The City of Belton has an impressive tradition and history of celebrating Independence Day. This year is the 100th year the parade will march down Main Street. The PRCA rodeo will kick off on the 4th and run through Saturday. There are concerts, parties, and firework shows to take in though-out the week.
But this year, the Belton Chamber of Commerce decided to kick it up a notch with what will hopefully become a new tradition in the future – A Belton Street Party.
Vendors, food trucks, and music took over the steps of the Courthouse on Saturday to kick off the city’s week long celebration. By all accounts, the day was a rousing success.
Things were kicked off by Belton’s own Jay White and the Blues Commanders on the Vista Real Estate Stage. Jay brought his guitar chops on stage, highlighting things with his hit song, Belton Is My Hometown, along with hits from his album Jaywalking.
Soon after, Dallas tejano group, Grupo Pression, took over the stage with their high energy brand of tejano. The dancing started on (and off) stage.
As the sun started to set, Belton favorite, Michael Carubelli and his band kept the energy high, to the delight of the building crowd.
Finally, Waco’s Holly Tucker headlined the festival to an appreciative crowd. Holly, who made it far on TV show, The Voice six years ago, has since put in the work and has become a mainstay on the Texas Music Charts while keeping close to her roots. Holly and her parents performed Merle Haggard’s Silver Wings. The rest of her show was a mix of old favorites and many new songs that will be out on her new album in August. She closed the show with the iconic How Great Thou Art.
Belton continues their celebration on the morning of the Fourth of July with the annual parade. It’ kicks off at 10 am with events in Yettie Polk Park, Scores Sports Bar, and Schoepfs Bar-B-Que right after the parade ends. That night at Schoepfs Bar-B-Que, one of Belton’s all-time favorite bands, Sprung, will perform at 7pm, with a huge firework show just after. The Belton Rodeo begins as well that night and continues on Friday and Saturday night. Schoepfs also will host Texas Music artist, Flatland Calvary with Kaitlin Butts opening.
Come on out to any or all events and help CenTexFun and the City of Belton continue to celebrate Independence Day in style!