Hitting the road for the Fourth of July is a Texas tradition. And there's never a shortage of great Independence Day celebrations in the Lone Star State that offer plentiful fun where you hang youtr hat and shake your booty. But if you're uncertain where to go this year, you might check our short list below for the Best of the Best Fourth of July celebrations in Texas. You'll be glad you did! Discover great July 4th events all across the Lone Star State.

July 4, 2007 - Amarillo: July 4th Fireworks. The Texas Panhandle's largest fireworks display, sponsored by the Amarillo Globe-News. More than 50,000 people gather near Thompson Park to view this spectacular event. Time: Sunset. Cost: Free. Location: Ross Rogers Golf Course in Thompson Park (US Highway 287 north). Region: Texas Panhandle Plains. For more information, call 806-376-4488. Please mention this listing when inquiring.

July 4, 2007 - Arlington: Annual 4th of July Parade. Organized by the Arlington 4th of July Association, this parade has become one of the largest in Texas. Bring your family and friends to enjoy a true, old-fashioned community parade. With over 150 entries that include marching bands to exotic automobiles, military color guards to clowns, and dignitaries to unique presentations, the theme of what Independence Day is all about is evident. Parade entries and volunteer helpers are welcome. Time: 9am, lasting about two hours. Cost: Free. Location: UTA/downtown Arlington. Region: Texas Prairies and Lakes. For more information, call 817-275-3706 or visit www.arlington4th.com. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually during July 4th weekend.

July 4, 2007 - FESTIVAL - Baytown: July 4th Celebration. An evening of festivities is scheduled, featuring a variety of family-oriented activities including a parade, food booths, craft booths, a children's amusement area, live entertainment, and a fireworks display. Cost: No Admission. Location: Bicentennial Park (Market Street / Lee Drive) in Baytown. Region: Texas Gulf Coast. Average attendance: under 50,000. For more information, call 281-420-6597. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually.

July 4, 2007 - Beaumont: Independence Day Celebration. For live music and fireworks over the water along with fun for everyone, bring the entire family to Beaumont for a festive celebration. Time: Call. Cost: Call. Location: Riverfront Park, 701 Main Street, Beaumont, TX 77701. Region: Texas Gulf Coast. Average attendance: under 50,000. For more information, call (409) 838-3435 or visit www.beaumont-tx-complex.com. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually on 4th of July.

July 4, 2007 - FESTIVAL - Bedford: City of Bedford 4thFest. Join the City of Bedford for one of North Texas' largest "FREE" July 4th events. Parade starts at noon. Festivities continue throughout the day with a carnival, roving entertainment and live concert, followed by the largest firework show in North Texas at 10pm. Time: July 4th 10am-11pm. Cost: FREE. Location: 2801 Forest Ridge Drive. Region: Texas Prairies and Lakes. Average attendance: under 50,000. For more information, call (817) 952-2222 ext. 514 or visit www.ci.bedford.tx.us. For lodging information call the Bedford Hotel Association at 1-800-900-1755 for special rates. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually on 4th of July.

July 4, 2007 - FESTIVAL - Big Spring: Annual Funtastic 4th of July Festival. Don't miss Big Spring Downtown Revitalization Association's Funtastic Fourth of July Festival Featuring: Battle of the Bands- Tejano, Rock, & Country, food, family activities, Entertainment Feature Group, Gospel Music Contests, and lots of family fun. Time: 11am. Cost: Free. Location: Heart of the City Park, Downtown Big Spring, Second and Scurry Streets. Region: Texas Panhandle Plains. Average attendance: under 50,000. For more information, call 432-394-4908 or visit www.bigspringmusic.org. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually on July 4th.

July 4, 2007 - Chappell Hill: Annual 4th of July Parade. "Best Small Town Parade in America." featuring floats, cowboys, antique cars, the renowned Marching Kazoo Band and more. Creative entries welcomed. Prizes awarded. Time: 10am. Cost: free admission. Location: downtown Chappell Hill. Region: Texas Prairies and Lakes. For more information, call 979-337-9910 or visit www.chappellhilltx.com. Please mention this listing when inquiring.

July 4, 2007 - Columbus: Texas' Oldest Independence Day Celebration. Come picnic in the park. Music will start around 6pm. Bring your picnic basket and enjoy the music and fireworks at dark. Time: 6pm. Cost: Free. Location: Beason's Park Hwy 90 (near downtown) Columbus, TX. 78934. Region: Texas Prairies and Lakes. Average attendance: under 50,000. For more information, call 979-732-8385 or visit www.columbustexas.org. Please mention this listing when inquiring.

July 4, 2007 - FESTIVAL - Rosenberg: Family Fourth Celebration. It's all about Patriotism, Family and Fun when Rosenberg hosts their annual Independence Day celebration. This free event includes a carnival, food vendors, wagon rides, a free concert by Fort Bend County's premier entertainers, The Triumphs, and the best ooooh-ahhhh fireworks display West of the Brazos. Time: 5pm - 9pm. Cost: FREE. Location: Seabourne Creek Park, 3827 Highway 36 South. Region: Texas Gulf Coast. Average attendance: under 50,000. For more information, call 832-595-3525 or visit www.visitrosenberg.com. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, July 4th.

July 3-4, 2007 - FESTIVAL - Granbury: Granbury's Old Fashioned 4th of July. Family fun event. Time: 9am -7pm. Cost: Free. Location: Granbury Square. Region: Texas Prairies and Lakes. Average attendance: 50,000-200,000. For more information, call (817)573-1622 or visit www.granburychamber.com. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually on July 4th.

July 4, 2007 -Grapevine: 25th Annual Fireworks Extravaganza Over Lake Grapevine. Find your spot and stake a claim near Lake Grapevine for watching the Annual Fireworks Extravaganza. Region: Texas Prairies and Lakes. Time: 9:30pm. For more information, call 1-800-457-6338 or visit www.tourtexas.com/grapevine. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually on July 4th.

July 4, 2007 - FESTIVAL - Kerrville: 4th of July On The River. Bring a picnic and lawn chairs. Food and drink vendors on site. Time: Music begins @ 6:30pm, Fireworks display @ 9:30pm. Cost: free. Location: Louise Hays Park, off Thompson Drive and Hwy 16 South. Region: Texas Hill Country. Average attendance: under 50,000. For more information, call 830-792-3535 or visit www.kerrvilletexascvb.com. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, 4th of July.

July 4, 2007 - FESTIVAL - Lewisville: Red, White and Lewisville. The city's annual Independence Day festival will be held July 4, at Vista Ridge Mall. Activities includes live entertainment inside the mall during the day, music on the main stage outside the mall in the evening, and a spectacular fireworks show shortly after dark. Time: 6pm - 11pm. Cost: Free. Location: Vista Ridge Mall, 2401 S. Stemmons Freeway, Lewisville, TX 75067. Region: Texas Prairies and Lakes. Average attendance: under 50,000. For more information, call (972) 219-3401 or visit www.visitlewisville.com. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually on July 4.

July 4, 2007 - FESTIVAL - Lubbock: Fourth on Broadway. A celebration of the 4th of July with a parade and street fair. The parade begins at 10am, followed by live music, and a wide array of food and craft booths lined up along Broadway. The day ends with a concert and fireworks display. Time: All Day. Cost: Free. Location: Broadway Street. Region: Texas Panhandle Plains. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call (806) 747-5232. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually on July 4th.

July 4, 2007 - Marshall: July 4th Celebration. Live musical entertainment, souvenirs, food, and after the sun sets a fireworks show beyond belief. Time: 6 p.m. Cost: $2. Location: Maverick Stadium - Pinecrest Drive. Region: Texas Piney Woods. Average attendance: under 50,000. For more information, call 903-935-7868. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually on July 4th.

July 4, 2007 -  New Braunfels: Fourth of July Parade & Patriotic Celebration. Sponsored by the Sophienburg Museum & Archives. Time: call. Cost: call. Location: Main Plaza Downtown. Region: Texas Hill Country. Average attendance: under 50,000. For more information, call 830-629-1572 or visit www.sophienburg.com. Please mention this listing when inquiring.

July 4, 2007 - FESTIVAL - Odessa: Firecracker Fandango and Independence Day Parade. Independence Day festivities with a parade, games, food and family fun, culminating in the biggest aerial fireworks display in West Texas. Time: Parade starts 10am, Fandango 6pm-midnight. Fireworks 10pm. Cost: $4 per person for Fandango, Parade is free. Location: Parade starts from Odessa College parking lot and ends at Noel Heritage Plaza. Fandango is at 4th & Lee Streets. Region: Texas Big Bend Country. Average attendance: under 50,000. For more information, call 432-335-4682. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually on Saturday, on or near July 4th.

July 4, 2007 - Richmond: Independence Day at George Ranch Historical Park. Baseball, politics, children's games & a picnic-basket auction--all 1890's style. This is a daytime event, leaving plenty of time for evening festivities in your own hometown. Time: 9am to 5pm. Cost: Adults: $9; Seniors (62+): $8; Students (5-15): $5; Children 4 & younger & members: Free. Location: George Ranch Historical Park 10215 FM 762 Richmond, Texas 77469. Region: Texas Gulf Coast. Average attendance: under 50,000. For more information, call 281-343-0218 or 281-545-9212. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually every Fourth of July.

July 4, 2007 - FESTIVAL - Waco: 4th on the Brazos. See all of the excitement of the Independence Day celebration. Time: 3pm-10pm. Cost: Free. Location: 100 S. University Parks Dr. Region: Texas Prairies and Lakes. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call 254-750-5980. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually on July 4th.

July 4, 2007 - Washington-on-the-Brazos: Fireworks Extravaganza. Celebrate our nation's independence where Texas declared her independence. HEB Presents Fireworks-On-The-Brazos with free Blue Bell ice cream and Coca-Cola drinks, live patriotic concert and a fireworks extravaganza. Time: 10am-10pm. Cost: Free. Location: Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site, 12300 Park Road 12, Washington, TX 77880. Region: Texas Prairies and Lakes. Average attendance: under 50,000. For more information, call 936-878-2214 or visit www.birthplaceoftexas.com. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, 4th of July.

July 4, 2007 - FESTIVAL - The Woodlands: 10th Annual Red, Hot & Blue Festival. The Woodlands' single largest event is held in Town Green Park on the banks of The Woodlands Waterway. The 23-minute fireworks show, shot over The Woodlands Town Center, is the second largest in the Greater Houston region, second only to downtown Houston. Time: call. Cost: call. Location: From I-45 going South: Take the Robinson Road/Woodlands Parkway exit #76. Continue on I-45 feeder to Woodlands Parkway and turn right. Follow Festival Parking signs to park. From I-45 going North: Take the Woodlands Parkway exit (76B) and travel west on Woodlands Parkway. Follow Festival Parking signs. Region: Texas Gulf Coast. Average attendance: 200,000-500,000. For more information, call 281-363-2447 or visit www.redhotblue.org. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually on July 4.

July 4-5, 2007 - FESTIVAL - Coppell: 1st Annual Lonestar Blues Festival. Family fun awaits at the first annual 4th of July Lonestar Blues Fest at the Lonestar Country Club in Coppell, TX. Check website for list of bands to play and a schedule for this event. Sponsors and vendors are welcome to reserve space now. The Lonestar Event team will be featuring Two Stages of great local Blues, sand volleyball courts, Texas style BBQ, and much more. Time: 12pm-2am. Cost: $7. Location: Lonestar Country Club, 1849 East Beltline Road. Region: Texas Prairies and Lakes. Average attendance: under 50,000. For more information, call 817-656-FEST or visit www.lonestarbluesfest.com. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually on July 4th.

July 4-7, 2007 - FESTIVAL - Belton: 82nd Annual 4th of July Celebration & PRCA Rodeo. Since the 1850's folks from all over Central Texas have been coming to Belton to celebrate the 4th of July. This week-long celebration will feature one of Texas's Top Ten Parades, the Festival on Nolan Creek, a carnival, Texas Old Time Fiddlers' Contest, Patriotic Program, Kick-off Bar-B-Q, Cowboy Breakfast with the rodeo being the highlight of the celebration. Time: vary. Cost: vary. Location: Bell Country Expo Center, 412 E. Central Avenue. Region: Texas Prairies and Lakes. Average attendance: 200,000 - 499,999. For more information, call 254-939-3551 or visit www.rodeobelton.com. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually.

July 4-8, 2007 - San Marcos: Fourth of July Super Sidewalk Sale. Shop Tanger Outlet Center for even bigger savings during our SUPER 4-day 4th of July Sidewalk Sale. Choose from over 100 nationally known outlet stores and find the latest summer fashions. Spend your Independence Day at Tanger Outlet Center in San Marcos... Bargain hunting at its best. Time: Monday-Saturday 9am-9pm; Sunday 10am-7pm. Cost: Free. Location: 4015 IH-35 South San Marcos, TX 78666. Region: Texas Hill Country. Average attendance: over 1 million. For more information, call 1-800-408-8424 or visit www.tangeroutlet.com. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, 4th of July.