If you need a place to celebrate the 4th of July and your budget is tight, here's some good news!

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The city of Temple, Texas is hosting the 24th Annual H-E-B All American Family Fun Fest & Fireworks Show at the Crossroads Recreational Complex Monday, July 4th, and it is a free event open to the public.

Arts, Crafts, Fireworks, and Live Music

This event will have a little of everything, including live music by the Brodie Lane Band, as well as arts and crafts from local vendors. There will also be plenty to eat, with a wide variety of food vendors present.

The city of Temple is still accepting applications for food and arts & crafts vendors. If you're interested in becoming a vendor for this event, you can get more information about requirements at templetx.gov/regulations.

Get a food vendor application here. Arts & crafts vendor applications can be found here.

Free Concerts in Temple, Texas

Summer means good times and free concerts in Central Texas! The Baylor Scott & White Health Plan Hot Summer Sounds Free Concert Series is Friday evenings through the end of July from 7:30 - 9:30 p.m in Temple.

You can enjoy some great live music featuring a different genre each week, and the best part? Did I mention it was free? Grab your lawn chairs, pack a picnic basket, and enjoy a relaxing evening in the park with friends, family, and your neighbors at various parks throughout Temple, Texas. If you're not in the mood to pack a picnic, food vendors will be available. No glass containers are allowed. You can check the concert line-up here.

Chill Out This Summer at the 6 Best Swimming Holes in Texas

Feeling hot, hot, hot? Here are six of the best swimming holes in Texas to get your chill on and lower that core temperature.

Trips to Discover and The Crazy Tourist both list the following six places as the best places to cool off this summer in the great state of Texas. You'll want to keep this list handy as the mercury rises and the sweat starts to pour!

Blue Bell Ice Cream On The List of Top 15 Brands Nationwide

Blue Bell is the official ice cream of Texas, and my personal favorite. According to a new list of the 15 best brands of ice cream nationwide, Blue Bell was ranked in the middle.

In addition to ingredients, texture, and variety, Tasting Table used Influenster and other site reviews as part of its ranking process.

Scroll on to find out how Blue Bell compared to the number one ice cream, and how all 15 on the list were judged.

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