Belton parade

Bunting festoons a float in an unmarked Belton Fourth of July parade as it rolls north on Main Street in front of the former Carnegie Public Library, now part of the Bell County Museum. Thursday’s celebration marks a century of Belton’s patriotic pomp and pageantry.

This year’s Belton July Fourth parade and related festivities are a hundred years in the making. The celebration this Thursday marks a century of Belton’s patriotic pomp and pageantry.

In 2008, USA Today named Belton’s Independence Day parade as one of the nation’s “Top Ten Places to Fly Your Flag on the Fourth.” No wonder. For a brief moment, we’re all slack-jawed at those hearty souls who brave the sweltering sun and the sore feet — all under the rap-tappy-boom of drums.

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