Above: McKinney's Historic Downtown Square
Red White & BOOM (Monday)
The City of McKinney celebrates the Fourth of July at Red, White and BOOM! with free family activities, live entertainment and a spectacular fireworks. The day's festivities include:
  • 10 a.m .- Hometown Parade around the downtown square.
  • 1-5 p.m. - Car Show: See classic cars in the public lot at Tennessee and Davis (just south of the square).
  • 7-10 p.m. - Concert & Fireworks at Craig Ranch Soccer Complex with family activities and food starting at 7 p.m. with the concert starting at 8 p.m. and fireworks at 9:45 p.m.
Summer Nature Story Time (Friday)
Story times designed primarily for preschoolers are held Fridays in June and July, 10:30 a.m. Included with admission; free for museum members.​

Design-a-Dino Coloring Contest (Now through Aug. 5) The Heard prepares for the Dinosaurs Live! exhibit by inviting children ages 12 and under to submit their own original coloring designs for a chance to have their artwork replicated through a custom paint job on one of this year’s exhibit dinosaurs—the Stegosaurus. Free. 
The McKinney Armed Services Memorial Board is planning a new monument to be placed across the park from the Wall of Honor specifically to honor Gold Star Families (pictured above), those who've lost loved ones via their service to our country. As part of this addition to the Veteran's Memorial Park, the organization is selling personalized paving stones that will be placed permanently at the park. To purchase a paver to honor a loved one or our military in general, please print off the order form available from the city website, complete it and return it with payment to the address given on the site. 

Look for a table at the Red White & BOOM parade in front of Orisons Arts & Framing (110 E. Louisiana) where you can purchase one of these pavers.
Cadillac Pizza Pub: Open Mic Night (Thur.); Texas Flood (Fri.); Jason Elmore & Hoodoo Witch (shown, Sat.)
Cafe Malaga: Live Music (Fri./Sat.)
The Celt Irish Pub: Love Past Blue (Thur.); Josh Osgood (Fri.); Slugger's Rule (Sat.); Innisfall at 10:30 a.m., Times Irish Music Session at 3 p.m., and Chad Kirby at 6:30 p.m. (Sun.)
Delaney's Irish Pub: Live Music (Sat.)
Eclair Bistro: Live Jazz (upstairs, Fri.); special event (Sat.)
Hank's Texas Grill: John Baumann (Thur.); Sunny Sweeney (Fri.); Red Leather (Sat.)
Lone Star Wine Cellars:  Tommy Williams (Thur.); Django Walker (Fri.); Steve Rose (Sat.); Tommy Williams (Sun.)
Louisiana St. Grill: Live Music (Thur.-Sat.)
Sugarbacon Proper Kitchen: Pat Peterson (Thur.); Jazz (Sun.)
The Lounge at Rick's: Shane Frame (Thurs.); The 3 Amigos (Fri.); Joey Love Band (Sat.)
TUPPS Brewery - Local Texas Music - The Selkie Girls (Thur.); Andrew Dutton (Fri.); Live Music (Sat.)
Zin Zen Wine Bistro: Tony Bakly (Thur.); Earshot Trio (Fri.); Darwin Martin (Sat.)
Also check our calendar at VisitMcKinney.com or call the MCVB at 214-544-1407 or toll-free at 888-649-8499.​ 

The McKinney Convention & Visitors Bureau and other city offices will be closed on Monday, July 4th to observance of Independence Day.
Check our blog for information on some of the places in town offering various day camps! We will update this blog entry as we learn of more camps.

An Early Texas Exhibit: The Collin County Historical Society Museum, 300 E. Virginia. Artifacts of Collin McKinney's home and life. Thursday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $7.50; Senior/Vets: $5; Children: $3.

Heard-Craig House: Tours on Thursdays. $5, ages 4-under free. 205 W. Hunt. 1 p.m. 

Farmers Market: 3-6 p.m. in Adriatica.

Jammin' in June Concert Series: Suzi & Rick headline the final night of this annual city concert series. Bonnie Wenk Park, 2996 Virginia. Bring blankets, lawn chairs and picnic baskets. 7:30-9 p.m.

Chestnut Square: Guided tours of the village's 10 historic buildings. Adults $7; Military, Children and Seniors $5. 305 S. McDonald. 972-562-8790.

Farmers Market: 8 a.m.-noon at Chestnut Square, 315 Chestnut. Also a tour of the village, 11 a.m.

Franconia Brewery Tour & Tastings: $5. 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at 495 McKinney Pkwy.

TUPPS Brewery Tours:
12:30 and 4 p.m. 795 Anderson.

Frank Ayon Car Show, Saturday, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. in the Show Barn at Myers Park, 7117 CR 165. 469-734-5575.

City Pool Hours:The City of McKinney's two outdoor pools are open for the summer. See website for hours.
Need help finding parking in Downtown McKinney? Click to access the web map or pick up a map at the visitors center.
Need overnight accommodations for yourself or out-of-town guests? McKinney offers a wide range of options. ​​Find lodging links at VisitMcKinney.com
or call the McKinney CVB
at 888-649-8499 for assistance.