Fireworks, fun for all ages and more at MetroPCS Fair Park Fourth
June, 2012National-class fireworks program sponsored by Gold Metal Recyclers, reduced admission to museums from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m., live music, dancing water shows and more at the City of Dallas’ official Independence Day celebration
DALLAS (June 22, 2012) – Featuring fireworks from inside the historic Cotton Bowl, MetroPCS FAIR PARK FOURTH will offer fun for all ages from 4:30 – 10 p.m. Wednesday, July 4, at Fair Park (1300 Robert B. Cullum Blvd.). Presented by Friends of Fair Park, the free event is the City of Dallas’ official Independence Day celebration. Highlights will include a patriotic program featuring the Dallas Wind Symphony, live music,reduced admission to Fair Park’s museums from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m., kids activities, carnival games, “dancing water” shows and more, all leading up to what will be among North Texas’ largest fireworks shows!
Sponsored by Gold Metal Recyclers and produced by Pyrotechnico, the fireworks show will be synchronized to music with recommended seating inside the Cotton Bowl. Visitors may begin entering the Cotton Bowl at 8 p.m. at Gate D. (Handicap entrance is Gate B.) The fireworks will begin at 9:30 p.m.
From 4:30 - 7:30 p.m., visitors can enjoy reduced admission to Fair Park’s six museums including the African American Museum, Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park, Dallas Historical Society/Hall of State, Museum of Nature & Science, Texas Discovery Gardens, and Texas Museum of Automotive History. See museum schedule below for details.
Throughout the afternoon, Fair Park Fourth goers can hear live music including Dallas band Quiver from 6:30 - 8 p.m. At 8 p.m., the Grammy-nominated Dallas Wind Symphony will perform their beloved “Red, White and Blue Concert” in front of the Hall of State. Musical highlights will include patriotic favorites America the Beautiful, The Star-Spangled Banner, the Washington Post March and more. The Dallas Wind Symphony will be led by guest conductor Don McKinney, Director of Bands at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.
The Esplanade Fountain will feature Bellagio-style “dancing water” shows choreographed to six songs includingStars and Stripes Forever, Over the Rainbow, Yellow Rose of Texas, Aaron Copland’s Hoedown, Jarabe Tapatillo (Mexican Hat Dance) and Irish Jig at 4:30, 5, 5:30, 6, 6:30, 7 and 7:30 p.m. NOTE: For the safety of visitors and to protect the fountain mechanisms, wading and swimming are not allowed at any time in the Esplanade Fountain.
MetroPCS is the title sponsor of Fair Park Fourth. Other sponsors are Ben E. Keith Beverage Company,Budweiser, Gold Metal Recyclers, Baylor Healthcare Systems, Coca-Cola and Green Mountain Energy. Media partners are WFAA, Univision 23, Al Dia, The Greensheet, 98.7 KLUV, K104, Smooth R&B 105.7, La Que Buena 94.1 FM, 1270 AM La Voz del Pueblo, and 90.9 KCBI.
Concessions will be sold, or guests may bring a picnic. The Swan Boats will be operating for $10 per boat.Concession stands and Swan Boats accept cash only. ATM machines will be available.
IMPORTANT: Alcoholic beverages, glass bottles, fireworks and firearms are NOT permitted on Fair Park grounds. Strollers, coolers and pets are NOT permitted inside the Cotton Bowl.
Admission is free. The City of Dallas charges $10 for parking within the gates of Fair Park. Parking will be available at Gates 2, 5, 6, 10 and 11, with handicap parking at Gate 5. Or visitors may ride DART’s Green Line Rail to the Fair Park or MLK, Jr. station.
For more information, call the Fair Park information line at 214-421-9600 or go to fairpark.org.
About Friends of Fair Park
Friends of Fair Park is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote Fair Park's year-round use,support Fair Park's museums, preserve Fair Park's buildings, art, sculpture and related artifacts of the 1936 Texas Centennial, and thoughtfully plan for Fair Park's future. Membership benefits of Friends of Fair Park include insider tips to Fair Park events and news, a voucher for free admission to the State Fair of Texas and more. Donors have been responsible for funding most of Fair Park. The organization sponsors numerous fundraising programs, including one that allows citizens to become a part of Texas history by buying a brick in the Texas Promenade Walkway ($50). Annual dues and levels of membership are Esplanade ($500), Texas Star ($250), Texas Centennial ($100) and Cotton Bowl ($50). For more information, go to fairpark.org.
About Fair Park
Named by the American Planning Association as one of the top 10 public spaces in the country, historic Fair Park is a cultural and entertainment center located two miles east of downtown Dallas. A division of the Dallas Park and Recreation Department, Fair Park is home to six museums and four performance facilities including the Dallas Summer Musicals/Music Hall, Gexa Energy Pavilion, Dallas Wind Symphony/Band Shell, Cotton Bowl Stadium, African American Museum, Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park, Dallas Historical Society/Hall of State, Texas Museum of Automotive History, Museum of Nature & Science, and Texas Discovery Gardens. This National Historic Landmark has the largest collection of 1930s Art Deco exposition style architecture in the world, including 18 historic murals. Located on 277 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds, Fair Park’s special features include the Esplanade Fountain, Leonhardt Lagoon, Texas Vietnam Memorial and the Smith Fountain. For more information, call the Fair Park Information Line at 214-421-9600 or visit fairpark.org. Also find Fair Park on Facebook and Twitter.
FAIR PARK FOURTH MUSEUM SCHEDULE
Fair Park’s museums will offer reduced admission from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. on July 4. Hours and programming are subject to change.
The African American Museum will offer free admission from 4:30 - 7:30 p.m. Visitors can view various collections of African art, African-American fine art and African folk art, along with their current exhibitions including MAHLIA: “Queen of Gospel Music.”
The Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park will offer reduced admission of $4 from 4:30 - 7:30 p.m. Children ages 2 and under always receive free admission.
The Hall of State will offer reduced admission from 4:30 - 7:30 p.m. Designed by Donald Bartheleme, the Hall of State was built in 1936 as the centerpiece of the Texas Centennial Exposition and is renowned for its Arts Deco styling and magnificent interior.
From 4:30 - 7:30 p.m., the Museum of Nature & Science will offer reduced admission of $13 ($5 discount) on adult tickets to the out-of-water Planet Shark: Predator or Prey exhibition. Planet Shark tickets include admission to all MNS buildings and general exhibits such as Scholastic’s The Magic School Bus™ Kicks Up a Storm. Note: Charges apply for IMAX® and Planetarium shows.
Texas Discovery Gardens will offer $1 Butterfly House admission from 4:30 - 7:30 p.m. Children ages 2 and under are free. Visitors can enjoy the art exhibition “Truth Beauty Chaos” featuring artist Trayc Claybrook.
The Texas Museum of Automotive History will offer half-price admission from 4:30 - 7:30 p.m. Adult admission will be reduced to $5, student admission (ages 12-17) to $4.50, and children (ages 3-11) and senior (age 62+) admission to $3. Children ages 2 and under receive free admission. The museum provides an overview look of the automobile’s history from 1901-1984 and showcases the interaction between racing and commercial car development through that period.