Fair Park Fourth
Saturday, July 4, 2015
The City of Dallas, Friends of Fair Park, the State Fair of Texas and WFAA-TV (Channel 8) invite you 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 a tribute to The Beatles with music from A Hard Night’s Day, near the fireworks viewing area on the Midway.
Admission to the Midway is $5, or complimentary to those who participate in the Dallas Park and Recreation’s “Dallas 7/4” race (7k/4k) that morning. Approximately 30 exhilarating rides will be available on the Midway. Ride, game and concession costs will vary. All proceeds from the Midway during Fair Park Fourth will be donated to the State Fair of Texas Youth Scholarship Program. For more information on the State Fair of Texas, visit BigTex.com.
While at Fair Park, be sure to visit its many attractions. 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 $2 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 Hall of State will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Old Mill Inn restaurant and patio will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. The African American Museum will be free and open to the public from 2 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., and will reopen following the fireworks for an after-hours event, with a $10 admission per person.
More live music and access to food trucks will be available in Big Tex Circle starting at 7 p.m. Free and open to the public, this family-friendly event will feature patriotic performances, “dancing water” shows at the Esplanade Fountain, entertainment, food trucks and concessions, plus a spectacular fireworks show at approximately 9:45 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 the fourth consecutive year, WFAA will present a one-hour red, white and blue, Texas-size salute to America's birthday from historic Fair Park. Cynthia Izaguirre and Joe Trahan will anchor the program from in and around the Cotton Bowl. The one-hour television show will begin at 9 p.m., and is scheduled to feature special musical performances and the evening’s live fireworks display. Produced by Pyrotecnico, the fireworks display will begin at approximately 9:45 p.m.
Parking for the general public is $5 per car at Fair Park Gates 5, 6, 10 and 11. Entrances to the State Fair of Texas Midway will be near the Children’s Aquarium and by the Fair Park Coliseum. Gates A, B and D to the Cotton Bowl will open at 7 p.m.
THINGS TO SEE AND DO
You and your family can:
- explore historic Fair Park,
- enjoy the State Fair of Texas Midway,
- paddle in the Swan Boats,
- ride the Texas Star Ferris Wheel
- learn about the interesting and quirky history of Fair Park on our free Cell Phone Tour,
- visit participating Fair Park partners like Texas Discovery Gardens and the Hall of State,
- check out Truck World on Cotton Bowl Plaza
- delight at an Esplanade Fountain show,
- pedal a B-Cycle Bike,
- listen to music from Dixie Land Band, A Hard Night's Day, and the Dallas Wind Symphony, and
- purchase food and drink from on-site vendors.
FAIR PARK MAP SHOWING THE BEST AREAS TO VIEW FIREWORKS
View or download and print this Fair Park map showing our recommendations for great places to view fireworks. Also shown is where food trucks will be located and where baby stroller corrals will be for those who want to enter Cotton Bowl Stadium.
SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES
|6:00 a.m.||Fair Park gates open|
|7:00 a.m.||Dallas 7/4 7K/4K Race Registration Opens|
|7:40 a.m.||Race begins|
|9:00 a.m.||Children's Aquarium at Fair Park opens and is open until 7:30 p.m. Admission drops to $4 after 4:00 p.m. Meet MJ the blue-eyed loggerhead turtle! MORE|
|10:00 a.m.||Texas Discovery Gardens opens and is open until 7:00 p.m. Enjoy its "Red, White and Butterflies" celebration with $2 general admission, crafts and activities. MORE|
|10:00 a.m.||The Hall of State opens and will remain open until 5 p.m. MORE|
|11:00 a.m.||The Old Mill Inn restaurant and patio opens and will remain open until 10 p.m.|
|12 noon||State Fair of Texas Midway opens. Admission to the Midway will be $5 (free to those who participate in the Dallas 7/4 race). Ride, game and concession costs will vary. Approximately 30 exhilarating rides will be available!|
|2:00 p.m.||The African American Museum opens and will remain open until 7:00 p.m. MORE|
|4:00 p.m.||Dixie Land Band performs throughout the State Fair of Texas Midway|
|5:00 p.m.||Fair Park Fourth activities begin in the Esplanade, Court of Honor and Lagoon area where food trucks and concessionaires will have food and beverage available for purchase.|
|7:00 p.m.||Cotton Bowl Stadium Gate A opens (south side)|
|7:00 p.m.||A Hard Night’s Day, a Beatles tribute band, will perform on the Midway near the Top o’ Texas Tower.|
|7:00 p.m.||Dallas Winds performs on Court of Honor Stage in front of Hall of State|
|8:00 p.m.||Texas Cotton Kings performs on the Court of Honor Stage in from of Hall of State.|
|9:00 p.m.||WFAA-TV Channel 8 live broadcast begins from Cotton Bowl Stadium. The National Anthem will be sung by a member of the Broadway touring company from Dirty Dancing, now playing at Dallas Summer Musicals.|
- Admission to Fair Park is free for Fair Park Fourth.
- Food and drink will be available for purchase.
- No beer, wine, alcohol maye be brought into Fair Park.
- Bicycles are welcomed in Fair Park for this event but will not be allowed in the State Fair of Texas Midway or Cotton Bowl Stadium. Bike racks are located at both DART light rail stations that serve Fair Park. Additional bike racks will be placed around Fair Park for Fair Park Fourth. You can also rent one of our B-Cycle Bikes.
- Dogs on leashes are welcome but will not be allowed in the State Fair of Texas Midway or Cotton Bowl Stadium. Please clean up after your dog.
- You may bring lawn chairs, blankets, and picnics into Fair Park.
- Strollers will not be allowed in Cotton Bowl Stadium. Strollers may be left in one of two "stroller corrals" shown here.
- Many Fair Park Partners — like Texas Discovery Gardens, Children's Aquarium, and the State Fair of Texas Midway — will charge admission.
- If you choose to enjoy Cotton Bowl Stadium seating, please be aware that purses and bags are subject to search prior to entering Cotton Bowl Stadium.
- The City of Dallas will charge $5 to park on a Fair Park Lot. Save parking charges and ride the DART Green line.
Fair Park Fourth is made possible by The City of Dallas, Friends of Fair Park, the State Fair of Texas, WFAA-TV Channel 8, Dos Equis, Mike's Harder, and Dallas Truck World.