A collection of color-filled sights and explosive sounds brings a triumphant end to the Fourth of July in Plano, Texas. Although Independence Day includes the requisite backyard cookouts and parades, the definitive celebration of this suburb 20 miles northeast of Dallas is the "All-American Fourth". Held every year as a joint presentation by the city and radio station KLAK-FM 97.5 (975klak.com), the presentation includes patriotic music and fireworks in an hour-long presentation. Several vantage points provide places to best view the display.
Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve
The expansive park and nature preserve, which is bordered by Parker Road on the south, Chaparral Road on the north, Spring Creek Parkway on the west and Los Rios Boulevard on the east, is host to the large fireworks display each year. The size of the preserve allows family and plenty of friends to bring lawn chairs and blankets to watch the display. The park's amphitheater serves as central headquarters for the festivities.
The Trails of Glenwood
Located north of the Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve area, The Trails of Glenwood is a collection of neighborhoods, houses and retail areas. The main street, Cloverhaven Way, extends north from the nature preserve. Because the fireworks are shot off inside the preserve itself, they can best be seen from areas close to the park. This includes Los Rios Boulevard, which borders the northern sector of the park, Cloverhaven Way just north of Los Rios, and Morton Vale Road. Morton Vale goes into the northeast sector of the park, allowing people to view the fireworks to the southwest.
Along Jupiter Road
Jupiter Road cuts through the center of Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve. The divided highway allows fireworks-goers a chance to park at the roadside and enjoy the fireworks as they are shot off to the south. The intersection of Jupiter and Spring Creek Parkway, at the southwest corner of the park, is the nerve sector for the fireworks display and all of the activities, so people parking on Jupiter have a far-away view of the action.
Located on Spring Creek Parkway, which is the south border of Oak Point Park, the college parking lot is open during the day. Parking is allowed on the campus grounds, and the fireworks are shot off from across the street. Because Oak Point is directly north, spectators have a view of the fireworks from up close. Food and beverage concessions are offered, including turkey legs, sausage on a stick and soft drinks.
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