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USA TODAY If you're looking for a way to make this Fourth of July memorable, then head to Big D, where "big" is the operative word. Dallas is planning the largest fireworks display in the history of the state as part of the AT&T Trinity Fest. The free celebration (tickets are required and can be picked up at 7-Eleven stores across the Metroplex) kicks off downtown at two in the afternoon and includes performances by musicians such as Randy Travis and La Mafia, but the showstopper will be the thirty-minute fireworks display that evening. So what makes it the largest show ever? M. Philip Butler, the program's producer from Fireworks by Grucci, promises that spectators will be impressed, but he's not giving away all of his secrets. "Would you ask Michelangelo how many buckets of paint he used at the Sistine Chapel?" he said. Of course, fireworks aren't the only way to enjoy the holiday. The Admiral Nimitz State Historical Site National Museum of the Pacific War, in Fredericksburg, wants you to show your patriotism while providing a helping hand. From July 4 through July 7, the museum is inviting the public to come to its ballroom to assemble care packages for our troops in Afghanistan, and it has collected items that the soldiers will appreciate most: stationery, crossword puzzles, playing cards, and magazines, as well as crayons and soccer balls (with pumps and patches) to give to the Afghan children. On this Fourth, there's no better way to show your true colors. (See Dallas: Other Events; and Elsewhere: Museums/Galleries)

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