How to say ‘Happy Birthday America’ and celebrate in Fort Worth

Fort Worth fireworks Panther Island 

It’s time to say “Happy Birthday, America” and you might add that she doesn’t look bad for 245.

Nathan’s Hot Dog courtesy photo

And this year, unlike last, we can safely gather, per CDC guidelines and celebrate. Try to keep the bottle rocket fights to a minimum, don’t frighten the dogs with unauthorized fireworks and don’t fire live ammunition into the air. Here are some wise words from the city leaders in Fort Worth on the subject. Have a hot dog, such as at Curly’s Frozen Custard on Camp Bowie, where founder and managing partner, Bourke Harvey, is giving away 300 free Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs on July 4.

“We were so disappointed that the coronavirus caused safety concerns last year, and we’re still not quite comfortable about placing contestants side by side and gathering a crowd,” says Harvey. “We feel that Curly’s and Nathan’s Famous are synonymous with the 4th of July, so we’re making this special offer – 300 free – hot dogs, that is. We are limiting the offer to one free hot dog for each person in your group so that we can serve as many members of our Curly’s family as possible.”

If you can’t score a free hot dog, there are free fireworks at Panther Island. If you’d like to celebrate a day early, Arlington offers some fireworks on July 3.

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If you want to take in a recently opened Fort Worth hotel and check out some great sightlines for fireworks, check out The Harper Hotel at 714 Main St. The hotel’s penthouse bar, Refinery 714, will be a great spot to view fireworks. From the north windows, you will be able to see the Panther Island Pavilion firework show, and from the east windows you will be able to see the fireworks shows in Arlington and Dallas.

Additionally, The Harper Hotel will be featuring a specialty cocktail, the Blueberry Mint Julep to help celebrate. If you want to make a weekend of it, The Harper Hotel is offering the Sip, Park, Play promotion to those who book a stay during the weekend. Participating guests will receive  two complimentary cocktails at Refinery 714 and complimentary valet parking.

If you’d rather stay a little cooler as you take in fireworks, how about checking out the America Strong concert put on by the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra at Dickies Arena?

There are plenty more opportunities out there. Check out this list from our partners at What’s Up Fort Worth.