America will be 240 years old this 4th of July and it calls for a celebration! Residents all over the Rio Grande Valley will be celebrating America’s birthday with barbeques, parties, fireworks and plenty of community events. July is probably one of the best months in the United States and in the RGV. Our days are sunny side up and filled with endless possibilities, and it’s officially fireworks season. Celebrations to commemorate our country’s independence are around every corner. Don’t have plans yet or want to plan ahead? There are plenty of events going on across the RGV for patriots of every age!

Parades, eating contests, concerts, cook-offs are just a few of the many things to do this Fourth of July weekend! It’s not Fourth of July without fireworks; there will be fireworks to illuminate the night sky in almost every city.


The city of McAllen is committed to making America’s birthday an all day event. Start your Fourth of July off by honoring members of the United States Armed Forces at a Patriotic Program and enjoy a performance by the McAllen Town Band at the Main stage at Archer Park at 8 am.  The Freedom Festival will follow the performance at Archer Park and will feature local music performances, games and food will also be provided. There will be family fun activities and challenges challenges like the Hot Dog Eating contest and more. Downtown McAllen will have their annual Main Street Parade beginning at 9 am. The parade trails from Houston Avenue to Cedar Street north from City Hall along Main Street to Archer Park.

If you want to sleep a little later on a Monday morning, there are afternoon events that are definitely worth checking out. The McAllen Municipal Park will be hosting an Aquatic Splash Bash. Beat the Fourth of July heat and join the pool party of the summer! There will be plenty of activities for children and a Kiddie Carnival for the whole family to enjoy. The event will be held from 1 pm to 4 pm.

City of McAllen ends the day with their infamous “Concert in the Sky”. Valley residents look forward to this enchanting firework display all summer. The event will commence at 9 pm at the McAllen Municipal Park. Don’t miss out on this incredible firework show; it only happens once a year!

For further inquiries about the Concert in the Sky or any other Fourth of July events in for the City of McAllen please call (960)681-3360.


Edinburg Chamber of Commerce celebrates Texas Cook’Em: High Steaks during July 4th weekend at the Edinburg Municipal Park. Participants will take on the challenge and defend their place by the grill. Who can cook the finest chicken, ribs, brisket and rib-eye in the valley? We’re soon to find out! And if the bragging right doesn’t do it for you, there is prize money! 

Texas Cook’Em is the Valley’s biggest BBQ purse awarding $20,000 to the winners. Fireworks, live music, family activities, barbecue and more! It’s time to celebrate our nation’s birthday Texas style!

714 S. Raul Longoria

Edinburg, TX 78542

For further inquiries regarding the event please call (956) 383-4974


Life in Color

Dance it out this independence and join “The World’s Largest Paint Party” at State Farm Arena Sunday, Jul 3, 2016.  The lineup includes Steve Aoki, Yellow Claw, David Solano, and Ghastly. The event will begin at 6 p.m.

2600 North 10th Street Highway 336

Hidalgo, TX 78557

For further inquiries regarding the event please call (956) 843-6688


Celebrate this 4th of July at the 16th Annual Fourth of July parade along the Charro Days Route! This event is welcomes all businesses and organizations to participate. The parade begins at 10:15 AM.

Charro Days Route
455 E Elizabeth St
Brownsville, TX 78520
If any businesses and organizations are interested in participating contact Maribel Sosa at (956) 982- 6645

Come out and bring the family to Brownsville Sports Park’s Annual Salute to Freedom event. There will be live music, food & drinks and a Glow Dash 5K. Of course it wouldn’t be Fourth of July without fireworks! The firework display lights up the night sky over the Sports Park.

For more information call (956)574-6650.  (I called and the time and date for this event will not be confirmed til next week.)

Brownsville Sports Park

1000 Sports Park Boulevard

Brownsville, TX   78526


Harlon Block Sports Complex is celebrating 4th of July in Weslaco with fireworks, live music, food and drinks. The celebration will be held Monday, Jul 4, 2016 at 3:00pm at 1020 West 18th Street Weslaco, TX 78596.

For further inquiries about the event please call (956) 447-3407


4th Annual Freedom Fest 2016 will be held on Saturday, July 2, 2016 from 5 pm to 11 pm. There will be great live music, fireworks, food vendors, kids’ activities and much more for the entire family to enjoy. Free Admission! Event will be held at Lon C. Hill/Fair Park.

Lon C. Hill/Fair Park
1204 Fair Park Blvd
Harlingen, TX 78550

For further inquiries please contact Esmeralda Martinez at (956) 873-0391.

South Padre Island

Spend your Fourth of July jamming out with Kevin Fowler live in concert and special guest Whiskey D on July 1, 2016 at Clayton’s Beach Bar & Grill. Kids under 15 get in free with an adult that has already paid for their ticket. Concert will begin at 9pm and end at 1am.

Clayton’s Beach Bar & Grill

6900 Padre Blvd,

South Padre Island, TX 78597

For questions about tickets please call (956) 761-5900

South Padre Island’s annual Fourth of July Fireworks on the beach will held at 8 pm- 10pm. Kick back with your feet in the sand and the sound of ocean waves hitting the shore while a spectacular firework display lights up  your Fourth of July.

Laguna Madre Bay

South Padre Island, TX 78597

*Special Fireworks Display on the Beach at Clayton’s Beach Bar
*Special Fireworks Display on the Bay at Louie’s Backyard

For more information regarding events near you, check in with your city and see how they’re celebrating Fourth of July.  Have fun and remember to be safe this holiday. Happy Birthday America!