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Calendar: Fourth of July 2017

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4:30 p.m. -- Pro Mod vs. Fuel Altered Showdown drag race and fireworks show at North Star Dragway, 3236 Memory Lane between Denton and Sanger. Gates open at noon. $20. Free for children 12 and younger, half-off for military. Visit or call 940-482-9998.

5:30 p.m. -- Peace of the Rock Ministries' 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.


7:30 a.m. -- Liberty 5K Run and 1-Mile Walk 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. Visit or call 940-349-7275.

University of North Texas mascot Scrappy high-fives kids in Denton's Yankee Doodle Parade in 2014.DRC file photo
University of North Texas mascot Scrappy high-fives kids in Denton's Yankee Doodle Parade in 2014.
DRC file photo

9 a.m. -- Denton's 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. Parade entry is open to all; registration forms online at Call 940-349-8579.

Denton's Fourth of July Jubilee in Quakertown Park and at the Denton Civic Center, 321 E. McKinney St. Visit

  • 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. -- Family fun activities and contests, 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.
  • Noon to 6 p.m -- Civic Center Pool open, with $1 admission.

9 a.m. -- July Fourth Celebration at Robson Ranch starts with a parade at 9501 Ed Robson Blvd.

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.

6 p.m. -- Denton Kiwanis Club's Fourth of July Fireworks Show at UNT's Apogee Stadium, 1251 S. Bonnie Brae St. Gates open at 6 p.m. Features live music, Fun Zone for children and fireworks after dark. Parking at the Apogee and Fouts Field lots is $10 per car. Admission into the stadium is free. Donations will be collected for the Denton Kiwanis Children's Clinic. Visit


4 p.m. -- Sounds of Red, White and Lewisville at Wayne Ferguson Plaza, 150 W. Church St. in Lewisville. Features live music, kids' carnival activities, Lewisville Farmers Market, and fireworks at dusk. Free shuttles run from 3 p.m. to midnight from parking at three locations: the north end of the Railroad Park, 13015 Railroad St.; DCTA Hebron Station, 952 Lakeside Circle; and Lowe's at Interstate 35E and Valley Ridge Boulevard. Visit

5 p.m. -- Freedom Festival 2017 at the Village Shops and Plaza, 2540 King Arthur Blvd. in Lewisville. Features food trucks, carnival games, children's activities, a water slide and mobile gaming units. Fireworks 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