Stake Your Claim (Early): Working photographers understand the importance of arriving early to scout the best location. This strategy can help you position yourself away from the crowd of spectator heads creeping into your frame – as well as other obstructions that might block your shot. Look for open areas clear of trees and other potential obstacles.

Try a Tripod: A tripod is an important photography tool and provides numerous benefits. The added stability will be key in helping you capture a sharp fireworks burst. Although we try to keep our hands steady, it’s inevitable that we will introduce a bit of camera shake. A tripod will eliminate this issue and put you in position to capture clearer shots. A tripod can also provide an added bonus of ‘saving your place’ if you stage it (without your camera) in your chosen shooting location. Need a quality tripod? Consider our popular ProMaster Specialist Series tripods.

Go Remote: A remote trigger release is a perfect complement to your tripod because they work hand-in-hand to give you stability and flexibility in shooting. A remote will allow you to focus your attention more directly on your subject so that your timing is spot on. Remote triggers are often used in timed exposure photography, and our ProMaster Universal Wireless Remote Control is the perfect partner this July 4th holiday.

Shoot Slow (Shutter Speed): Part of capturing the perfect fireworks shot is understanding a fireworks burst takes time to unfold and expand, so your shutter speed needs to be slower to accommodate that time lapse. You can select timing from one to several seconds on a DSLR. Ideally, you want the shutter to open at the beginning of the burst and then close at the peak of the burst. This takes a bit of practice and anticipating timing but you’ll find you improve quickly.

Here are some of our favorite firework displays, where you too can put your new knowledge to practice:

At Fort Worth Botanic Gardens:

Concerts in the Garden – Old-Fashioned Family Fireworks Picnic

What: Celebrate Independence day at one of Fort Worth’s favorite traditions. Pack a picnic and come to hear the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra perform patriotic pieces conducted by the award-winning Miguel Harth-Bedoya. These concerts are popular, so reserve a table or buy general admission lawn tickets soon.

When: July 2 to 4 at 8:15 p.m. Fireworks start after the concert.

Where: Fort Worth Botanic Garden, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76107

Cost: $25 and up. Advance tickets and parking passes are available on its website.

At Panther Island Pavilion:

The Fort Worth’s Fourth- Celebrating 10 Years of Fourths

What: Fort Worth’s Fourth takes place at Panther Island Pavilion along the Trinity River and features the city’s biggest fireworks display. Attractions include live music, pony rides, tubing, ziplining, water slides, an F-16 flyover and a local band competition.

When: July 4 at 2 p.m. Fireworks start at 10 p.m.

Where: 395 Purcey St., Fort Worth, Texas 76102

Cost: Free

Arlington: Texas Rangers Baseball

What: What’s more American than baseball? Celebrate July Fourth watching the Texas Rangers take on the Boston Red Sox. After the game, stick around for the fireworks display.

When: July 4 at 7:05 p.m.

Where: Globe Life Park, 1000 Ballpark Way, Arlington, TX 76011

Cost: Check the Rangers’ website for ticket information.

Lake Grapevine: July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza

What: Lake Grapevine continues its annual July Fourth fireworks display, which starts at 9:30 p.m. Be prepared for a spectacular fireworks show, which can be viewed from any lakeside location as well as several other spots throughout Grapevine.

When: July 4. Fireworks start at 9:30 p.m.

Where: Grapevine Lake

Cost: Admission is free at most viewing locations. Some parks and businesses along Lake Grapevine may charge admission. A parking fee may also be charged.

Southlake: Stars & Stripes

What:  Southlake’s Independence Day party takes place in several parks in the Southlake Town Square area. The Southlake Community Band begins the celebration with a patriotic performance in Family Park. You’ll also find country, swing and party bands at various parks. Kid-friendly attractions include crafts, inflatables, balloon artists, a trampoline and candy art. Some of the best viewing spots for fireworks are at Frank Edgar Cornish, IV Park, McPherson Park and Park Village.

When: July 3 at 6 p.m. Fireworks start at 9:30 p.m.

Where: Southlake Town Square, 1560 E. Southlake Blvd., Southlake, TX 76092

Cost: Free


For more Dazzling July Fourth Fireworks Displays in Dallas–Forth Worth:

Visit TripSavvy’s website for 25 fun activities and opportunities to capture great images of the best 4th of July celebrations in town.


These 2017 Fourth of July and Independence Day celebrations in various North Texas counties should help you see the “rockets’ red glare” this year.

Events are sorted by county.

Tarrant County

Fort Worth

Fort Worth’s Fourth at Panther Island Pavilion

July 4, gates open at 2 p.m., live music throughout the day, fireworks at 10 p.m.

NBC 5 is a media sponsor of this event.

Old-Fashioned Family Fireworks Picnic at Fort Worth Botanic Garden

July 2, 3 and 4, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra at 8:15 p.m.


4th of July Parade in Downtown Arlington

July 4, parade at 9 a.m.

Light Up Arlington in Downtown Arlington

July 3, event starts at 6 p.m., fireworks start at 9:45 p.m.


July 4th in Grapevine at Oak Grove Park

July 4, fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

Richland Hills

Red, White and YOU! at The Link and Plaza

July 4, parade at 9 a.m., pariotic ceremony at 9:45 a.m.

Dallas County


Fair Park Fourth at Fair Park

July 4, State Fair Midway opens at noon, fireworks at about 9:45 p.m.


July 4 Community Fireworks Display at Josey Ranch Lake

July 4, fireworks at 9:30 p.m.


Star-Spangled Spectacular at Firewheel Town Center

July 3, events start at 4 p.m., fireworks at 9:15 p.m.

Grand Prairie

Lone Stars & Stripes Celebration at Lone Star Park

July 3 and 4, gates open at 3 p.m., first live race at 5 p.m., fireworks after the last race


Independence Day Celebration

July 4, parade at 9 a.m. in the Irving Heritage District and fireworks show with events starting at 6 p.m. at Lake Carolyn


Family 4th Celebration at Breckinridge Park

July 4, live music starts at 6:30 p.m., fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

Collin County


Red, White & BOOM!

July 4, parade at 10 a.m. in Historic Downtown McKinney, fireworks after sunset


July 4th Fireworks

July 4, fireworks at 9:30 p.m.


Frisco Freedom Fest at Toyota Stadium

July 4, Party in the Plaza at 4 p.m., FC Dallas soccer match at 7:30 p.m., Fireworks Extravaganza at 10 p.m.

Denton County


Denton Kiwanis Club’s 4th of July Fireworks Show at Apogee Stadium

July 4, gates open at 6 p.m., fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

Flower Mound

Independence Fest 2017 at Bakersfield Park

July 4, gates open at 5 p.m., fireworks 9:50 p.n.


Freedom Festival at The Village Shops & Plaza

July 4, events start at 5 p.m., fireworks start at dusk


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