Americans love to go big on the Fourth of July with backyard barbecues, family and friends, and yearly fireworks. However, if you think you do it big, you should see what they do in Addison, Texas.
For more than 30 years, Addison has gotten into the Independence Day spirit a day early. The tiny town of 4.4 square miles has only 16,000 residents, but draws over 500,000 people each year to to see the Addison Kaboom Town fireworks show on July 3 — making it one of the biggest not only in Texas, but in the country.
From 5 to 11 PM at Addison Circle Park, the city festival shows off with big band performances, a presentation of the Colors and National Anthem, one of the best 30-minute fireworks shows in the country, and an airshow featuring choreographed skydivers, world-renowned stunt pilots, and important historic warbirds. This year, Addison will have an unlimited ride wristband for folks to enjoy inflatable waterslides, an obstacle course, and a giant zip line. An event of this size can’t be limited to just Addison Circle Park. The event is broadcasted on Star 102.1 FM, but guests can also enjoy watch parties at one of the city’s 200 restaurants or 22 hotels.
If you’re coming from out of state and aren’t up for a road trip, the best way to get to Addison is to fly into Dallas, which is a short drive away. Keep in mind it might be best to make reservations at a hotel, since traffic is expected to be tough. Plus, if you book a hotel package along with your tickets, you’ll receive a complimentary blanket and guaranteed admission for up to six people.
Tickets are required to attend the party in Addison Circle Park but are free of charge, with ride wristbands available for $15. Tickets go on sale at 10 AM on June 22. So if you’re looking for the ultimate event from sea to shining sea, it’s time to plan a trip to this tiny Texas town.