Looking for something to do in celebration of the holiday weekend? Check out this roundup of local events throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. Find everything from a Patriotic Picnic to a festive-themed painting class as well as several different firework shows.


July 3: Run a 5K

Frisco’s annual Freedom Fest will start with a Hotter’n Firecrackers 5K run at Frisco Square. Participants will sport flashing LED lights and their brightest gear while running or walking to electronic music. All participants will receive a finishers medal. Prizes will be awarded for Largest Team and Most Creative. 9-10:30 p.m. $25 (group), $30 (individual), $50 (Fire & Ice Challenge). 6101 Frisco Square Blvd., Frisco. 972-292-5000. www.friscofreedomfest.org

July 4: Watch a fireworks show

The city of Frisco, FC Dallas and CoServ will host a fireworks extravaganza along with the Taste of Frisco to celebrate Independence Day. Vendors, including Kona Ice, Pizzeria Testa, The Pink Co. and Dippin’ Dots, will have goods for attendees to enjoy. 9:45 p.m. Free (admission). 6101 Frisco Square Blvd., Frisco. 972-292-5074. www.friscofreedomfest.org


July 3: Celebrate Independence Day in downtown Plano

The Plano Community Band will play a free patriotic concert in the Downtown Plano Historic Arts District to get the whole family into the spirit of Independence Day. The public is invited to bring blankets and folding chairs. 7 p.m. Free. Haggard Park, 901 E. 15th St., Plano. 972-814-8882. www.planoband.com

July 4: Celebrate Independence Day with fireworks

Plano’s All American 4th and Fireworks show features a vendor market, static parade floats and a free kids’ zone. The fireworks launch is set to begin at 9:30 p.m. Music is to be simulcast on 97.5 KLAK-FM. Parking is available at Collin College, the Plano Event Center and the First United Methodist Church Plano. 6-10 p.m. Free (admission). Collin College Spring Creek Campus, 2800 E. Spring Creek Parkway, Plano. 972-941-7000. www.plano.gov/allamerican4th

July 4: Party in the pool

The Texas Pool will host an Independence Day pool party. Attendees have the opportunity to enjoy food, pool games and more. Noon-6 p.m. Free (members), $10 (visitor admission). The Texas Pool, 901 Springbrook Drive, Plano. 972-881-8392. https://texaspool.org


July 1-3: Paint freedom ringing

Painting with a Twist in Richardson is holding eight classes during the holiday weekend, including a “Let Freedom Ring” class July 2. These arts classes offer a variety of painting lessons for large groups with adult options available. Tickets are available for purchase online. Times vary. $39-$60. Arapaho Village Shopping Center, 819 W. Arapaho Road, Richardson. 469-802-6333. www.paintingwithatwist.com/studio/richardson

July 4: Watch a fireworks show

The city of Richardson will hold its annual Family 4th Celebration at 6 p.m. at Breckinridge Park. Open to the entire community, attendees are encouraged to bring picnics, blankets or lawn chairs and enjoy children’s activities, concessions, a patriotic musical salute and more. Due to limited on-site parking at Breckinridge Park for Richardson's Family 4th Celebration event, the city will provide a free round-trip shuttle service from its off-site parking locations. The shuttle service will operate from the off-site parking near Methodist Richardson Medical Center at 3001 and 3101 N. President George Bush Turnpike beginning at 6 p.m. For more information about the shuttle service, click here.The fireworks show is estimated to start at 9:30 p.m. Free. 3555 Brand Road, Richardson. 972-744-4100. www.cor.net/departments/parks-recreation/community-events/family-4th-celebration


July 1: Patriotic Picnic

Grapevine's Nash Farm, which recreates life on a 19th century working homestead, is hosting three events in July. The first in the series is a Patriotic Picnic. The event includes lawn games and refreshments. Attendees are invited to bring along a picnic. 10 a.m.-noon. Free (under age 3), $5 (age 3 and older). 626 Ball St., Grapevine. https://tickets.grapevineticketline.com/event/first-fridays-at-the-farm-20

July 2: Bluegrass Jam Session

For locals looking to listen to music, the second event of the First Fridays at the Farm Series offers attendees the opportunity to jam out to bluegrass tunes. This event features jam sessions at the Settlement to City Museum Park. Noon-4 p.m. Free. 206 W. Hudgins St., Grapevine. https://www.southwestbluegrassclubdfw.org/

July 9: 1920s Ice Cream Social at Nash Farm

Looking for something sweet this summer? The 1920s Ice Cream Social will feature hand-cranked homemade ice cream and Victorian lawn games. The Lone Star String Band will perform old-time music. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, quilts and picnics. Free (under age 3), $10 (age 3 and older). Event starts at 7 p.m. and goes until dark. 626 Ball St., Grapevine. https://tickets.grapevineticketline.com/event/nash-farm-ice-cream-social2022

Keller-Roanoke-Fort Worth

July 3: All American Fireworks & Festival

Roanoke’s annual Fourth of July festival will include music from Texas High Road at 5 p.m. and The After Party at 7:15 p.m.; a dozen food trucks; inflatable; games; and the Texas Bubblers. Registration is open online for the pie-eating contest. The fireworks show starts at about 9:25 p.m. 5-10 p.m. Free (admission). Free shuttles to the event are available starting at 4:45 p.m. Check the website for available pickup locations. Roanoke Community Park, 201 Park Drive, Roanoke. www.roanoketexas.com/3rdofjuly

July 3: Keller Lights

This year’s Independence Day festivities put on by the city of Keller will feature live music by Rob Brooks, Ben Hatton and the Keller Area Youth Jazz Orchestra; a hot dog-eating contest; and more. The grand finale fireworks show will launch at 9 p.m. over the pond behind Keller Town Hall. Attendees can also catch a shuttle to and from the event at Life Church or Keller High School from 4-11 p.m. 6 p.m. Free. Keller Town Hall, 1100 Bear Creek Parkway, Keller. www.cityofkeller.com

July 4: Fort Worth’s Fourth

Head to the banks of the Trinity River to enjoy food, live music and other entertainment along with what organizers said is the largest fireworks show in North Texas at 9:30 p.m. Attendees are welcome to bring their watercraft to float on the river until 8 p.m. The event is produced by the Tarrant Regional Water District. The website includes a map for parking. 5 p.m. Free (admission). Panther Creek Pavilion, 395 Purcey St., Fort Worth. 817-698-0700. www.fortworthsfourth.com

July 4: Fireworks Celebration

Trophy Club’s Independence Day party will feature tunes from 10-piece band Limelight as well as family-friendly activities, such as a rock climbing wall, a zip line, yard games, a bounce house and more. Various food vendors will be available, and a fireworks show will conclude the evening at around 9:40 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets. 6-10 p.m. Free (residents), $10 (nonresident wristband for children’s activities). Independence Park East, 500 Parkview Drive, Trophy Club. bit.ly/3zd1yyU

Lewisville-Flower Mound-Highland Village

July 4: Attend an Independence Day celebration

The town of Flower Mound will host its annual Independence Fest. Randy Rogers Band will headline the event. The festival will feature activities for all, such as a children’s parade, a vintage car show, vendors, live entertainment and a fireworks show. Gates open at 5 p.m. Free. Bakersfield Park, 1201 Duncan Lane, Flower Mound. 972-874-6000. www.flower-mound.com/festival