The Central Texas area will offer a plethora of events for the Fourth of July weekend.

The main event on tap for July Fourth is Fort Hood’s Independence Day Celebration. Events are slated to kick off at 5 p.m. in Hood Stadium with live music from Pat Waters and the Chainlink Band and Max Stalling beginning at 6 p.m.

The live entertainment will be followed by two 1st Cavalry Division bands performing. “Warrior’s Call” is slated to cover rock ’n’roll hits and the “Crossfire Brass Band” is set to perform covers of popular music from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

At 9:30 p.m., attendees will be treated to a 30-minute fireworks show to wrap up the celebration.

Throughout the event, food trucks along with family readiness group food and beverage booths will be selling food and drinks.

The event is free and open to the public. The general public is required to enter and exit the installation via the Clear Creek gate.

Harker Heights is bringing back an old tradition on July Fourth with the “Ringing of the Bells.”

Heights officials invite community members to gather around the flagpole at City Hall, 305 Miller’s Crossing, with a bell ready to ring 13 times at 1 p.m.

The tradition began in 1963, when President John F. Kennedy proclaimed the ringing of the bells nationwide on Independence Day.

Belton will celebrate the holiday with its long-running annual parade. The parade, which was first held in 1850, is slated for 10 a.m. to noon in downtown Belton.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars and Ladies Auxiliary, Post 8577, 1506 Veterans Ave., in Copperas Cove will celebrate Independence Day from 10:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. with food, music, karaoke, children’s activities, a barbecue cook-off and raffles.

FIREWORKS

If you’re planning on celebrating Independence Day with a fireworks show of your own, there are several laws and safety tips to remember.

Fireworks are illegal inside the city limits of Killeen, Harker Heights and Copperas Cove. If residents are caught setting off fireworks in the cities, police will confiscate them and the residents could be fined.

Contact Natalie Stewart at nstewart@kdhnews.com or 254-501-7555

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