The City of Dallas, Friends of Fair Park and the State Fair of Texas invite everyone to celebrate America with a day of family fun at the City of Dallas’ official Independence Day celebration, Fair Park Fourth.
Enjoy live music, water features and access to rides, games and concessions within the State Fair of Texas Midway, starting at noon on July fourth. Throughout the afternoon, music will be performed by the celebratory Razzmajazz Dixieland Band, and at 7 p.m. experience the explosive sound and crazy look of the legendary Texas trio ZZ Top, performed by one of the nation’s top tribute acts, Dallas’ own, Trio Grande, with band members Kraig Parker, Pauley DeFrancisco and Rod Foster.
Admission to the Midway is $5, or complimentary to those who participate in the Dallas Park and Recreation “Dallas 7/4” race (7k/4k) that morning. Approximately 26 exhilarating rides will be available on the Midway. Ride and game costs will vary. For more information on the State Fair of Texas Midway, visit BigTex.com.
Texas Discovery Gardens will be open extended hours, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., with the annual “Red, White and Butterflies” festivities. Enjoy the gardens, butterflies, crafts and activities all day long for a reduced $1 admission. The Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park will be open from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and will charge a discounted admission of $4 per person after 4:30 p.m. The Fair Park campus of the Perot Museum of Nature and Science will have the Nature Building open from noon to 5 p.m. Admission will be $1.00, or free for members.
More live music and access to food trucks will be available throughout Fair Park starting at 6:00 p.m. Free and open to the public, the family-friendly event will feature patriotic performances, “dancing water” shows at the Esplanade Fountain, entertainment, concessions, plus a spectacular fireworks show at approximately 9:30 p.m.
View the fireworks show from inside the Cotton Bowl, on the State Fair of Texas Midway, or from various locations throughout the Fair Park grounds. For more information on Fair Park festivities, including museum information and the “Dallas 7/4 Race,” visit FairPark.org.
Pendery’s, the oldest family-owned and operated business in Texas, and the inventors of the chili powder blend, will hold their first “Charity Challenge Chili Cook-off,” benefiting Homeless Veterans, the Housing Crisis Center, Assist the Officer Foundation, and Friends of Fair Park. Following the competition, a BBQ gala will be served by volunteers from the Dallas Police Department, followed by the award and trophy presentation, and the fireworks show. For more information, to purchase tickets, make a donation or to enter the competition, visit Penderys.com.
For the third consecutive year, WFAA-TV (Channel 8) will present a one-hour red, white and blue, Texas-size salute to America’s birthday from historic Fair Park. Ron Corning, Colleen Coyle and Joe Trahan will anchor the program from in and around the Cotton Bowl.
The television show will feature a mixture of talented local artists, including a live performance by members of the Jazz Singers vocal ensemble from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. Others scheduled to appear on the TV show include members of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s brass section, Texas country artist Tony Ramey, a performance by the U.S. Navy Band Sea Chanters, which will include a special salute to all branches of the United States Armed Forces, and, of course, a spectacular LIVE fireworks display.
Parking for the general public is $5 at Fair Park Gates 5, 6, 10 and 11. Gates D and E to the Cotton Bowl will open at 7 p.m. Produced by Pyrotecnico, the fireworks display will begin at approximately 9:30 p.m.
About Fair Park
Named by the American Planning Association as one of the top 10 public spaces in the country, historic Fair Park is a cultural and entertainment center located two miles east of downtown Dallas. A division of the Dallas Park and Recreation Department, Fair Park is home to four museums and four performance facilities including the Dallas Summer Musicals/Music Hall, Gexa Energy Pavilion, Dallas Wind Symphony/Band Shell, Cotton Bowl Stadium, African American Museum, Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park, Dallas Historical Society/Hall of State, and Texas Discovery Gardens. This National Historic Landmark has the largest collection of 1930s Art Deco exposition style architecture in the world, including 18 historic murals. Located on 277 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds, Fair Park’s special features include the Esplanade Fountain, Leonhardt Lagoon, Texas Vietnam Memorial and the Smith Fountain. For more information, call the Fair Park Information Line at 214-421-9600 or visit FairPark.org.
About Friends of Fair Park
Friends of Fair Park is a non-profit citizens’ group dedicated to keeping Fair Park a destination for affordable family fun all 12 months of the year. Formed in 1986, the organization’s key activities include promoting the year-round use of Fair Park, supporting the Fair Park museums, encouraging thoughtful planning for Fair Park’s future, and preserving the buildings, art, sculpture, and related artifacts of the 1936 Texas Centennial. The organization sponsors numerous fundraising programs, including one that allows citizens to purchase a brick in the Texas Promenade Walkway. Friends of Fair Park also ensures such Fair Park-hosted events such as Fair Park Fourth and the Dog Bowl continue year after year. The offices of Friends of Fair Park are located in the Magnolia Lounge at the corner of First and Grand avenues, next to the African American Museum. Visit FairPark.org for more information.
About the State Fair of Texas
Since its inception in 1886, the State Fair of Texas has celebrated all things Texan by promoting agriculture, education, and community involvement through quality entertainment in a family-friendly environment. The State Fair of Texas is a non-profit organization with all proceeds helping to preserve and improve Fair Park and underwrite museum, community and scholarship programs for inner city youth and students pursuing agricultural careers. The 2014 exposition runs September 26 through October 19 in Fair Park. Visit BigTex.com for more information.