Above: July 4th Parade in Downtown McKinney
Red White & BOOM (Saturday)
​​Don your stars and stripes and wave your flags at McKinney's Star-Spangled July 4th Celebration. On the schedule for the day long event are:
  • Hometown Parade at 10 a.m. on the downtown square.
  • Classic Car, Truck and Cycle Show from 1 to 5 p.m. just south of the square on Tennessee at Davis. 
  • Concert & Fireworks at 7:30 p.m. at Craig Ranch Soccer Complex. Families will enjoy inflatables, laser tag, video game trucks, food trucks and more. This year's concert headliner is McKinney's own Hollie Cavanagh, American Idol finalist. Fireworks display begins at 9:45 p.m.
(Saturday-Aug. 8)
McKinney Main Street and the City of McKinney invite children of all ages to explore everything the community has to offer with the new Downtown McKinney Kids Explorers Club. Kids can pick up their FREE club kit on July 4 following the Red White and BOOM! hometown parade at the East Louisiana Street Festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. After that, kits are available from the McKinney Performing Arts Center, 111 N. Tennessee. Details are available online.
(Continuing thru Sept. 30)
Walk among free-flying native butterflies and other pollinators in the Heard Museum's Native Texas Butterfly House & Garden. The butterfly house includes native species, which vary by season and what is available from suppliers. Our butterfly garden is filled with host plants that naturally attract these lovely creatures. Included in the cost of admission to The Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Place. See website for hours.
Cadillac Pizza Pub: Open Mic (Thur.); Chant (Fri.); No music, open lunch only (Sat.)
The Celt Irish Pub: Flashpoint (Fri.); Slugger's Rule (shown, Sat.); Innisfall, 10 am. & TIMES Irish Music Session, 3 p.m. (Sun.)
Hank's Texas Grill: Chuck Ligon Band (Thur.); Micky & the Motorcars (Fri.); Adrian Johnston 4th of July Bash (Sat.)  
Lone Star Wine Cellar:
Aaron Burton (Thur.); Crystal & Will Yates (Fri.); Steve Rose (Sat.)
Louisiana St. Grill: Live Music (Thur.-Sat.)
Mellow Mushroom: Live Music (Thur.& Sat.)  
Mitas Hill Vineyard & Winery:
Tony Blakly (Fri.); Brian Bertrand (Sat.)
Rick's Lounge: Ed McMahon (Thur.); Jerry Branch (Fri.)
Zin Zen Wine Bistro: Pete Weise (Thur.); Reigning Nickels (Fri.). 
Happy 4th!
The MCVB Visitors Center & Made in McKinney Store, like other city offices, will be closed on Friday & Saturday. We wish you a safe & happy July 4th. 
We continue to add camps to this popular blog entry. In fact, just added this week are:
-Sewing camp (July 8-9)
- Career Exploration Camp (at the McKinney Fire Department for kids in grades 8-11)
- Downtown Explorers Club (July 4-Aug. 8). 

Vietnam Syndrome Exhibit:
(shown above) Collin County Historical Society Museum, 300 E. Virginia. 11a.m.-4p.m.

Happier Hour at Tupps Brewery
: 721 Anderson St. at the Cotton Mill. 4-10 p.m.

Franconia Brewery Tour:
11 a.m.-1 p.m. $5. Tour the brewery & sample the brew. 495 McKinney Pkwy.

Farmers Market: From 8 a.m.-noon, Chestnut Square, 315 S. Chestnut.

Red White & Brew: TUPPS Brewery is hosting a July 4th filled with their award winning craft beers, live music including "Oil Boom," Spoons food truck, and games! (Kids are welcome and will love the games! IDs will be checked to assure only those 21 and over consume alcohol.) TUPPS features a large bar, stage, seating, games, and an outdoor covered beer garden with acoustic stage. 721 Anderson St. 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Wine Tastings & Tour:
Mitas Hill Vineyard & Winery, 2300 Vineyard Hill Lane. 3 p.m.
Now Open in McKinney:
Hampton Inn & Suites
Central Expressway just north of W. University/U.S. 380

For more city events information, check the online calendar at VisitMcKinney.com or call 888-649-8499.
July 11