Pumpkin Patch Round-Up


From pumpkin spice to pumpkin pie, you definitely need a little pumpkin in your life. Whether cooking up some fall favorites or getting your porch ready for the season, visit these fun, local spots to find your perfect pumpkin.

DALLAS 

Autumn at the Arboretum

8525 Garland Road, Dallas

September 18 – October 31

Dallas Farmers Market Pumpkin Patch

1010 S. Pearl Expressway, Dallas

September 18 – October 31

St. James Episcopal Church Pumpkin Patch

9845 McCree Road, Dallas

October 2 – October 31

ALVARADO 

Sunset Hill Tree Farm Pumpkin Patch

3400 County Road 206, Alvarado

October 2 – October 31

ARLINGTON

St. John the Apostle Pumpkin Patch

5450 Mansfield Road, Arlington

September 27 – October 31

AUBREY

Team Family Farms Pumpkin Patch

1042 W. Sherman Drive, Aubrey

September 25 – November 7

BEDFORD

Bedford Public Library Pumpkin Patch

2424 Forest Ridge Drive, Bedford 

October 14 – October 31

CANTON

Yesterland Farm Pumpkin Patch

15410 Interstate 20, Canton

September 18 – November 7

CLEBURNE

Mainstay Farm Park Pumpkin Days

1004 W. Bethesda Road, Cleburne

September 24 – October 31

CORSICANA 

Main Street Pumpkin Patch at The Square Root

222 N Main St., Corsicana

October 1 – October 31

DENISON

Elves Farm Pumpkin Patch

601 Harvey Lane, Denison

October 2 – October 31

GUNTER

The Big Orange Pumpkin Farm

15102 TX-289, Gunter

September 18 – November 24

FAIRVIEW

Creekwood Pumpkin Patch

261 Country Club Road, Fairview

October 2 – October 31

FLOWER MOUND

Flower Mound Pumpkin Patch

5100 Cross Timbers Road, Flower Mound

October 1 – October 31

FORNEY

The Gentle Zoo Pumpkin Patch

12600 FM 2932, Forney

October 1 – November 1

FORT WORTH

Arlington Heights UMC Pumpkin Patch

4200 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth

October 16 – October 31

FRISCO

Pumpkins on the Prairie

3521 Main St., Frisco

October 8 – October 31

GRAPEVINE

Hall’s Pumpkin Farm and Corn Maze

3420 Hall Johnson Road, Grapevine

October 1 – October 31

MANSFIELD

St. John Youth Pumpkin Patch

1218 E. Debbie Lane, Mansfield

September 19 – October 31

MCKINNEY

5G Farm

6601 County Road 166, McKinney

September 17- October 31

MIDLOTHIAN

Shadow Creek Pumpkin Farm

1530 Indian Creek Drive, Midlothian

October 2 – October 31

PLANO

Pumpkin Patch on the Corner

3101 Coit Road, Plano

September 26 – October 31

RICHARDSON

Arapaho UMC Pumpkin Patch

1400 W. Arapaho Road, Richardson

October 1 – October 17

ROCKWALL

Blase Family Farm Pumpkin Patch

1232 E. Fork Road, Rockwall

September 25 – October 31

SOUTHLAKE

The Patch at Southlake

101 E. Highland St., Southlake

October 1 – October 31

STEPHENVILLE

Lone Star Family Farm Pumpkin Patch

4199 Highway 67, Stephenville

September 25 – November 6

Agents of Dave Perry Miller Real Estate Kick Off 2nd Annual Food Bank Fundraiser



Last year, during the height of the pandemic, shutdowns and layoffs created food insecurity for many North Texas neighbors. So agents and employees of Dave Perry Miller Real Estate rallied their Ebby Halliday Companies‘ network to collect $75,000 for two area organizations providing hunger relief: North Texas Food Bank and Tarrant Area Food Bank.

This year agents and employees of DPMRE will support donation efforts for North Texas Food Bank through Thanksgiving Day.

“It was such a successful effort last year,” Vice President of Brokerage Carolyn Rosson says, “that we would like to replicate it – there is still great need in our community.”

Also VP of Brokerage, Malinda Howell says, “EHC held a company-wide backpack drive in September, collecting more than 600 supply-filled backpacks for Ebby Halliday Elementary students. And I know heading into the holidays this year, we can ride that momentum, tapping into that Ebby spirit once again.”

Considered one of Texas’ most successful businesswomen, Ebby Halliday Acers left a mark not only as a pioneer in Dallas’ residential real estate industry, but as a philanthropist who believed in giving back to the communities her namesake company served.

This commitment to, in her words, “do something for someone every day,” is still very much a part of the fabric of the Berkshire Hathaway Affiliate, which also includes core services companies Prosperity Home MortgageTexas Premier TitleHSTX Title and Home Team Insurance.

With the ongoing pandemic and its devastating results, food insecurity remains a major issue in our region. Anyone able to donate to the North Texas Food Bank is encouraged to visit bit.ly/DPMServesNTFB

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BIG TEX + BIG SAVINGS


2021 State Fair of Texas | Friday, September 24, 2021 – Sunday, October 17, 2021

Y’all, it’s fall – which to North Texans means pumpkin spice everything, football and the return of The State Fair of Texas! The time-honored tradition kicks off in all its Lone Star glory on Friday, September 24. 

Big Tex + Big Savings = Texas-Sized Fun. We’ve rounded up a comprehensive list of discount opportunities so you can save on admission (which could mean more corn dogs!). Check out the list below to see the many ways Fair Fans can save BIG this year!

STATE FAIR SAVINGS

BIG TEX INSIDER PROMO CODES – Sign up to become a Big Tex Insider and receive exclusive State Fair ticket and merchandise discounts and promo codes straight to your email inbox. Each Monday during the Fair, a special promo code will be released that provides Big Tex Insiders special access to $10 tickets good for Tuesdays and Thursdays.

SEASON PASSES – Trying to get the full State Fair experience can be quite hard to do in one day. With the season pass, however, you can enjoy a full 24 days of admission as well as VIP benefits for just $50.

GROUP TICKETS – Enjoy fun times at the fair with all of your friends or coworkers! When purchased in advance, groups of 25 or more can attend the State Fair for as little as $16 per person. Don’t forget to preload Midway game cards and food and ride coupons to any group ticket order. For assistance in purchasing group tickets, call in advance, 214-565-2979. 

HOMETOWN HEROES

MILITARY APPRECIATION DAY IS EVERY DAY – All active military, retired military, and veterans save $5 off on weekdays and $7 off on weekends when they present valid documentation of military service at the gate or online. Spouses of service men and women with a valid Military Spouse ID and accompanying children under the age of 18 also receive discounted admission. For information on how to obtain your Military ID Card before your visit to the Fair, contact your military branch or go to www.cac.mil.

FIRST RESPONDERS DAY IS EVERY DAY – All first responders can save $5 off on weekdays and $7 off on weekends when they present a valid badge or ID card from their department or organization at the gate or online, plus up to three discounted admission tickets for their family members. 

ANY-DAY DISCOUNTS

KROGER – Get $3 off premium one-day admission or $5 off season passes when you buy tickets in advance from your local Kroger. Purchases can be made at the checkout counter or service desk until October 17, 2021.

MCDONALD’S – Discount coupons can be found at any participating McDonald’s locations in the North Texas area. Present these coupons at the fair gates to save $5 off general admission tickets on weekdays and $7 off on weekends. One coupon per person. McDonald’s discounts may not be combined with any other offers. 

AFTER 5 P.M. – No matter your age, all adults pay child’s prices at the State Fair of Texas after 5 p.m. SAVE up to $7 on adult tickets when you arrive after 5 p.m. any day of the week.

DISCOUNTS OF THE DAY

FRIDAY | SEPTEMBER 24

NORTH TEXAS FOOD BANK OPENING DAY – On opening day, bring two jars of peanut butter for the North Texas Food Bank and enjoy a discounted admission price of $10 at the gate. 

TUESDAYS | SEPTEMBER 28 & OCTOBER 5 & 12

THRILLING TUESDAYS – Most rides are offered at a reduced price on Tuesdays.

DR PEPPER VALUE DAYS – Dr Pepper Value Days are every Tuesday and Thursday and $10 tickets can only be purchased online. Only Big Tex Insiders receive the promotion code for this exclusive savings so be sure to sign up now at BigTex.com/Insider

WEDNESDAYS | SEPTEMBER 29 & OCTOBER 6 & 13

NORTH TEXAS FOOD BANK, FEED THE NEED WEDNESDAYS – By bringing five canned food items, fairgoers will receive admission for only $5. All canned donations go to the North Texas Food Bank, which helps feed members of the community. $5 admission tickets can only be purchased at the gate on Wednesdays with a canned-food donation.  

THURSDAYS | SEPTEMBER 30 & OCTOBER 7 & 14

THRIFTY THURSDAY FOOD SPECIALS – Thursdays are the best day of the week for foodies, thrifty families, or anyone who can’t get enough fair food! Featured items include State Fair classics like corn dogs, cotton candy and funnel cakes. Participating food vendors also offer one of their signature menu items at a reduced price, ranging from mini versions to regular-size items.

DR PEPPER VALUE DAYS – Dr Pepper Value Days are every Tuesday and Thursday and $10 tickets can only be purchased online. Only Big Tex Insiders receive the promotion code for this exclusive savings so be sure to sign up now at BigTex.com/Insider.

SENIOR DAYS – Every Thursday, anyone age 60 and older gets into the Fair for only $5. $5 admission tickets can only be purchased at the gate on Thursdays. Seniors must present ID to receive the discount.

For more information on this year’s State Fair of Texas, visit bigtex.com. All discounts for the State Fair of Texas will be posted to BigTex.com/discounts.

Special thanks to Ebby Halliday Companies Core Services Team for providing the research for this post.

Photo credits: Kevin Brown/State Fair of Texas

Ebby Halliday Elementary Starts the School Year Strong


Agents of Ebby Halliday Companies Deliver Backpacks, School Supplies for Every Student at DISD’s Ebby Halliday Elementary

The Ebby Halliday Companies is built on a foundation of generosity, extending back to the days when Ebby Halliday herself was running the iconic residential real estate brand. Now a new generation of agents have readily adopted her personal mantra, “Do Something for Someone Every Day,” and are living it out in a variety of ways.

A most recent example is the Back-to-School Backpack Drive initiated by the company’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Council. Agents were given school supply lists for Ebby Halliday Elementary School in southeast Dallas, and asked to provide. 

The company’s more than 30 offices quickly responded and within a week, hundreds of backpacks filled with notebooks, pencils and more, were being delivered to the school – in plenty of time for Meet the Teacher night on August 12.

CEO & President Chris Kelly was quite pleased by the effort.

“Given what we’ve asked the children in our communities to endure and overcome these past 18 months,” said Kelly, “helping get their school year off on the right note is the least we can do to contribute towards their success. I am incredibly proud of how the entirety of the Ebby Halliday Companies rallied around the challenge issued by our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Council.”

Sylvia Sotelo Kidd and Pamela Young are EHC’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion officers as well as sales leaders with Ebby Halliday’s offices in Rockwall and Forney, and Southwest Dallas, respectively.

“The Council’s goal was to gather 650 backpacks and we beat that by three!” said Kidd. ”We also have additional supplies for almost 100 more students.”

“Our mission with community outreach efforts like this is twofold,” Kidd continued. “We want to encourage both internal growth among our agents, staff and executives, and growth among our own community members. We want to ensure they have the opportunity to bridge generational wealth gaps. This mindset can start as early as Kindergarten.”

Added Young, “In addition to this, committee members have already identified a few key areas in North Texas where we plan to hold educational seminars regarding credit and lending, and host other beneficial programs. The potential to own a home should be for everyone.”

Ebby Halliday Elementary opened in August 2011 as part of a 2008 DISD bond package. The two-story, environmentally-friendly school is set in a rural-like area called Rylie where manufactured homes and horses are a common sight. Just behind the school, bulldozers prepare lots for a large single-family housing development, perhaps a sign of hope for community members that owning a home can be for them, too. 

Things to Do in North Texas This Summer


The lazy days of summer will soon come to an end and it will be time for back-to-school. Be sure to explore all that North Texas has to offer and enjoy the final days of summer! 

Summer on Ice

Galleria Ice Skating Center | Dallas

Whether a novice or a triple-axel Olympic contender, it doesn’t get any cooler than enjoying a day on the ice. No reservations are required during public skate hours. While there, be sure to enjoy all the shopping and dining options Galleria Dallas has to offer.

Dallas Stars Community Ice | Multiple Locations

With eight locations throughout Dallas-Fort Worth, there are plenty of opportunities to stay cool on the ice. Public skating as well as hockey summer camps and clinics are offered. Even grownups can get in on the action by joining the Adult Rookie Program. 

Under the Sea

The Dallas World Aquarium | Dallas

A world of adventure in downtown Dallas’ historic West End district! Housing many animals that are threatened or endangered, conservation and education are at the center of the aquarium’s exhibits and programs. 

SeaQuest | Fort Worth

A land AND sea adventure, SeaQuest offers an exciting journey where guests are invited to touch, feed, and interact with over 1,200 animals from five continents. Come “sea” for yourself!

SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium | Grapevine

SEA LIFE Grapevine provides an immersive marine experience complete with a sea turtle rescue center, a stingray exhibit, and Texas’ only 360° ocean tunnel.

Destination Staycation

The Gaylord Texan Resort | Grapevine

Don’t want to travel too far from home for a great vacation? This impressive resort includes the 10-acre Paradise Springs Water Park, an exciting itinerary of activities and entertainment, onsite restaurants and bars, a luxurious spa, and over 4 acres of indoor garden atriums. 

Great Wolf Lodge & Waterpark | Grapevine

Experience glamping at Great Wolf Lodge with their Summer Camp-In event. Campfire sing-alongs, s’mores, pool parties, dance parties, character appearances and more are all included with an overnight stay. Day passes are also available for their 84-degree indoor water park.

Call of the Wild

Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden | Dallas

Considered among the top arboretums in the world, the 66-acre Dallas Arboretum is located on the shores of White Rock Lake. A trip to the arboretum would not be complete without a visit to A Woman’s Garden with its various sculptures, infinity pool and flower water features. Pack a picnic and enjoy the lush lawn and seasonal flowers in Jonsson Color Garden. Every acre displays the beauty of the season.

The Dallas Zoo | Dallas-Oak Cliff

The non-profit, 106-acre Dallas Zoo is the largest and oldest zoo in Texas. Check out the many animal encounters available such as giraffe feedings and chats with the zoologists.  Go behind-the-scenes with a 90-minute Backstage Safari tour and see what daily life at the zoo is really like. There may even be special appearances by Winspear, the ambassador cheetah and his best friend, Amani, a labrador retriever!

Perot Museum of Nature and Science | Dallas

Five levels, 11 halls and countless exhibits dedicated to hands-on discovery, interactive kiosks, educational games and adventure. The Paleo Lab offers visitors real-time views of the dynamic dinosaur research being conducted at the museum. In the Sports Hall, athletics and science come together to study the physical and mental demands of great athletes. Embark on a journey through space in the Expanding Universe Hall. Discovery awaits!

Fort Worth Botanic Garden | Fort Worth

The Fort Worth Botanic Garden is the oldest major botanic garden in Texas. The FWBG is composed of 25 specialty gardens and has long been known for its tropical, rose and Japanese gardens. Be sure to visit the Rose Garden, considered to be the most romantic garden and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Children will love the Native Texas Boardwalk with its 13 educational stations such as hollow log, speaking tubes, and balance beams. The Boardwalk also offers a shaded pathway from the northern gardens to the southern gardens.

The Fort Worth Zoo | Fort Worth

The Fort Worth Zoo is home to over 540 species including 148 bird species, 172 ectotherm species, and 72 species of mammals. As part of their  “Wilder Vision,” the zoo has set out to create new habitat space and renovate existing habitats. Habitats include African Savanna, Elephant Springs, Australian Outback, Flamingo Bay, Raptor Canyon and World of Primates to name just a few. 

Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary | McKinney

The 289-acre wildlife sanctuary is home to more than 240 species of animals and nearly 150 species of wildflowers. Enjoy night hikes, bird walks, zipline days, and summer nature camps.

Patron of the Arts

Dallas Museum of Art | Dallas

The Dallas Museum of Art is one of the 10 largest art museums in the country. The DMA’s international collection includes over 24,000 works representing world cultures throughout 5,000 years of history. The museum’s free general admission makes art and culture accessible to everyone.

Shakespeare in the Park | Dallas 

The tradition continues! Classically trained performers delight audiences at the Samuell-Grand Amphitheatre in East Dallas.  Affordable tickets and the ability to bring your own food and beverages make this a family-friendly experience. 

Kimbell Art Museum | Fort Worth

The Kimbell Art Museum hosts a permanent collection of masterpieces as well as international on-loan and traveling exhibitions. The museum also offers summer workshops, tours, lectures and happy hours.

Take Me Out to the Ball Game

Texas Rangers Baseball at Globe Life Field | Arlington

Root for the home team! Globe Life Field is climate controlled and you’ll never have to worry about weather delays on game day. Get the VIP treatment and go behind-the-scenes with a ballpark tour. While you’re in the area, check out Texas Live! This entertainment center features bars, restaurants, live music and the ultimate sports watching experience. Great for families and die-hard sports fans alike. 

Rough Riders Baseball at Riders Field | Frisco

Since 2003, the Frisco RoughRiders have served as the Minor League Baseball affiliate of the Texas Rangers. Riders Field is recognized as one of the best ballparks in Minor League Baseball with its village-like design which includes a lazy river. Check out the team’s schedule and game day promotions.

Kid At Heart

Explorium Denton Children’s Museum | Denton

Explorium offers a safe place for children to engage and explore through hands-on exhibits, multimedia and content-rich programs pertaining to science, technology, engineering, arts and math! Check out their list of events and summer camps. 

LEGOLAND Discovery Center | Grapevine

Perfect your ninja moves in the Ninjago City Adventure. Watch an awesome LEGO movie in the 4D cinema. Bring your swimsuit and cool off at Pirate Beach. More epic LEGO attractions await. 

Crayola Experience | Plano

With 60,000 square feet of attractions, Crayola Experience is Texas’ most colorful interactive and creative destination. Crayola enthusiasts can enjoy the activity studio, adventure lab, an indoor playground, and even watch as crayons are made live!

Thrills and Chills

Six Flags Over Texas | Arlington

Heart-racing roller coasters, family-favorites and kids rides – everyone will have a blast at Six Flags Over Texas! In between all the excitement, be sure to relax and enjoy one of the many live performances throughout the park. Indulge with a tasty treat or refreshing drink or shop for the perfect souvenir to commemorate your adventure.

Six Flags Hurricane Harbor | Arlington

Thrilling water slides, relaxing pools, raging rapids, a lazy river and more are just a few of the ways to chill out at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor. Don’t forget to hydrate with a cool drink and icy treats! Your day of fun in the sun awaits.

Hawaiian Falls Waterpark | Multiple Locations

Waterslides, a lazy river, wave pool, and an interactive rain-fortress are a great way to cool off and each attraction is rated from easy and calm to intense and thrilling. Plan a visit to any one of the five locations throughout North Texas. 

How the West Was Won

Fort Worth Stockyards | Fort Worth

Relive the heyday of the wild west! Witness a real-life cattle drive. Watch drovers (cattlemen) as they demonstrate grooming and saddling a horse, roping and other horsemanship techniques. History buffs will enjoy the Stockyards Museum with its collection of artifacts, photos and exhibits documenting the importance of the stockyards to Fort Worth and Texas. Finally, be sure to grab some grub at any one of the many authentic Texas barbecue or Tex-Mex restaurants.

How ‘Bout Them Cowboys!

The Star | Frisco

The Star is the 91-acre Dallas Cowboys World Headquarters and practice facility in Frisco. Do a touchdown victory dance on the 50-yard replica turf or catch a summer Movie Night at Tostitos Championship Plaza. The Star District is the perfect place to shop, dine and experience the Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor Walk. For the ultimate Dallas Cowboys experience, book a VIP Guided Tour.

Hail to the Chief

George W. Bush Presidential Center | Dallas

The museum showcases permanent and special exhibits that delve into the American Presidency and explore issues and policies that affect our country and our world. View a full-scale replica of the Oval Office as well as a 22-foot piece of steel from the World Trade Center.

The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza | Dallas 

Located in the infamous Texas School Book Depository building, the museum chronicles the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Afterwards, take a narrated walking tour of Dealey Plaza and travel back in time to that fateful day in our nation’s history. 

Eat, Drink and Be Merry 

Dallas Farmers Market | Dallas

The Shed is an open-air market where you can shop for seasonal produce, artisan-baked goods, naturally raised meats, cheeses, eggs and honey. The Market is a 26,000-square-foot food hall complete with restaurants, specialty food stores and plenty of seating. Leashed dogs are welcome in The Shed and on The Market patios.

Trinity Groves | Dallas 

At the base of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge is this established food destination in West Dallas. Trinity Groves is a 15-acre dining, shopping, artist and entertainment destination. Enjoy fresh seafood at AmberJax Fish Market Grill. Head to the rooftop lounge for a view of the Dallas skyline at Saint Rocco’s upscale Italian restaurant. For something a little more casual, grab a snack from any one of the food trucks on the Ronald Kirk Pedestrian Bridge. Don’t miss Trinity Overlook Park and Trinity Skyline Trails for even more great views as well as hiking, biking and picnics.

Toyota Music Factory | Irving

Centrally located in Irving, Toyota Music Factory offers food, music and movies all day and night. The Pavillion hosts various entertainers from comedic acts to blockbuster concerts. The restaurants and bars are also varied and can satisfy any craving. Be sure to check out the Live Music & Events calendar.

Legacy West & The Shops at Legacy | Plano

Separated by the Dallas North Tollway, Legacy West and The Shops at Legacy are where Plano locals go to shop the hottest brands, dine at the hottest restaurants and experience nightlife. Legacy Hall is the ultimate food court with over 20 dining options, numerous bars, a brewery, and an outdoor, live music venue. Check the calendar for upcoming events.

Grandscape | The Colony

Once completed, Grandscape is primed to be one of the largest mixed-use developments in North Texas and will span more than 400 acres of entertainment, shopping, dining and attractions. Immerse yourself in Jurassic World: The Exhibition. Adrenaline junkies will love Andretti Indoor Karting & Games. Rock out at the Creole-Mexican fusion restaurant, Lava Cantina. This one-of-a-kind destination has it all.

Truck Yard | The Colony

Truck Yard is a come-as-you-are beer garden and food truck park. The on-site brewpub offers an array of adult beverages and bar food, but be sure to check out their calendar for a list of visiting food trucks and live music performances scheduled daily. 

Wineries of North Texas | Various Locations

From the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex north to the Red River, and bound by the four forks of the Trinity River on the east and west, North Texas is becoming one of the largest winemaking and grape-growing regions in Texas. Visit any one of the many exciting wineries in our area for a taste of la dolce vita.

Photos courtesy of: Legacy Hall, Crayola Experience, fortworth.com, visitplano.com, arlington.org, visitfrisco.com, visitdallas.com

Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness


No time in recent history has tested our resolve like the previous year’s events: a pandemic, an election year, and a devastating winter storm.

As we commemorate Independence Day, let us celebrate our enthusiasm in liberty and our individual and collective acts of bravery and heroism. We have overcome so much and continue to endure in life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. 

There is a certain enthusiasm in liberty that makes human nature rise above itself, in acts of bravery and heroism.

Alexander Hamilton, “The Farmer Refuted” February 23, 1775

FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATIONS BY COUNTY

Collin County

Red, White & BOOM! | McKinney | July 3

Festivities include music, food, kids’ activities, a concert, and a fireworks display. 

10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

All American 4th & Fireworks | Plano | July 4

The in-person event begins at 6 p.m. at Red Tail Pavillon (formerly Oak Point Amphitheater). Fireworks will also be live streamed on The City of Plano’s YouTube page. 

6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Dallas County

Kaboom Town! | Addison | July 3

The renowned freedom flyover and fireworks show is back! Tickets are required for entry into Addison Circle Park. 

5 p.m. – Midnight

Fair Park Fourth | Dallas | July 4

The free event offers live performances, “dancing water” shows at the Esplanade Fountain, food trucks, concessions, and spectacular fireworks. Fair Park gates open at 6 a.m.

6 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Independence Day Celebration | Duncanville | July 3

Enjoy a parade in the morning and come back in the evening for a night of great music, delicious food, fun, and fireworks. Wristbands are required for entry into Armstrong Park and can be picked up at the Recreation Center.

Parade | 9 a.m.

Celebration | 6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Independence Day Celebration | Irving | July 4

“Irving Brings Back the Spark”. Free parking and shuttles are available from the Toyota Music Factory to the Levy Event Plaza. Enjoy food vendors, a kids’ fun area, a beer garden, and performances by Alex Aguillar and Downtown Fever followed by fireworks. 

6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Denton County

Fourth of July Jubilee & Parade | Denton | July 3 & 4

Gather at the Denton Civic Center for activities such as bull riding, rock climbing, food trucks, a petting zoo, Liberty 5k Run & Walk, and more. The Yankee Doodle Parade begins downtown. No fireworks display in 2021 – stay tuned for 2022! 

All Day

Independence Fest | Flower Mound | July 4

This free event, located at Bakersfield Park, will feature concessions, a kids zone, car show, a lot of exhibitors, and a great fireworks show. Live music performed by Le Freak and headliner Josh Abbott Band.

5 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Freedom Festival | Lewisville | July 4

A community tradition for over 20 years, this FREE event features bounce houses, carnival games, food trucks, and music. A fantastic fireworks show is the highlight of the evening. Located at Castle Hills Village Shops and Lake Avalon.

5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Grayson County

12th Annual Lights on the Lake | Sherman | July 2

Get ready to rock the night away with a FREE Rick Springfield concert at Pecan Grove Park West followed by an incredible fireworks show.

4 p.m. – 10 p.m. 

Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration | Denison | July 4

Blue Eyed Murder will be the featured entertainment. Children can enjoy the splash pad and playground.  Munson Stadium is limited-capacity but will stream on Facebook Live “Denison Live”.

7 p.m. – 9:45 p.m.

Henderson County

Thunder over Cedar Creek Lake Airshow | Gun Barrel City | July 3

A spectacular air show that will amaze you with aerial acrobatics and an up-close and personal experience with fighter jets. The entire performance takes place over Cedar Creek Lake.

5 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Kaufman County

Independence Day Celebration | Forney | July 3

This free event, located at Forney Community Park, will include food trucks, bounce houses, games, and a magnificent fireworks show. 

6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Navarro County

Freedom Festival | Corsicana | July 4

Come out to I.O.O.F Park for family-fun activities, food trucks, live music by The Pontiax, and fireworks!

6 p.m. – 9:45 p.m.

Palo Pinto County

PKCC Hell’s Gate Fireworks Show | Graford | July 3

Possum Kingdom Lake in Graford, Texas. Hosted by the Possum Kingdom’s Chamber of Commerce 

Time TBD

Parker County

Boomin’ 4th | Hudson Oaks | July 4

Celebrate freedom at this highly choreographed fireworks show – one of the best low and high aerial displays in North Texas. Prophets & Outlaws headlining.

Time TBD 

Spark in the Park | Weatherford | July 4

Headliners Blue Oyster Cult and opening act Texas Clearwater Revival at the Heritage Park Amphitheater! Fireworks set to launch at 9:30 p.m. 

6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Rockwall County

Independence Day Parade & Fireworks | Rockwall | July 3

The parade will begin at Utley Middle School and end at Dobbs Elementary School. In the evening, gather at Harry Myers Park East for live music and fireworks.

Parade | 11 a.m.

Celebration | 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

Somervell County

4th of July at the Lake | Glen Rose | July 4

Pack your coolers (no glass), chairs, and floats and grab a spot at the lake to watch the annual fireworks show presented by the Somervell County Water District. Wheeler Branch Park gates open at 7 p.m. Live music by Brady Hulsey. 

7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Tarrant County

Independence Day Fireworks & Parade | Arlington | July 3 & 5

The fireworks show is set to begin July 3 at 9:30 p.m. in the skies over Globe Life Field. On July 5, starting at 9 a.m., head downtown for Arlington’s oldest, longest running Independence Day parade. This year’s theme is Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.

July 3 | Fireworks | 9:30 p.m.

July 5 | Parade | 9 a.m. 

Fort Worth’s Fourth | Fort Worth | July 4

The largest fireworks show in North Texas is at Fort Worth’s Fourth. Space out along the banks of the Trinity River at Panther Island Pavilion and enjoy an evening of food, live music and fireworks. 

6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Mansfield Rocks Weekend | Mansfield | July 2 – 4

Mansfield Rocks promises all the excitement of past Rockin’ 4th events with family activities, live music, food, and fireworks. Free shuttles are provided from Mansfield ISD’s Newsom Stadium

6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Southlake Stars and Stripes | Southlake | July 3

Join the festivities at Southlake Town Square. Activities include a kids corner, games, live entertainment, delicious eats, and fireworks. 

6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

This North Texas Fourth of July roundup is brought to you by our Core Services partners – Prosperity Home Mortgage, Texas Premier Title, and Home Team Insurance.

At Dave Perry-Miller, we’re proud to offer a one-door approach to your real estate needs. With brokerage, mortgage, title, and insurance services under one roof, you’ll enjoy the easiest and most secure transaction available. When combined with the personal touch of one of our local expert agents, it simply is an unmatched experience. 

Get started today at daveperrymiller.com.

Prosperity Home Mortgage: phmloans.com

Texas Premier Title: txprem.com

Home Team Insurance: hometeaminsurance.com

Today’s the Day: North Texas Giving Tuesday


Our greatest asset in an unprecedented time is each other. With many nonprofits seeing an increase in demand for critical services and cancellations of in-person fundraising opportunities, all charitable organizations, including many North Texas nonprofits, are reeling from the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In concert with the global #GivingTuesdayNow campaign, Communities Foundation of Texas’ North Texas Giving Day, the Dallas Cowboys and the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas have teamed up to support those who need help the most. North Texas Giving Tuesday Now is today, Tuesday, May 5, from 6 a.m. to midnight. You can browse the needs of more than 3,000 local nonprofits and support the organizations of your choice here.

Nonprofits of all types – from arts to education, social services, and zoos – are struggling in this unprecedented time. From food pantries to medical support and financial assistance, to displaced workers and educational programming challenges, there are people in our communities facing real needs, right now. The needs are diverse and they are many, and these organizations urgently need support.

To show your support today, click here.

Living Local: Supporting North Texas Small Businesses


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Over the past few weeks, we’ve experienced a major shift in how we approach our daily lives.

 

With Shelter-in-Place orders in effect in North Texas, we’re limited to essential trips only and social distancing is a must. That’s left many of us wondering how we can rally together to support the locally owned businesses we love while abiding by CDC guidelines and Shelter-in-Place orders.

 

Below are a few ways you can show support while protecting the health and safety of yourself and others:

 

Say Something Nice

How great is it that we live in a digital age that makes it so easy to spread a little positivity? Leaving a positive review can go a long way for a business at times like this, and you can do it all from the comfort of your own home.

 

Spread Word of Mouth (digitally, of course)

If you’ve picked up a takeout order or just placed an online order, take a moment to share it on social media. Not only does this let others in our community know a business has pivoted their services at this time, but studies have also shown the impact word of mouth continues to have on a business’ success.

 

Don’t Cancel, Reschedule

Rescheduling an appointment can do wonders for boosting morale. This shows that no matter how long it takes for this situation to clear up, you’re a loyal customer who’s excited to see them later.

 

Purchase Gift Cards

If a business offers digital gift cards, consider buying one for a friend (and, maybe one for you while you’re at it). It’s a great way to practice social distancing while supporting businesses you love.

 

#TakeOutTuesday

Take a break from the leftovers and order takeout. Most bars and restaurants are still open for orders to-go, many with curbside service.

 

And there you have it – five easy ways to show locally-owned North Texas businesses some love.

 

Please remember to practice social distancing, only make trips out for the essentials and stay home if you’re not feeling well. We’re in this together.

 

For additional information regarding COVID-19 and food safety, please refer to the CDC and FDA.

Statewide Essential Services Notice To Our Clients


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The safety and well-being of our clients, employees and agents is always our top priority. Per the Executive Order issued by Governor Abbott on March 31, 2020 with an effective period of April 2nd through April 30, we are providing the below information with respect to our businesses and services. Our goal is to meet the needs of our clients while doing our part to take proactive measures to help keep all of you safe.

 

Can the Ebby Halliday Companies perform their services at this time?

 

* Yes, per the Governor’s Executive Order, real estate services have been deemed an essential service within the State of Texas.

* For the health and safety of our workforce, we have executed our remote-work plan.

* In addition, our Core Services partners Prosperity Mortgage, Texas Premier Title, HSTX Title and Home Team Insurance also remain fully operational. These companies are classified as Essential Businesses as Financial Services.

 

What does this mean for my current listing?

 

* Your listing will continue to display 24/7 across all our websites (ebby.com/daveperrymiller.com/williamstrew.com). Prospective buyers can still view all information about your property and connect with your listing agent directly through the website and over the phone to request additional information.

* Per the Executive Order, if you permit, showings may still take place with adherence to the CDC and local health officials’ hygienic and social distancing guidelines, including the wearing of masks by all agents and prospective buyers. However, this is a decision all sellers will make based on their

individual circumstances.

* We are advising against Open Houses at this time due to the difficulty in enforcing CDC social distancing at such events.

* Together, with our Core Services departments, we have streamlined the process for you, allowing:

– All contracts to be executed electronically;

– Complete online and over the phone loan application and approval process;

– Online insurance review and coverage; and

– Enhanced closing process between our mortgage and title partners, allow more documents to be signed online, and the rest can be signed in our title offices or via a mobile notary closer from your home or place of convenience.

* Your agent will continue to promote your home through our websites, social media channels and via video.

 

What does this mean for my current home search?            

 

* All listings across North Texas will continue to appear on the websites of the Ebby Halliday Companies.

* Showings may be conducted, if allowed by the seller and if handled under the standards set by the CDC and local health officials for hygienic practices and social distancing, including the wearing of masks by all parties.

* In the event you choose to write an offer on a property, you can:

– Sign all contracts and forms electronically;

– Complete online and over the phone loan application and approval process;

– Complete your insurance review and obtain coverage; and

– Shorten the closing process by partnering with our mortgage and title partners, allowing more documents to be signed online, and the rest can be signed in our title offices or via a mobile notary closer from your home or place of convenience.

 

What if I have a pending contract?

 

* The Executive Order allows us to continue to service your contract all the way through closing.

* Our Core Services partners remain open and operating. Your lending, title and insurance needs will be fully met and your agent can continue to guide you through the process.

* Mobile Closings offer you the opportunity to sign necessary documents from your home or other convenient location. In addition, you will still be able to close in our title offices.

* In the event a party cannot close due to the circumstances presented by the COVID-19 crisis, your agents have access to the appropriate forms to extend the closing if agreed to by all parties.

 

Stay healthy and be well!

Thank You


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All of us at the Ebby Halliday Companies would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to those who are working on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic – in North Texas and across the world. We are forever indebted to everyone who is working tirelessly during this unprecedented situation.

 

Thank you to health care workers, police officers, firefighters, grocery store workers, delivery drivers and countless other individuals who continue to work so bravely during this time. Your daily sacrifices allow us to have a well-functioning society and bring us hope for a brighter future.

 

Thank you to those in leadership positions, including the many individuals who are working day and night to do everything you can to help us through this time of crisis. As we are aware, the worst may be yet to come, so we are appreciative of your leadership in the days ahead.

 

Thank you to teachers, who almost overnight became online educators. And thank you to parents, many of whom are now are not only coordinating children’s education but also working from home for the first time.

 

Thank you to our neighbors, friends and family members – and our many valued clients who entrust us with your real estate needs. The worst of times has the potential to bring out the best in us – and across North Texas and around the world, we have witnessed neighbors helping neighbors, and those who have extra reaching out to those who do not have enough.

 

The Ebby Halliday Companies are rooted in North Texas and it has been our honor to serve this great region for 75 years. We have seen the good times and the bad times. We believe strongly that we will reach the other side of the COVID-19 pandemic a stronger and more compassionate region. Be safe, put your own and your family’s health as your first priority, and continue to help our neighbors and communities. We are in this together.