It’s almost the 4th of July, which means I have a birthday party to plan!  Yes, my little kid was born that day, during the fireworks.  It was the birthday we were hoping for, and I suspect he’ll really appreciate it when he’s an adult.  If you’re looking for a way to celebrate Independence Day with your family, here are some great options.

Me and my little guy celebrating his first birthday with fireworks

Me and my little guy celebrating his first birthday with fireworks

Friday, July 3rd

Plano Community Band Concert
Haggard Park, 7pm
901 E 15th St, Plano
Patriotic pops, free

Addison Kaboom Town
Addison Circle Park, 5pm-midnight
4950 Addison Circle Dr., Addison
Rated one of the top 5 fireworks shows in the United States by The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, American Pyrotechnic Association, and AOL Travel, Addison Kaboom Town! is an Independence Day Eve celebration featuring a 30-minute ground-launched fireworks show that is choreographed and simulcast live on the radio. There are also fly-bys from World Class Warbirds from the Cavanaugh Flight Museum, food, games, prizes, musical entertainment, after party and more at Addison Circle Park.

Tip from Frisco TalkBe strategic about where you park – the further north on DNT or Addison Road the better for a quicker drive back to Frisco after the fireworks. Newcomers, just make sure you’re parked with a view of the fireworks, and you’ll know that if there are 50 cars parked next to you – that’s a great sign.

Saturday, July 4th

Liberty by the Lake
The Colony Five Star Complex
4100 Blair Oaks, The Colony
1 mile Fun Run at 7:45am, 5K & 10K at 8am, parade at 10am
4-9pm live music and other performances, Family Fun Zone, business expo, food
9:30pm fireworks

Lions Club Parade
Starts at 2700 W. 15th St., Plano
Theme: Freedom to Serve
The parade starts in the parking lot of the Plano ISD administration building. It will travel west on 15th St., then north on Independence. Then east on Parkhaven ending in the parking lot of Plano Senior High School. Parade Lineup begins at 6: 30am, the parade begins at 9am and ends at 11am.

McKinney Parade & Car Show
Downtown McKinney
Parade at 10am, car show 1-5pm
Red, White and BOOM! kicks off Independence Day with a parade and classic car, truck and cycle show in Historic Downtown McKinney. Families can also explore the many dining and shopping options that downtown has to offer.

Patriotic Pooch Parade
Murphy City Hall
Part of the Collin County Farmers’ Market,  Dress your favorite furry friend in the most patriotic way and join us for a parade at the market. Doggie ice cream for the first 25 canine parade participants and prizes. Donations to benefit local rescue shelter.

Texas Pool Independence Day Celebration
The Texas Pool, noon-6pm
901 Springbrook Dr, Plano
The community is invited to be our guest to celebrate freedom with a party at the pool.  Members get in free, $5/person for nonmembers. Veterans and active military (with ID) get in free.  Enjoy traditional water games and a cannon ball contest.  The snack bar will be open and the Texas Pool Grill Masters will be firing up the grills for hot dogs. Arrive early. Bring your camp and beach chairs, umbrellas, shade canopies and coolers with nonalcoholic beverages.

Patriotic Pops
St Andrew United Methodist Church, 3-5pm
5801 West Plano Parkway, Plano
The Plano Symphony Orchestra, led by Maestro Hector Guzman, will present an entertaining and inspiring tribute to America. Patriotic selections will honor our country and the people dedicated to preserving our freedom! Joining the Plano Symphony will be vocalist William Park, Plano’s Men of Note Chorus and the Patriotic Pops Chorus, composed of experienced choral singers from the Plano Civic Chorus and other choral groups throughout the North Texas area. Tickets for sale online.

Red, White, and BOOM
Craig Ranch Soccer Complex, 7-10pm
6375 Collin McKinney Parkway, McKinney
Family-friendly entertainment and the spectacular fireworks show. Free. Inflatables, laser tag, video game trucks, food trucks and more.  Family activities and food: 7-9:30pm, Hollie Cavanagh (American Idol finalist and McKinney native) concert 8-9:30pm, Fireworks: 9:45pm. WRR will provide ‘Sounds of America’ on a live simulcast during the fireworks on Classical 101.1.

FC Dallas vs. New England
Toyota Stadium, 8pm
9200 World Cup Way, Frisco
Enjoy a soccer game and see the Frisco Freedom Fest fireworks from the stands.

Frisco Freedom Fest
Frisco Square, 4-10pm
Singers, bands and dancers of all ages and musical styles provide entertainment on the Community Stage in Simpson Plaza at City Hall. All of the performers are talented Frisco locals. Stop by and see your favorite homegrown act light up the stage during Party in the Plaza starting at 3:5pm with the national anthem. The music and dancing continues through the night until fireworks end.

Tip from Frisco TalkLately I’ve been parking on Legacy north of Main for my quick get away headed back south after the fireworks – I live near Legacy and Lebanon, so I’m home within 10 minutes – if I leave within a few minutes of the finale. One year, we parked in Frisco Square and it took us an hour to get home due to traffic congestion.

Richardson’s Family 4th Celebration
Breckinridge Park, 6-10pm
3555 Brand Rd, Richardson
Balloon artists, bounce houses, and a climbing wall for the kids.   Live music from  Texas Flood (A Tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan) and the Richardson Community Band presents its annual Patriotic Salute Concert.  9:45pm fireworks.

All-American Fourth of July
Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve, 9:30pm
5901 Los Rios Blvd, Plano
Fireworks are choreographed to music at 97.5 KLAK.  Admission and parking are free