It’s time to celebrate America’s birthday. From cookouts to parades to fireworks, there is bound to be an event for everyone.
The city of Pilot Point is hosting a free screening of Captain Marvel at dusk at Allen Groff III Memorial Ball Park, 1514 N. Washington St. A cash-only concession stand will be open. Visitors are also welcome to bring their own food. Don’t forget low-backed lawn chairs, blankets and mosquito repellant.
From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sanger Parks and Recreation Department is hosting FREEdom Fest at Switzer Park, 101 Freese Drive. There will be games, a bike parade, bounce houses and free hot dogs and watermelon.
The Callisburg Volunteer Fire Department’s Independence Day celebration begins at 5 p.m. Saturday at Parkhill Park, near Farm-to-Market Road 678 on County Road 164. There will be food for sale and an option to purchase unlimited turns on the children’s rides for $5. The fireworks show is slated for 9 p.m.
The 11th annual Hot Rod Hayride Car Show is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in downtown Valley View. The event on the southern Cooke County city’s square is free to spectators and $20 per vehicle entry. For more information, call Time Machine Car Shows at 940-231-3544 or Riley Performance & Restoration at 806-316-5704.
The fifth City of Valley View Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks Show is also this Saturday.
According to information provided by the Valley View Area Chamber of Commerce, the field, north of the football stadium behind the Green Valley Development, opens at 6 p.m. There will be bounce houses, games, music and food trucks inside the field near the fireworks launch site. The games and bounce houses are all free of charge, according to the chamber. Fireworks choreographed to music will launch at dark. The chamber and city work together to bring the family-friendly event to the community, the news release states. More information can be found at www.valleyviewchamber.org.
First Baptist Gainesville’s annual “God & Country Celebration” is 10 a.m. Sunday. The church’s patriotic service at 308 E. Broadway St. will honor those who have served in the U.S. armed forces. There will also be prayer for the government and its leaders and singing songs of freedom. New this year is a dramatic tableau bringing to life iconic American heroes such as George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson, information provided by the church states.
Cross Timbers Church, 6134 E. Farm-to-Market Road 922, is hosting a Freedom Festival beginning at 7:30 p.m. Sunday. The event will feature free food, live music and a fireworks show. There will also be games for children. For more information, call the church at 469-317-9399.
The Cooke County Bar Association is hosting its annual reading of the Declaration of Independence at 6:30 p.m. at the Gainesville Farmers Market, 201 N. Chestnut St. Bring lawn chairs or blankets to come partake in celebrating the USA.
Old Jo’s 11th annual Firecracker 5K Run starts at 8 a.m. on the Chisholm Trail Square. Registration is $30 through Wednesday, July 3 and check-in is from 6:30 to 8 a.m. in the gazebo on the square. For additional details and how to register, visit http://tinyurl.com/yxmz2hhd.
The city of Saint Jo, the Saint Jo Chamber of Commerce and the Saint Jo Volunteer Fire Department will once again sponsor a July 4th Star Spangled Spectacular Fireworks show at Boggess City Park beginning around 9 p.m. The pre-show entertainment kicks off at 6 p.m. with live music, free watermelon and a concession stand selling hot dogs, hamburgers and other refreshments.
The Gainesville Police Association’s fourth annual July 4th cookout is from noon to 4 p.m. at B.P. Douglas Park, 529 N. Throckmorton St. Association members will be serving brisket, beans, potato salad and hot dogs free of charge while the food lasts.
First Presbyterian Church, 401 S. Denton Street, is celebrating America with a 4th of July songfest. The event will include singing and a salute to the branches of the U.S. armed forces. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will also be provided. For more information, call 940-665-5153.
Come celebrate the 4th with the Era Volunteer Fire Department at 4823 County Road 321. Burgers and all the fixings will be served at 6:30 p.m. and fireworks start after sundown. The event is free. However, donations to help the fire department are encouraged.
Gates open at 6 p.m. for the 48th annual Denton Noon Kiwanis Club Fireworks Show at University of North Texas’ Apogee Stadium, 1251 Bonnie Brae St., according to event organizer Hank Dickenson.
Parking is $10 and admission is free. Concessions including beer will be for sale inside the stadium.
The Almost Brothers Band hits the stage at 7 p.m. and the Raised Right Men take over at 8:15 p.m. before the fireworks show starts at 9:30 p.m.
Purses and bags larger than a clutch are prohibited inside Apogee. Clear tote bags measuring 12 by 12 inches are permitted. Diaper bags brought by families with an infant or toddler are also OK to bring, officials said.
The annual July 4th fundraiser for the Tioga Volunteer Fire Department is slated to begin at 5:30 p.m. with a parade on the Tioga school grounds, 405 N. Florence St. Starting at 6:15 p.m., there will also be food to purchase. Live music begins at 6:30 p.m. and the fireworks show kicks off at dusk.
WinStar World Casino and Resort, 777 Casino Ave., is planning on hosting a free fireworks show at sundown. Spectators can view the colorful display from any location facing the casino off I-35.