The 4th of July is a time to celebrate friends, family, food and fireworks, and Fort Worth's celebrations are some of the best in Texas. Whether you are looking for a day on the river, some country music, a football experience or awe-inspiring fireworks, Fort Worth has you covered.


Fort Worth's Fourth, a free, family-friendly event taking place at Panther Island Pavilion, is the place to be. The festival entertains kids with pony rides, bounce houses, face painting and more, while foodies can indulge in a long list of grub including: tamales, ice cream, pizza, corn dogs, catfish and lemon chills. Music enthusiasts can jam out with live performances from The Land Sharks and Downtown Fever. Gates open at 2 p.m. and the concludes at 10 p.m. with the longest fireworks show in Dallas-Fort Worth.


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For country music fans, Billy Bob's Texas is famous for being the world's largest honky-tonk and playing host to the industry's hottest performers. This year the venue will host its first-ever, two-day 4th of July Picnic, saying goodbye to its predecessor Willie's 4th of July Picnic. The two-day festival is jam packed with performances by Ryan Bingham, Turnpike Troubadours, Jerry Jeff Walker, Green River Ordinance, Corb Lund, and Hayes Carll to name a few. Tickets are $45/day or $70 for two-day general admission.


The 4th of July in Cowtown isn't complete without a proper Stockyards Celebration in full cowboy style. Stockyards Station will host a free event starting with the world's only twice a day cattle drive at 11:30 a.m. Catch the Legends of Texas after both drives at 11:45 a.m. and 4:15 p.m. inside the station for a light-hearted gunfight show. Children can also enjoy a free face painting available from 1-4 p.m.                             


Itching to tour AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys? Located just 20 minutes from downtown Fort Worth, the stadium is hosting a special Independence Day celebration, AT&T Stadium Rally Day, from 12-6 p.m. Activities include a VIP or self-guided tour, viewing of Super Bowl trophies, appearances from Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders, on-field activities and autograph opportunities with Dallas Cowboy Alumni DD Lewis, Rocket Ismail and Dixon Edwards. Tickets start at $17.50 for adults and $14.50 for kids.

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