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Old Fashioned Fourth

Enjoy historic games and the annual carnival; pack a picnic; make crafts; participate in the annual parade around the village; and make special memories with your family

Deck the family out in red, white, and blue, grab your picnic basket and little red wagon and come celebrate the nation’s past at Dallas Heritage Village’s Old Fashioned Fourth, Tuesday, July 4, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., (parade at noon), 1515 S. Harwood, Dallas, Texas  75215-1273.

Kids may decorate their wagons and bikes at the craft station for the popular patriotic parade around the village at noon, or they may decorate themselves and march in the parade.  The Junior Historians will run the popular annual carnival which includes pick a duck, “go fishing” for prizes, bean bag toss, and the famous annual stick pony race for ages 3-11.  Additional activities include historic games such as horseshoes, graces, and checkers, and patriotic crafts including making fireworks paintings with cardboard tubes and making Uncle Sam with Popsicle sticks. Guests may pose for patriotic pictures with Mammoth Jack Donkeys Nip and Tuck and Waylon and Willie.  Throughout the village, musical performances will keep toes tapping. 

All of the historic buildings will be open for touring, and costumed interpreters will be on hand to visit about what life in North Texas from 1840 to 1910. The Village’s exciting new early childhood learning space will also be open for young ones to explore. The saloon is a popular afternoon spot for a cold root beer and a game of cards or dominoes. The Dallas Heritage Village Guild will be selling popcorn, cotton candy, and water bottles at the popcorn wagon.

“Old Fashioned Fourth features lots of fun activities for families and is an exciting time to come to Dallas Heritage Village,” said Melissa Prycer, president and executive director.  “For many, this beloved annual event is a family tradition!  So come make some special memories with your family and see what’s new at Dallas Heritage Village.”

Admission is $5 for ages 13 and older.  Those 12 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased at the gate.  Don’t forget to bring a little extra cash for carnival fun.  Tickets for carnival games are 25 cents each or 5 for $1. For more information call (214) 413-3669 or visit


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