What are your Plans for July Fourth? Will it be your traditional celebration or are you ready to try something new?  Here is a list of some 4th activities you may want to check out.

Fort Hood

Fort Hood fireworks are always the highlight of a fun filled day on post.  This year because of budget cuts the celebration has been scaled back.  The FREE Freedom 5K fun run/walk begins at 8 am.  Other FREE activities will begin that evening at 6 pm.  Instead of bringing in outside entertainment, two First Cavalry Division bands will perform.  The fireworks display will still begin around 9:30.  The public is invited to this Free Celebration.  Get a visitors pass if you do not have a DOD sticker.

Belton

The world famous Belton Fourth of July Parade starts at 10 am, followed by the Festival on Nolan Creek.  The FREE Festival is held at Yettie Polk Park and Confederate Park with arts and crafts vendors, lots of food and games. The Texas Old Time Fiddler's contest is returning for the ninth year!

The PRCA Rodeo starts at the Bell County Expo Center. July 4th at 7:30 and continues through Saturday July 6th.

Also at the Expo Center, the Western Gift Show that starts July 2 and continues through the 6th.

Temple

Celebrate Independence Day at Miller Park in Temple.  Enjoy plenty of family fun, food, live music, and of course a spectacular fireworks show!

Festivities start at 4 p.m. July 4th with games and activities.

6:30 - Kayla Ray

8:00-  The Debonaires

9:30 - Spectacular Fireworks Show!

Bring your lawn chairs and picnic baskets and spend Fourth of July in Miller Park.

Waco

Once again this year, Waco will feature the FREE annual Fourth on the Brazos.  There will be music from Rock to R & B to POP!

The Corndog Classic Eating Competition starts at 7:50 pm.  The Fireworks show sponsored by HEB begins at 10 p.m.  The fireworks are visible throughout downtown Waco. Some recommended viewing areas include the river bank along MLK Drive, Franklin Avenue Bridge and Washington Avenue in front of the Waco Convention Center.

Austin

The Austin Symphony  and H-E-B  present the annual July 4th  Concert & Fireworks  at Auditorium Shores at The Long Center.  Admission is Free!

On July 4th, more than 100,000 people gather at Auditorium Shores for the largest Independence Day celebration in Austin. The Austin Symphony July 4th Concert and Fireworks features patriotic music and the ever-popular 1812 Overture and spectacular fireworks over Lady Bird Lake.

The Austin Symphony Orchestra will begin performing at 8:30 p.m. and the fireworks will begin at 9:30 p.m., ending at 10:00 p.m. Come early, bring a picnic, claim a grassy spot and enjoy the patriotic music of the Austin Symphony Orchestra. Concessions will be available on site. (Alcohol and glass containers are not permitted in the park.)

Round Rock

Round Rock ‘s July Fourth Frontier Days Celebration will be at  Old Settler’s Park, 3300 E Palm Valley Blvd, from  8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.  Activities include a parade, fireworks, carnival rides, jalapeno pepper eating contest, children’s games, Sam Bass Shootout, Movies in the Park and skydivers.  Austin Symphonic Band will provide the music.  Fireworks time is 9:30.  Admission is Free

Round Rock Express also is planning a Big Celebration July 4. 5 and 6, with Fireworks after the game all three nights.

Cedar Park

The Cedar Park 4th of July Celebration will be in  Milburn Park, 1901 Sun Chase Blvd from 4:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Bring the family for  a dance with live music, bingo, a washer tournament, air castles, and  free watermelon. The Fireworks display be from 9:15 p.m. to 9:40 p.m.

Fees apply for food concessions, face painting, carnival games, hamster balls, video games, laser tag, quad jump,  spinner ride and rock wall.  You may also cool off in Milburn Pool, which is open from 1 pm – 8 pm with daily pool admission rates applying.

Lots of 4th of July activities for you.  Check out the area lakes too.  Don't forget about your own backyard with that air conditioned house nearby!  Happy Fourth!