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FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – A free Fourth of July celebration is returning to the city of Fort Worth this year.

The event known as “Fort Worth’s Fourth” will happen on Independence Day, just north of downtown, on the banks of the Trinity River, at the Panther Island Pavilion.

The celebration includes a full day of family-oriented activities, including a free kid’s zone with pony rides, face painting and bounce houses, and a water show with jet skis and fly boards.

Those wanting more adventure can enjoy tubing on the Trinity, zip lines, water slides and more.

Texas country music artist Gary P. Nunn and cover band Party Machine will provide some of the live entertainment. And the 301st Fighter Wing from the NASJRB will perform a flyover at 8:00 p.m.

Of course all the events of the day are just a precursor to the giant fireworks show! Promoters say the fireworks showcase is the “largest in North Texas” and the skies will begin lighting up at 10 p.m.

Regular admission is free, but there is a fee for preferred and overflow parking. VIP reserved seating is available and includes primes views, access to air-conditioned restrooms, a shaded lounge area and VIP parking. The cost is $40.

Gates open at 2 p.m.  The Panther Island Pavilion is located at 395 Purcey Street in Fort Worth.

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