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Fair Park Fourth
Dallas, Texas 75215
$5.00-$7.00 admission to the Midway.
Source: Fair Park Fourth
The City of Dallas, Friends of Fair Park, the State Fair of Texas, and WFAA-TV (Channel 8) invite you to celebrate America with a day of family fun and fireworks at Fair Park Fourth.
Starting at 12 p.m. on Tuesday, July 4, guests can enjoy live music and access to rides, games, and concessions within the State Fair of Texas Midway. Combining traditional jazz with New Orleans street marching style, the celebratory Razzmajazz Dixieland Band will be strolling the Midway from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Taking the stage from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Vince Vance & the Valiants will put on a crowd-pleasing concert near the fireworks-viewing area and the Top o’ Texas Tower on the Midway.
Admission tickets to the Midway can be purchased at the entrance gates for $7, or online for $5 by visiting BigTex.com. Approximately 30 rides and 14 games will be available on the Midway, as well as 17 concession stands including Fletcher’s Corny Dogs. Costs for rides, games, and concessions will vary. During the Fair Park Fourth event, all proceeds from the Midway will be donated to the State Fair of Texas Youth Scholarship Program. For more information about the State Fair of Texas, visit BigTex.com.
Free and open to the public, Fair Park Fourth will feature patriotic performances, entertainment, and concession stands, plus a spectacular fireworks show at approximately 9:40 p.m. On the Fair Park grounds, other attractions are available, including water inflatables (in the Court of Honor and Cotton Bowl Plaza), lawn games, a ninja obstacle course, a zipline on the Museum Green, games, rides, a Kids Zone in the Automobile Building, and more! Access to the Swan Boats and additional concession stands will be available in Cotton Bowl Plaza starting at 12 p.m. and along Grand Avenue starting at 3 p.m. Guests should be sure to head to the Hall of State steps at approximately 6:45 p.m. to catch a patriotic number from the Dallas Summer Musicals, followed by a performance from the Dallas Winds at 7 p.m.
In addition to enjoying the Independence Day activities, attendees are invited to check out the variety of attractions housed in Fair Park year-round. Texas Discovery Gardens will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., offering a special “pay what you wish” promotion for guests. Visitors can catch the butterfly release at 12 p.m., or enjoy the blooming gardens, butterfly sanctuary, and nature exhibits all day long. The Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park will be open from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Admission is priced at $8 for adults and $6 for children age 3 to 11 and seniors age 65 and older, with free admission for children age 2 and under. Starting at 4:30 p.m., guests can purchase tickets for a discounted price of $4. The Old Mill Inn restaurant and patio will be open from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. The African American Museum will be open and offering free admission from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Guests can view the fireworks show, sponsored by Oncor, from the Cotton Bowl Stadium, the State Fair of Texas Midway, or various other locations throughout the Fair Park grounds. For more information on Fair Park festivities, including museum information, visit FairPark.org.
For the sixth consecutive year, WFAA will present a one-hour Texas-sized salute to America’s birthday from historic Fair Park. WFAA’s Cynthia Izaguirre and Joe Trahan will host the program from inside the Cotton Bowl. The one-hour, prime time television show will begin at 9 p.m., and is scheduled to feature special musical performances by country crossover sensation, Delta Rae; Texas singer Holly Tucker who gained fame as a contestant on Season Four of TV’s “The Voice”; and Dallas country rockers The Bird Dogs, featuring George Dunham of KTCK (The Ticket). The broadcast also features the evening’s annual live fireworks display, backlit by Dallas city skyline above the Cotton Bowl at Fair Park.
Parking for the general public is $10 per car at Fair Park Gates 5 and 6. There will be two entrances to the State Fair of Texas Midway, with one near the Children’s Aquarium and the other close to the Fair Park Coliseum. Gate A to the Cotton Bowl will open at 5 p.m., with gates B, D, and M opening closer to the start of the fireworks show. Produced by Pyrotecnico, the fireworks display will begin at approximately 9:40 p.m.
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