Independence Day Starts Early at the Dallas Arboretum

The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden will kick-off Independence Day events and activities, sponsored by Bank of America, with live blues music and $2 hot dogs and root beer floats starting on June 30.

From June 30 through July 4, active and retired members of the military and first responders with a valid photo I.D. will receive free general garden admission.

Blues artists will perform live music throughout the garden Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday to provide a cool, relaxing backdrop.

Families can take advantage of the historic Restaurant DeGolyer offering brunch and lunch all weekend, or bring a picnic to enjoy dining in several picturesque locations throughout the 66-acre garden.

Presented by Reliant, Wind Sculptures in Motion: The Kinetic Art of Lyman Whitaker, is on display throughout the gardens through July 31.

Each piece of Whitaker’s artwork is organic in nature and responds to the changing currents of the wind, which provides its special movement. Whitaker hand-produces these innovative sculptures with a high degree of mechanical integrity and quality craftsmanship. The sculptures range in height from five to 27 feet, and 140 sculptures are arranged artfully in groupings throughout the garden for viewing.

July Fourth Activities:

Live Blues Music:
Rob Holbert, Blues Saxophone
11 a.m. – 2 p.m., June 30 & July 4, Pergola Terrace

David Brashier,
11 a.m.-2 p.m. July 1, Pergola Terrace

Empanada Cookhouse Cooking Demonstration and Sale
11 a.m. to Noon June 30, July 1 & July 4
Watch Empanada Cookhouse demonstrate how to make salsa verde from scratch using a fresh combination of flavorful ingredients, avocado ice-candy, a trendy frozen summer treat with a Latin twist, and a brisket empanada using smoked brisket with pickled red onions and melted pepper jack cheese in A Tasteful Place’s Test Pavilion. Demonstrations are free with paid garden admission. Empanadas available for purchase from 12-2 p.m.

Humble Pie Baking Demonstration
Noon to 1 p.m. July 1, A Tasteful Place
Join Humble Pies for a cherry pie demonstration in A Tasteful Place’s Test Pavilion. Demonstrations are free for paid garden guests.

Window to the Wild Bird Flight Show
10:30 a.m. July 4 (free with paid garden admission)
Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn
Enjoy a 45-minute outdoor education flight training show with over five birds on the concert stage. Stick around at the end of the show for a meet and greet and Q&A with the birds and trainers.

Baldo’s Ice Cream
11 a.m.-3 p.m. June 30 & July 1, Children’s Garden Tram Stop
Available for purchase.

Terrace Cafe
June 30, July 1 & July 4
$2 hot dogs and root beer floats

The Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden
Fourth of July Weekend: June 30-July 4

Storytime with Eddie the Eagle, 10 a.m., First Adventure
Join Eddie the Eagle and enjoy a patriotic story with the United States national bird, the bald eagle.

Fruit Tastings: Red, White, and Fruit, Noon & 2 p.m., Incredible Edible
Explore the phytonutrients in the colors of the American flag.

Rockets’ Red Glare! – Pop: Power of Pressure, 4 p.m., The Glade
What makes things go POP!? Explore the science behind air pressure and have an explosive time!

Creativity Corner, Sponsored by Neiman Marcus (Appropriate for All Ages)
Create arts and crafts using and discussing natural components such as flowers, plants, animals, conservation, and recycling (while supplies last).