants. There will be people ice cream and pie after the parade.

— Here is something cool and different to do for the holiday weekend. Red White and Blues: Celebrating the 35 Anniversary of the Blues Brothers is happening this July 3 at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.

— If you want to chill out with some great music this weekend, there are plenty of local bands playing around the metroplex.

The Brett Laquercia Group is playing Saturday night, July 4th at The Bar at The Mansion on Turtle Creek.

Journey tribute Escape is playing Friday night at House of Blues with openers Cold as Ice and The Stoneleighs, and Sat night at Harry Myers Park in Rockwall for the city’s July 4th celebration, with opener Bad Moon Rising.

Eagles tribute Into The West, is playing the Frisco Freedom Fest at 9pm on the 4th and also at Stan’s Lakeview Taphouse in The Colony on the 5th at 1pm.

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