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BluesFEST: Blues and BBQ Labor Day Weekend Festival 2011 - September 3 - 4

Main Stage
Blind Dog Cooley
Andrea Dawson
Josh Weathers
Buckwheat Zydeco
Jonny Lang
Second Stage
The Day of the Dead Blues Band
Eight Ball Blues Bands
Main Stage
Texas Blues Runners
Lightning Malcolm
Jim Schuler & the Monkey Beat
Buddy Whittington
Buddy Guy
Second Stage
Eight Ball Blues Bands
The Smee Tones
The Rick Kelley Band

Schedule of Events

Time Event
12:00PM - 7:00PM Splash Aquatics Center - $
(Admission is $6.50 for adults, $5.50 for kids under 18, and free to children two years old and younger)
4:00PM - 5:00PM

Visit the Bedford Onstage for a live performance of Gertrude McFuzzy & The Three Little Whos! $5 per person

4:00PM - 11:00PM

Food Court - $

4:00PM - 9:30PM

InflataFUN Area - $
Inflatable activity area with something for everyone. Bounce houses, obstacle courses, slides, laser maze and joust. Fun for all ages. ($15 wristband for all or pay per activity) Tickets will be required.

4:00PM - 9:00PM FREE Children's Activity Area
5:30PM-7:15PM Children's Comedy Show
5:00PM - 9:50PM Live musical entertainment by Big Mouth
To Be Determined FREE Children's Comedy Show
6:00PM - 8:00PM

D&D Rockin Rods Classic Car Show
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6:00PM-8:00PM Bedford Heritage Photo Expose
6:30PM Salute to our Soldiers & Birthday Celebration
10:00PM FIREWORKS Extravaganza

4thFEST Directions

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Bedford, Texas is strategically located in the metroplex between Dallas and Fort Worth. The 4thFEST Independence Day Celebration is located in the Bedford Boys Ranch Park (2801 Forest Ridge drive).
Shuttle Map

Shuttle Service
Shuttle service will be provided from 12:00PM until 9:30PM at 15 minute intervals from Pennington Field (1501 Central Drive) to the Bedford Boys Ranch Park at a cost of $5.00 per person for a round trip (3 years old and under ride FREE). The last shuttle TO the Boys Ranch Park will leave Pennington field at 9:30PM. The last bus returns to Pennington Field after the FIREWORKS at 11:00 p.m.

Stadium parking lot is located on the southwest corner of Central Drive and Airport Freeway.

Portions of parking proceeds benefit the H-E-B Teen Court.

Road Closure : Access to Boys Ranch Park will be RESTRICTED the evening of July 3 and all day July 4. Forest Ridge Drive will be CLOSED from Harwood Road to Shady Lane from 4:00PM until midnight.

Parking and shuttle service for $5 (Free for children 3 and under) will be offered at Pennington Field, 1501 Central Drive. The last shuttle TO the Boys Ranch Park will leave Pennington field at 9:30PM. Limited on-site parking is available for $20 (entrance via Eastbound Harwood) and $15 parking at the Bedford Public Library (proceeds benefit the Friends of the Library)

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the address to Pennington Field?

Pennington field is at 1501 Central Drive, Bedford TX 76021 (the southwest corner of Central Drive & airport freeway). The last shuttle TO the Boys Ranch Park will leave Pennington field at 9:30PM.

What time does the shuttle run?

The shuttle begins at 12:00PM, they will run in 15 minute intervals. The last shuttle TO the Boys Ranch Park will leave Pennington field at 9:30PM. The Last shuttle Back to Pennington field from the Boys Ranch Park will be at 11:00PM.

Where is handicapped parking?

Handicapped parking is available at the Boys Ranch Park on a limited basis and is first come first serve. A handicap license plate or placard is required.

When does the park close to the public?

We close the park to public access at 6:00am on July 4.

What can we bring?

Lawn chairs, blankets, coolers, & nonalcoholic beverages are permitted.

How much does 4thFEST cost?

Admission to 4thFEST is free; however some activities, shuttle and the Bedford Splash water park have a fee.

Is there an ATM on site?

Yes, there is an ATM machine.

Where can I find more information about 4thFEST?

You can call the Boys Ranch at 817-952-2323 or email

What time are the fireworks?

The fireworks go off at 10:00PM

What are the Splash water park hours on July 4?

The water park opens at 12:00PM and has a entrance fee. The water park closes at 7:00PM.

How much does it cost to get in Splash on July 4th?

The cost for Splash on July 4 is $6.50 for adults and $5.50 for children 17 and under. Infants 2 years and under are free.

What type of road closure occur because of July 4?

Access to Bedford Boys Ranch will be restricted all day July 4. Forest Ridge will be closed from Harwood to Shady Lane between the hours of 4:00PM and midnight.

When does the live music begin?

The live music begins at 5:00PM and continues until the fireworks at 10PM.

Who is the band this year?

This year the band is Big Mouth.

How much is InflataFUN?

InflataFun cost $15 for an all day wristband or you can buy tickets and pay per activity.

What is InflataFUN?

InflataFUN is an inflatable activity area with bounce houses, slides and obstacle course for all ages.

What type of food is available?

Food is available to purchase. There is a wide variety of carnival type foods.

When does the car show begin?

The D&D Rockin’ Rod's Car Show begins at 6:00PM and ends at 9:00PM. The awards ceremony is held at 8PM.

Where do I find out more info about the car show?

More information can be found at

Where can I get a registration form for the car show?

More information can be found at

Who do I contact to get information for sponsorship for Bedford events?

The contact for 4thFEST is Wendy Hartnett email or 817-952-2128

Where do I get volunteer info or an application for 4thFEST?

The contact for 4thFEST is Wendy Hartnett email or 817-952-2128

Where do I get vendor info or application for 4thFEST?

The contact for 4thFEST is Wendy Hartnett email or 817-952-2128

Are there baby changing stations at 4thFEST?

Yes, there are baby changing stations available at Splash water park. Please ask staff for details.


Sponsorship Information

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for 4thFEST Independence Day Celebration, please call 817-952-2128, for details!

Registration (for volunteers, food vendors, arts & crafts vendors, and business exhibitors)

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Thank you for your interest in our event.
This registration site can be used for multiple things. It can be used to sign up as a volunteer, to register to be a food vendor, an arts & craft vendor and even a business exhibitor.
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