Independence Day Celebration Continues Despite Parade Cancellation

For the first time ever, Arlington’s 55-year-old tradition, the Independence Day parade will be canceled due to a spike in COVID-19 cases. The American Dream City will continue to celebrate Independence Day with fireworks on Friday, July 3rd.

Event Coordinator Will Busby called to cancel the parade just a day before Governor Greg Abbott ordered bars to close and restaurants to reduce capacity by 50% across the state. Despite the cancellation, residents will gather in the heart of Arlington’s Entertainment District just north of Globe Life Field to enjoy the firework celebration. Previously held in downtown, the show has been moved to allow space for social distancing.

Globe Life Field, AT&T Stadium, and Six Flags Hurricane Harbor parking lots will be open to the public so that families can set up chairs or tailgate at safe social distances and enjoy the free show, thanks to the City’s partnership with the Rangers, Cowboys, and Six Flags. 

These parking lots will open to the public at 8 pm:

  • Texas Rangers Lots B, C, F, M, and N 
  • Dallas Cowboys Lot 4 
  • Six Flags Hurricane Harbor parking lots 
  • Arlington Convention Center parking lot 

Arlington’s firework show is set to begin at 9:30 p.m. in the skies over the stadium venues. Tune in to 95.9 The Ranch to enjoy patriotic music that accompanies the display. The broadcast is generously sponsored by Texas Live!, presented by Choctaw + Powered by TXU. No vendors or other events will be available at this year’s fireworks show, though Texas Live! establishments will be open to the public. 

Spectators are encouraged to remain at and around their vehicles, maintain social distancing, wear a mask when appropriate, maintain proper hand sanitation, keep all trash with them, and bring their own food and drinks. 

Kevin Donovan, Arlington Independence Day Board president explains, “We encourage everyone who comes out to practice social distancing, to wear a mask if you are able, and to be respectful of those families who wish to have space around them”. 

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Nikki Frisby
Nikki is an Arlington, Texas native who loves finding hole in the wall restaurants, exploring new cultures, and listening to live music. She is currently a marketing and management double major at the University of Texas at Arlington who is involved in the Goolsby Leadership Academy, American Marketing Association, and LGBTQA Program. As a Yelp Elite member she supports local business and is always up to try new foods.