Red White & BOOM
The following are Independence Day celebrations that are part of or associated with the City of McKinney.

Activities in Historic Downtown McKinney: Note - DASH will not be running on July 4th .

Activities at McKinney Soccer Complex at Craig Ranch:
6375 Collin McKinney Pkwy. Pets are not allowed at the evening events
  • Family activities and food - 5:30-9:30 p.m.
  • Concert - 8-9:30 p.m.
  • Fireworks - 9:45 p.m.
Star-Spangled Salsa Fest 
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.
Events at McKinney Performing Arts Center, 111 N. Tennessee

The Pairing Series: American Farmer (Thru Aug. 11)
Paul Mobley (shown at right) is an American photographer who has traveled from remote Alaskan villages to the majestic palaces of Croatia to find the face of a thousand words. This exhibition was curated/organized by ExhibitsUSA, a program of Mid-America Arts Alliance. On display in the MPAC Gallery through Aug. 11. Free admission.
Jim Phipps, Impressionistic Painter
Jim has been creating art for galleries and private collectors since 1987 and is an active member of the Oil Painters of America and Artists of Texas. He lives in McKinney and exhibits in McKinney, Dallas and Fredericksburg, Texas. It was on a trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico, that he first fell in love with painting. Friday, 5-8 p.m.; Saturday, 5-9 p.m.; and Sunday, 2-4 p.m. Free and open to the public. At The Cove, 402 N. Tennessee.
Heard Natural Science Museum
& Wildlife Sanctuary
1 Nature Place, 972-562-5566
Check museum website for hours/rates. 

Nature Storytime (Friday)
This weekly storytime focuses on nature-related stories to engage children in learning and the appreciation and care of nature. Included with general admission to the museum. 10:30-11 a.m. 

Native Texas Butterfly House & Garden (shown, now open)
Walk among free-flying native butterflies and other pollinators. The butterfly house includes native species, which vary by season and what is available from suppliers. The garden is filled with host plants that naturally attract butterflies. Open during normal hours. Included in general admission.

Butterfly Talk: Creating Your Butterfly Nursery 
Preparing for a butterfly “baby” (caterpillar) is much easier than preparing for a human baby. At this talk, you’ll learn how to prepare your “nursery” (garden) for the next generation of beautiful butterflies. Walk through the basics, including what butterflies will lay eggs on, what the caterpillars need to eat and how to support their parents. This program is included in general admission and free for Heard Museum Members. Designed primarily for adults. Interested youth may attend with an adult. May not be suitable for children younger than 10 years. 10-11 a.m.
$5 per person. Bring your own floaty at the Apex Centre, 3003 Alma Road.
Art Without Walls
Have a great time creating art from the beautiful settings at Pecan Grove Cemetery. Bring an easel and paint, draw or photograph through the afternoon. Plenty of shade trees to keep you cool. Live music and drinks too. 1-5 p.m. Free. At Pecan Grove, 1701 S. McDonald (corner of McDonald/Hwy. 5 and Industrial).
Cadillac Pizza:  Devin Leigh Unplugged (Thur.); Mojo Filter (Fri.); Jason Elmore and Hoodoo Witch (shown, Sat.).
The Celt:  String Theory (Thur.); Josh Osgood (Fri.); Behan (Sat.); Sierra Brannies at 11 a.m., TIMES Irish Music Sessions at 3 p.m., Ken & Cathy, 6:30 p.m.(Sun.)
Eclair Bistro: Live Music (Fri.-Sat.)
Hank's Texas Grill: The Bodarks String Band (Thur.); Metal Shop (Fri.); Max Stalling featuring Grant Gilbert (Sat.)
Harry's at the Harbor: Live Music (Friday-Saturday)
Lone Star Wine Cellars: Ryan Rhynes (Thur.); Shelby Ballenger (Fri.); Davis & Rose (Sat.)
The Lounge at Rick's Chophouse: Shane Frame (Thur.); The Corina Grov (Fri.); Joe Levine (Sat.)
Sugarbacon Proper Kitchen: Live Music (Thur-Sun)
TUPPS Brewery: Duane Bates (Thur.);  Josh Osgood, 1-4 p.m. and Nikolas Scott 7-10 p.m. (no cover charge)
Zin Zen Wine Bistro: Luqman Rashada (Thur.); The 3 Amigos (Fri.); Acoustically Speaking (Sat.)
For more information on city events, check the
online community calendar online at 

World War I Exhibit: This exhibit honors Collin County men who served 100 years ago. IPads provide interactive experience. Collin County History Museum, 300 E. Virginia. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. 

4th of July Party at TUPPS:
Following the parade, TUPPS will host an after-party at the brewery with The Warrior's Keep from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

July 4th Preview Party at Rye: Rye will open its doors on July 4th for a preview party from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. (or until they run out of food). They are not taking reservations for the preview party - first come, first served. Preview the new menu and meet some key members of the team. Food, wine, beer, cocktails will be available for purchase. 

Chestnut Square Historic Village: 315 Chestnut. Tour the buildings, 11 a.m. 

Farmers Market: 8 a.m.-noon in the parking lot between Kentucky and Tennessee at Hunt.

Franconia Brewing Tour: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. $5 for samples of beers on tap as well as a tour of this green facility. 495 McKinney Pkwy.

At TUPPS Brewery, 721 Anderson
- Friday: Live Music with Duane Bates (7 p.m.)
- Saturday: Goat Yoga (10 a.m.);  Josh Osgood 1-4 p.m. and Nikolas Scott 7-10 p.m. (no cover charge)

Hollywood Feed Hosts Cat Adoption with North Texas Cat Rescue:The Hollywood Feed Store in McKinney just north of Eldorado Parkway will host cat adoptions with North Texas Cat Rescue on the first Saturday of each month from noon to 3 p.m. 2851 Craig Drive North. 
Hop On or Call
469-733-DASH (3274) 
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