The Fourth of July is just a week away, and there’s a smorgasbord of patriotic events to choose from.
Freedom Fest at Rancho de la Roca
Gates open at 5:30 p.m. July 4 at Rancho de la Roca, 2459 Blackjack Road.
$10 for ages 11 and up, $5 for ages 3 to 10. Concessions available for purchase. Free activities include inflatables, hayrides, pedal boats, canoes and fishing (bring your own gear). Crafts cost $1 per child. A $5 wristband covers mechanical bull, climbing wall and bungee trampoline. Music by the McNeills. Fireworks start at 9:30 p.m. Presented by Peace of the Rock Ministries.
Patrons should bring blankets, lawn chairs and bug spray. No grills, pets, alcohol or fireworks. For more information, visit www.ranchoroca.com.
Liberty Run 5K/1-Mile Fun Run
7:30 a.m. July 4 at the Denton Civic Center, 321 E. McKinney St.
Fun run registration costs $25 in advance, $30 on race day. Race day registration is from 6 to 7 a.m. Visit www.dentonparks.com.
Fourth of July Yankee Doodle Parade
Starting at 9 a.m. July 4, the annual parade goes from the corner of Hickory and Locust streets on the Square to the Denton Civic Center.
Parade staging begins at 8 a.m. on Locust Street between Walnut and Sycamore streets, and judging begins at 8:30 a.m. on South Locust between Walnut and Sycamore streets. All are welcome to walk in this citizens parade — decorate bikes, strollers, wagons. To register, visit www.dentonparks.com or call 940-349-8575.
Fourth of July Jubilee
9 a.m. to noon July 4 at Quakertown Park and the Civic Center, 321 E. McKinney St. Family fun and games. Adult horseshoe tournament, children’s carnival games, contests and more.
Denton Kiwanis Fireworks Show
6 to 10 p.m. July 4 at Apogee Stadium, 1251 S. Bonnie Brae St.
$10 per car for parking in lots around Apogee Stadium and at Fouts Field. Tailgating is permitted in the parking lots, but no outside food and beverages is permitted inside the stadium. Concession stands will be operating during the event. To see a map of the parking areas, visit http://bit.ly/2Ya3F10. The bucket brigade will be at the entrance of the stadium. Fees cover the cost of the event, and proceeds and money collected by the bucket brigade benefit the Denton Kiwanis Children’s Clinic, which offers dental, vision and medical care to indigent children.
Denton has its own day of pride and patriotism, and this year, revelers should know that the annual Denton Kiwanis Fourth of July Fireworks has more room in Apogee Stadium for people to park and head into the arena to watch a concert and fireworks. The stadium opens at 6 p.m., local bands start playing at 7 p.m. and fireworks start at 9:30 p.m.
Attendees will be still able to park at the Fouts Field lot — construction on part of the old stadium parking lot and the demolished stadium makes it look like the lot might be closed, but it’s not.
Those who park at Fouts Field can take the pedestrian bridge over Interstate 35E and walk to Apogee Stadium, as usual. Additional parking is open around Apogee Stadium this year. The blue lot — the spaces near Victory Hall and the practice facility at Apogee — will be open for Fourth of July revelers. The red lot, the grassy area across South Bonnie Brae Street from the stadium, will also be open. The only parking areas the Kiwanis Club and University of North Texas aren’t opening to the public are the Athletic Center lot and the parking spots right by the stadium — those spaces are for sponsors and club level donors. A small lot adjacent to North Texas Boulevard and “the hill” will be blocked off due to proximity to the new pyrotechnical staging area.
Attendees who prefer to park at Apogee Stadium can reach the blue lot by taking North Texas Boulevard to the stadium, or by taking South Bonnie Brae to reach the red lot.
Hank Dickenson, the longtime coordinator of the fireworks show, said attendees don’t have to rush out of the stadium after the 30-minute fireworks show.
“I think sometimes people forget when we do these events, these are big events for Denton,” Dickenson said in a previous interview. “After our show, we encourage people to be patient and hang around event. We’re not trying to chase you out. We might have some Rangers stuff on the screen. You can chill out for a bit.”
LAKE CITIES 4th OF JULY
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Fireworks, fun, food and festivities happen one mile from Lewisville Lake at Lake Dallas City Park. The parade starts at 9 a.m. Vendors and entertainment start at 4 p.m. Festivities include an apple pie bake-off, frozen T-shirt contests, a watermelon-eating contest, live music by Eleven Hundred Springs, Cameron Hobbs and Little Elmo & the Mambo Kings, and fireworks shows in the area. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/31RZhpH.
SOUNDS OF RED, WHITE & LEWISVILLE
6 p.m. July 3 at Wayne Ferguson Plaza, 150 W. Church St. Free
The event includes live music, kids’ activities and fireworks in Wayne Ferguson Plaza and on the Lone Star Toyota of Lewisville stage. Food vendors will sell concessions. Best viewing areas for the fireworks show are Wayne Ferguson Plaza and the surrounding areas in Old Town Lewisville. Parking is limited and some streets will be closed. Attendees are encouraged to take the free shuttle to the event. Shuttles run from 5 to 11 p.m. from Lowe’s Home Improvement, back of the Garden Center side of lot and Lone Star Toyota of Lewisville Rail Road Park, north end.
Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs for their comfort. Well-behaved pets on a leash are allowed.
6 p.m. — Event opens: food trucks, inflatables, face painting
6 to 7:30 .m. — Hightower Band, country soul and rock
8 to 9:30 p.m. — Satisfaction/International Rolling Stones Tribute Show
9:30 p.m. — Fireworks from the roof of the Medical City Lewisville Grand Theater