If you’re looking to spend the Fourth of July with your neighbors in Plano, Texas, there are several noteworthy events happening this year to bring the community together. Below, you can explore some of the Fourth of July events our team is most looking forward to this Independence Day.
All American 4th and Fireworks
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Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve will host its All American 4th and Fireworks event on Monday, July 4 from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. While the event offered Plano residents the chance to attend in-person and online in 2021, it’ll return to predominantly in-person attendance this year. If you miss the chance to come in person, you can catch a live stream of the fireworks that will start at 9:30 p.m. on the PTV and the Facebook page for Plano Arts and Events,
Even with the online stream available, it’s still a good idea to attend in person. You can enjoy all the fun leading up to the fireworks and fully immerse yourself in the live music. The main festivities will take place on the Red Tail pavilion, which was formerly known as the Oak Point Amphitheater.
When you arrive for the event at Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve in your new Dodge or Jeep vehicle, you can find accessible parking at the nearby Collin College. The event itself is free to enter, so bring your whole family and invite all your friends and neighbors. Pets will have to stay at home and drone usage isn’t allowed after 5 p.m., but these measures will help keep everyone in attendance safe and ensure they’ll enjoy the event without worries.
Most attendees will gather around the focal point of the Red Tail Pavilion at Oak Point Park to watch the evening fireworks show, but you can find your own spot in the park to watch the night sky come alive. Be sure to bring your own blankets and lawn chairs for optimal comfort. The park allows visitors to bring coolers, so you can bring some refreshing beverages, sandwiches, and other picnic food. If you don’t want to do the prep work, there will be food and beverages available for purchase on-site.
Children’s Parade on Timber Creek Road
If you’re looking for something to do earlier in the day on the Fourth of July with your young children, you can attend the Children’s Parade on Timber Creek Road. This parade takes place every year and has always been a big hit in the community. You can prepare for it by decorating your children’s stroller, wagons, bicycles, scooters, and tricycles in red, white, and blue decorations. Some people go all out by painting their vehicles and wearing elaborate costumes, but you can also prepare with just some streamers and ribbon.
The lineup for the parade begins at 9:30 a.m., and everyone meets at the corner of Eaton and Timber Creek Road. Make sure you get there early so that you and your kids can prepare to walk, as the parade starts at 10 a.m. on the dot. Anyone can participate as long as they have a nonmotorized vehicle, and parents may walk alongside their children to offer support and supervision.
The Summit Club of Flower Mound is the organization responsible for putting on this parade every year, and there’s more to look forward to besides the event. The club offers free hot dogs and drinks for participants, so you don’t have to worry about bringing your own food. There are also children’s activities, including games and arts and crafts, for the young ones to occupy themselves. Everyone can enjoy the parade’s live entertainment, which usually features local music acts.
Red, White, and BOOM!
The city of McKinney, which is just a short drive from Plano, will host its annual Red, White, and BOOM! event. The festivities begin early, as there’s a hometown parade in historic downtown McKinney in the morning. Afterward, the 6-hour-long Yankee Doodle Block Party runs from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. This is a great opportunity to eat grilled food from food trucks, listen to live entertainment by local performers, and socialize with people from McKinney, Plano, and adjacent cities.
As the evening comes around, you can make your way to the McKinney Soccer Complex for more music, feasts, fireworks, and activities for kids. The gates to this complex open at 5:30 p.m. and the city’s fireworks show starts at 9:45 p.m. The early opening of the complex can help you find the best vantage point, and you can enjoy the waiting period surrounded by family, friends, neighbors, and any new faces that you meet.
Addison Kaboom Town
Addison Kaboom Town is a popular annual event that draws nearly half a million people from around the state of Texas each year. This year, it’ll occur all day long on July 3, so it’s a great event to prepare you for the actual holiday. During the daytime, you can witness the exciting Addison Airport Airshow, which features skilled pilots performing impressive aerial tricks in various kinds of aircraft. No matter if you’re an aircraft buff or just like to see the fancy tricks, the show is sure to capture your attention.
Addison Kaboom Town is also famous for its live music. This year the event will feature performers from various genres like big band, rock, pop, folk, country, and classical. The performers are mostly native to Texas, so you can support your favorite local artists and discover new ones.
There will also be many food trucks to enjoy common fair foods like hot dogs, turkey legs, and pizza slices. Once the sky goes dark, you can expect an impressive fireworks show. The show is so expansive that you’ll likely be able to see it from anywhere in Addison, but you can gather at Addison Circle Park at 9:30 p.m. for the best view.
Do you have a favorite event to attend in Plano on the Fourth of July? Let us know where you’ll be spending the holiday or the days leading up to it. Contact our team to speak with one of our friendly staff members. If you’re in the market for a new car, truck, or SUV, visit our dealership to browse our new and pre-owned inventory of Dodge and Jeep vehicles.