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.


Friday, July 1st

A Celebration with Captain America
play street museum, Frisco, 6-8pm
Pizza and juice will be served, reservations required. $25/child.

Girls Night
play street museum, Plano, 6-8pm
Make a red, white and blue tutu, open play, fashion show. $25/child, reservations required

Tie Dye in July
play street museum, McKinney, 6-8pm
We will be making red, white & blue tie dye t-shirts. Pizza and Popsicles will be served!

Patriotic Salute
Watters Creek, Allen, 7-9pm
The Allen Philharmonic Winds presents a Patriotic Salute.  Forty-two talented philharmonic musicians will perform a lively mixture of marches and classic patriotic melodies under the baton of conductor   Eric Gilley, associate band director for Allen Independent School District. Children’s crafts begin at 6pm, Red, White & Balloon artist (6-8), selfies with Lady Liberty, Light Show finale!

Saturday, July 2nd

Kids Club® Craft Stick Flag
Michaels Stores, 10am-noon
They craft, you shop! Kids 3 and up can enjoy a quick project and take home a finished masterpiece. Sign up in store or online, or just drop in. $2 per child, supplies included. Parent or guardian must remain on premises during the event.

The Coop Celebrates America
The Coop, Frisco, 10am-4pm
We will have a facepainter, popcorn, crafts and so much fun playing. Price is $20 a child and that includes admission, facepainting, craft, juice and POParellas popcorn.  Give us a call to reserve your spot today, 972-668-1100. Facepainter is here from 10:30am-noon. PAM Review

Red, White and Fun!
Michaels Stores, 1-3pm
Makers of all ages can make a red, white and blue tie-dye T-shirt and decorate festive 4th of July cookies. Buy a T-shirt and the rest of the supplies will be provided.

Liberty by the Lake
Stewart Creek Park, The Colony, 4-10pm
This signature Independence Day tradition includes live music, parade, children’s activities, business vendors, fun run/walk, salsa shootout and a fireworks finale that rivals any in North Texas. Local restaurants and food vendors will also be on-site selling a variety of fares.

Sunday, July 3rd

Patriotic Pops
Haggard Park, 7pm
Plano Community Band featuring the Custer Road United Methodist Church Choir.

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: Be strategic about where you park – the further north on DNT or Addison Road the better for a quicker drive back north 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.

Monday, July 4th

Lions Club Parade
Starts at 2700 W. 15th St., Plano
Theme: Star Spangled Plano
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.

Red, White & BOOM Parade
Downtown McKinney, 10am
The 2016 Theme is “Going 4 Gold – USA all the way!” to celebrate our nation’s independence and salute our Olympic team as they prepare for the 2016 Summer Olympics. A car show is happening after the parade, from 1-5pm.

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, $7/person (max. $25/family) 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
Charles W. Eisemann Center, Richardson, 3pm
The Plano Symphony Orchestra, led by Maestro Hector Guzman, will present an entertaining and inspiring tribute to America. Patriotic selections will include: God Bless America, Tribute to American Cinema, America the Beautiful, Favorite Sousa Marches, Salute to the Armed Forces, Big Band Bash as well as honor our country and the people dedicated to preserving our freedom! Joining the Plano Symphony will be the Patriotic Pops Chorus, composed of experienced choral singers from the Plano Civic Chorus and other choral groups throughout the North Texas area. Join us!

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. Live entertainment at Party in the Plaza, Children’s Expo, Taste of Frisco. Fireworks at 10pm. FC Dallas vs. Orlando at 8pm – enjoy a soccer game and see the Frisco Freedom Fest fireworks from the stands.
Tip: Lately 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, 6-10:15pm
3555 Brand Rd, Richardson
Balloon artists, bounce houses, and a climbing wall for the kids.  Live music including the Richardson Community Band with its annual Patriotic Salute Concert (8:45pm).  9:45pm fireworks.

All-American Fourth of July
Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve, 9:30pm
5901 Los Rios Blvd, Plano
Free parking is available at Collin College, Plano Centre and First United Methodist Church. Prime viewing area is from the hill at Collin College and from the church. Spring Creek Parkway will be closed at Parker and Jupiter at 4 p.m. Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. Tune in to 97.5 for music simulcast with annual July 4th fireworks display. We will have a variety of food trucks onsite with food purchase available starting at 5 p.m. so come claim your spot early! The DJ will start at 7:30 p.m. Fireworks will begin promptly at 9:30 p.m.

July Jubilee
Amphitheater at Little Elm Park, Little Elm
Live music starts at 5pm, fireworks at 9:30.

Red, White and BOOM
McKinney Soccer Complex at Craig Ranch, McKinney
Family activities and food: 7-9:30pm, concert 8-9:30pm: Blue Water Highway Band, fireworks: 9:45pm