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Try Denton County for holiday fun

Since Independence Day is Friday, some folks may be planning to hit the road a little early to stretch an already long weekend.

It’s understandable that they want to get a jump on traffic, but before loading up the family and finding a place in the seemingly endless line of vehicles on the freeway, we hope they’ll consider an alternative plan.

In our view, Denton County is the perfect place to celebrate the holiday, and all the travel time saved could be better spent sitting in the shade with a cold beverage or otherwise chilling out far from overheating vehicles and traffic jams.

Let’s face it — life is too short to miss an opportunity like this one. Most of us have more than enough headaches during a normal workweek. We don’t need to waste a minute of valuable leisure time on travel frustrations.

There’s plenty to do right here at home, with area attractions offering ideal activities for all ages, from cruising area lakes and exploring the outdoors to checking out the county’s myriad dining and shopping opportunities.

And when it comes to Independence Day festivities, Denton County cities offer a lot to choose from this year.

Among the standouts is the annual Fourth of July fireworks show at Apogee Stadium, sponsored by the Denton Noon Kiwanis Club.

This event has been a Denton tradition for 42 years and helps a great cause.

Organizers said gates open at 5:30 p.m. and they encourage the use of the pedestrian bridge for those parking at Fouts Field to ease traffic congestion. Entertainment inside the stadium will kick off at 6:30 p.m., with live fireworks set to music beginning at 9:45 p.m.

Parking is not free at Fouts Field like it was last year, but parking at both stadiums is only $5 per car, and proceeds after expenses will be given to the Kiwanis Children’s Clinic, which provides low-cost and no-cost medical, dental and prescription assistance to disadvantaged children.

Donations will also be accepted to benefit the clinic. For more information, visit the Denton Noon Kiwanis Club website at

A great option for earlier in the day on Friday is an old-fashioned Independence Day community gathering planned in Pilot Point. Activities will include the city’s second consecutive parade, which will begin at 9 a.m. and wind 1 1/2 miles through town, from Prairie Street to Main Street, and a free art show from 8 to 10:30 a.m. at the Pilot Point Community Opera House, located across the street from the town’s historic square.

Why not declare your independence from holiday frustrations and plan to spend the July 4th weekend in Denton County?

There’s plenty to celebrate right here at home, and area merchants and community organizations will appreciate your support.