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Jun 27

Star-Spangled Fun in McKinney

Posted on June 27, 2018 at 9:34 AM by Beth Shumate

This time every year, McKinney is decked out in all its patriotic glory, from flags flying proudly in front yards of homes to red, white, and blue bunting hanging from downtown business awnings and storefronts. How can you celebrate Independence Day in McKinney? Here are some of the events taking place.

poster for Land of Liberty band concertLand of Liberty Free Patriotic Concert
Sunday, July 1) 
Nothing gets people into the patriotic mood than rousing music! The McKinney Community Band salutes our beloved Land of Liberty at their annual patriotic concert. As always, their concerts are free, family-friendly, and open to the public. To help the band track attendance, free tickets are available at their Eventbrite link. Those with tickets/reservations will be seated first beginning at 3:30 p.m. Those without tickets may enter the theater starting at 3:50 p.m. Concert starts at 4 p.m. and will have one brief intermission. 

Mayor riding in red White and Boom paradeRed, White & BOOM!
(Wednesday, July 4)
McKinney's annual Independence Day celebration begins in downtown McKinney with a hometown parade at 10 a.m. Immediately following the parade will be a classic car, truck and cycle show in the parking lot just north of City Hall at Tennessee and Lamar. Also after the parade, a Yankee Doodle block party will take place on E. Louisiana Street right, giving families a wide range of games and other activities to enjoy. Families can also explore the many dining and shopping options that downtown has to offer. 

Evening festivities resume at the McKinney Soccer Complex at Craig Ranch with music, food, kids’ activities, a concert and a fireworks display. All Red, White and BOOM! activities are free and open to the public. For more information about the event call 972-547-7480. 

star-spangled-salsa-fest-logo-outlined-01-e1515822809331Star-Spangled Salsa Fest
(Wednesday, July 4)
This spicy food festival will provide tasty holiday fun for the whole family to enjoy. Its hot sauce competition will see individuals, spicy food pros, and chefs vying for top honors. Live entertainment will include a family fun zone, live music and of course, salsa dancing. Several local favorite food trucks, chefs, restaurants, and breweries will be there too. Tickets are $10 each and are available online. Kids under 12 are admitted free. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. All proceeds benefit Community Garden Kitchen to fight hunger in Collin County. At Chestnut Square Historic Village, 315 S. Chestnut. 

beer-bbq-Freedom fest foodFreedom Fest (Saturday)
Franconia celebrates July 4th early on Saturday, June 30th from noon-3 p.m. Enjoy brewery tours, craft beers, live music, and barbecue from Hutchins Barbecue. Admission to this fun family-friendly event is $25 for three craft beers from Franconia and lunch from Hutchins. Kids 12 and under eat free. 495 McKinney Parkway.

#VisitMcKinneyFun Social Media Photo Contestwelcome summer photo contest button
(On-going until Labor Day)
Hashtag your social media posts of you and your family and friends have fun in McKinney this summer, then watch our website to see if your photos made our page! The best photos will be entered into a prize drawing at the end of summer.