Addison is a town in Dallas County. Most residents are zoned to the Dallas Independent School District, while some are put into the Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District. Addison is the home of a few private schools, including Greenhill School, Trinity Christian Academy, and Dallas International School.

Addison is the result of explosive growth of business since the 1980s. With more than 170 restaurants, there is a restaurant for roughly every 79 Addison residents. Addison is a popular location for many Dallas-area restaurants due to Addison allowing restaurants serve alcoholic beverages by the drink, while many nearby municipalities do not. Addison is also home to 22 hotels, featuring a total of at least 4,000 hotel rooms and meeting facilities.

Addison Airport consumes roughly half of the town’s land and is the third-largest general aviation airport in the nation. Major corporate headquarters in Addison include Dresser and Mary Kay Cosmetics. Other major employers in Addison include Bank of America and Regus. Other companies based in Addison include Jani-King and Palm Harbor Homes. Martinaire has its headquarters on the property of Addison Airport. Compuware also has offices in Addison.

Because of Addison’s overwhelmingly commercial atmosphere, residents of Addison enjoy a different lifestyle rarely seen in other suburbs. In 2005, the town of Addison introduced a wireless Internet network covering most of the town. Residents and visitors can enjoy many Addison attractions. There are special events in Addison 29 weekends of the year. The WaterTower Theatre produces plays and musicals and hosts the annual Out of the Loop Festival. The Cavanaugh Flight Museum houses a collection of aircraft since World War I. Addison Circle Park, built in the early 2000s, is a venue for several seasonal outdoor events, such as the University of North Texas’ North Texas Jazz Fest, “Addison Artfest,” Oktoberfest, and the food exposition “Taste Addison”. The Addison Improv Comedy Club and Restaurant brings in some of the most acclaimed comedic talent in the region.

Addison hosts one of the largest 4th of July fireworks shows, called Kaboom Town.

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