Fireworks and fun are in store for the July 4 holiday weekend

By CHRISTINA ULSH

fireworksWhether you want to slam back pie in an eating contest, view fireworks from your backyard or watch a parade to celebrate your American freedom, we have a list of events for you to partake in throughout the holiday weekend.

Lewisville residents can enjoy a handful of Independence Day options in many of the surrounding areas starting as early as Friday, July 1.

When considering your plans, remember it is illegal to shoot or possess fireworks in Lewisville and within 5,000 feet of city limits.

“We cannot confiscate fireworks in unopened packages, but we can confiscate fireworks that are open and loose,” Assistant Police Chief Jay Powell said in regards to a section in the Texas local government code.

Hundreds of mortar shells were set up for the Red, White, and Lewisville fireworks show. (File photo - Steve Southwell - 2014)
Hundreds of mortar shells were set up for the Red, White, and Lewisville fireworks show. (File photo – Steve Southwell – 2014)

If police find residents shooting off or harboring opened fireworks within incorporated areas, they could be summoned to municipal court.

“We would seize [the firecrackers] as evidence basically for the offense,” Powell said.

Here is a plethora of nearby events in chronological order that will keep you out of trouble this July Fourth.

Vintage Railroad’s Independence Day Train – 1 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. Friday through Monday, July 1 to 4, Cotton Belt Depot, Grapevine
Travel from Grapevine to the Fort Worth Stockyards and see the historic Cotton Belt Route in an 1920s Victorian-style coach. Capture the outlaws that stop the train during the Great Train Robberies on Saturday and Sunday. Available to all ages.

For those with children, there is also the T-Rex Express that lasts about an hour and takes off at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 1. On board, children will be able to play interactive games and do activities related to dinosaurs.

The railroad is located 705 S. Main St. in Grapevine. Admission ranges from $8 to $10.

Liberty 5k, 10k and 1 Mile Fun Run – 7:45 a.m. Saturday, July 2, Stewart Creek Park, The Colony
Bring the family to run the 31st annual fun run in The Colony.

Feel free to walk the 5k. Because traffic on public streets will re-open at 10 a.m., organizers request for safety purposes those in the 10k or 1 mile maintain a 15-minute pace.

On site registration for the run begins at 6:30 a.m. The one mile run begins at 7:45 a.m., while the 5k and 10k runs begin at 8:05 a.m.

Liberty By The Lake Parade – 10 a.m. Saturday, July 2, Nash to Blair Oaks to The Colony High School teachers lot, The Colony
This year’s parade theme is America’s Idols. To watch, find a spot along the route which will go west on Nash to Blair Oaks, then go south on Blair Oaks to The Colony High School teachers lot.

An awards ceremony will immediately follow the parade. Trophies will be given to those participating who show exceptional patriotic spirit and support the parade theme.

To be in the parade, entries can be submitted to the Colony’s Parks and Recreation Department up until July 1. Registration will also be available day-of at parade check-in until 9:30 a.m. The parade lineup will be at Peter’s Colony Elementary School at 9:15 a.m.

Liberty By The Lake Festival – 4 p.m. Saturday, July 2, Five Star Complex, The Colony
Of all the festivals listed, this is the only one that takes place on Saturday. The family fun zone will include a zip line, bounce houses, obstacle courses, a toddler area, a train ride and face painting. There will be a food court and beer garden.

Various performances will take place, including magic shows, BMX stunt shows, Dallas Cirque Theatre performances and live music. Along with a watermelon eating contest, there will be a salsa shootout. Entry turn-in to compete in the salsa shootout begins at 4:30 p.m. and check-in for the watermelon eating begins at 7 p.m.

From 4 to 8 p.m. there will be a Freedom Business Expo that will highlight businesses in the community.

The festival will conclude with a firework finale at 9:30 p.m.

Because of flooding at Lewisville Lake, the festival will take place at The Colony Five Star Complex at 4100 Blair Oaks. Coolers will not be allowed.

Independence Day Celebration (w/ Pie Eating Contest) – 6:30 p.m. to midnight Sunday, July 3, Farmers Branch Historical Park, Farmers Branch
What’s more American than competing against your neighbor in a pie-eating competition? There will be three competitions—two for adults and one for children. The top performers will be awarded prizes. It’s $10 to enter and all proceeds will go to a local hero.

In addition to the contest, there will be a free KidZone area, a dance band and concessions. Parking is located at Metro Square Business Park at 12300 Ford Road and shuttles will take patrons to the park entrance.

Check the prohibited items list before you pack up and head over to the Farmer’s Branch Historical Park at 2540 Farmers Branch Lane.

Spirit of Coppell 2016 Celebration and Fireworks – 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday, July 3, Wagon Wheel Park, Coppell
This celebration features the Emerald City Band as well as bounce houses, face painting and photo booths. Feel free to pack a picnic or grab a turkey leg onsite. Other available food includes barbecue, pizza and funnel cakes. Bring some folding chairs and watch the firework display at 9:30.

Park reconstruction at Andrew Brown East puts this year’s Spirit of Coppell at Wagon Wheel Park at 345 Freeport Parkway.

Dachshund Dash – 8 p.m. Sunday, July 3, Frisco Square, Frisco

Race your wiener dog against other oblong pups at the third annual Dachshund Dash. Dogs will be organized into heats and the winners from those will go on to the finals.

All racers receive goody bags and heat winners receive a prize. The first, second and third place winners will get $75 worth of prizes in a basket.

Dachshunds will run 10 to 15 feet. There will need to be one person at the starting line and one at the finish line per dog.

Registration and check-in start at 7:30. Join or watch at Simpson Plaza in Frisco Square at 6101 Frisco Square Blvd.

Hotter ’n Firecrackers 5K Glow Run – 9 p.m. Sunday, July 3, Frisco Square, Frisco
The third annual glow run will light up the night as racers dash through Frisco Square. Wear your brightest gear and glow necklaces.

Patrons can get a discount if they register in groups of four or more. Prizes will go to the largest team and the most creative team. Leash up your pup, and bring her along for the run.

Runners can pick up their packet on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Frisco Running Company on Legacy Drive or on Sunday onsite. During early packet pick-up, runners will receive an LED headband.

Spirit of Coppell Parade – 9 a.m. Monday, July 4, Samuel Boulevard to Parkway Boulevard to Town Center Boulevard, Coppell
You can get a group together and walk the parade or watch it from the sidelines. The Coppell parade will go north on Samuel Boulevard, west onto Parkway Boulevard and onward to Town Center Boulevard.

The Lake Cities 4th of July – 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday, July 4, Lake Dallas City Park, Lake Dallas
A parade on Main Street kicks off this event and is followed with contests, water slides, horseback rides and live music.

Ribbons will be given to winners of the apple pie bake-off, the watermelon eating contest and seed spitting contest. There will also be a Mustache and Beard contest.

Corinth Gymnastics will take the main stage at 10:30 a.m. There will be a demo from Quinntastic Dog Traning.

Food trucks and a vendor market to peruse are also going to at Lake Dallas City Park at 101 Hundley Dr.

Children’s Parade – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, July 4, Timber Creek Road, Flower Mound
Decorate your bike, trike, wagon or stroller and head down this short parade route to celebrate Independence Day.

At the end of the route at the LISD Administration Building, there will be free hot dogs, drinks, children’s activities and live entertainment.

Line up for the parade begins at 9:30 a.m. at the corner of Eaton and Timber Creek Road. Non-motorized vehicles only. Vendors interested in participating can fill out an application.

Freedom Fest – 4 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Monday July 4, Frisco Square, Frisco
Freedom Fest will have a children’s expo and hometown heroes exhibit. Foodies will also be able to enjoy Taste of Frisco, which will feature various Frisco restaurants, at 4 p.m.

There will be an FC Dallas soccer match at Toyota Stadium. (Buy tickets here or call 888-FCD-GOAL).

After the match, a fireworks extravaganza that can be seen around Purefoy Municipal Center will shoot off from Toyota Stadium around 10 p.m.

Crowds waited for the entertainment at Flower Mound's Independence Fest. (File photo - Steve Southwell - 2014)
Crowds waited for the entertainment at Flower Mound’s Independence Fest. (File photo – Steve Southwell – 2014)

Independence Fest 2016 – 5 p.m. Monday, July 4, Bakersfield Park, Flower Mound
Loverboy will headline this festival. There will also be a performance from Le Freak and vintage car show. The kid’s zone will feature bounce houses, face painting and rides.

There won’t be onsite parking however there will be a shuttle service from the free parking at 2050 Aberdeen Drive.

Bakersfield Park is located at 1201 Duncan Lane.

Fourth of July Freedom Festival – 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Monday, July 4, Village Shops Plaza, Castle Hills
Check out Castle Hills’ Freedom Festival for the euro bungee, water slide, mobile gaming units, an inflatable obstacle course, bounce houses, carnival games and prizes.

There will also be face painters, balloon artists, and arts and crafts. Free photos will be available at the Photo Booth.

Possibly win $100 gift card by going to the registration tents within The Plaza and in the park.

Groove to DJ-spun tunes throughout and watch fireworks over the lake at dusk.

The Village Shops are located at 2520 King Arthur Blvd.

Red, White & Lewisville Fireworks Show – 9:30 p.m. Monday, July 4
If you want to stick closer to town, Lewisville’s annual fireworks show will best be seen between State Highway 121 and the south side of Vista Ridge Mall.

34th Annual July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza – 9:30 p.m. Monday, July 4, Oak Grove Park, Grapevine
This 26-minute firework display will take place at Oak Grove Park.

July 4 Community Fireworks Display – 9:30 p.m. Monday, July 4, over Josey Ranch Lake, Carrollton
This firework show will shoot over Josey Ranch Lake, but will not have an onsite venue. City of Carrollton encourages the community to view the 15-minute display from a neighborhood or from one of the few parking areas available.