First things first, the fireworks go off here July 3, not the 4, so make a note lest you arrive a day late. Now, to business: Addison sits a few minutes north of Dallas and is known, literally, as “Kaboom Town!” Around the Fourth of July, its population mushrooms from under 15,000 to something like 500,000, and yes that it the correct number of zeroes. Addison has fully cornered the “random town known for this one specific thing” market when it comes to Fourth of July, and you will see why once it starts setting off 3,500 pounds of fireworks. Also the correct number of zeros. The display is longer than most -- about 25 minutes -- which makes sense because, again, a mid-sized sedan’s weight in fireworks.
A carnival rolls into town each year, too, so you can make a whole day of it. Everything’s super kid-friendly (face-painting!) though not dog-friendly (kudos to your Very Good Dog if they’re brave in the face of pyrotechnics, but only service animals will be allowed into Addison Circle Park). Grounds open at 4pm, live entertainment and various other activities should begin at 5pm, and the fireworks themselves start around 9:30pm. Addison Circle Park is the place to be, but if you're tired of sun and bugs and so forth you can post up at one of the scores of nearby restaurants that’ll be hosting live watch parties. Tip your waitstaff 30%: they’re working hard dealing with all you clowns.