Monday, July 1, 2013
Frisco celebrates Fourth of July with family fun and fireworks
Plus, there's an FC Dallas game at 8 p.m.
FRISCO Deciding how to celebrate the Fourth of July can be difficult, but for Frisco locals, the choice is obvious.
"The Frisco Freedom Fest is a signature event in our community," said Dana Baird, Frisco communications director.
The Party in the Plaza will begin at 4 p.m. with the Taste of Frisco and Vendor Village. Attendees should come hungry, as the Taste of Frisco will provide food from many North Texas restaurants, such as Rock 101 Little Elm Patio Grill, Grover's Grill and Bar, and Kurious BQ.
The Vendor Village will be comprised of various displays to visit, including Snip It's, Strikz Entertainment, the Creative World School, Radio Disney, and the Miracle League Dunk Tank.
The Community Stage will kick off with a welcome from Mayor Maher Maso, and will be offering "a mixture of styles, from country and pop to classic rock and family-friendly rap," said Emily Martinez, interactive media manager. "The stage will feature some favorites from past Independence Day concerts, as well as new voices," Martinez said. This year's stage will feature local entertainers, such as Up2Eleven and the Caterpillars, as well as Haleigh Pickett, Dallas Wayde, and Cutta C.
"This year, we're excited to have Rick Derringer headline our stage," Baird said.
Grover's Grill will be presenting this act. "We're very excited about our new partnership with this local restaurant, which features live entertainment," Baird said.
Parents will be glad to hear that there will also be a Children's Expo, sponsored by the Centennial Medical Center, with tickets starting at $1. Children of all ages are welcome to enjoy entertainment such as inflatable bounce houses and obstacle courses, face painting, bungee jumping, a 25-foot rock climbing wall, a mini train ride, and Midway games with the chance for prizes. "This year we've added a zip line," Baird said.
The festival will also have a Hometown Hero Exhibit, sponsored by CoServ, showcasing the police and fire departments. Locals will have the opportunity to meet department members, and learn about the equipment police officers and firefighters use. Also in attendance will be the fire department clowns, Siren, Squirt, and Smokey.
There will also be a restored 1930-model Frisco fire truck on display.
Freedom Fest will conclude with a 20-minute fireworks display at 10:20 p.m. from FC Dallas Stadium, with one of the largest finales in all of North Texas.
"It's a patriotic party that has become a family favorite over the years," Baird said.
Admission to the Party in the Plaza is free, but tickets must be purchased for the FC Dallas game. For more information, visit http://friscofreedomfest.org.
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