Denton

Fourth of July Yankee Doodle Parade and Liberty 5K

The celebrations kick off with the Liberty 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run starting at Denton Civic Center on the morning of July Fourth (register here). Next up, is the Yankee Doodle Parade at 9 a.m., which runs from the corner of Hickory and Locust on the Square to the Denton Civic Center.

Ages 50 and up can enjoy the annual Senior Picnic from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Denton Senior Center, and all ages are welcome to the Jubilee Family Fun & Games from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Quakertown Park and the Civic Center, including a hot dog eating contest.

In the evening, head to UNT’s Apogee Stadium for the 26th annual Denton Noon Kiwanis Club fireworks display. There will be concessions available for purchase and a kids’ activity area and live bands leading up to the fireworks display after dark. General admission is free, but parking is $10 per car.

Wednesday, July 4. Various times and locations with fireworks at Apogee Stadium, 1251 S. Bonnie Brae St. Free-$10. discoverdenton.com.

Robson Ranch

Fourth of July Picnic, Parade & Tour

Robson Ranch’s festivities feature patriotic decorations, a parade and flyover. Residents and visitors should come early to find a viewing spot along Robson Ranch Road, and blankets and folding chairs are welcome. The parade and flyover begin at 9 a.m.

A community overview with model home tours will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The tour includes three new model homes as well as seven other models. Hot dogs, chips and drinks will be served in the model village for those with certificates. Two food certificates and one patriotic bandanna will be given for each completed guest registration card (for ages 40 and older.) Supplies are limited, and Robson Ranch residents aren’t eligible for the certificates and bandannas.

Wednesday, July 4, starting at 9 a.m.

Aubrey

Freedom Fest

The annual Freedom Fest at Rancho de la Roca Retreat Ranch starts at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 4, at the ranch, located at 2459 Blackjack Road. Families can take the paddle boats or canoes out for a spin, let the kids bounce on inflatables or bring the tackle box and go fishing. Admission costs $10 per person; children age 3 and younger get in for free. Once inside, kids can do crafts for $1, or get a $5 wristband for rides on the mechanical bull, the climbing wall and the bungee trampoline. Fireworks starts at 9:30 p.m. No grills, pets or firecrackers allowed. Bring blankets, chairs and bug spray.

Lake Cities

Lake Cities 4th of July

Lake Dallas, Corinth, Hickory Creek and Shady Shores celebrate the holiday on Wednesday with a parade, apple pie bake-off, frozen T-shirt contests, watermelon eating contest, and live music by Eleven Hundred Springs, Cameron Hobbs and Little Elmo & the Mambo Kings. Vendors and food trucks will sell items and concessions. The parade starts at 9 a.m. and the event continues through the day. The event ends with a fireworks show. Admission is free.

Wednesday, July 4, from 9 a.m. until after dark at Lake Dallas City Park, 101 E. Hundley Drive. www.lakedallas.com.

Ray Roberts Lake

Ray Roberts Marina Fireworks Show

The small marina celebrates the holiday the weekend after July 4. Parking opens at 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 7, at 1625 Marina Circle, east of Sanger. $5 per car. Fireworks start over the water after dark. www.facebook.com

IN THE AREA

THE COLONY: Liberty by the Lake

This 21st annual festival kicks off early with 10K, 5K and 1-mile races before a morning parade at 9:15 a.m. and a family-friendly expo at Stewart Creek Park on Wednesday, July 4. Entertainment includes a kid zone and recurring performances of Barks 5th Ave. Dog Trick and Dive Show, Dangerous Edison’s Science Show and a BMX Stunt Show. There will be a main stage with live music in the afternoon and evening and a Salsa Shootout competition with “people’s choice” judging. In the evening, there will be a watermelon eating contest and fireworks at 9:30 p.m. On-site parking is $20; free parking and shuttle service is available at Lakeview Middle School.

Wednesday, July 4, starting at 7:45 a.m. (for runners); 4 p.m. for the expo at Stewart Creek Park, 3700 Sparks Road, The Colony. Free. thecolonytx.gov.

Frisco Freedom Fest

The two-day festivities begin with the Hotter ‘n Firecrackers 5K Glow Run and Dachshund Dash on Tuesday evening, July 3. The next day, head over to the Party in the Plaza,which begins at 4 p.m. Wednesday, July 4, and features a children’s expo with hamster ball races, zip lines, a rock climbing wall and bounce houses, plus a community stage with live performances and a Hometown Hero Exhibit highlighting the city’s police and fire departments. Taste of Frisco offers a variety of popular menu items from local restaurants and you can shop local businesses at the Vendor Village. Across the street at Toyota Stadium, FC Dallas will take on Atlanta United, and the evening ends with a 20-minute fireworks display following the game. General admission to the festival is free, but some children’s attractions and concessions range from $1-$6. FC Dallas game tickets are $40-$150.

Tuesday and Wednesday, July 3 and 4, at Frisco Square, 6100 Frisco Square Blvd., Frisco. friscofreedomfest.org.

LEWISVILLE: Freedom Festival and Fireworks

The 20th annual Freedom Festival kicks off at Castle Hills Village Shops and Plaza on Wednesday evening, July 4, with a DJ and free children’s activities including what’s billed as “the largest inflatable maze in Texas,” bounce houses, water slides, a foam and bubble area, caricature artists, face painting and trackless train rides. Food trucks and area restaurants will provide food for purchase. Bring blankets and lawn chairs to grab a good spot around Lake Avalon for a view of the fireworks spectacular at dusk.

Wednesday, July 4, beginning at 5 p.m. at Castle Hills Village Shops and Plaza, 2520 King Arthur Blvd., Lewisville. Free. castlehillsvillageshops.com.

Plano Lions Independence Day Parade

This annual event features a patriotic parade of drill teams, cheerleaders, local businesses and organizations marching down Independence Parkway to Plano Senior High on Wednesday. This year’s theme is Plano: All-American City. Here’s a map of the parade route.

Wednesday, July 4, from 9 to 11 a.m. starting at the Plano ISD Administrative Building, 2700 W. 15th Street, Plano. Free. id4planolions.org.

PLANO: All American Fourth Fireworks at Oak Point Park

Food trucks parked at Collin College begin selling food at 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 4, and a DJ will begin playing music at 7:30 p.m. across the road at Oak Point Park, the city’s bucolic nature preserve. The fireworks show begins at 9:30 p.m. with synchronized music on radio station 97.5 KLAK. General admission is free and so is plentiful parking at Collin College, Plano Event Center and First United Methodist Church. (But, please note that portions of Spring Creek will be closed down starting at 4 p.m., so route accordingly.) Bring blankets or lawn chairs and cash for vendors.

Wednesday, July 4, beginning at 5 p.m. at Oak Point Park, 2801 E. Spring Creek Parkway, Plano. Free. plano.gov.

Swim instead: The Texas-shaped saltwater pool is hosting an Independence Day Pool Party from noon to 6 p.m. There will be pool games and the snack bar and grill will be fired up and cooking. (Coolers are welcome if you’d like to bring your own food and non-alcoholic beverages.) Veterans and active military are free, everyone else is $10 or $30 per family.

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

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