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Crank up the Fourth with Food, Music & Fireworks
Be part of a bigger, better All American 4th Festival & Fireworks . We’re upping our game with more food options, live music and a kid zone. Gates open at 4 p.m. with fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Tune your radio to KLAK 97.5 for music matching the beat of the fireworks display. Performers include Kaitlyn Sparks, Joe Savage and Hannah Kirby. Join us for this free event at the Amphitheater at Oak Point Park, 2801 E. Spring Creek Pwy. Park at Collin College or Plano Event Center. Bring your lawn chairs and picnic blanket for a beautiful night under the Plano sky. Coolers are allowed but alcohol is not.

Make the most of your Independence Day celebration with more great city-funded events and programs:
  • Plano Community Band’s Patriotic Pops concert - Wednesday, July 3, 7 p.m., Haggard Park, 901 E. 15th St. in Historic Downtown Plano (free). Bring your lawn chair (or a picnic blanket).
  • Plano Lions Independence Day Parade - Thursday, July 4, 9-11 a.m., along Independence Parkway between 15th Street and Parkhaven Drive (free). You’ll need sunscreen, sunglasses and water. Arrive early to get a good spot. Street closes at 8 a.m.
  • Plano Symphony Orchestra - Thursday, July 4, 3 p.m., the Eisemann Center in Richardson ($13-85 per ticket). Maestro Hector Guzman leads the Symphony and the Patriotic Pops Chorus in “Salute to the Armed Services.” Enjoy the air conditioning.
  • Courtyard Texas Music Series featuring William Michael Morgan - Saturday, July 6, 7:30 p.m. at the Courtyard Theater, 1509 H Ave. Buy tickets online ($29 ea.).
Roll Up Your Sleeve to Be a Hero
Unleash your super human powers through blood donations. Plano Fire-Rescue and Plano Police unite with the six Rotary Clubs of Plano for the Battle of the Badges Community Blood Drive . Help us defeat the bad guys (life-threatening cancers, burns and accidents).

Join forces with us by rolling up your sleeve June 29 through July 7 at one of 23 locations around Plano. After donating, eat a snack, get a t-shirt and vote for your favorite heroes: Plano Fire-Rescue or Plano Police. As we are out and about for summertime fun, the need for blood is higher. Please help with your donation.
Spiff Up Your Neighborhood with a Beautification Grant
Got a project in mind to make your neighborhood more attractive? Your homeowners association, neighborhood association or crime watch group can apply for matching grant funds through our Neighborhood Vitality and Beautification Grant program .

The grants are offered through a competitive proposal process and range in value from $500 to $10,000, depending on the scale of the project. Program changes now require a pre-application due on Monday, July 1. The full Fall grant application is due by 5 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 1.

To participate, neighborhood groups must be registered with the City's BEST Neighborhoods division . Selected neighborhoods (and residents living in the neighborhood) receive a discount on Texas Pure Products . This program is just one way the City is helping our neighborhoods stay vibrant.
Happenings

The LEED for Cities and Communities program of the U.S. Green Building Council announced Plano is re-certified as a 4-STAR Community and a LEED Certified city for national leadership in sustainability. The STAR Community Rating System evaluates the livability and sustainability of U.S. communities.


Saturday, June 22
6-10 p.m.

The Amphitheater
at Oak Point Park
Spring Creek Parkway and Jupiter Road intersection


Saturday, June 29
10-11:30 a.m.

McCall Plaza
998 E. 15th St.

Help your pup relax in public spaces and do a little scent work. Camp Bow Wow trainers teach you to watch your pup for signs of dehydration and heat stroke. All dogs must be on leash, and current on rabies vaccinations and city pet registration.


Take a dip in the Texas Pool for a splash of Plano history this summer. Now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, The Pool is shaped like the state. It’s been recently renovated with a $62,250 City of Plano Heritage Preservation Grant. Watch the video .
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