The Fourth of July is often a time for families and friends to come together, not only to celebrate the nation’s independence, but also to catch up and make new memories. We often celebrate this holiday with parades, festivals, and various activities leading up to and on the day itself. Fireworks are also a staple, and if you’re in McKinney, Texas, there are a number of places in and around the city where you can enjoy them. Here are some of our favorite events and places you may want to consider:
Red, White and BOOM!
Red, White and BOOM! is a two-day event that’s been a tradition in McKinney for years. The fireworks show will be held on July 3, and it will start at 9:45 p.m. It will serve as the culmination of the first day, which will include a Kid Zone that will be open from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., a concert by The Rumble Kings from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., and another concert by a yet-to-be-announced artist from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. All these events will be free and open to all, and you can catch them at the Gabe Nesbitt Community Park at 7001 El Dorado Parkway in McKinney.
While there’ll be no fireworks on July 4, the city will still be hosting an Independence Day celebration in the morning. This will consist of a hometown parade, which will start at 10 a.m., and the Yankee Doodle Block Party an hour later. You can attend these activities before you head out to other events in the evening.
Farmers Branch Independence Day Celebration
One of the earlier celebrations you can attend, this family-friendly event will be held on July 1 at the Farmers Branch Historical Park. While the low-level fireworks show will begin at 9:30 p.m., there will be plenty of activities preceding it that will keep you and your family occupied. Gates will open at 6:30 p.m., and there’ll be live music and stalls where you can purchase food and drinks. There will also be activities for kids at the Kid Zone, including balloon art, airbrushed tattoos, and a ballistic swing ride.
The Independence Day Celebration in Farmers Branch will be free for residents, while there’ll be a $5 admission fee for non-residents. If you’re coming from McKinney, driving to Farmers Branch may take longer than visiting nearby cities, such as Frisco and Allen. To prepare for the trip, it may be a good idea to take your vehicle to our service center at Huffines Hyundai McKinney. Our technicians can inspect your car to ensure it’s in good shape before you leave.
Prosper’s Pride in the Sky Independence Day Celebration
The Independence Day celebration in Prosper will start in the afternoon of July 1 and conclude with a fireworks display late in the evening. It will be held at Frontier Park and will also feature live music, food stalls, and several Kid Zones that will have inflatables, games, and rides. This event is free and open to the public, and the festivities will start at 5 p.m. Check out last year’s Pride in the Sky to get an idea of what to expect this year. The exact address of the park is 1551 W. Frontier Parkway in Prosper.
Splash & Blast
The city of Celina joins Prosper and Farmers Branch in hosting an Independence Day celebration on July 1 this year. Splash & Blast will be held at the Old Celina Park, where the majority of the city’s sports activities take place. It’s a free event that will last from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and include live musical performances from Jett Platt, Neon Prophets, and Extended Play. There will also be a Kids Zone with a rock wall, foam pits, water slides, and an obstacle course. The night will end with a fireworks show.
While you can bring your own food and drinks, you can also buy from vendors on site. Fair staples such as funnel cakes and corn dogs will be available, as well as other food items. There will also be stalls selling accessories, clothing, and various homemade and handmade items. The address of the park is 12670 FM 428 in Celina.
Addison Kaboom Town!
If you have yet to make plans for July 3, head to Addison to witness the spectacular Kaboom Town! Independence Day celebration. This is an annual event that will feature an airshow and a fireworks display this year, both of which will take place at the Addison Airport. The airshow, which starts at 7:30 p.m., will showcase various aircraft and aerial acrobatics. You can catch the fireworks shortly after at 9:30 p.m.
Because of the popularity of this event, it’s important that you secure your ticket to Addison Circle Park, which boasts the best views for both shows, in advance. Tickets will be available on June 21, and you can find more information about the event on the Visit Addison website. You can also make a reservation at a restaurant or hotel in Addison that will be hosting a watch party so you can enjoy the show in comfort.
Plano’s All-American 4th
This annual tradition, consisting of a parade, festival, and fireworks display, is a great way to spend the evening of the Fourth of July. After taking part in the Yankee Doodle Block Party at McKinney, you can head to Spring Creek Parkway in Plano. Watch the parade at 7:30 p.m., and then catch the fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Throughout the evening, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., you can enjoy the various activities, entertainment, and food that will be available at the festival. Plano’s All-American 4th is free, family friendly, and open to the public.
Share Your Fourth of July Plans With Us
How will you be celebrating the holiday this year? We’ll be happy to know about your plans and share them with our community. You can contact us, or better yet, visit our dealership in McKinney, Texas. We can tell you all about the events taking place in the area on the Fourth of July. And while you’re here, we can also help you find a great new Hyundai model that will make your Independence Day celebration much more fun and memorable.