With more than 8.8 million visitors each year, Fort Worth is the most visited destination in Texas. The City of Cowboys and Culture is split up into seven districts, each of which offers a distinct focus such as dining, shopping, entertainment, and more. From watching a NASCAR race at the Texas Motor Speedway to visiting the art galleries in Sundance Square, Fort Worth has everything you’ll need for your ideal Texas excursion.
Fort Worth’s Fourth has been a go-to event for tens of thousands of freedom lovers since its inception a decade ago. It will take place July 4 at the Panther Island Pavilion, which is located on the banks of the Trinity River. The event will feature free activities for the young and young at heart complete with pony rides, water slides, bouncy houses, and more. Flyboard demonstrations will be held throughout the day, with a special performance by Led Suit in the evening. Attendees can also watch the 95.9 The Ranch Radio's Battle of Bands, which is a local band competition. Hungry patrons will have no trouble finding something to eat in the food area that features everything from cotton candy to BBQ. An F-16 flyover by the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth will begin the night time activities, and is followed by a performance by Party Machine, a high energy cover band. Last but not least is the fireworks show, which will last roughly 25 minutes and feature thousands of pyrotechnic shells. We got the opportunity to interview Wendy Stane, Marketing Manager for the Trinity River Vision Authority, to learn more about this patriotic celebration.
RAL: How long has the event been running?
WS: This is the 10th year of Fort Worth’s Fourth.
RAL: How many annual participants do you draw?
WS: Organizers expect roughly 75,000 attendees this year.
RAL: What demographic does your event attract? Children? Families? Couples?
WS: The event has something for everyone, but the majority of attendees are families and couples.
RAL: What makes this event unique?
WS: There will be free general admission, kid’s activities, and a spectacular 25-minute fireworks show, that’s the largest in North Texas.
RAL: Take me through the activities of a day at the event.
WS: The event has a great selection of free kid’s activities including pony rides, face painting, water slides, levee slide, bounce houses, and more. A variety of bands will perform live music, and there will even be an F-16 flyover.
RAL: Will there be any guest appearances?
WS: Music acts including The Tejas Brothers and Party Machine Band.
RAL: What dining options will attendees encounter?
WS: Food options at the event include Cajun, Tex-Mex, tamales, street tacos, corn dogs, cotton candy, BBQ and more.
RAL: Are there any lodging specials that are set up specifically for the event?
WS: Panther Island Pavilion's offical hotel is the Hilton Garden Inn. For more information and to recieve a 15% discount, visit their website.
RAL: What does this event mean to the community?
WS: Fort Worth’s Fourth is a free event that offers a family-friendly option to celebrate our nation’s freedom.
RAL: Why should people come to your event?
WS: The 25-minute fireworks spectacular, combined with the free kid’s activities, water shows, and live music, have made this event an annual tradition for thousands of people.
For more information about the Fort Worth’s Fourth, please visit the event website.