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Your Guide to 4th of July in Downtown Arlington

Historically, Arlingtonites are sweating buckets by July 1st but this year we are getting some relief from the usual sweltering heat. Clear skies are expected for the next few days and what better way to enjoy them then to come out to Downtown Arlington for all of the FREE Independence Day celebrations.

5 Day Forecast from WFAA Channel 8

Wednesday, July 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The University of Texas at Arlington Bookstore will be hosting a FREE event for the whole family to enjoy. The community will receive 20% off a single item and there will be a clearance sale on UTA gear. The Carter BloodCare bus will be taking donations and in return will be giving a pint of Blue Bell ice cream.

DID YOU KNOW? By donating a pint of  blood, you're saving THREE lives.

Check out more of Carter BloodCare's Fascinating Blood Facts

There will also be face painting, balloon animals, hot dogs, iPad giveaway, bounce houses and a Monster Truck from Monster Energy.

We all know parking at a University campus can be a huge pain and often confusing, but it's actually pretty easy. Check out the map below:


Wednesday, July 3 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Light Up Arlington is THE 4th of July celebration you won't want to miss. There will be carnival-style food, bounce houses, face painting, games, a petting zoo and so much more!

6 p.m. - Vendors open up, Boomtown Kid's area, Radio Disney and Young Stars of Arlington will play on the Coors Light Stage

7:30 p.m. - Music kicks off at the Levitt Pavilion with a performance by Velvet Love Box

8:00 p.m. - Spazmatics begin playing at the Coors Light Stage

8:45 p.m. - Atlanta Rhythm Section plays at the Levitt Pavilion

9:00 p.m. - Boomtown Kid's area closes to begin preparation for the fireworks show

9:45 p.m. - Fireworks show begins!

10:30 p.m. - Vendor booths close

Beer and wine in coolers are allowed but please no glass containers.

Pets are welcome but keep in mind there will be a lot of activity and fireworks may upset them

Thursday, July 4, 2013 at 9 a.m.

4th of July Parade will have over 130 entries and vintage WWII planes are expected to make an appearance.