Star Spangled Snacks


These Fourth of July-themed snacks are sure to have you seeing fireworks before the show even starts! 

Star Lit Skewers

Ingredients

*1 watermelon

*1 pkg. blueberries

*1 pkg. skewers

*1 star shaped cookie cutter

Directions

  1. Cut watermelon vertically into 1 inch slices. 
  2. Use star shaped cookie cutters to cut watermelon slices.
  3. Thread blueberries onto the skewers, topping each one with the watermelon star.
  4. Chill and serve.

*Feel free to use any combination of fruits you like. You can even add marshmallows!

Patriotic Pretzels

Ingredients

*1 pkg pretzel rods

*1 pkg. red candy melts

*1 pkg. blue candy melts

*1 pkg. white candy melts

*1 pkg. star sprinkles

Directions

  1. Melt each color of candy melts until liquid.
  2. Dip pretzel rods into melted candy and let sit until hardened.
  3. Drizzle the remaining colors onto the cooled rods and add sprinkles to make more fun.

Fourth of July Jello “Firecrackers

Ingredients

*3 oz. pkg. blue Jello

*1 pkg. Cool Whip

*3 oz. pkg. red Jello

* 1 jar stemmed maraschino cherries

Directions

  1. Follow the directions on the blue jello package and divide them evenly amongst serving cups. Chill until hard.
  2. Add a layer of cool whip on top of the blue jello. Cool until hard.
  3. Follow the directions on the red jello package and pour on top of the layer of Cool Whip.
  4. Top with a cherry and chill until hard.

Red, White and Blue Donuts

Ingredients

*1 dozen donuts

*1 pkg. red candy melts

*1 pkg. blue candy melts

*1 pkg. white candy melts

*1 pkg. patriotic sprinkles

Directions

  1. Heat each package of candy melts until liquid.
  2. Drizzle the donuts with the desired colors, add sprinkles immediately.
  3. Cool until hard and serve.

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.

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Home Team Insurance: hometeaminsurance.com

Cozy Fireplaces for the Holidays


‘Tis the season for hot cocoa, holiday movie marathons and bundling up by the fireplace.

Spark a light of joy this holiday season with these spectacular mantels.

5131 Shadywood Lane | Bluffview | $5,999,000

3721 Stratford Avenue | Highland Park | $4,475,000

3415 Lindenwood Avenue | Highland Park | $2,825,000

6207 Northwood Road | Preston Hollow | $2,350,000

6938 Wabash Circle | Lakewood | $1,700,000

7124 Hill Forest Drive | North Dallas | $1,995,000

5614 Del Roy Drive | North Dallas | $1,625,000

1 Grovenor Court | North Dallas | $990,000

5102 Homer Street | East Dallas | $745,000

7702 Twisted Oaks Circle | Lake Highlands | $665,000

To view more exceptional properties, visit daveperrymiller.com.

North Texas Holiday Lights


Round up the family (and some snacks) for a memorable drive-thru adventure to see the holiday lights of North Texas.

Addison

Vitruvian Lights at Vitruvian Park 

Address: 3875 Ponte Avenue 

Addison, Texas 75001

Dates: November 27 – January 3, 2021

Arlington

Interlochen Lights

Address: 2001 Westwood Drive 

Arlington, Texas 76012

Dates: December 11 – 20, 2020

Bedford

Daystar Christmas

Address: 3901 Highway 121

Bedford, Texas 76021

Dates: November 26 – January 3, 2021

Dallas

Dallas Zoo Lights

Address: 650 South RL Thornton Freeway 

Dallas, Texas 75203

Dates: November 20 – January 3, 2021

Decatur

Radiance! A Holiday Light Spectacular at Joe Wheeler Park

Address: 3101 Farm Road 51

Decatur, Texas 76234

Dates: November 11 – January 3, 2021

Denison

Loy Lake Park

Address: 111 R C Vaughan Road

Denison, Texas 75020

Dates: November 27 – December 31, 2020

Fort Worth

Gift of Lights at Texas Motor Speedway

Address: 3545 Lone Star Circle

Fort Worth, Texas 76177

Dates: November 26 – January 3, 2021

Lights on Trail Creek

Address: 4941 Trail Creek Drive

Fort Worth, Texas 76244

Dates: November 26 – January 3, 2021

Frisco

Radiance! A Holiday Light Spectacular at Dr Pepper Ballpark

Address: 7300 Roughriders Trail

Frisco, Texas 75034

Dates: November 11 – January 3, 2021

Christmas in the Square

Address: 8843 Coleman Boulevard

Frisco, Texas 75034

Dates: November 27 – January 4, 2021

Glen Rose

Christmas Light Drive Thru at Oakdale Park

Address: 1019 North East Barnard Street

Glen Rose, Texas 76043

Dates: December 18 – December 29, 2020

Grand Prairie

Prairie Lights at Lynn Creek Park

Address: 5610 Lake Ridge Parkway

Grand Prairie, Texas 75052

Dates: November 26 – December 31, 2020

Grapevine

Christmas on Main Street

Address: 636 South Main Street

Grapevine, Texas 76051

Dates: November 23 – January 10, 2021

Little Elm

Magic of Lights at Little Elm Park

Address: 701 West Eldorado Parkway

Little Elm, Texas 75068

Dates: November 20 – January 2, 2021

Plano

Deerfield Holiday Lights at Deerfield Neighborhood

Address: 4549 Old Pond Drive

Plano, Texas 75024

Dates: December 1 – December 31, 2020

The Colony

The Colony Christmas Spectacular

Address: 4900 Blair Oaks Drive

The Colony, Texas 75056

Dates: December 5 – January 4, 2021

Tyler

Santa Land

Address: 11518 I-20 West

Tyler, Texas 75706

Dates: November 13 – January 4, 2021

Waxahachie

Tour of Lights

Address: 301 South Rogers Street 

Waxahachie, Texas 75165

Dates: December 4 – December 19, 2020

Weatherford

Radiance! A Holiday Light Spectacular by Parker County Sheriff’s Posse 

Address: 2251 Mineral Wells Hwy

Weatherford, Texas 76088

Dates: November 11 – January 3, 2021


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

At Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, 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.

‘Tis the Season to Sell your Home


Contrary to popular belief, the holiday season – especially this holiday season – may actually be an ideal time to offer your North Texas home for sale! Why?

Contrary to popular belief, the holiday season – especially this holiday season – may actually be an ideal time to offer your North Texas home for sale! Why?

  • The average home sales price in North Texas is up almost 15 percent over this time last year.
  • Interest rates are at historic lows, which means buyers have more buying power than ever before.
  • Inventory of homes for sale remains at historic lows while showing activity is still tracking higher than this same time last year. 
  • Many people are still working from home, which means a lot of them may want more space, home offices, or just a change of scenery. Combined with lighter work schedules and less (anticipated) travel during the holidays, prospective buyers may use the extra time to search for a new home. 
  • Consumers who shop for a home during the holidays are serious, motivated buyers.
  • Typically there are even fewer homes on the market during the holiday season. Translation: less competition for you.
  • Homes “show” better when decorated for the holidays.
  • Many transferees are not able to wait until the spring market to buy. They are here now and need a home now.
  • By selling now, you’ll have an opportunity to be a non-contingent buyer during the spring, when many more houses will be for sale, which may mean lower prices. This could allow you to sell high and buy low.

To get started, visit daveperrymiller.com.

‘Tis the Season to Sell Your Home


Christmas Decorations At Front Door of House.

Contrary to popular belief, the holiday season – especially this holiday season – may actually be an ideal time to offer your North Texas home for sale! Why?

  • The average home sales price in North Texas is up almost 15 percent over this time last year.
  • Interest rates are at historic lows, which means buyers have more buying power than ever before.
  • Inventory of homes for sale remains at historic lows while showing activity is still tracking higher than this same time last year. 
  • Many people are still working from home, which means a lot of them may want more space, home offices, or just a change of scenery. Combined with lighter work schedules and less (anticipated) travel during the holidays, prospective buyers may use the extra time to search for a new home. 
  • Consumers who shop for a home during the holidays are serious, motivated buyers.
  • Typically there are even fewer homes on the market during the holiday season. Translation: less competition for you.
  • Homes “show” better when decorated for the holidays.
  • Many transferees are not able to wait until the spring market to buy. They are here now and need a home now.
  • By selling now, you’ll have an opportunity to be a non-contingent buyer during the spring, when many more houses will be for sale, which may mean lower prices. This could allow you to sell high and buy low.

To get started, visit daveperrymiller.com.

Local Easter Meals To-Go


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While others are in search of Easter eggs, you may be on the hunt for dinner ideas. 

Save the feast prep and let some of your local favorites save the day, as many restaurants are offering holiday meals for carryout. Browse these five to-go options and remember to order ahead.

 

Dakota’s

It’s never too early to enjoy a meal. Dakota’s is serving a three-course menu, starting with a fruit plate, salad or smoked salmon mini bagels. Their second course offers cinnamon apple French toast, corn beef hash and more. End brunch with some chocolate mousse, coconut cream pie or key lime pie.

 

Dragonfly

Dragonfly is offering delicious starters like blue crab deviled eggs and entrée options from smoked salmon avocado toast to roasted halibut. Don’t forget to save some room for the cinnamon roll bread pudding.

 

Eddie V’s Prime Seafood

Enjoy a four-course meal from the comfort of your home. Eddie V’s Prime Seafood created a special Easter menu consisting of shrimp cocktail, salad, herb-roasted tenderloin and dessert towards the end.

 

Fearing’s Restaurant

Searching for just the right Easter brunch to-go? Fearing’s offers a variety of options. Get started with Alaskan king crab and roasted Nova Scotia halibut for your main dish. Top it off with either carrot cake or warm chocolate fondue.

 

Parigi

Celebrate the holiday with a delightful and fulfilling meal. Through Parigi, you can start out with your choice of a salad. The three-course meal is followed by the main dish and two sides, including short ribs or roasted chicken, and dessert.

Events Perfect For Valentine’S Day


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Are you still looking for your perfect Valentine’s Day plan? From a ballet performance to a cocktail class, we listed our favorite events in Dallas that you and your date will love.

 

Dinner at CANVAS Hotel Dallas

Looking forward to indulging in a meal and gazing through a rooftop view of the Dallas skyline? Say no more. Chef’s Palette, located inside CANVAS Hotel Dallas, is offering a three-course meal from 6 to 9 p.m. Meals include oysters, roasted halibut and lemon tartelette. Head up to the rooftop lounge after for custom cocktails and entertainment from Lounge Noir featuring Clate Bowen. 

 

Love to the Max

This Valentine’s Day, showcase your love through art. Painting with a Twist will host a special event for you and your loved ones from 11 a.m to 1 p.m. Painting supplies are included and you can bring your favorite alcoholic beverages.

 

Couples Cocktail Class 

What’s a better time to take a cocktail class than on Valentine’s Day. From 6:30 to 8 p.m., toast the evening away with light appetizers and instructions on how to make your own cocktails. 

 

French Macaron Class 

Love sweet pastries? Bisous Bisous Pâtisserie is hosting a hands-on experience for those who enjoy macarons. This sweet pastry is not your ordinary macaron, as they will be made in heart-shaped forms and Valentine’s Day flavors. The class is from 6 to 9 p.m.

 

Date Night with Avant Chamber Ballet

Have an enchanted night with Avant Chamber Ballet and Savor. At 5:30 p.m., start your evening with a three-course meal at Savor. End your evening by heading out to Moody Performance Hall for a 7:30 p.m. Romeo and Juliet performance.

Smart Tech Gifts For The Home


The countdown to finding the perfect gift this holiday season is coming short. If you’re still in the market for that one unique gift, a new gadget for the home is ideal for anyone on your list that wants a tech upgrade in a room or two.

We’ve gathered a list of hot tech products that could modernize any home.

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Dyson Pure Hot+Cool HP04 purifying heater + fan | $669.99

 

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Meural Smart Digital Canvas | $595

 

 

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Arlo Pro 3 Security Camera System | $499.99

 

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Hobot Window Cleaning Robot | $499

 

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Sonos Smart Speaker | $399

 

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Coravin Model Two Wine System | $299.95

 

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Furbo Dog Camera | $249

10 Fireplaces To Keep Cozy


Longer nights and frigid temperatures call for winters near the fireplace. In many homes, a fireplace is an epicenter of a living room or a bedroom for relaxation. Bundle up and spark some joy with 10 warm fireplaces.

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11544 E Ricks Circle | North Dallas | $3,900,000

 

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10115 Waller Drive | Preston Hollow | $3,290,000

 

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3828 Alta Vista Lane | Hockaday | $2,795,000

 

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4524 Rheims Place | Highland Park | $2,795,000

 

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3823 Holland Avenue | Oak Lawn | $2,245,000

 

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202 Sunview Street | Sunnyvale | $1,975,000

 

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2215 Kessler Woods Court | Kessler Park | $1,895,000

 

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12104 Madeleine Circle | North Dallas | $950,000

 

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1157 King Mark Drive | Lewisville | $925,000

 

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4383 W Northwest Highway | Preston Hollow | $749,500