Time to get your 4th of July plans in order! If you’re new to the area or just want to see what else is out there, check out our round up of all the best Collin County 4th of July community celebrations. Some of these events are the day before or even the weekend before the 4th, so be sure to double check those dates.
COLLIN COUNTY FOURTH OF JULY PARADES
July 4 :: Free! :: 9-11am at The Fountain in Fairview Town Center
Decorate your kids’ bikes/strollers/wagons for this children’s parade. And dress in your patriotic finest for the costume/outfit contest. They’ll also have face painters and balloon artists, along with a visit from Captain America and Wonder Woman. First 500 kids will receive a free patriotic goodie bag.
JULY 4 :: Free! :: Parade at 10am. Yankee Doodle Block Party from 11am-2pm. Car show 1-5pm. Fireworks at 9:45pm.
McKinney kicks off their big festival with a morning parade and block party. The block party includes a classic car, truck, and cycle show. They don’t have a link to the parade route up (yet) but it will go through Historic Downtown McKinney. See more details on the evening activities at Craig Ranch below in the “Fireworks” section.
July 4 :: Free! :: 9-11am
The Lions Club of Plano will host their annual 4th of July parade with marching bands, floats, drill teams, cheer squads, and more. The parade starts in the parking lot of the Plano ISD administration building and will end at Plano Senior High School. See the route here.
July 4 :: Free! :: 10am
This parade is the morning portion of the Liberty By the Lake festival in The Colony (more details below). The parade route will start at Peters Colony Elementary School and finish at The Colony Five Star Complex North Parking Lot.
July 4 :: Free :: 10am
Weston, TX, the oldest city in Collin County, holds their 34th annual 4th of July parade down Main Street today. There is no bleacher seating, so do bring a chair for spectating if you’d like. If you are looking to participate in an old-fashioned small town parade, this one has no registration and no fees required. Line-up begins at 9am. There’s also a bake sale at the Community Center benefitting the Weston Women’s Group.
COLLIN COUNTY FIREWORKS STANDS
If you’re doing your own fireworks, be careful (duh), but also be aware of the rules so no one gets busted. I found a couple pages with fireworks guidelines for different parts of Collin County: Collin County fireworks rules, McKinney, Wylie. And if you need somewhere to purchase your fireworks, here are a few spots that aren’t too out of the way.
Nytex Fireworks :: McKinney, TX :: Open daily June 24 through July 4 (other Nytex locations in Princeton, Quinlan, and Terrell)
Lafon’s Fireworks Stand :: Princeton (Branch), TX :: Open daily through July 4
Burch Fireworks :: Princeton (Branch), TX :: Open daily starting June 24 through July 4
Alamo Fireworks :: Allen :: Open daily June 24 through July 4 (other Alamo location in Wylie, Melissa, Little Elm, Lavon, Rockwell)
COLLIN COUNTY 4TH OF JULY FIREWORKS
These Collin County fireworks festivals are arranged by DATE and then by CITY.
June 22 :: Free! :: 5:30-10pm. Fireworks start around 9:30.
Melissa’s biggest annual event will feature fun, food, fellowship, music, and fireworks. Head to Zadow Park for live music, a kids zone with bounce houses, and food trucks with local vendors like Kona Ice. Coolers are welcome, but no alcohol allowed.
June 28 :: Free! :: 6-9pm
Allen Philharmonic Winds will perform a mixture of marches and classic Americana melodies from 7-9pm. Meet multiple Veteran’s groups and enjoy pre-concert activities for the kids. Selfies with Uncle Sam, balloon artist, patriotic glitter roots from Toni & Guy, and more. Bring your blankets but not your pets. See link for details and schedule.
June 29 :: Free! :: Event begins at 4pm. Fireworks Finale starts at 10pm and lasts about 25 minutes.
This Allen festival occurs in Celebration Park and will have food, live music, pop-up magic shows and acrobatics, and a bunch of event zones – a Sprayground, Jurassic Zone, Ninja Challenge, Kid Zone, and more. Here’s the FAQ!
Tickets are required for Kid Zone activities – 2 tickets for $1 or an all-access wristband for $25 ($20 in advance at Joe Farmer Recreation Center, Don Rodenbaugh Natatorium or Ford Pool). Shuttle buses from Allen High School (AHS) to Celebration Park will run from 3:30-9:30pm and again when the fireworks are over.
June 29 :: Free! :: 5-10pm
Mark your calendars for a day filled with water slides, live music, festival food, and shopping. They’ll have a petting zoo, free kids activities and water slides, Play Street Museum on wheels, and a big fireworks show, all in Old Celina Park.
If you listen to 94.9 KLTY, you might be interested in driving over to North Fort Worth for this Christian music festival on the grounds of Texas Motor Speedway that culminates in a massive fireworks show. Carnival food, vendors, a children’s area featuring live entertainment all day, games and activities, petting zoo, bounce houses, slides, and bungee jumps. All-you-can-play wristbands for the kids are $25 (a few attractions such as rock climbing and bungee trampoline sold separately). Extremely comprehensive FAQ here.
Free admission! (Download tickets on the KLTY app) Gates at 2pm. Concert from 3-11pm.
Other notes: This is an alcohol-free event. No assigned seating but you may bring blankets and chairs to set up on the grass. You can bring a cooler in your car, tailgate style, but you cannot bring one into the venue. Parking is $15.
July 3 :: Free! :: Addison Circle and carnival opens at 4pm. Air show at 7:15pm. Fireworks at 9:30pm.
This is one of the best fireworks shows in the country, as evidenced by how many come to watch. You will definitely want to look at the FAQ for viewing tips and parking options. There’s a free air show, plus live music and carnival in Addison Circle with rides, face painters, and vendors. Adaptive Training Foundation athletes will also be there with their favorite equipment for families to try out. Live music in Addison Circle both before and after fireworks.
Tune to 102.1 FM for the fireworks simulcast. You can find alternate spots to watch the display away from the crowds, including parking lots around Montfort & Belt Line and the Galleria parking garage. Local business will also host watching parties, many with their own kid-friendly entertainment.
July 3 :: Free! :: 5-10pm. Lee Ann Womack plays from 8-9:45pm. Fireworks at 9:45pm.
Lee Ann Womack will headline the party, and they’ll have food, arts & crafts, Carter Blood Drive, Kids Zone, and fireworks. See link for detailed parking instructions. Most parking is $10 although they will also do a free shuttle from PISD Stadium. Kid Zone admission $5.
July 3 :: Free! :: 3-10:30pm
The biggest annual event in Prosper features live music, food trucks, a huge Kids Zone with rides, games, and waterslides; a car show, charity softball game, and fireworks set to music. The event is held in Frontier Park and will have fun activities and vendors throughout.
July 3 :: Free! :: 6-10pm. Fireworks at 9:30pm.
Heritage Park in Sachse will be filled with live entertainment, activities, food, vendors, bounce houses, contests, and fireworks. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and bug spray to this evening of good, old-fashioned family fun.
July 4 :: Free! :: Parking lot opens and live band begins at 7:30pm. Fireworks begin around 9pm.
Bring your blankets and lawn chairs to Anna High School for ice cream, sno-cones, and fireworks. On-site parking is available (free and first come, first served) and overflow parking is available at Slayter Creek Park, about a 10-minute walk.
July 4 :: Free! :: 4-10pm. Fireworks begin around 9:30pm.
Live music, bounce houses, food and toy vendors, and a kids’ firefighter challenge. Free admission but donations are accepted, benefitting the Farmersville Fire Department. Tune in to 92.1 FM for the music simulcast.
July 4 :: Free! :: Gates open at 5pm. Fireworks at 9:50pm.
Independence Fest 2019 will feature headliner Bret Michaels, a vintage car show, a showcase of local businesses, food and drink, and a completely FREE Kids Zone with bounce houses, face painting, and more.
July 3 & 4 :: Free! :: July 3 is the evening kickoff event with a cornhole tournament at 6pm dachshund races at 7:30pm and a 5k glow run through Frisco Square at 9pm. On July 4, Party in the Plaza begins at 4pm. Fireworks start at about 10pm.
This is a big one, both the party and the fireworks show. So many attractions: Party in the Plaza, an FC Dallas match, live music, Taste of Frisco, a Children’s Expo with bounce houses, bungees, rock climbing, a dunk tank, hamster ball races, and more. See the event page for much more info on each attraction and check here for the schedule of events. Fireworks are visible in all areas around Toyota Stadium. Know of other great watching spots? Leave a comment below!
July 4 :: Free! :: Parade at 10am. Block party from 11am-2pm. Family fun at Craig Ranch begins at 5:30pm. Fireworks start at 9:45pm.
Celebrate in McKinney with free family activities, live entertainment, and fireworks. The day starts with a parade and block party plus a classic car/truck/cycle show in Historic Downtown McKinney. Evening festivities resume at the McKinney Soccer Complex at Craig Ranch with music, food, kids’ activities and a fireworks display. Coolers are allowed, but you can’t bring alcohol. No pets, please.
Note: Cottonwood Creek Church will have a 4th at the Creek party with bounce houses, music, sand volleyball, fishing, and food trucks. You’ll have a good view of the McKinney fireworks from here. 6-10pm. Free!
July 4 :: $10 per person/veterans and active military FREE with I.D. :: 12-6pm
Food, traditional pool games, and fun in the sun. The snack bar will be open and the grills fired up with authentic Texas Pool Hot Dogs. Coolers with food and non-alcoholic beverages welcome. Bring your camp chairs and canopies. Pool members also get in free.
July 4 :: Free! :: Festival starts at 4pm. Fireworks begin at 9:30pm.
Bring your blankets and lawn chairs to Oak Point Park for food trucks, music with a live DJ, and fireworks choreographed to music. Tune to 97.5 FM for the fireworks simulcast. Parking is available at Collin College, Plano Event Center and First United Methodist Church. Coolers are allowed, but no alcohol.
July 4 :: Free! :: Live music starts at 6:15pm. Fireworks at 9:30pm.
Bring picnics, blankets, and lawn chairs to this Breckinridge Park celebration and fireworks show. You can even bring your grill, although it must remain on a hard surface, not turf. If you don’t want to bring food, concessions will be available starting at 6pm. They’ll also have attractions for kids including bounce houses, a climbing wall, and patriotic activities.
On-site parking is limited; free roundtrip shuttle service starting at 6pm from 2 different off-site parking lots. The last shuttle will depart at approximately 9:00pm (which is before the fireworks, FYI).
July 4 :: :: Event hours are 6-10pm. Fireworks at 9:30pm.
All sorts of fun stuff happening at this Rowlett festival including live music, a children’s area, outdoor laser tag, bounce houses, face painting, games for all ages, food vendors, a cornhole tournament, and fireworks.
They suggest parking at the Rowlett High School, the DART station, and Herfurth Park. Shuttle transportation will be available at the DART station, Coyle Middle School, and Herfurth Park. These shuttles will run from 5:00-11:00pm and will drop off at Rowlett High School.
July 4 :: Free! :: Fun runs begin at 7:45am. Parade at 10am. Stewart Creek Park opens at 11am and the festival officially starts at 4pm. Fireworks start around 9:30pm.
Start your morning with the Liberty 5K, 10K, or 1 mile Fun Run and the Independence Day parade with floats and marching bands. The afternoon is packed with events like watermelon eating contests, BMX stunt shows, salsa competition, magic shows, and more. Don’t miss the Family Fun Zone with bounce houses, obstacle courses, toddler area, train rides, face painters and more.
Tune in to 99.9FM for music to go with the fireworks. On-site parking costs $20, so consider taking the free shuttle from Lakeview Middle School. No personal grills or glass containers allowed in Stewart Creek Park.
Know of other Collin County 4th of July celebrations? Please share below! Have a safe and happy 4th, y’all!