Fourth of July

88th Independence Day Annual Celebration

Each year, over 25,000 people unite to celebrate our nation's birthday in one of the largest community events held in the City of McAllen.

Families from every corner of the Rio Grande Valley travel to witness a unique Fourth of July firework extravaganza in South Texas, dubbed the Concert in the Sky. The annual Independence Day Parade features an evening filled with entertainment and festivities including music, food, games, and arts and crafts.

What to Expect

Activities typically commence at 8:00 AM with the Patriotic Program and a performance by the McAllen Town Band every year and conclude around 9:00 PM with a fireworks show. The Main Street Parade at 9:00 AM follows the Downtown trail from Houston Avenue to Cedar Street north from City Hall along Main Street to Archer Park. After the morning Patriotic Program, which honors members of the United States armed forces, viewers can enjoy this parade, which showcases floats made by members of the community and local marching bands.

Community members can take part in the Freedom Festival starting at 9:00 AM at Archer Park. Family-friendly entertainment like local music performances, games and food are provided. People of all ages can participate in thrilling challenges like the Hot Dog Eating contest and more.

Afternoon festivities take place at the McAllen Municipal Park where children can take a dip in the Municipal Pool to cool off during the Aquatic Splash Bash. This awesome pool party features plenty of more activities for children. The Fourth of July festivities also feature a Kiddie Carnival open to the public for more fun and games. As the sun sets, community members gather around to witness the magical Concert in the Sky Fireworks Extravaganza, which highlights our Independence Day celebration.




8:00 AM

Patriotic Program – McAllen Town Band

Archer Park Main Stage

9:00 AM

Main Street Parade

Downtown McAllen

9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Freedom Festival

Archer Park

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Little Miss Fourth of July Pageant

Palm View Community Center

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Aquatic Splash Bash

Municipal Public Pool

9:00 PM

Concert in the Sky Fireworks Extravaganza

Municipal Park

The City of McAllen Parks and Recreation Department is accepting entries for this year’s festivities. We invite businesses, civic and youth groups, and nonprofit organizations to participate in the parade and other festivities. All entries should feature a patriotic theme. For more information, please contact 960.681.3360.

Fourth of July Photo Gallery

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