Are you late in the game in making Independence Day plans? Whether you're looking for a last-minute road-trip or live in the DFW area, look no further than Fort Worth's Fourth of July festivities. Two huge contenders for the best entertainment, fireworks and Fourth of July fun in Fort Worth are Willie Nelson's 4th of July Picnic and Fort Worth's Fourth of July Celebration.

Willie Nelson's 4th of July Picnic is celebrating its 40th anniversary, and with a such a stellar lineup, there's no doubt it's going to be another great year. Two outdoor stages and one indoor stage at Billy Bob's Texas will give music fans plenty of options this Fourth of July Thursday. The music kicks off at 11:30am with Dirty River Boys and continues jamming out with favorites such as Randy Rogers Band, Billy Joe Shaver, Leon Russell, Ryan Bingham, Gary Allen, and of course, until Willie Nelson said goodnight. Willie and Family go on at 9:45pm. Nearly 20 food trucks will offer a huge variety of choices throughout the day, so bring the entire family and come on out to the Stockyards National Historic District this Fourth of July; it's sure to be another Texas-sized celebration! Those under 18 must be with parent or legal guardian. General Admission is $35 Advance and $55 day of the event. For ticket information, click here

If you're looking for a free option to celebrate this holiday, check out Fort Worth's Fourth at Panther Island Pavilion. Complete with tubing on the Trinity, live music, family-friendly activities, jet-ski shows and of course, an incredible fireworks show, this annual event is promised to be bigger than ever with more food, drinks, amenities and family fun! This year marks a special occasion for Fort Worth as the City of Cowboys and Culture celebrates its 25th anniversary of the Fort Worth Sister Cities International partnership with the City of Nagoaka, Japan. Because they don't mess around when it comes to fireworks in Japan, so get ready for one of the largest shows in the metroplex, packed with pyrotechnics and special effects like no other. Free and open to the public; Gates open at 2pm and fireworks start at 9:30pm according to the schedule

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Willie Nelson

Willie Nelson sporting a Fort Worth bandana at Billy Bob's Texas