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The Fourth of July means sparklers, fireworks and a celebration of democracy.

The Fourth of July brings a smorgasbord of patriotic events to choose from.

Aubrey

Freedom Fest at Rancho de la Roca

Gates open at 5:30 p.m. today 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.

Denton

Liberty Run 5K/ 1-Mile Fun Run

7:30 a.m. today 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. today, 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.

Fourth of July Jubilee

9 a.m. to noon today 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. today at Apogee Stadium, 1251 S. Bonnie Brae St.

$10 per car for parking in lots around Apogee Stadium and Fouts Field. Tailgating is permitted in the parking lots, but no outside food or beverages are 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.

The annual Denton Kiwanis Fourth of July Fireworks has more room at 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 still be able to park at the Fouts Field lot — construction on part of the old stadium parking lot and the demolished stadium make 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. 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.

Robson Ranch Fourth of July

Robson Ranch will dress the Denton retirement community up in red, white and blue with free food, festivities and fun today.

9 a.m. — Community-wide parade & flyover. Arrive early to find a viewing spot along Robson Ranch Boulevard. Folding chairs and blankets may be used during the parade.

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Community overview and model home tours. Complimentary hot dogs, chips and beverages served within the Model Village with certificate (attendees ages 40 or older can get two food certificates and one bandana per completed guest registration card).

Robson Ranch is located at 9501 Ed Robson Blvd.

LAKE CITIES

Lake Cities Fourth of July

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today — 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.

Fort worth

Friday Night Drags

If Fourth of July festivities are too much for you, Texas Motor Speedway will present a Fifth of July Fireworks and Military-First Responders Night at Friday Night Drags sponsored by Snap-On. The fireworks start after the first round of elimination during week three of drag racing nights.

Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12 at Gate 6. Parking is free outside Gate 6 or $20 in the infield. Coolers are allowed in both the grandstands and the infield. All first responders and military personnel get in free with a valid ID.

Friday, July 5 — Gates open at 6 p.m., racing starts at 9:15 and fireworks at 10 p.m.

Texas Motor Speedway is located at 3545 Lone Star Circle in Fort Worth.

LUCINDA BREEDING can be reached at 940-566-6877 and via Twitter at @LBreedingDRC.

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