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Fun on the Fourthby Nadia Dabbakeh | Modern Luxury Dallas magazine | June 25, 2012
Happy Independence Day, Dallas! The Fourth of July conjures many happy memories: Will Smith vehemently fighting aliens, Popsicles, barbecue stains, pool parties, fireworks, and best of all, tipsily (or not) celebrating our great country with good friends. We’ve rounded up a list of sure-fire spots to celebrate the red, white and blue.
Tuesday, July 3
Family Friendly: Thirty minutes of pyrotechnics choreographed to music and a live radio simulcast on 100.3 JACK FM and TXA 21 that can be seen from anywhere in Addison? No wonder Kaboom Town! made the list of top places in the country to watch fireworks, so says the American Pyrotechnics Association, USA Today, Travel + Leisure and The Wall Street Journal. Presented by Time Warner Cable, the event also boasts great food, live music on the Dos Equis Stage and a Cavanaugh Flight Museum Warbird Flyover during the Addison Airport Show. Tailgate anywhere in town, or find a patio to park your rear, because this is a show the whole family will enjoy. 5pm-midnight, Addison Circle Park, 4970 Addison Circle Dr., addisontexas.net
Cocktail Cool: For a night of modern Americana, you’ll want to put on your best poolside chic ensemble and head to the Joule Hotel for their annual rooftop Midnight Pool Party. Drinks galore, DJ Parker Lawson spinning and lots of dancing. If last year was any indication, the only snafu will be a couple rogue partiers jumping in the pool. And there is nothing wrong with that. RSVP by Friday to RSVP@thejouledallas.com. 10pm-1am, The Joule Dallas, 1530 Main St., thejouledallas.com
Wednesday, July 4
Dance, Dance Baby: Leave it to Willie Nelson to celebrate his patriotism with dancing, country tunes and a night of whiskey swilling fun. His 4th of July Picnic is a 39-year tradition that will be bringing acts such as Corey Smith, Whiskey Myers and Deadman to the historic Fort Worth Stockyards. This is only the fifth time he’s brought his act to the Stockyards, so don’t miss the party at Billy Bob’s Texas. 11:30am, Billy Bob’s Texas, 2520 Rodeo Plaza, Fort Worth, 817.624.7117, billybobstexas.com
Nostalgia and a Night Off: Unfortunately, the Fourth falls on a weeknight. Fortunately for us, the Texas Theatre has erected an old time-y drive-in just in time for our favorite summer holiday, and the baseball diamond at Lake Cliff Park will be the backdrop for none other than all-American class The Sandlot! Bring a blanket or lawn chairs and a picnic basket for a night of nostalgia. 8:45pm, Lake Cliff Park, 1200 N. Zang Blvd., thetexastheatre.com