Skip the cul-de-sac cleanup this year and let someone else handle the Independence Day spectacle. Plus, local orgs are pros at showing off some incredible displays. 🎆
Consider us your one-stop firework shop. Read on for public firework displays, your favorite vantages to watch the lights, and local guidelines. Bonus: If your pup is sensitive to sound, we’ve got some spots for you, too.
Fort Worth’s Fourth | Panther Island Pavilion | Gates open at 5 p.m. + fireworks start around 9:30 p.m. | Enjoy the 15th annual event from the comfort of an inner tube in the Trinity River. Jam to live music from MetalShop and Party Machine, celebrate with kid-friendly activities, chow down with local food vendors + watch the largest fireworks show in North Texas.
July 4th Celebration | Fort Worth Botanic Garden | 8:30 p.m. | Pack a picnic for the whole family and clap along to patriotic marches for the last evening of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra’s Concerts in the Garden + watch the music come to life with a fireworks display.
Watch the show from the water at Panther Island Pavilion. | Photo by @fortworthsfourth
Where to watch
You may be asking, what’s better than seeing one display? Seeing all of them.Follow the map for our favorite vantage points for a view of the festivities anywhere you look.
Tarrant County has issued a burn ban for unincorporated areas due to increased drought conditions. Shooting your own fireworks could result in a $500 fine. Fireworks are illegal in city limits + within 5,000 ft of city limits. Note: Multiple surrounding counties — including Parker, Dallas, and Johnson — have also prohibited fireworks this year. Check out the map of all Texas county burn bans + stay safe this holiday.
Click the button below for more local displays, fun facts, and firework-less Fourth of July alternatives.
TCU’s Horned Frog Investment Network is working to build the investment community in Cowtown. The 40-member group is a hybrid between angel investors and a venture capital firm, sourcing capital from business accelerators and other investment opportunities to support local entrepreneurship and early-stage startups. Learn more about becoming a member. 💸 (Fort Worth Report)
FWPD’s Explorer Program is open for enrollment. The career-based program teaches students between the ages of 14 and 21 law enforcement techniques and skills as well as character development and career education in weekly meetings. Learn more and apply by Wed., Aug. 31.
Independence Day. America has been celebrating this day for 246 years, since the Declaration of Independence was formally adopted on July 4, 1776. City Hall, municipal offices, and Fort Worth library branches are closed today + Trinity Metro services will run on a modified schedule. Check out the full list of closures. 🇺🇸
Anybody in the market for a $3.5 million dream home? This Dutch Modern house in the Montrachet neighborhood just hit the market, sparking in all its marble and white oak wonder. The five bedroom, seven bath home at 4632 Espirit Ave. was designed by Montebello Architecture and Design. 🏡 (PaperCity Magazine)
Prosper-native Averie Bishophas been crowned the 85th Miss Texas — and the first Asian-American woman to do so. The 25-year-old champion advocates for “Y’all Means All,” a campaign to support diversity and inclusion in Texas. Averie will participate in the Miss America pageant in December before sitting for the Texas Bar Examination. 👑 (NBC DFW)
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After 59 years of serving famous Chicago-style hot dogs, Portillo’s is finally making its way to the Lone Star State. The Chicago chain is opening its first Texas location in The Colony (~40-minute drive NE of downtown) later this year + will be hosting a little preview in its iconic white and red food truck.
The Beef Bus will be coming to AT&T Stadium in Arlington from Fri., July 15-Sun., July 17 for the Summer Truckin Nationals. Line up for hot dogs, Italian beef sandwiches, chopped salads, cheese fries, homemade chocolate cake, and chocolate cake milkshakes.
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Editor’s pick:Hey there, girl bosses — In a recent study by SmartAsset, Fort Worth ranked sixth among the best US cities for women in tech. Cowtown rose 12 ranks since last year, taking into account the tech industry’s gender pay gap, income, percentage of the workforce, and growth in employment. Right on, ladies. 💻
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