Celebrating the Fourth of July is a tradition for many of us, and there are plenty of ways to spend this holiday and the days leading to it. If you’re in Plano, you’ll find several events that you can attend in the city and the surrounding area to commemorate our nation’s independence. If you have yet to make plans, take a look at some of the options the team here at Huffines Hyundai Plano has listed for you.
Plano’s All-American Fourth
This is a time-honored tradition that the city never fails to commemorate with great fanfare. It will consist of a festival, parade, and fireworks show. Like previous years, it will be held on July 4 from 6 to 10 p.m. and will be accessible to everyone for free.
The festival, with its free kid zone sponsored by Champion Energy Services as well as a variety of food and beverage vendors, will be open during this time. The parade, organized by the Rotary Parades of Plano in conjunction with the city, will start at 7:30 p.m. at Spring Creek Parkway. The fireworks display will follow at 9:30 p.m. Here are a few tips and details to help you make the most of your experience:
- You’ll be able to park at the Collin College Plano Campus at 2800 E. Spring Creek Parkway.
- Bring your own chairs or blankets to sit on. You can also take a cooler with food and drinks, but make sure to check the rules on prohibited items.
- Leave your pets at home. Aside from the fact that they won’t be allowed at the event, it’s also not a good idea to expose them to the noise of the fireworks.
Independence Day Pool Party
You can start the festivities early on July 4 by joining the Independence Day Pool Party at the Texas Pool. It will start at noon and end at 6 p.m. and include food and games for kids and adults. If you aren’t familiar with the Texas Pool, it’s a 168,000-gallon, Texas-shaped, saltwater swimming pool that’s listed in the National Register of Historic Places. It’s located at 901 Springbrook Drive, Plano.
The Texas Pool is a great place to celebrate Independence Day with the whole family. It has two water slides, a wading area, and a diving board, as well as other amenities, such as a butterfly garden and mini library, to ensure everyone enjoys their stay. Admission costs $10, but you can enter the venue for free with a Texas Pool membership or if you’re a veteran or active-duty military.
Red, White and BOOM!
This is a family-friendly celebration that the city of McKinney hosts annually. This year, festivities will take place on July 3 and 4 and will be free to the general public. On the first day, there will be various activities for children from 6 to 9 p.m. at Gabe Nesbitt Community Park. You’ll also be able to enjoy two concerts, one of which will be performed by The Rumble Kings. The night will end with a fireworks show at 9:45 p.m.
The second-day celebration will begin at 10 a.m. with a hometown parade in downtown McKinney. This is followed by the Yankee Doodle Block Party, which will start at 11 a.m. and feature various activities and games for all ages. Red, White and BOOM! is a fun event that you can attend if you also plan to be in Plano for the city’s annual Independence Day festivities. It’s a short drive from Plano to McKinney, especially if you’re in a new Hyundai SUV, sedan, or truck.
Addison Kaboom Town!
If you want to start the celebration early, head over to Addison for its annual Kaboom Town! event. This will take place on July 3, from 5 to 11 p.m. The highlights of the event are the airshow, which will begin at 7:30 p.m., and the fireworks display, which will start at 9:30 p.m. and last for about 25 minutes. The airshow will primarily feature various planes taking off from Addison Airport, some of which will perform aerobatic maneuvers. The fireworks will be launched from the airport’s south end and will be visible anywhere in the town.
This popular annual event brings together thousands of people from all over the country. Even if you’re just in Plano, it’s best that you plan your trip well in advance. Here are some useful tips and information:
- The best views are from Addison Circle Park, but you’ll need a ticket to get in. Check out the Visit Addison website to find out how you can secure free tickets, which will be available starting June 21.
- You can also enjoy the shows when you visit one of the watch parties hosted by many restaurants and hotels in the area. These establishments often offer live entertainment and specials on food and beverages while you’re enjoying the celebration.
- If you want the best view of the airshow, choose an establishment along the Dallas North Tollway or Belt Line Road that’s hosting a watch party.
- As with other similar outdoor events, you’re allowed to bring your own food and non-alcoholic beverages, collapsible chairs, and blankets to Addison Circle Park. However, there are restrictions, so you should go through the event’s FAQs page to find out what they are.
- Pets other than service animals are not allowed at Addison Circle Park.
- Vendors will be selling food and drinks in the park.
Do You Know of Other Fourth of July Events in Plano?
Get in touch with us at Huffines Hyundai Plano if you have suggestions of events and places in the area where you can celebrate Independence Day. You can also visit our dealership if you need assistance in purchasing a new or pre-owned vehicle to help you enjoy the festivities even more. Our knowledgeable staff will be happy to go through our inventory with you and discuss financing options and various incentives to enable you to find the right vehicle for your needs.