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Mark Your Calendars for the Annual Fourth of July Celebration at Fair Park

DALLAS, TEXAS – June 27, 2016 – The City of Dallas, Friends of Fair Park, the State Fair of Texas and WFAA-TV (Channel 8) invite you to celebrate America with a day of family fun and fireworks at Fair Park Fourth.

Enjoy live music and access to rides, games and concessions within the State Fair of Texas Midway, starting at noon on July Fourth. Throughout the afternoon (3 p.m. to 7 p.m.), music will be performed around the Midway by the celebratory Razzmajazz Dixieland Band, and from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. guests can experience a concert by the multi Grammy Award-winning ensemble Brave Combo, near the fireworks viewing area and Top o’ Texas Tower on the Midway.

Admission to the Midway is $5. Approximately 30 exhilarating rides, 14 games and 19 concession stands, including Fletcher’s Corny Dogs, will be available on the Midway. Ride, game and concession costs will vary. All proceeds from the Midway during Fair Park Fourth will be donated to the State Fair of Texas Youth Scholarship Program. For more information on the State Fair of Texas, visit BigTex.com.

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Free and open to the public, this family-friendly event will feature patriotic performances, entertainment, food trucks and concessions, plus a spectacular fireworks show at approximately 9:45 p.m. Access to the Swan Boats and additional concession stands will be available in Cotton Bowl Plaza starting at 11 a.m. and several food trucks will be set up in Big Tex Circle starting at 2 p.m. Starting at 6:50 p.m. along the Esplanade, a lead singer from the Dallas Summer Musicals will sing our national anthem followed by a performance from the Dallas Winds (formerly the Dallas Wind Symphony).

While at Fair Park, be sure to visit its many attractions. Texas Discovery Gardens will be open from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Enjoy the gardens, butterflies, crafts and activities all day long for half-priced admission. The Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park will be open from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., and will charge a discounted admission of $4 per person after 4:30 p.m. The Old Mill Inn restaurant and patio will be open from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. The African American Museum will be open and offering free admission from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

View the fireworks show, sponsored by Oncor, from inside the historic Cotton Bowl Stadium, on the State Fair of Texas Midway, or from various locations throughout the Fair Park grounds. For more information on Fair Park festivities, including museum information, visit FairPark.org.

For the fifth consecutive year, WFAA will present a one-hour red, white and blue, Texas-sized salute to America’s birthday from historic Fair Park. WFAA Anchors Cynthia Izaguirre and Joe Trahan will host the program from in the Cotton Bowl. The one-hour television show will begin at 9 p.m., and is scheduled to feature special musical performances and the evening’s live fireworks display. The WFAA television broadcast is sponsored by Frontier Communications.

Other event sponsors include Earth Day Texas and Chacon Mazda. Parking for the general public is $10 per car at Fair Park Gates 5, 6, 10 and 11. Entrances to the State Fair of Texas Midway will be near the Children’s Aquarium and by the Fair Park Coliseum. Gate A to the Cotton Bowl will open at 5 p.m., with gates B, D and M opening closer to the start of the fireworks show. Produced by Pyrotecnico, the fireworks display will begin at approximately 9:45 p.m.

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About Fair Park

A National Historic Landmark and named by the American Planning Association as one of the top 10 public spaces in the country, 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 four 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, 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.

About Friends of Fair Park

Friends of Fair Park is a nonprofit citizens’ group dedicated to keeping Fair Park a destination for affordable family fun all 12 months of the year. Formed in 1986, the organization’s key activities include promoting the year-round use of Fair Park, supporting the Fair Park museums, encouraging thoughtful planning for Fair Park’s future, and preserving the buildings, art, sculpture, and related artifacts of the 1936 Texas Centennial. The organization sponsors numerous fundraising programs, including one that allows citizens to purchase a brick in the Texas Promenade Walkway. Friends of Fair Park also ensures such Fair Park-hosted events such as Fair Park Fourth and the Dog Bowl continue year after year. The offices of Friends of Fair Park are located in the Magnolia Lounge at the corner of First and Grand avenues, next to the African American Museum. Visit FairPark.org for more information.

About the State Fair of Texas

Since its inception in 1886, the State Fair of Texas has celebrated all things Texan by promoting agriculture, education, and community involvement through quality entertainment in a family-friendly environment. The State Fair of Texas is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with proceeds helping to preserve and improve Fair Park and underwrite museum, community and scholarship programs for inner city youth and students pursuing agricultural careers. The 2016 exposition runs September 30 through October 23 in Fair Park. Visit BigTex.com for more information.

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