Have a Happy & Safe Fourth of July Weekend!

There are tons of things going on this weekend.  I’m still not sure which of the events I am going to make it to.

If you haven’t checked it out yet, take a look at the City’s Bloomin’ and Booming event web site. It lists pretty much everything going on for this long weekend in the area. (I saw a tweet today that the movie night at the Adriatica Bell Tower on the 1st got cancelled.  See @VisitMcKinney.)

I’m really excited about the events going on out at Storybook Ranch from the 1st through the 3rd.  There was a great article with lots of details in the Courier Gazette on Tuesday. Besides tons of family fun at the Old West style village called Dry Bones, Director Tom Sykes of Otter Creek Motion Pictures will be shooting a film there about the outlaw John Wesley Hardin with none other than Randy Travis as the Sheriff.  The article article also mentions Blake Shelton but I’m not sure if he’s going to be there or not.  Regardless, looks like we have another one for the filmography!

I’m hearing something about sidewalk sales downtown all weekend.  Sorry, I have no details on that one but I know that at least Smitten is planning sales and Happiness is Quilting has a Quilts for Soldiers event going on Friday and Saturday.

Also, check the city’s site for the “Red, White and Boom!” celebrations.  There will be a parade on Monday at 10 am downtown. Local Yocal will be open from 9 am to 1 pm on the 4th and will be cooking up organic burgers for the parade. They’ll also have special deals on burgers to take home and cook.  There will be a classic car, truck and cycle show on the square from 1 to 4.   Former American Idol stars Michael Sarver, David Hernandez, Alexis Grace, and Lakisha Jones will present a “Master Class” at 1:00 at the McKinney Performing Arts Center to discuss secrets for auditioning for performance based shows like American Idol and Glee and they will be performing live later that night at the city’s Fourth of July fireworks event at the McKinney Soccer Complex at Craig Ranch.  You’ll need tickets for the Master Class but the performance, as well as the fireworks display, that night is free. The event at the Soccer Complex kicks off at 7 PM, music starts at 8:00 and goes until 9:45, when the fireworks are scheduled to begin.

That is by no means all (there’s too much to list) but it’s a good start. If you haven’t downloaded the City’s new app yet (they’ve got it for both iPhone and Android), now would be a good time.  Be sure to check out the coupons for downtown merchants.

If you’re thinking about venturing up to Lake Texoma this weekend, Highport Marina is having their fireworks show Sunday and will be taking people out on the water for viewing off an 80′ luxury houseboat. Walnut Creek Marina is having their fireworks display on Saturday after dark.  For a family-owned marina, Walnut Creek’s display is nothing to scoff at.  I think a lot of the marinas offer licensed firework displays but these are the ones that I know about.

With everything going on, it is possible to catch a big fireworks display Saturday, Sunday and Monday nights!

Window Painting at Orison's Art and Framing

Window Painting at Orison's Art and Framing

Anne finished her painting on the front of Orison’s Art & Framing.  It’s my favorite yet.

Until next time,

Have a Happy and Safe Weekend!

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