Five stories that have North Texas talking: Where to see fireworks tonight; applicant withdraws bid for the next Dallas Police Chief; send us your questions about the Texas Legislature; and more.
Happy Fourth of July, folks. Whether you’re a planner or procrastinator, our friends at Art&Seek have put together the only holiday guide you’ll need to celebrate America’s independence.
Fireworks displays and other Fourth festivities started Saturday in North Texas, but there’s still plenty to do today and tonight.
Some highlights include a parade in Waxahachie during its famous Crape Myrtle Festival, a symphony concert at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden and a watermelon reception in Irving.
And, here are a few fireworks displays to catch tonight.
- Denton Kiwanis Club Fireworks Show
- Fair Park Fourth
- Fort Worth’s Fourth
- Frisco Freedom Fest
- McKinney’s Red, White and BOOM!
- Plano’s All-American Fourth
- Richardson Family 4th Celebration
Last but not least, meet North Texan Randy Beckham. He’s been lighting the night sky for 38 years. This Fourth of July is his last in the industry. Learn more about the art behind his craft. [Art&Seek]
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- Grand Prairie Police Chief Steve Dye withdrew his application for Dallas Police Chief, leaving seven applicants to interview next week. [The Dallas Morning News]
- Plano’s booming — both in terms of its economy and population — and it’s making traffic a nightmare. Here’s how the city plans to lessen the congestion. [KERA News]
- If you’re looking for insight into the Texas Legislature, and how the state has become the nation’s “bellwether,” read this longform explanation. [The New Yorker]
- Speaking of, lawmakers are going into overtime this month, and the agenda for the special session is packed. Have questions? We want to answer them. [Texas Station Collaborative]