• Tuesday, July 3    ArlingtonTX

    6:00-10:30 PM  •  Downtown Arlington
    Fireworks: 9:45 PM

EVENT WRAP UP: A sincere thanks to all of you that hung with us during the multiple delays! Arlington, you are the best! Mother Nature didn’t want to cooperate with a stubborn outflow boundary with winds that wouldn’t die down. After all of that, we couldn’t seem to find the start button! 😜 Please know that the initial delay was done out of an abundance of caution to all of our guests.

A big thanks to all of our extremely patient event attendees, and all staff/volunteers that braved the triple-digit temps to put on another great show…even if this one lasted a bit longer than usual. Here’s to a much smoother show in 2019! Have a wonderful Independence Day. #LUA2018

Event Sponsors

Interested in becoming a sponsor in 2018? Get in touch.

Light Up Arlington is right around the corner! This year we are also selling Retail Vendor Spots at the event. if you are interested in obtaining an application, please contact Angie Dennehy at 817-459-6231.

Light Up Arlington Events Map

NOTE: Map updates will occur frequently as additional vendors have been confirmed and locations are finalized.

2018 Schedule of Events

General Schedule

This year’s celebration features activities and entertainment for all ages, right in the heart of Downtown Arlington!

  • KID ZONE  6:00-9:00 PM
  • TRAIN RIDES  6:00-10:00 PM
  • FOOD TRUCKS  6:00-10:00 PM
    Set to music from 95.9 The Ranch! NOTE: Fireworks will be launched from the Municipal Office Tower (101 S. Mesquite).

Entertainment Schedule

Multiple stages of FREE entertainment with some of the top acts in DFW.


Live Music, Beverage Tent, Restrooms

The Roomsounds

7:00 PM

Chris Watson Band

8:30 PM


Live Music, Restrooms, Food Trucks, Glow Product Sales, Information Booth

Zach Coffey

6:00-7:45 PM

Radio Kaos

8:00-9:45 PM


Live Music, Food Trucks, Restrooms, Glow Product Sales, Information Booth

Young Stars and Guitars

6:30-9:00 PM

In order of appearance:
Allie Hogan, Jasmine O’Donnell, Zoe Dipert, Camille Brightenstein, Jake Boilla, Addyson Mitchell, Riley Alexander, Olivia Dague, Blair Herrod and Karon Chapa


Kids Activities

Check out these three locations for fun and games for the kids before the fireworks.

BOOMTOWN – Presented by Rough Riders Remodeling
(Southeast corner of Center St. and South St.)

92.1 Hank FM live music stage with special guest Evelyn Hurtado, vendors, food trucks, trackless train, inflatable games, glow-in-the-dark items for sale and more! Site also includes first aid and restrooms. NOTE: Some activities require a fee.

Firecracker Alley
(Northwest corner of Abram St. and Pecan St.)

Texas Health Resources health fair tent, vendors, carnival foods, food trucks, glow product sales, information booth, first aid and restrooms.
Event Update: Due to extreme temps and the safety of our guests and animal friends, the pony rides and petting zoo have been canceled for 2018,

Food Truck Locations


Southeast corner of Center St. and South St.

  • Kona Ice
  • Pop Star
  • What’s Cookin’ Chef
  • Chicago’s Taste & More
  • Rockin’ Rooster
  • Connie’s Louisiana Kitchen
  • Pokey O’s
  • Tutta’s Pizza

Firecracker Alley

Northwest corner of Abram St. and Pecan St.

  • Kona Ice
  • B&R Waffle Bar
  • Steel City Pops
  • JBW Vending
  • TC Country Corn
  • Kettle Corn
  • Fast & Furious Express
  • Chez Flo
  • KB Brats
  • Yummy Pizza
  • Cousins Maine Lobster

Grease Monkey

Northwest corner of Mesquite St. and Front St.

  • Kona Ice
  • Gourmet Bread Pudding
  • Greek Girls Goodies
  • Rockin’ Ricks

Municipal Office Tower

Southwest corner of Center St. and Main St.

  • Texas Shaved Ice

Municipal Office Tower

Northeast corner of Mesquite St. and Abram St.

  • Toadally Ice
  • OMG! Mr. Munchies
  • Smoke & Pickle

LUA Partner Events

Legal Draft Beer Co.

500 E Division St, Arlington, Texas 76011

Come watch the great Light Up Arlington fireworks show from our patio! We’ll open at 4PM and close after the fireworks are finished. Feel free to bring your own folding chairs to be sure you get a good seat outside. Enjoy live music from The Martin Brothers before the fireworks start (9:45PM) and great food for purchase from SmokingQue BBQ Catering.

Urban Alchemy Coffee + Wine Bar

403 E. Main Street, Arlington, Texas 76010

Light Up Arlington is a family-friendly street party held every July 3 in the hours leading up to the City of Arlington, Texas’ Independence Day fireworks show. It’s one of our favorite traditions, it’s held in our neighborhood (Downtown Arlington Texas), and we can’t wait to join the fun!

The Bar Stool Brothers will provide the catchy bluesy-rock soundtrack for our party starting at 7:00 p.m. WE. CAN’T. WAIT.

We’ll be blocking off our parking lot, so bring your lawn chairs. Seating is first come, first served. In keeping with City ordinances against glass containers outside, we’re offering $10 cans of wine (red, white and rose) and $5 cans of beer.

J. Gilligan’s Bar & Grill

400 E Abram St, Arlington, TX 76010

Live music starting at 7 PM from The DeMores, a local husband-wife acoustic duo with an eclectic playlist that includes songs from folk to Motown, from Buddy Holly to Adele.

J.R. Bentley’s English Pub

406 W Abram St, Arlington, TX 76010

Watching the fireworks from our patio has been a tradition for many years so join us for Live Music by Sweet T starting at 7:30 and enjoy the show in the sky at 9:45.  Bring your lawn chairs and help us celebrate Independence Day together.

We are open till 2:00a.m. and our kitchen will close at midnight.

Need Help?

If you are in need of assistance, please locate a City staff person (identified by Light Up Arlington event shirts) or police officer.

Stay in the loop of any last-minute event updates by texting Arlington_LUA to 86677 for our SMS service (standard carrier and data rates may apply).

If this is an emergency, please call 911 emergency services.


What to Bring?
To make the most of your evening at Light Up Arlington, bring a fun attitude, a lawn chair or blanket for relaxing, snacks or a picnic dinner, and a cooler with beverages (but no glass containers, please). You might also want a hat, sunscreen, bug spray or other protection from Mother Nature. Strollers are permitted on site.

There is free parking at UTA. Attendees are also welcome to park in any public lot in Downtown Arlington. There is no dedicated lot for the event. Parking is available on side streets. Street signs will direct to legal parking spots.

What Not to Bring
No selling of food or merchandise without designated vendor pass. No glass containers. Due to the large crowds and loud noises, we do not encourage you to bring pets. Pets will be allowed to the events, but owners assume full responsibility for their actions.

If you have other questions, feel free to ask us by email at info@lightuparlington.com.



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