COLLIN COUNTY (April 15, 2016) — Congressmen Sam Johnson and Pete Sessions are two of the list of dignitaries attending some of the main events celebrating the 250th birthday, or Sestercentennial, of Collin McKinney, a Texas legend, happening this weekend on Saturday, April 16.

All media are invited to the Collin County History Museum, at the corner of Virginia and Chestnut in McKinney, for the grand opening ceremony of a special Collin McKinney Sestercentennial exhibit on Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Congressman Johnson, Congressman Sessions, a delegation of state representatives, Collin County Judge Keith Self and a number of local officials are attending an hour of entertainment, speeches and birthday cake! Saturday is also a noteworthy day for Congressman Johnson, as it is the 50th anniversary of when he was shot down during the Vietnam war.

Other events taking place around the McKinney Square on Saturday include a BBQ cook-off at Chestnut Square (315 S. Chestnut St, McKinney) beginning at 2 pm, and an Eventzee GPS scavenger hunt and a Collin McKinney 250th Birthday Cakewalk and competition around the Square all day.

For more information about Collin McKinney’s 250th birthday and the activities happening around the county this year, go to, the official Sestercentennial web site. On the web site you may also view a five-minute video about Collin McKinney produced by the multi-Emmy Award-winning Video Biography Company, and find information about a new novella written for the Sestercentennial.

The Collin McKinney Historical Alliance is a 501(c)(3) organization formed to promote historical preservation, education and heritage tourism in Collin County. The Alliance, along with its partners, sponsors and partner cities, are hosting the county-wide celebrations for the Collin McKinney Sestercentennial.