A boy plays in the water at Fair Park: via Summer Adventures Facebook

A boy plays in the water at Fair Park: via Summer Adventures Facebook

Loads of us Lake Highlands dwellers find Flag Pole Hill to be a fine if distant vantage point from which to enjoy Fair Park firework shows. I used to post up there every Independence Day. This year, the fireworks are set to begin at 9:30 p.m.

However, a visit to Fair Park might be worth the trip this year, because the new Summer Adventures — where you can ride the midway, visit the museums and roam the Fair Park grounds — is offering a family day for $89 and will stay open late, until 10 p.m. July 4.

The Cotton Bowl festivities start at 4:30 and are free on a first-come first-serve basis. See the full schedule after the jump.

Prefer to stay in Lake Highlands? We’ll see you at the Flag Pole. 

Thursday, July 4, 2013
4:30 – 11:30 p.m. 
4:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Wristbands for Cotton Bowl entry available at information booths while supplies last
4:30 – 5:45 p.m.
Performance by Quiver (acoustic/rock band)
6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Performance by Havana NRG (salsa/merengue band)
7 p.m.
Gates D and E open to Cotton Bowl (handicap entrance at Gate C)
8 p.m.
Dallas Wind Symphony patriotic performance in front of the Hall of State
9:30 p.m.
Fireworks program (Limited seating for fireworks is inside Cotton Bowl on first-come, first-served basis, wristband required *)
10 – 11:15 p.m.
Performance by Motion (party dance band)
Fair Park is located at 1300 Robert B. Cullum Blvd. in Dallas, TX