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DART to the Fourth

Celebrate the birth of our nation at any of several larger-than-life fireworks displays and Independence Day events throughout the DART Service Area. DART will get your family to and from the festivities in air-conditioned comfort. Here's a sampling of the summer's biggest parties.


Note: DART buses and light rail will operate on a Saturday schedule Friday, July 3. A Sunday schedule will be observed on both Saturday, July 4, and Sunday, July 5. Trinity Railway Express trains will be on a modified Saturday schedule July 3. There will be no TRE service Saturday or Sunday.

JULY 3

Addison Kaboom Town features dazzling fireworks choreographed to music, plus great food, live performances and the spectacular Addison Airport Air Show featuring the Cavanaugh Flight Museum Warbird Flyover. Fireworks will be launched at approximately 9:35 p.m. Events run 5 p.m. to midnight at Addison Circle Park, 4970 Addison Circle Drive. Information: addisontexas.net.

Farmers Branch Independence Day Celebration honors America's independence with free live music and spectacular fireworks at the Farmers Branch Historical Park, 2540 Farmers Branch Lane. Tour the historic buildings, indulge in delicious concessions and enjoy kids' activities. Park gates open at 6:30 p.m. with fireworks at approximately 9:30 p.m. Information: farmersbranchtx.gov.

Plano Community Band presents its Star-Spangled Spectacular, which is the is the highlight of the group's free Summer Concerts in the Park. Pack your blankets and chairs and a picnic supper, and bring the kids for an evening of patriotic music, an armed forces salute, and a rousing finale of "Stars and Stripes Forever" from this all-volunteer band. The show begins at 7 p.m. in Haggard Park, 901 E. 15th St. in downtown Plano. Information: planoband.com.

JULY 4

Irving Independence Day Parade starts at 9 a.m. in the Heritage District and features entries by community organizations, businesses and families, including floats, costumes and custom vehicles. Immediately following the parade, head to Heritage Park to enjoy complimentary watermelon with your neighbors! Relax under a tree while listening to live music by the Kenny Chavez Band. Free children's activities include air brush tattoos and balloons. The reception runs until noon. Information: cityofirving.org.

Rowlett Freedom 5K on Main includes a 1 Mile Fun Run that starts at 7:45 a.m. and a 5K that starts at 8:00 a.m. Proceeds support the Rowlett Chamber's fundraising efforts. The starting line is located near the Rowlett Chamber at 4418 Main Street. Information: rowlett5k.com.

Star-Spangled Spectacular at Firewheel Town Center is a family fun day of activities. Enjoy face painters, balloon artists, bounce houses, strolling entertainment and more. The event will culminate with a patriotic fireworks display sponsored by the City of Garland at 9:15 p.m. Information: visitgarlandtx.com.

Fair Park Fourth celebration starts with the Dallas 7/4 race in the morning and finishes with Dallas' official fireworks display at night. In between, you and your family can enjoy all that Fair Park has to offer, including the Midway, an Esplanade Fountain show, music from Dixie Land Band, A Hard Night's Day, and the Dallas Wind Symphony and much more. Information: fairpark.org.

Irving Independence Day Fireworks Show will feature plenty of food concession stands and vendors. Festivities begin at 6 p.m., with fireworks after dark. It all happens around Lake Carolyn, next to the Las Colinas Urban Center Station. Information: cityofirving.org.

Dallas 7/4 features two unique race distances including a 7K and a 4K. The routes will be decorated with patriotic themes and traverse through historic Fair Park. Bring the entire family to kick off your 4th of July celebration with a fun and fit event benefitting Dallas Park & Recreation Department's scholarship programs. Following the race, participants will enjoy a festive celebration with live music and refreshments. Information: dallas74.com.

Star-Spangled Spectacular! with the Dallas Wind Symphony will have you feeling red, white and blue from the top of your stovepipe hat to the tips of your star-spangled shoes. The show begins at 1 p.m. at the Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St. Information: www.dws.org.

The Singapore Slingers Celebrate America return to the Kessler Theater for a patriotic show unlike any other. The orchestra will be performing everything from Sousa marches to some of the most treasured gems from America's rich musical past. Jazz, ragtime, marches, and a whole lot more- enjoy this star-spangled dance and concert! The Singapore Slingers are an eighteen-member orchestra based in Dallas, Texas, under the direction of Matt Tolentino that specializes in performing pre-swing American dance music, with a particular focus on popular songs of the 1920s and early 1930s. Tickets are $20 + fees. The bar opens at 6:30 p.m.; theater doors at 7:30 p.m.; show starts at 8:30 p.m. The Kessler Theater is located at 230 W. Davis St. Information: thekessler.org.


Fort Worth:

The T and TRE service note regarding Friday, July 3 and
Saturday, July 4
:
On Friday, July 3rd, The T's bus services will operate on a Saturday schedule in observance of the national holiday. Molly the Trolley's downtown circulator will follow its regular Saturday schedule of 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and the Lunch Line trolley will not operate. The Stockyards and Safari Shuttles will operate on a Saturday schedule. Trinity Railway Express (TRE) will operate on a modified Saturday schedule.

On Saturday, July 4th, and Sunday, July 5th, The T's bus services and MITS will operate on a regular Sunday schedule. The TRE will not operate, the Safari Shuttle will not operate, and the customer information kiosk at the ITC and The T's administrative offices will be closed. Click here to read more on The T's website.


Safari Shuttle July 3 The T's Safari Shuttle bus will run from The T's downtown Intermodal Transportation Center (ITC) to the Fort Worth Zoo on Friday, July 3. Note: The Safari Shuttle does not operate on Saturday, July 4.

Trolley Boarding Times
The Safari Shuttle leaves on the hour and 1/2 hour from the ITC Station at 1001 Jones St., downtown Fort Worth. Board the shuttle to the zoo at Bus Bay A at the ITC. Returning to the ITC Station is simple - board where you got off. Return trips from the Zoo board every 30 minutes.

ITC Station To Fort Worth Zoo: first trip is 9:30 a.m., last trip is 6:30 p.m.
Fort Worth Zoo to ITC Station: first trip is 10:00 a.m., last trip is 7:00 p.m.
Shuttles operate every 30 minutes until the last trip of the day.

Fort Worth Zoo visitors arriving from Dallas and the Mid-Cities by the TRE may ride the Safari Shuttle from the ITC free of charge by using their TRE Regional day pass or with a valid weekly, monthly or annual regional pass.

Information: 817-215-8600 or www.the-t.com.
  • Via Trinity Railway Express (TRE) to Fort Worth ITC Station, then the T's Safari Shuttle
  • Note: Last eastbound TRE train to Dallas Union Station departs ITC Station at 9:54 p.m. on Saturdays.
  • Service note regarding Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4: TRE operates a modified Saturday schedule on Friday, July 3. The T's Safari Shuttle will operate on Friday, July 3. TRE and Safari Shuttle do not operate on Saturday, July 4.

July 3 Red, White & Blues at the Modern Museum of Fort Worth celebrates the 35th Anniversary of the cult classic movie The Blues Brothers (Rated R). Bring a blanket and join The Modern for an outdoor screening by the Modern's reflecting pond. Arrive early for First Friday at the Modern beginning at 5:00 p.m. in the Grand Lobby, featuring a DJ spinning Blues classics, and cash bar. Café Modern Terrace and Lawn will have a DJ spinning Blues classics and concessions for purchase (beer, wine, soft drinks, hot dogs, and nachos). Delicious picnic baskets are available with advance reservations. At 7:30 p.m., doors open to the lawn. At 8:45 p.m., the movie screening begins. Red, White, and Blues tickets include Museum gallery admission. Galleries are open until 8:00 p.m. The Modern in Fort Worth is located at 3200 Darnell Street. Tickets and information: www.themodern.org.

Denton:

DCTA service note regarding Saturday, July 4:
In observation of the Independence Day holiday, DCTA will not operate any bus or rail service on Saturday, July 4. DCTA operations, customer service and administrative offices will also be closed. Regular operational hours will resume on Monday, July 6. Click here to read more on DCTA's website.


Thursdays through July 2 Denton Main Street Association presents the Twilight Tunes concert series in downtown Denton. The concert series will continue every Thursday evening through July 2nd. Join the fun on the Denton County Courthouse-on-the-Square lawn, 110 W. Hickory Street from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The concert is held on the lawn, alternating between the east and the west side during the season. Admission is free. Bring your friends and family, get a meal-to-go from one of the many downtown eateries, bring a blanket or chairs, and enjoy an evening of great live music as the sun sets over downtown Denton. The 2015 series offers an eclectic assortment of music for all listeners. Thursday Twilight Tunes is the perfect way to kick off the weekend early and listen to some of the best local bands in the Denton area. Information: www.dentonmainstreet.org.


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