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Media Relations Contact:
Morgan Lyons
Mark A. Ball

June 10, 2010

DART to Independence Day Celebrations

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) and the Trinity Railway Express (TRE) invite you to show off your love for America this 4th of July weekend by celebrating with family and friends at various area events.

Plan your trip to a special holiday destination by visiting www.DART.org/fireworks, by using the online DART Trip Planner at www.DART.org or call DART Customer Information at 214-979-1111. TRE information is at www.trinityrailwayexpress.org.

July 3
Fireworks on Main celebrates freedom with live music, festival-style foods, children's activities, games and a spectacular fireworks display. This free event runs from 6-10 p.m. in downtown Rowlett. Information: rowlett.com. (Via FREE DART Shuttle from 5:30 to 11 p.m. from Rowlett Park & Ride and Rowlett High School).

Kaboom Town is Addison's annual Independence Day celebration featuring dazzling fireworks choreographed to music, plus food, live music, family activities, spectacular Cavanaugh Flight Museum historic warplane flyovers and more. Stay after the fireworks and watch a free showing of Ferris Bueller's Day Off. The free festival is from 5 p.m. to midnight at Addison Circle Park, 4970 Addison Circle Drive. Information: 972-450-6221 or addisontexas.net. (Via Addison Transit Center, then a short walk or Bus Routes 31, 36, 183, 341 or 400).

Farmers Branch Independence Day Celebration offers fun and fireworks in the nostalgic setting of Farmers Branch Historical Park, 2540 Farmers Branch Lane. Festivities begin at 7:30 p.m., fireworks after dark. Admission is free. Information: 972-919-2620 or farmersbranch.info. (Via Farmers Branch Park & Ride, then Bus Route 486).

Irving Independence Day Parade begins at 9 a.m. in downtown Irving. Immediately following the parade, a patriotic concert will be featured at Heritage Park, 217 Main St. Information: 972-721-2501 or cityofirving.org. (Via Trinity Railway Express (TRE) to South Irving Station).

The Plano Early Lions Club presents the annual Plano Independence Day Parade. Wake up the family; grab some breakfast and lawn chairs to join thousands of other cheering faces to celebrate the holiday. The parade route is on Independence Parkway, starting at Plano Senior High School at 9 a.m., and then proceeds north to Spring Creek Parkway. Information: 972-985-8260 or www.planoparade.net.. (Via DART Rail Red Line to Parker Road Station, then Bus Route 452 to Parker and Independence).

Star Spangled Celebration features live music, children and family activities, farmers market, and a spectacular fireworks display choreographed to patriotic songs on KLTY 94.9 FM. Festivities will take place from 4-9 p.m. at Firewheel Town Center, located on State Highway 78 at State Highway 190. Information: 972 675-1041 or firewheeltowncenter.com. (Via DART Rail Blue Line to Downtown Garland Station, then transfer to Bus Route 513).

July 4
The Plano Symphony Orchestra presents the annual Patriotic Pops Chorus performing a rousing and inspiring tribute to America and Independence Day at 3 p.m. at the Eisemann Center, 2351 Performance Drive in Richardson. Tickets begin at $8 for reserved seating. Information: 972-473-7262 or www.planosymphony.org. (Via DART Rail Red Line to Galatyn Park Station).

All-American Fourth is Plano's annual fireworks show that launches from Oak Point Park & Nature Preserve at 9:30 p.m. Bring lawn chairs, picnic dinners and radios to relax on the grassy slopes of First United Methodist Church, Collin College and Plano Centre for the best views. Patriotic music will be simulcast on 97.5 KLAK. Information: 972-941-PARK or planoparks.org.

Irving's Firecracker Fourth presents a patriotic concert by the Irving Symphony Orchestra followed by a spectacular fireworks show. Arrive early to enjoy entertainment by local bands. Gates open at 5 p.m., and the concert begins at 8:30 p.m. Williams Square in Las Colinas is located at 5215 N. O'Connor Blvd. Information: 972-831-8818 or meifestivals.com/fourth.html. (Via North Irving Transit Center, then Bus Routes 301, 308, 400 or 428).

Star-Spangled Spectacular is the Dallas Wind Symphony's annual red, white and blue salute to Mom, apple pie and Uncle Sam! There will be toe-tapping Sousa marches, patriotic favorites and "musical fireworks" in this festive air-conditioned tribute at 1 p.m. at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St. Information: dws.org. (Via DART Rail Red Line, Blue Line or Green Line to Pearl Station).

July 5
Fair Park Fourth... on the Fifth features spectacular fireworks, patriotic music, carnival games, great food and more throughout the grounds of historic Fair Park. The free event begins at 6 p.m. Music will be provided by the Dallas Wind Symphony from 8:45 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. The free fireworks spectacular bursts into the skies over Fair Park at 9:30 p.m. Information: fairpark.org. (Via DART Rail Green Line to Fair Park Station. DART Rail Green Line will have 15 minute service from 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Note: DART Rail and bus services will operate on a Sunday schedule on Monday, July 5. Trinity Railway Express does not operate on Monday, July 5.)

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