Looking for a rundown of everything going on in connection to one of the nation’s top July 4th celebrations? Well, here you go. Everything you need to know about Belton’s 4th of July celebration.
Saturday, June 29
Downtown Street Party-
The Belton Area Chamber of Commerce is kicking off the weeklong 4th of July Celebration with a new event, the Downtown Street Party. It will feature live music, food trucks, craft beer and wine, games and fun for all. This non-ticketed event is open to the public at no charge with a goal of bringing people together to celebrate in the Downtown Belton area.
Live musical entertainment will be performing on two stages throughout the evening, with the main stage located on Central Avenue in front of the Historic Bell County Courthouse. The Pavilion located at The Gin will be used as the second stage.
Featured performers on the Vista Stage on Central include award winning country music star Holly Tucker, presented by Extraco Banks; Michael Carubelli presented by Gunter Financial Services; Jay White and the Blues Commanders presented by Moore Air; and a Tejano style band, Grupo Pression from Dallas. Other performers on the Pavilion Stage at the Gin include the 1st Cavalry Rock Band from Fort Hood, Johnny Bohlin and the Fair Weather Winds, and the Lucas Wooley Band.
Thursday, July 4
In recognition of this year marking 100 years of the annual parade, the theme is “100 Years in Belton.” The annual parade is a treasured family event with generations of Beltonians lining the streets to celebrate the birth of our country. In recent years, USA Today has referred to Belton as one of the top 10 places in the country to celebrate the 4th of July.
Pete Fredenburg will serve as the Grand Marshall of the 4th of July Parade this year. Fredenburg is the Head Coach for the two-time National Champion UMHB Crusader Football team.
The annual Festival on Nolan Creek follows the 4th of July Parade. Thousands of people fill Yettie Polk Park following the parade, enjoying the sights and sounds and treats of the Festival. Each year the park is filled with food trucks, vendors, static displays, games, and more for this popular family tradition.
Once again this year Bell County Expo Center will house the rodeo action that’s been a part of the annual Belton July 4th activities for over 90 years.
Free Music & Fireworks-
The evening winds up on America’s birthday at Schoepf’s BBQ with music guest “Sprung” and a fireworks extravaganza that will be sure to make you smile. Music starts at 7pm with fireworks anticipated to begin at 9:30pm.
Friday, July 5 & Saturday, July 6
PRCA rodeo action continues both evenings starting at 7pm. Friday, July 5, is Military Appreciation Night. Military discount given to anyone with Military ID (Active or Retired) with only 4 tickets per ID.
Saturday, July 6 is Family Night at the Rodeo with children ages 12 and under getting in free with a paid adult general admission. To make Family Night at the Rodeo even better, a new version of the annual Stick Horse Grand Entry has been planned.
No special registration is required for the Family Night Stick Horse Stampede, but all children wishing to participate will need to arrive no later than 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 6.