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Sensory Friendly July 4th Events and Activities & How to Prepare for a Sensory Friendly Weekend


Fourth of July Celebration at The Sound at Cypress Waters-

Date: July 3rd

Time: 6pm-10pm

Description: This is a free event, and we highly encourage you to RSVP to receive updates and notifications. This special Independence Day event offers a fun and safe alternative for individuals and pets with noise sensitivity. After two years of laser light shows, we have transitioned to an exciting new feature: the Star Spangle Glow, an LED Bracelet Experience (while supplies last). These bracelets synchronize to create a dynamic light display, ensuring a unique and engaging celebration. Designed with sensory sensitivities in mind, this event is perfect for:

  • Individuals on the autism spectrum or those with conditions affecting social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech, and nonverbal communication.

  • Veterans and others with an aversion to loud noise.

  • Families with pets affected by loud sounds

Enjoy a concert by Reputation, A Tribute to Taylor Swift, animal education from Creature Teacher, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra Petting Zoo, face painting, interactive vendor booths, sweet treats and more. Join us on July 3rd from 6 – 10 PM! For more details, visit our website.

6-8 PM: Creature Teacher, Dallas Symphony Orchestra Petting Zoo, Spin The Spectrum, Face Painting + Air Brush Tattoos, Interactive Vendor Booths – Games, Crafts, Prizes & more, and Dog Adoptions

7:30-9:30 PM: Reputation, A Taylor Swift Tribute

9:40 PM – 10 PM: Star Spangle Glow (An LED Bracelet Experience (While supplies last))

Location: The Sound (Dallas)

Red, White & You

Date: July 3rd

Time: 5pm - 10pm

Description: Join us for an unforgettable Independence Day celebration featuring great music, delicious food, games for all ages, and a drone show in the heart of the Downtown Garland Square. It's the perfect way to honor our nation's independence with FREE admission and vendors adding to the festive atmosphere! Our event starts with the Presentation of Colors at 5 p.m., followed by Military songs by Vocal Majority. Live music brought to you by Sherwin-Williams.

Location: Downtown Garland Square

Free Arlington Independence Day Parade

Date: July 4th

Time: 9am -11:30am

Description: The Arlington Independence Day Parade is one of the largest 4th of July parades in the United States, the largest in Texas, and one of the longest running annual events in Arlington. The 2024 Arlington Independence Day Parade theme is ‘Home Run for Heroes.’ More than 120 floats, bands, drill teams, and mounted units will participate. The parade will start at 9:03am at the intersection of West and Mitchell Streets, Arlington.

Location: Arlington

Fourth of July Celebration Party 2024

Date: July 4th

Time: 3-10pm

Description: Join us for an evening of fun and celebration with live music by Jake Ryan starting at 6 pm, food, drinks, games, and more! Enjoy our craft brews, tasty bites, and great company as we celebrate Independence Day together! Cover Fee: $5 (per adult) *Anyone under 21 is FREE

Bring your friends and family, and let's make this 4th of July one to remember! Please note, this is not a firework viewing party, as we don't believe we will be able to see fireworks from our location

Location: Texas Ale Project, Dallas TX



4th of July Noisemaker Craft

Toilet Roll Firework Stamp

4th of July Sorbet

Popsicle Stick Flag Craft

Star Suncatchers

Fireworks Painted with a Fork


Tips for Preparing for a Sensory-Friendly 4th of July

  1. Choose the Right Location

  2. Plan Ahead and Discuss What to Expect

  3. Create a Safe Space to go if Feeling Overwhelmed

  4. Limit Exposure to Loud Noises

  5. Communicate with Others

  6. Bring Along Favorite Items (Toys, Games, Snacks, Water, etc.)

  7. Bring Headphones and Sunglasses

  8. Discuss How/When to Ask for Breaks/Schedule Breaks into Day

  9. Prepare in Advance

    1. Fireworks: Find a fireworks video online. Start by playing it at a low volume and gradually increase the volume. Observe how your loved one responds to the noise and flashing lights. Check if the event has a sensory-friendly viewing area. If there isn't a good viewing area, look for good spots where you can park and watch from your car.

    2. Pool Party: Confirm with the host that the pool has a shallow end and that supervision will be available at all times. Bring a life jacket/floatie, goggles, sunscreen, hat, water bottle, and other poolside accessories to ensure a fun and safe experience.

    3. Picnic: Find out who will be attending, the schedule, and if there's a place to cool down or regroup if it becomes too noisy or hot. Check what food will be served and plan to bring your own if there’s nothing suitable for your loved one.

    4. Parade: Find a spot either near the beginning to see everything first or at the very end where it is usually less crowded, allowing for a quick exit if needed. Check if the event offers a sensory-friendly viewing area.


If you and your family attend any of these events or make any of these crafts, please tag us in a photo to let us know!

HAPPY 4th of July!!!

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