Fireworks by Tim Phillips

Our Fourth of July celebrations are one reason that Denton made the list for “Top 5 Most Fun Small Cities in America” by Rand McNally and USA Today. If you’re still hashing out the details for your 4th of July celebrations but not sure where to start, don’t worry. We’ve got you covered. Whether you’re planning on hitting the town with some buddies or if you’re looking for something for the whole family, as usual, you’ll find fun here in Denton for Independence Day.

Liberty Fun Run participants courtesy Denton Parks and Rec WEB cropLiberty Run 5k/1 Mi Walk 7:30 a.m. North Lakes Park

Lace up those running shoes and don your best patriotic running attire! Denton Parks and Rec’s annual Liberty Run gives you the opportunity to start your 4th of July out right. Sweat out those calories in the morning, and you won’t have to worry about the guilt when you indulge later when it’s grillin’ time. Sign up by July 2nd to save an extra $5, bringing the cost down from $20 to only $15. Can’t beat that!

Yankee Doodle Parade 9:00 a.m. Downtown Denton

Head downtown and watch as this very Denton parade winds around the square. There will be plenty in the parade that will delight people of all ages: decorated floats, antique cars, horses, and dogs in silly attire are just a few examples. Enjoy music by the infamous Denton Institute of Phrenology Half-Fast Marching Band led by Brave Combo’s Jeffery Barnes, a staple to Denton’s 4th of July parade for more than 20 years. Best part of this year's parade? Denton's very own Olympian Jordan Malone will be the parade's Grand Marshal, and he will participate in the flag ceremony as well. Flag ceremony will commence after the parade at 9:30. After the flag ceremony, Jordan Malone will announce the winners of the parade and may be available afterwards for autographs and pictures.

Jordan Malone 300m by Peggy Aitken WEB Denton Olympic Speed Skater, Jordan Malone.

Twilight Tunes 10:00-11:30 a.m. Courthouse lawn (East side)

The people of Denton can’t get enough Twilight Tunes! Usually held on Thursday evenings, the last Twilight Tunes of the year will be held at approximately 10 a.m. following the parade with music by artist J.R. Byrd. This free concert series on the Courthouse-on-the-Square lawn is free and always a favorite of locals and visitors alike. What to bring: lawn chairs or a blanket, sunscreen, a picnic, a cold beverage, and sunglasses. You’ll be all set for some first-class Dentoning!

Family Fun Jubilee 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Quakertown Park

After the parade and flag-raising ceremony, head over to Quakertown Park for some good old-fashioned family fun. Denton knows how to throw a 4th of July party, complete with all of the nostalgic games of your childhood. Horse-shoe tossing? Got it. Sack races? Got it. Three-legged races? Got that too. Stick around and get $1 admission to the Civic Center Pool to cool off from noon to 6.

Kiwanis Fireworks Show 6:30 p.m. Apogee Stadium

No better way to end the day than to watch the spectacular fireworks show over at UNT’s Apogee Stadium. Admission is free, but make sure to bring $5 per car for parking. Denton ends its 4th of July celebrations with a bang and pizazz. This fireworks show is one not to be missed.

Whether you’re hitting up one or all Independence Day celebrations in Denton, have a happy and safe one!