Nothing says Independence Day like parties, food, fun and FIREWORKS. Are you Fourth of July ready? Here's our red, white and blue list to get you well on your way to celebrating in style. 

For more events in Irving and around the area, check the events calendar.

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1. MAKE THIS

PANNA COTTA AND BARBEQUE RUB SEARED SALMON

What a firecracker! Try out this red, white and blue recipe at your July 4th cookout. We know it's going to make you look good! Exec. Chef of the Irving Convention Center and Former Dallas Cowboys, Chef Eduardo Alvarez, has opened his personal recipe book and shared a few mouthwatering recipes. Have a look, there's two to enjoy. One a patriotic dessert. Second a seared salmon over a veggie salad topped off with a cilantro dressing. YUM! Get the recipes.

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2. SHOP THIS

FUN & A LIL' CHIC BOUTIQUE

Head to your festivities in style! Need an American inspired outfit? Go ahead and shop small and support the American dream at Fun & A Lil' Chic Boutique, located at 114 E. Irving Blvd. It's right off the parade route and you'll want to take a peak. Once you get past their cute outfits, custom jewelry and other goodies, make your way to the red, white and blue shop. Everything in the section will be 25% off! Including the cute blue maxi pictured above.
 
Hours: Tuesday-Friday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

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3. EAT THIS

RED WHITE & BLUE SPRINKLE SUGAR COOKIE

These patriotic cookies are a must order and will be a guaranteed hit at the BBQ. Place your order at Tiff's Treats for the Red White & Blue Sprinkle sugar cookie they've brought back for this week only in honor of the 4th of July!  'Cause America loves warm cookies and there's a location conveniently located in Las Colinas, 114 E John Carpenter Fwy. Learn More 

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4. DO THIS

CELEBRATE AMERICA'S BIRTHDAY IN IRVING

Kick back, relax and get ready for the fireworks and festivities. There's a ton of great events planned throughout the day. Kick it off at Irving's patriotic parade where thousands of people will descend upon historic downtown for this annual celebration from 9 a.m. to noon. The fun doesn't stop there; you won't want to miss the watermelon reception in Heritage Park where there will be live music and lots of fun and free activities for the kids.
 
The party heads north to Lake Carolyn in Las Colinas to top off the day with even more food, concerts and fireworks. All Funk Radio Show will set the atmosphere with a high-energy rhythm and blues performance that combines hip-hop, house, funk and soul music for an electrifying start to the evening portion of the celebration, starting at 6 p.m. The Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra will take the stage at 8:30 p.m. to usher in the firework show. Bring your blankets and chairs and come ready to celebrate America. For details on parking and activities, click here.
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5. OR THIS

MIX AND MATCH YOUR HOLIDAY WEEKEND

Here are a few other fun things happening around town to celebrate the fourth. Feel free to pick and choose to top of your Fourth of July weekend fun.
  • Stop by Italian Cafe, they'll be open all day on July 4th and will be serving happy hour drink specials the entire day. Learn More
  • Four Seasons Resort Dallas at Las Colinas is always a great option for a staycation. Guests will enjoy all the festivities happening on property including food, drive in movies, fireworks and more! Learn More
  • Hop, jump, and bounce around this Thursday, July 2, at the Popsicle Parade! Learn More
  • There's an independence showdown at this year's NPC Independence Day Classic at the Irving Convention Center. Literally come and see all the big guns.
  • Come on out, grab a milkshake at Big State Fountain Grill and admire the beautiful iron at their Classic Car Cruise-In. Learn More
  • Celebrate with apple pie and ice cream, games, patriotic entertainment and a concert by the New Horizons Symphonic Band. This event is open to Heritage members age 50 and older. Cost is $2. Learn More
  • On July 2, children in grades K-5 are invited to celebrate Independence Day with an afternoon of games, food, and fun! Dress in red, white and blue to show off your patriotic spirit. Cost: $5 per child. Learn More

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For more events in Irving and around the area, check the events calendar.