The weekend will kick off with a bang as people across Central Texas celebrate Independence Day with parades, food, festivities and fireworks. Other events this weekend will include live music, downtown Temple’s First Friday and Family Day at the Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum.
Fourth festivities in Belton
The 100th annual Fourth of July Parade will begin at 10 a.m. today in downtown Belton. At 9 a.m., the Belton Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Patriotic Program at the Bell County Courthouse, 101 E. Central Ave. Lt. Gen. Pat White, the III Corps and Fort Hood commander, will be the featured speaker at the event. Following the parade, the Chamber will host its annual Festival on Nolan Creek from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., featuring shopping, kid’s activities and food vendors. The festival will take place at Yettie Polk Park, 101 S. Davis St.
The annual PRCA Rodeo will take place tonight through Saturday at the Bell County Expo Center, 301 W. Loop 121. The rodeo will begin at 7 p.m. each night in the Garth Arena.
A carnival will be set up at Confederate Park, 700 Confederate Park Drive, through Sunday. The carnival will be open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. today, and from 6-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Temple Historic District parade
The Historic Preservation League of Temple will present its annual parade 9 a.m. today in the Historic District, north of downtown Temple. The neighborhood event will begin at the corner of North Ninth Street and West French Avenue and proceed north toward Nugent Avenue, where refreshments will be served.
All-American Family Fun Fest
The H-E-B All American Family Fun Fest will begin 4 p.m. today at Miller Park, 1919 N. First St. in Temple.
An opening ceremony will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by a performance from Austin band Uptown Drive at 7 p.m. Fireworks will begin at 9:30 p.m.
The park’s splash pad will be open, and the event will also include food and craft vendors and kid’s activities. Admission to the park will be free.
Live music at Schoepf’s
The Belton Area Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration and free show from Sprung tonight at Schoepf’s Bar-B-Que, 702 E. Central Ave. Gates will open at 6 p.m., with a VIP Sponsor meal being served until 7 p.m. Sprung will perform from 7-9:30 p.m. immediately followed by a fireworks show.
Flatland Cavalry will perform with special guest Kaitlin Butts Friday at Schoepf’s. Gates will open at 6 p.m. Tickets for this show are available in advance at www.outhousetickets.com. Tickets will also be sold at the gate.
Other Fourth of July Celebrations
Fort Hood will present a free Independence Day Celebration this evening at Hood Stadium. Doors will open at 4 p.m. A 30-minute firework show will begin at 9:30 p.m. The celebration will also include activities for children, a Salute to the Nation Ceremony and a concert from pop artist Andy Grammer.
Milam County’s Fourth of July Celebration will take place from 6-10 p.m. today. This year’s celebration will be at Fair Park, 200 Walnut St. in Rockdale. Fun and games will begin at 6 p.m. and fireworks will begin at 9 p.m.
Salado will celebrate Independence Day with a fireworks show Saturday at Mill Creek Country Club.
Downtown Temple’s monthly First Friday event will take place from 5:30-8 p.m. An 80’s Night event will be held at the Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum, 315 W. Ave. B.
The event will include cocktails, food, photos and live music from John Mixell.
Penelope Street Patriot Fest
The Penelope Street Patriot Fest, hosted by the Belton Area Chamber of Commerce and Bold Republic Brewing Company, will take place from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. This street party-style event will raise funds for the National Desert Storm War Memorial in Washington D.C.
Penelope Street will be closed off between Central Avenue and Second Avenue to accommodate this event.
Admission is by ticket only, and tickets can be purchased at the event. The ticket price includes entrance to the street party, live entertainment, a commemorative cup, one hotdog and one drink. Additional food and drink will be available for sale.
The Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum will host Rock and Roll Blues Family Day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
The museum has teamed up with the Central Texas Makers, Temple Public Library, Temple Children’s Museum and the Kidzrock program to create activities for kids of all ages. Visitors will learn about musical instruments, sound engineering and even make their own musical instruments.
For more information, call 254-298-5172 or visit TempleRRHM.org.
Hot Summer Sounds
The 21st annual Scott and White Health Plan Hot Summer Sounds free concert series will continue 7:30 p.m. Friday with Melinda Adams Band at Lions Park in Temple.
Everyone is invited to bring lawn chairs, blankets and picnic baskets for an evening of free music. For more information, call 254-298-5440.
Summer lecture series
Barrow Brewing Company, 108 Royal St. in Salado, will continue its summer lecture series 4 p.m. Sunday.
Dan Keesee, state wetlands specialist, will speak on the topic of urban conservation.
Beltonian concert series
The Beltonian Theatre, 219 E. Central Ave. in Belton, will present the 2019 Concert Series, with a new artist or two performing every week August-November. The first concert, featuring Diamond Dixie, will begin 4 p.m. Sunday.
Weekly performances will resume Saturday, Aug. 10. Tickets are available online at thebeltonian theatre.com.
Other events on the Weekend Calendar
The Backroads band will perform at a country and western dance 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Belton Senior Activity Center, 842 S. Mitchell St. in Belton.
The Good Ole Boys band will perform country and western music 6 p.m. Friday at Fry’s Restaurant, 802 S. Main St. in Belton
DJ Ben-Jamin will perform 9 p.m. Friday at the Longhorn Saloon, 2503 S. General Bruce Drive in Temple.
Weldon Henson will perform 9 p.m. Friday at Bo’s Barn Dancehall, 4984 W. FM 93 in Temple.
David Marez and Kumbia Vi with DJ Oz will perform 9 p.m. Saturday at Mango’s Night Club, 702 W. Elms Road in Killeen.
DJ Tejano Outlaw will perform 9 p.m. Saturday at the Longhorn Saloon, 2503 S. General Bruce Drive in Temple.
The Chalkboard Poets will perform 7 p.m. Saturday at Barrow Brewing Co., 108 Royal St. in Salado.
People’s Choice will perform 9 p.m. Saturday at Bo’s Barn Dancehall, 4984 W. FM 93 in Temple.
A free screening of the film “I Served the King of England” will be held at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Beltonian Theatre, 219 E. Central Ave. in Belton. The screening is part of the Czech Film Night program and is presented by the Beltonian Theatre and the Czech Heritage Museum in Temple.