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July offers plenty of fireworks opportunities

July offers plenty of fireworks opportunities

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Brazos River Roundup for July

Upper Basin

  • July 3-6: GRANBURY – 45th annual Old-Fashioned 4th of July Celebration
    July 3-6 in the Historic Granbury Square, 100 E. Pearl St. in Granbury.
    Presented by the Granbury Chamber of Commerce, the event is free and open to the public and includes a parade, car show, vendors, contests, rodeo, live shows, and acclaimed fireworks.
    For more information, go
    here.
  • July 4: WASHINGTON – Fireworks on the Brazos
    10 a.m. to 10 p.m. July 4 at Washington on the Brazos State Historic Site
    Celebrate the nation’s independence where Texas declared her independence! Live concert, a fireworks extravaganza, and more!
    For more information, go
    here.
  • July 6: GRANBURY – First Saturday Bird Walk
    7 a.m. July 6 at the Acton Nature Center, 6500 Smoky Hill Court in Granbury.
    Dr. Billy Teels normally leads monthly bird walks. Dr. Teels earned a Ph.D. in Wildlife Ecology from Mississippi State University in 1975, and is now retired after serving more than 30 years as a Biologist with the USDA, Natural Resources Conservation Service at various levels and in several states. Bring binoculars.
    For more information, call (817) 326-6005 or go
    here.
  • July 6: ABILENE – Get outside, get fit!
    9 to 11 a.m. July 6 at Abilene State Park, 150 Park Road 32, Tuscola.
    On the first Saturday of each month, join the Big Country Master Naturalists for a five-mile hike around Lake Abilene. Guests must obtain an entrance permit at the park headquarters and ask for the gate code to gain access to the lake. The group will meet at the first parking lot by the lake entrance. Wear comfortable walking shoes, dress for the weather, and bring plenty of water.
    For more information, contact Candyce Johnson at (325) 264-4871 or
    candyce.johnson@tpwd.texas.gov.
  • July 13: WEATHERFORD - Parker County Peach Festival
    8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in downtown Weatherford.
    The Peach Capital of Texas is celebrating its 35th annual Parker County Peach Festival.

    Visit with more than 200 arts, craft, food and activity vendors. Get your fill of homemade peach ice cream, peach cobbler, peach pie, peach juleps, peach tea, peach smoothies or just plain ol' juicy peaches. There will also be two stages with non-stop entertainment for the entire family There is also a children’s area and free parking at Weatherford College or the Ninth Grade Center where guests can ride the air-conditioned, luxury shuttle. Cost to the festival: $5 and children 12 and under are free.
  • July 20: ABILENE – Nocturnal Animals Activities
    8:30 to 9:30 p.m. July 20, at Abilene State Park, 150 Park Road 32, Tuscola.
    Join the Big Country Master Naturalists at Abilene State Park for activities and a hike (pending trail conditions) to learn about nocturnal animals and their adaptations. The group will meet at the CCC building by the pool. Dress for the weather and insects and bring a flashlight. Park admission is $5 for adults, free for children under 12, and free with a Texas State Parks pass. Admission gives you access to the park all day.
    For more information, go
    here or here.

Central Basin

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  • July 4: WACO – Fourth on the Brazos
    Gates open at 5 p.m. and fireworks start at 9:15 p.m.
    This year's riverfront event will take place at Touchdown Alley next to Baylor University’s McLane Stadium, 1001 S. MLK Blvd. in Waco. Admission is free. The fireworks will be shot above the Brazos River between Touchdown Alley and the Ferrell Center and be visible along both sides of the river, the Ferrell Center and from areas around Baylor Campus.
    The Waco Corndog Classic Eating Competition will take place on the main stage. To enter, call 254-750-5627. Boat ramps are located upstream at Brazos Park East. Both motorized and non-motorized boats are welcomed, however, the fireworks fall out zone must be cleared at 8:30 p.m. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, cash and credit cards, sunscreen, and/or coolers. Guests can not bring pets, weapons, grills, fireworks, glass bottles or pop up tents.
    For more information, go
    here.
  • July 4: TEMPLE – H-E-B 4th of July All American Family Fun Fest
    4 to 10:30 p.m. at Miller Park, 1919 N. 1st St. in Temple.
    There will be live music, craft vendors, inflatables, a splash pad, food vendors, and kid activities. The event is free and music will be provided by Uptown Drive.
    For more information, call 254-298-5440 or go
    here.
  • July 13: WACO – Quarterly Brazos River Cleanup
    9 a.m. to noon July 13 at the Brazos River in Waco.
    Keep Waco Beautiful be down at the Brazos River cleaning up the river for TriWaco.
    The organization wants to get the river to as clean as possible for all the swimmers. Keep Waco Beautiful will supply all the cleanup materials: bags, pickers, gloves, iced water to fill participants’ reusable water bottles, and all participants will receive a "Environmental Volunteer" shirt.
    For more information, go
    here.
  • July 27: MOODY – Moth Night at Mother Neff State Park
    8 to 10 p.m. July 27 at Mother Neff State Park, 1921 Park Road 14 in Moody.
    Central Texas Master Naturalists will be on hand to help identify the critters you are finding under the night sky. Guests will learn what critters go bump in the night and learn why they are important. Guests can participate by finding moths and taking notes. By downloading the iNaturalist app - www.iNaturalist.org -  on your smartphone and creating a profile before coming to the event. There will be plenty of Central Texas Master Naturalists on hand to help with it all. The group will show visitors how easy it is to become a Citizen Scientist to help the ‘real’ scientists around the world be at all the places they can’t. The event is free and park entrance fees will be waived for this event.
    For more information, contact Melissa Chadwick at 254-853-2389 or melissa.chadwick@tpwd.texas.gov or go here.

Lower Basin

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  • July 2: KILEEN – July Field Trip: Texas Storm Chasers
    6:30 to 8:30 p.m. July 2 at the Mayborn Science Theater, 6200 W. Central Texas Expy., in Killeen.
    Join us for a Planetarium Special Event in July. Chelsea Burnett, a storm chaser with the Texas Storm Chasers, will speak at the Mayborn Science Theater, on the main campus of Central Texas College.
    Chelsea will talk on severe weather safety and will emphasize three basic areas: lightning, tornadoes and flooding. Her presentation focuses on the safety precautions before, during and after severe weather events, as well as some of her professional tips on how to become involved in the community and increase community knowledge base.

    Admission is $6 person for all ages (under 3 is free), and includes both the Texas Storm Chasers presentation and a free full dome film afterward (film to be determined). There are 180 tickets available.
    For more information, go here.
  • July 3: BELLVILLE – Live Music & Fireworks at Buffalo Creek
    8 p.m. July 3 at Buffalo Creek, 10827 Hwy 36 South in Bellville.
    Enjoy live music by JB and the Sunshine Band with fireworks after dark. $12 in advance, $15 at the door

    For more information, go here.
  • July 4: CHAPPELL HILL – 4th of July Parade
    10 a.m. in downtown Chappell Hill. Free event. “Best Small Town Parade in America!” Features floats, cowboys, antique cars, the renowned Marching Kazoo Band.
    This year’s theme is Chappell Hill – 172: Forever Red, White & Blue as we celebrate Chappell Hill’s 172nd Birthday and the nation’s independence. The parade attracts nearly 2,500 visitors.
    For more information, call 979-337-9910 or go
    here.
  • July 4: CHAPPELL HILL - Summer Cowboy Event
    10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. July 4 at Chappell Hill Museum, Poplar Street, in Chappell Hill.
    V.T. “Cowboy” Williams Exhibit, cowboy demonstrations, pony rides, petting zoo, and children’s activities. Historic chuck wagon and trick roper, too! The event is free.
    For more information, call 979-836-6033 or go
    here.
  • July 4: COLLEGE STATION - July 4th Celebration
    The July 4th Celebration Concert is part of a cooperative event, providing all-day activities for the entire community organized by the College Station Noon Lions Club, the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum and the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra. The annual "I Love America" Celebration includes: children’s activities and displays, free museum admission, and a patriotic symphony performance by the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra. Free parking is available at Fan Field, the gravel parking lot on Research Parkway on the Texas A&M University campus.
    For more information, go
    here.
  • July 4: LAKE JACKSON – City of Lake Jackson Independence Day Celebration
    Start out the morning at Dunbar Park for the Annual Dow Firecracker 4, 5k hosted by LJFAT, then stroll on over to the Dunbar Kayak Launch for Lake Jackson Parks and Recreation's Rubber Duck Regatta. Then head over to the Madge Griffith Park Outdoor Pool and swim for free! Finally, finish off the night at the Civic Center for some fun kids' activities and live music, followed by one of the area's largest fireworks displays!
    For more information, go
    here.
  • July 6: BRAZORIA - Brazoria Lions Club presents Celebrate America
    5 to 10 p.m. July 6 at Barrow Elementary grounds, 112 Gaines St. in Brazoria.
    The Brazoria Lions Club meets the second and fourth Mondays of each month.
    There will be food trucks, vendors, live music and more.
    For more information, call 979-798-4444.

If your group or organization would like to add a future event to the Brazos Basin Calendar, email the information to cassie.smith@brazos.org.

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