The best places to see fireworks in Dallas

Dallas goes all out to celebrate America’s birthday. With over 30 public events going on in and around Dallas from the 1st-4th, it’s tough to choose the right one. This guide tells you the best show to go to depending on what you’re looking for. Whether you want great views of downtown or something for the whole family, there is a firework show for you this 4th of July in Dallas.

Best view of the city:

Red, White & Boom on the Bridge at Ronal Kirk and Margaret Hunt Hill Bridges – July 3

The Dallas skyline and Independence day fireworks, July 2016. Photo by Donald Gibson.
The Dallas skyline and Independence day fireworks, July 2016. Photo by Donald Gibson.

Watch the Dallas skyline light up at this free event. The bridge provides a beautiful view of the city and river. Westbound Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge will be closed to traffic and open to pedestrians. Food trucks will be on hand and live music starts at 6p.m. Fireworks start at sundown and the bridge is open until 10p.m.


Fun all day long:

Fair Park Fourth – July 4

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Starting at noon, fair park opens for a day full of festivities. Located in the same park as the Texas state fair, the park has a wide range of attractions including: gardens, a children’s aquarium, concession stands, rides, games and of course, fireworks. Admission and the firework show is free. Fireworks start around 9:45p.m. Watch the show from the Cotton Bowl or your favorite place in the park. Attractions at the fair cost different amounts. Parking costs $10 but you can also get to Fair Park Fourth from DART rail station’s Farmers Branch Station stop off the green line.


Best show:

Addison’s Kaboom Town! – July 3

With a name like Kaboom Town! you know the show is going to be good. Addison’s firework show in one of the best in the country with multiple publications ranking the show as part of the top 10 displays in the United States. Festivities start at 4p.m. and go until midnight. There is no admission fee and the fireworks can be seen from anywhere in Addison. Most restaurants in the area have viewing parties. The show starts around 9:30p.m. and lasts for nearly half-an-hour. Arrive early though. Addison swells with visitors for the spectacle as around 500,000 people come out for the event.



Omni Hotel Pool

W Hotel

Nylo SODA Bar

Each of these rooftop venues offer exclusive views of Dallas’ firework show on July 3. W hotel’s large rooftop infinity pool and lounge area is perfect for watching the show. Omni Hotel also has a rooftop infinity pool with great views of the city. Staying at either hotel and watching the show is a way to beat the crowds and have a relatively stress-free experience.

Nylo SODA Bar is a good go-to if you want rooftop views but don’t want to shell out money for a hotel room. The panoramic view of the Dallas skyline isn’t bad either. Nylo’s has an appetizer menu, cocktails, beer and wine. This spot isn’t kid friendly however and is 21+ after 9p.m.


Something Unique:

Rockin’ the River at Panther Island Pavilion – July 1 & 8

Fort Worth’s weekly concert series is 4th of July themed July 1 and 8 with fireworks after the concerts. Float on the Trinity River, listen to 4 different bands and watch a firework show from the river. It’s a unique way to enjoy the weekend. Rockin’ the River may not be suitable for young children because of the loud music and alcohol. Children shorter than 30” are not allowed in the river. Admission and parking is free, tube rentals cost $6. There is also soda, beer and food on hand. No outside food or beverages are allowed. The first show starts at 2:15p.m. and the fireworks start at 9:15p.m.