Celebrate Independence Day Around Plano

fireworks photo Sharosh Rajasekher
photo Sharosh Rajasekher

Though celebrations of the Fourth of July will look very different in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you can still get into the red, white, and blue spirit. Celebrate the birth of the United States of America, social distancing style this year.

July 3

Kaboom Town Virtual Fireworks Show
Usually in Addison, the Kaboom Town Fireworks Show has gone virtual. The Town of Addison will be launching fireworks from a secure, remote location that will be closed to the public. There will be no fireworks launched in Addison, and no in-person viewing. You can watch the fireworks show on Addison’s YouTube channel on July 3 at 9:30 p.m. and CW33 on July 4 (check local channels for times).

Southlake Fireworks 2020
Fireworks will be shot at 9:30 p.m. on July 3 from Bicentennial Park in Southlake. The park will be closed to the public, and fireworks should be visible for miles around. This year’s festivities will also include a special commemorative video released on social media the same day.

July 4

Plano’s All-American Fourth Fireworks Display
Plano will be displaying fireworks on July 4 as usual, but without any vendors or activities at the event. People are encouraged to view fireworks from their own homes, vehicles or neighborhoods, or on the Facebook event page where they will broadcast live. The fireworks will start at 9:30 p.m. from Lavon Farms near the Plano Event Center. Simulcast will be available on 97.5 KLAK.

Plano Symphony Orchestra’s Fourth of July Celebration Broadcast
Celebrate the Fourth of July with a free broadcast of a previously recorded Patriotic Pops concert by the Plano Symphony Orchestra. The event will be honoring armed forces, frontline healthcare workers and first responders. The concert will be broadcast at 3 p.m. July 4 at the Plano Symphony website.

Patriotic Drive-Thru Parade in McKinney
The City of McKinney is hosting a twist on its annual patriotic parade: Decorated floats will sit at spots throughout Historic Downtown McKinney, and visitors will drive around looking at floats from the safety of their cars. Visitors can tune into 88.7 FM for live music and announcements from Mayor George Fuller and Maylee Thomas Fuller. The “parade” starts at 9 a.m. July 4.

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra America Strong Concert
The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra is hosting an America Strong concert on July 4 at the Dickies Arena in Fort Worth. The performance will include guest artists from the Fort Worth Opera, the Cliburn, Texas Ballet Theater and Broadway star Major Attaway. The concert will be broadcast by WFAA on July 4. Check your local listing for broadcast time.

Red, White and Boom! Fireworks Show in McKinney
The City of McKinney will launch its July 4 fireworks at 9:30 p.m from the McKinney Soccer Complex at Craig Ranch, where spectators will be able to view safely for miles around from their cars or front yards. No parking or pedestrian traffic will be allowed at Craig Ranch.

Frisco Freedom Fest Fireworks
At 9:30 p.m. on the fourth of July, fireworks will light the sky at FC Dallas in Frisco. Four FC Dallas parking lots will be available to the public for viewing of the show. All viewers are encouraged to stay in their vehicles, and if they do venture outside of their vehicles, they should social distance by at least six feet from people not in their group. You can also view the fireworks in the livestream on the city’s website or Facebook live. Residents or visitors can also get a birds-eye view of the show by staying one of sixteen Frisco hotels offering a “Frisco Freedom Fest” discount.

Grapevine’s 38th Annual Fireworks Extravaganza
On July 4, celebrate the red, white and blue at Grapevine’s 38th Annual July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza. This is Grapevine’s biggest fireworks display to date. This free 24-minute fireworks spectacular over Lake Grapevine begins at 9:30 p.m. and is set to patriotic music. Face masks are required if attending. Find viewing areas below.

See more July 4th events, including food and drink specials here.

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