This is it. The Fourth of July. The one day reminiscent of all things American summer: throngs of friends and relatives, pulsing music, the sparkling summer sun, belly-rubbing-good American fare and of course, fireworks. Celebrate America’s birthday the right way with some of Plano’s own celebrations.
Plano Community Band’s Patriotic Pops Concert at Haggard Park
You don’t have to wait until Independence Day to celebrate the stars and stripes. Get into your patriotic mood on July 3 with a free Plano Community Band concert at 7 p.m. Tow your kids, picnic dinners, coolers and dogs (as long as they’re leashed) to Haggard Park, and enjoy patriotic-themed music throughout the evening. Plano Community Band will perform, along with featured artist, Custer Road United Methodist Church choir.
Plano Lions Independence Day Parade
Vibrantly colored floats, marching bands and patriotism galore mark the annual Plano Lions Independence Day Parade open to the public. Themed “Star Spangled Plano”, the parade will stretch from the PISD Administration Building to the Plano Senior High School parking lots. Though the event takes place from 9-11 a.m. on July 4, make sure to get to parade sidelines between 6:30-9 a.m. to reserve a prime spot for candy-catching and float-watching.
Independence Day Celebration at The Texas Pool
Texas summer days aren’t complete without 100-degree weather, and the Fourth of July is forecasted to be no different. Cool off from 12-6 p.m. at Plano’s iconic Texas Pool on July 4. Bring your whole family for a cannonball/diving contest and traditional water games (Marco Polo, anyone?), but don’t worry about the food – the celebration will have both a snack bar and grilled hot dogs from the Texas Pool Grill Masters. If you want to pack your own picnic, you’re still welcome to bring food, non-alcoholic drinks, beach chairs and any other gear you need for a great poolside afternoon. Members, veterans and active military (with ID) get in free, and nonmembers can join in the fun for $7/person or $25/family.
Plano Symphony Orchestra’s Patriotic Pops at Eisemann Center
Enjoy your Fourth of July with class and classical music in an event that’s sold out for the last 12 years: the Plano Symphony Orchestra’s Patriotic Pops concert, 3 p.m. July 4 at the Eisemann Center. Led by Maestro Hector Guzman, the orchestra will perform patriotic picks such as “God Bless America” and “America the Beautiful,” along with fun selections such as the theme to “Forrest Gump.” The concert will also feature a special Patriotic Pops Chorus, comprising of singers from Plano Civil Chorus and other North Texas choral groups. Tickets range from $16 to $42.
All-American Fourth Fireworks at Oak Point Park
Sparkling displays of patriotism bathed in red, white and blue provide the perfect grand finale to your Independence Day. Come out early on July 4 to reserve a firework-watching spot and visit Oak Point Park, where food trucks will sell concessions starting at 5 p.m. and a DJ will start playing pre-fireworks music at 7:30 p.m. You can stay at Oak Point to watch the free firework display beginning at 9:30 p.m., but you can also find prime viewing areas at the Collin College hill or the First United Methodist Church. Tune in to 97.5 FM to listen to the music simulcast for the show.