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Kyle Martin, Staff Writer

This post has been updated to reflect correct times and dates.


Dust off your blankets and lawn chairs for the Fourth, folks. There are plenty of events around the area, including the fireworks show at Apogee Stadium that the Denton Kiwanis Club has hosted since 1972. The gates will open Tuesday at 6 p.m. and fireworks will begin at 9:30 p.m. after the national anthem. Entry to the stadium is free, with $10 parking to help raise funds for the Denton Kiwanis Club Children's Clinic. Concessions will be sold inside the stadium.

More events in Denton include the Denton Parks and Recreation Department's Liberty Run, annual parade, Fourth of July Jubilee and more. The run kicks things off bright and early on Tuesday.

7:30 a.m. -- Liberty 5K Run and 1-Mile Walk starts at the Denton Civic Center, 321 E. McKinney St. Registration costs $25 in advance, $30 on race day. Check-in starts at 6:30 a.m. Packet pickup is available Friday and Monday. To register, visit Call 940-349-7275.

9 a.m. -- The Yankee Doodle Parade begins downtown, travels around the Square and heads to Quakertown Park. Staging starts at 8 a.m. on South Locust Street between Walnut and Sycamore streets. Participation is open to anyone who registers here: For more information, call 940-349-8579.

Sparklers at July Fourth party.DMN file photo
Sparklers at July Fourth party.
DMN file photo

Fourth of July Jubilee activities take place in Quakertown Park and at the Denton Civic Center, both at 321 E. McKinney St.

9:30 a.m. -- Adult Lucky Horseshoe Tournament registration begins.

10 a.m. -- Free kids' carnival until noon inside the Civic Center.

11 a.m. -- Good old-fashioned family fun begins, including the second annual Hot Dog Eating Competition.

11 a.m. -- Denton Senior Center luncheon, $3 per person, with music by the Young at Heart band.

12 p.m. to 6 p.m -- Civic Center Pool open, with $1 admission per person.

Other activities on Saturday

5:30 p.m. -- Peace of the Rock Ministries opens the gates for its Freedom Festival and fireworks show at Rancho de la Roca, 2459 W. Blackjack Road in Aubrey. Admission is $7 per person; free for children under 3.

6 p.m. -- July Fireworks Festival with live music, bounce houses, carnival games and more at the DeSoto Parks and Recreation Center, 211 E. Pleasant Run Road in DeSoto.

Denton area events on Tuesday

9 a.m. -- Parade begins for the July 4 Celebration at Robson Ranch at 9501 Ed Robson Blvd. in Denton.

10 a.m. -- Fourth of July Morning Western Swing Dance Party with Nick and Bonnie Norris 10 a.m. at Dan's Silverleaf, , 103 Industrial St. Free.

12:30 p.m. -- July 4th Denton Food Deathcathlon, an eating competition, at Dan's Silverleaf, 103 Industrial St. Ten serious competitors will face off to consume 10 classic picnic items.

3 p.m. -- Lake Cities Fourth of July celebration begins with vendors and entertainment Lake Dallas City Park, 101 E Hundley Drive. Admission is free. No outside food or drink allowed.

3 p.m. to midnight -- Free shuttles to the Sounds of Red, White and Lewisville from three separate locations: the north end of the Railroad Park at 13015 Railroad St.; the DCTA Hebron Station at 952 Lakeside; and from Lowes Home Improvement at Interstate 35E and Valley Ridge Boulevard.

4 p.m. -- Sounds of Red, White and Lewisville kicks off with a kids carnival on 150 W. Church St. in Lewisville. Fireworks begin at dusk.

5 p.m. -- Freedom Festival 2017 begins with bounce houses, food trucks, carnival games, face painting, balloon artists, a water slide and two mobile gaming units at the Village Shops and Plaza at 2540 King Arthur Blvd. in Lewisville. Fireworks will begin at dusk.

7:30 p.m. -- Exhibition polo match and fireworks watch party at Prestonwood Polo Club, 501 Martingale Trail in Oak Point. $10, free for children 12 and younger. Visit

Elsewhere in North Texas on Tuesday

9 a.m. -- Highland Park Fourth of July Parade begins at the Highland Park Village, 47 Highland Park Village in Dallas.

Noon -- The Fair Park Fourth celebration featuring performances by Delta Rae, George Dunham and the Bird Dogs, and Holly Tucker. Begins at 1121 First Ave. in Dallas, with fireworks at about 9:45 p.m.

5 p.m. -- Plano Parks and Recreation's July 4th Fireworks starts with food trucks at Oak Point Amphitheater, 2801 E. Spring Creek Parkway in Plano. Fireworks will begin at about 9:30 p.m.

KYLE MARTIN can be reached at 940-566-6897. 

FEATURED IMAGES: Denton Kiwanis fireworks show at Apogee Stadium. DRC file photos