- McAllen’s 93rd Annual Independence Day Celebration begins with a 4K Run starting at 7 a.m. The registration fee is $20 and the first 300 runners will receive a runner’s shirt and a finisher medal. To learn more or to register for the race, visit www.mcallenparks.net or call the City of McAllen Parks Department at 956-681-3333. A patriotic program begins at 8 a.m. at Archer Park, 101 M. Main St., followed by the Main Street Parade running along Main Street from Houston Avenue to Beech Avenue. The Freedom Festival at Archer Park runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. music, food and games. The day winds up at Municipal Park, 1921 N. Bicentennial Blvd., from 6 to 10 p.m., with food, live music, entertainment and the 9 p.m. Concert in the Sky fireworks; listen to the fireworks set to patriotic music by tuning in to 710-AM KURV.
- The Edinburg Chamber of Commerce presents the 15th Annual Texas Cook’ Em: High Steaks in Edinburg. The event is set to be held on July 4 from 12 to 4 p.m. at the Ebony Hills Golf Course at 300 W. Palm Dr. Texas Cook’Em also includes a car show, vendors, live music, a children’s fun area and the barbecue cuisine. Gates will open at 9 a.m. A performance by Def Leggend, the world’s greatest tribute to def leppard will kick-off the free concert. At sunset there will be a firework display followed by the performance of American Country Award winner Easton Corbin. VIP tables with premier viewing will be available for purchase by contacting the Edinburg Chamber. Attendees in the general admissions area are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets. For tickets, additional information or sponsorship opportunities, visit www.edinburg.com or call 956-383-4974.
- The Museum of South Texas History Summer Nights at the Museum continues with A Family Adventure from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The last of a three-night series featuring living history games and puppet shows that highlight South Texas history families participate in a scavenger hunt and, when completed, can be turned in for a chance to win the nightly prize drawing. Those who attend all three nights, and complete the scavenger hunts, will be entered into the Grand Prize drawing on the final night. Social distancing will be observed, and masks are required. Tickets are limited and can be purchased at mosthistory.org/events or text“Tickets” to 956-300-4999. MOSTHistory is located at 200 N. Closner Blvd., Edinburg. Call 956-383-6911 for information.
- The City of Edinburg’s 2021 FridaFest is back and takes place from 6 to 10 p.m. For more information about the event or to be a vendor, go to www.edinburgarts.com/vendors.
- The Pharr Community Theater presents the musical play “Bird Brains” at multiple locations. Performance dates, all in Pharr, are as follows: July 9-10, 8 p.m., indoors at the Pepe Salinas Auditorium, 1011 W. Kelly Ave., Pharr; and July 17, 3 and 7 p.m., indoors at the Development & Research Center, 850 W. Dicker Rd. All shows are free admission. No advance tickets needed. Donations for PCT will be accepted. COVID safety is encouraged. For more information or to book a tour of this show, visit the Pharr Community Theater’s Facebook page or text 956-655-9308.
- Bridge Church, 2820 N. Conway Ave. in Mission, will host Vacation Bible School with activities for groups from ages 5 to 12 and 13 to 18. The themed event, Legendary: Journey to the Hall of Fame, will include games, stories and crafts from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. A free breakfast, lunch and snack will be served throughout the day. For information or to register, call 956-227-7406.