If you are looking for a great way to celebrate The 4th of July in Dallas, take a look at what Fair Park has to offer. The gates open at 4:30. The show in the Cotton Bowl begins at 8:00 with a performance by the Grammy Nominated Dallas Wind Sympony. The fireworks show begins at 9:30. The show is free but parking is $10. What a deal!
Why go early? There are lots of things to do in Fair Park. The six museums found in the park will be open until 7:30 and have a reduced admission fee. If you haven't been into The Discovery Garden to see the butterflies, this is your chance. After the museums close, you can watch the Esplanade Fountain or walk through the midway where the "games of chance" will be open.
If nothing else, this is a great time to take a self-guided walking tour of the Art Deco details of fair park. During the fair there are just too many people. On the 4th, most of the crowd comes for the Cotton Bowl Performance, so the crowd on the Fair Grounds during the late afternoon is pretty thin. Great Time for strolling. Besides, it is too hot to Power Walk! Print out a map of Fair Park along with the list of buildings and details to admire or just access it on your phone.
Just as you would do for the fair, wear comfortable shoes and be prepared to walk some distances. If you are coming early enough to enjoy some of the benefits of being at the Fair Grounds, bring water. It is July after all!
It is all done and over by 10:00. The traffic jam leaving Fair Park is nothing on the scale seen with Kaboom Town. The Kaboom Town traffic has to be seen to be appreciated. The traffic leaving Fair Park is about the same level of traffic I have experienced when I go to the Music Hall or Fair Park for any other event. Over all, watching the July Fourth fireworks from inside the Cotton Bowl at Fair Park in Dallas Texas is a great way to celebrate our national holiday!
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