Free Fest 2021 will feature a variety of bands, with artists playing 45-minute sets of original music over the course of the event. Six Springs Tavern, 147 N. Plano Road, is typically closed July 4 but chose to stay open this year to hold the music festival, the business said. The free event is for all ages with doors scheduled to open at 4 p.m. each night. For more information, visit www.sixspringslive.com.
Here is a list of some other area events that are open to the public this July 4 weekend.
July 2 | Stars & Stripes Block Party in Fort Worth
Tanger Outlets’ annual block party celebrating Independence Day will feature fun activities for the whole family, from karaoke and a dance party to face painters and glitter tattoo artists. 5-8 p.m. Free. 15853 North Freeway, Fort Worth. 817-464-5400. www.tangeroutlet.com/fortworth
July 3-4 | Frisco Freedom Fest
Frisco’s annual Fourth of July celebration will kickoff July 3 with the Hotter 'n Firecrackers 5K and Glow Run as well as the Dachshund Dash. On July 4, the city's Party in the Plaza will begin at 4 p.m. with an array of activities for families. such as the Children’s Expo, Community Stage and Hometown Hero Exhibit. The Taste of Frisco event will also be back this year with Frisco restaurants serving some of their most popular menu items. The event will conclude with a 20-minute fireworks show that will begin aroundd 9:45 p.m. following the conclusion of the FC Dallas match at Toyota Stadium. https://friscofreedomfest.org/
July 3 | Red, White and BOOM! in McKinney
Celebrate the Fourth of July with free family activities, live entertainment and a fireworks show organized by the city of McKinney and Craig Ranch. Downtown events will include a hometown parade and a classic car, truck and cycle show. Evening events will feature music, food, kids’ activities, a concert and a fireworks display at McKinney Soccer Complex at Craig Ranch. Free parking is available at Chestnut Street Garage and the Davis Street Garage. All day. Free. Historic Downtown McKinney. 972-547-7480. www.mckinneytexas.org/830/Red-White-and-BOOM
July 3 | Independence Fest Children’s Parade in Flower Mound
The Independence Fest Children’s Parade will take place at 10 a.m. The parade will be held at Leonard and Helen Johns Park, 1800 Timber Creek Road. The lineup for the parade begins at 9:30 a.m. at the corner of Eaton and Timber Creek Road. There will be free hot dogs, children’s activities and entertainment. 972-874-6000. www.flower-mound.com
July 4 | All American 4th and Fireworks in Plano
Plano officials are encouraging residents who attend the All American 4th and Fireworks show in-person to bring blankets, lawn chairs and coolers. The event will be held from 6-10 p.m. July 4 at Red Tail Pavilion, 2801 E. Spring Creek Parkway. The fireworks launch is scheduled to begin at 9:30 p.m. Parking will be available at Collin College. The city is asking that pets be left at home, according to the Plano Arts and Events Facebook page. Music for the show will be simulcast on 97.5 KLAK-FM and the fireworks show will also stream online. 972-941-7000. www.plano.gov/allamerican4th
July 4 | Freedom Festival in Lewisville
The annual July 4th Freedom Festival will be from 5:30-10 p.m. at the Castle Hills Village Shops and Plaza, 2540 King Arthur Blvd., Lewisville. Features of the night will include bounce houses, food trucks and music. The festival will conclude with fireworks at dusk. https://castlehillsvillageshops.com/event/FreedomFest
July 4 | 39th Annual July 4th Firework Extravaganza in Grapevine
The firework extravaganza will take place at various Grapevine lakeside park locations including Oak Grove Park, Meadowmere Park, Scott’s Landing Marina and Grapevine Main Station. Fireworks will begin at 9:30 p.m. and will be set to patriotic music, according to the city website. Parking and entry fees may apply for some locations. A full list of viewing locations can be found here.
July 4 | Fort Worth’s Fourth
Gather along Trinity River to see live music by Ray Johnson Band and Party Machine before the fireworks show at 9:30 p.m. Local vendors will provide food and beverages, and the fireworks display will be livestreamed on Fox 4 News. No outside coolers allowed. Gates open at 6 p.m. Free. 395 Purcey St., Fort Worth. 817-698-0700. www.fortworthsfourth.com
July 4 | Family 4th Celebration in North Richland Hills
The Northeast Tarrant Chamber’s Family 4th Celebration will take place at 6351 Blvd. 26 in North Richland Hills from 9:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. The firework display will be accompanied by a simultaneous drone show that will form light shapes in coordination with the pyrotechnics. This event is free to attend. www.netarrant.org/family-4th
July 6 | Sounds of Lewisville Summer Concert Series
The Sounds of Lewisville Summer Concert Series will host a free concert followed by fireworks from 7-10 p.m. at Wayne Ferguson Plaza, 150 W. Church St. The opening act is Jade Nicko followed by headliner Desperado Eagles Tribute. The event includes a Parks & Recreation Teddy Bear Drive. 972-219-3400. www.cityoflewisville.com
Erick Pirayesh, Sandra Sadek, Kira Lovell and Matt Payne contributed to this report.