4th_of_july_w640Fireworks will light the sky at one of North Texas’ biggest bangs, theKiwanis Fireworks Show at Fouts Field on the University of North Texas campus after dark on July 4th.  But in Denton, the 4th of July is an all-day event.

Early birds start the 4th of July celebration weekend by running or walking in the 13th Annual Liberty Run: 5K Run and 1-Mile Fun Walk. The family-oriented race begins at 7:30 AM (check-in begins at 6:30 AM) at North Lakes Recreation Center. Medals are awarded to the top three 5K male and female finishers in each age group.  And, as a nice incentive to stay on the healthy path, all walkers receive a participation medal and all participants receive a T-shirt and snacks.

Downtown Denton is the next must be location.  The Yankee Doodle Parade, which begins at 9 AM, winds its way through downtown and to the Civic Center.

The celebration continues with the 4th of July Jubilee at the Civic Center and Quakertown Park.  The Jubilee will feature free children’s activities, including carnival games, the Great Gutter Race, and a whipped cream-eating contest.

After the celebration, guests receive $1 admission to the Civic Center Pool from noon to 7 p.m.  So hit the pool or maybe cool off at Water Works Park!

But don’t call it a day just yet.  Fouts Field fills up with eager spectators awaiting an awesome array of fireworks.  The gates open at 5:30 p.m. and live music begins at 6:30.  The event is FREE but avid gazers gladly make donations to the "Bucket Brigade" throughout the show.

Your drive home may be a weary one, but you will surely be glad you wore your patriotic pride in Denton!