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Everything You Can Do in Dallas This Weekend

Including virtual fireworks, yoga with Queen, and hunting ghosts (of course).

Fort Worth Stockyards Rodeo
Fort Worth Stockyards Rodeo | T Photography/Shutterstock
Fort Worth Stockyards Rodeo | T Photography/Shutterstock

America turns 244 years old this Saturday, and there are plenty of ways to celebrate -- from the traditionally patriotic to some more unique ways of enjoying the weekend. Masks, of course, must still be worn in public where social distancing can’t be practiced, so stay safe when venturing out or shelter in place and do your own thing.

Head to the Fort Worth Stockyards for a picnic (and cheap beer)

Friday to Sunday, various times
Fort Worth
Spread out on the lawn for a perfect social-distancing weekend of activities at the Fort Worth Stockyards. Food will be available from local restaurants, as well as $4 Shiner Bock draft pints to cool you off from the July-in-Texas heat. Live music, the Stockyards’ famous twice-daily cattle drives, and rodeos in the Cowtown Coliseum will provide plenty of entertainment.
Cost: Free

Hunt for ghosts at White Rock Lake or on a bridge in Denton

Friday & Saturday, 8pm-midnight
White Rock Lake, Denton
It may be Independence Day weekend, but you can party like it’s Halloween instead with a duo of ghost hunts from Haunted Rooms America. Go searching for the Lady of the Lake, one of Dallas’ most famous legends, on Friday, or head up to a haunted bridge in Denton on the actual 4th of July. Both tours include nonalcoholic beverages and packaged snacks, as well as social distancing protocols in place. On this particular weekend, things won’t just go bump in the night, they’ll also go kaboom.
Cost: $40

Get in downward dog under a laser light show

Friday, 9pm
East Dallas
Start the weekend with a moment of Zen -- that features a hard-rockin’ musical accompaniment by QUEEN. Bend, stretch, and flex to the band’s greatest hits while a laser light show plays overhead in the night sky.
Cost: $10

Stream a major fireworks show or watch it on TV

Friday, 9:30pm; Saturday, 10pm
Virtual
One of the nation’s largest fireworks extravaganzas, Addison Kaboom Town!, made the tough decision to cancel the in-person event and create a streaming experience instead. The always-spectacular fireworks show has moved to a top-secret location and will be streamed live on the town’s YouTube channel Friday night, then be rebroadcast on CW33 at 10pm Saturday. 
Cost: Free

Queue up a patriotic soundtrack for at-home celebrating

Saturday, 7-9pm
Virtual
For the past 34 years, classical radio station WRR has produced Star-Spangled Spectacular concerts but this year they’re having a Blast From the Past! For two hours on July 4, you can tune in to 101.1 FM or go to wrr101.com and listen to a curated selection of patriotic masterpieces from the comfort of your own home, backyard, or balcony.
Cost: Free

Join the Saturday Nite QuaranTEAM

Saturday, 6pm-midnight
Facebook Live, Instagram Live, and Zoom
Since June 13, the Socially Astute party entertainment service has been doing virtual dance parties with top DJs and this week they’re producing a special July 4th edition with DJ MajaLeeg from 6-9pm (R&B and classic jointz) and DJ Reese from 9pm-midnight (new vibes and smooth sounds). The music’s free, but you can tip the DJs and show your appreciation. Register here for the Zoom party or watch on Facebook Live or Instagram Live.
Cost: Free

Enjoy a chef-created barbecue staycation in the Arts District

Saturday, 7-10pm
Dallas Arts District
The Waves rooftop pool at Hall Arts Hotel has reopened, and you can snag select social-distance seating options for an All-American BBQ dinner created by Chef Eric Dreyer and served in individual boxes, as well as refreshing cocktails. In addition to music from DJ Jose G, fireworks will be projected poolside (and you might just catch some real ones in the sky). Food, two specialty margaritas per person, and music are included in the “Let Freedom Ring” package for guests who purchase a one-night stay in the recently opened hotel.
Cost: Rates from $398

Drink the Flag

Saturday, 1-11:59pm
Uptown
Every year, the Rustic creates an American flag with cans of beer to represent the stars and stripes: Real Ale, Firemans #4; Tupps, Light American Ale; and Wild Acre, Moonlight Shine. A donation for each beer (minimum $5) will go to the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation and support its mission of restoring military and first responder communities by keeping families together. Throughout the day, a full lineup of live bands will play on the outdoor stage.
Cost: $5 minimum donation per beer

Grab beer to-go from Community Brewing

Daily, noon-7pm
Design District
Have a thirsty group? Throw your own social distance party and quench your guests’ thirst with any of the many brews from Community Brewing, now available for curbside pickup. Try the easy-to-drink Texas Lager or the summery Witbier and Citra Slice IPA. Or grab a 24-pack of their most popular beers in one box. Simply order in advance at communitybeertogo.com or call 214-751-7921 and they’ll bring it right to your car when you arrive.
Cost: From $8 per six-pack

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Steven Lindsey is a Thrillist contributor.