More than 60 vendors, businesses and food trucks have signed up to participate in Killeen’s Independence Day extravaganza on Saturday, town officials confirmed.
Booths for business, art and food will sell merchandise and showcase products during the event. Ten food trucks will also be at the event to fill attendees’ bellies with a variety of options from shaved ice to wings.
The festivities will begin at 4 p.m. on Saturday at East Avenue D and Gray Street. A 20-minute fireworks display will begin at 9:30 p.m. and should be visible throughout the city.
“Viewers can tune into 87.9 FM radio for a synchronized experience,” Killeen communications manager Marcus Hood said in a news release Monday.
The downtown celebration will feature live music, including country singer IMAJ, reggae band Roland and The Roots Riddim, rock artist Konstantin Alexander and hip hop artist Puntin. There will also be several food trucks and craft vendors.
The fireworks will be launched from Killeen Athletic Fields, but the surrounding area will be closed Friday through Sunday for set-up and clean-up activities.
Starting Friday, sports fields and part of the Andy K. Wells Walking and Biking Trail, including three parking lots and seven baseball diamonds, will be closed. Visitors can park in the Mickey’s Dog Park/Rotary Club Children’s Park or Rosa Hereford Killeen Community Center parking lots, but everyone is encouraged to watch the event from downtown.
Private parking lots, such as the Texas Thrift Store, McDonald’s and Destiny World Outreach are not public parking lots and people parking there may be towed away, according to city officials.
Killeen Fire Department personnel will patrol the area surrounding the community park to quickly address any issues that may arise. Fireworks were already prohibited within the town limits of Killeen without a permit.
After a short ban on fireworks was issued on June 22, Bell County Judge David Blackburn overturned the ban on June 27 and now allows the sale and use of certain fireworks fireworks July 1-4 in the county. Fireworks are still not permitted within the city limits for local towns, including Killeen, without a permit.
The city has provided a list of vendors, kiosks and food trucks that will be available at the event:
The Mending Mama Shop
Fort Hood Area Habitat Humanity
Pretty Lady brand cosmetics
Central Texas Training Center
Jazmin’s little creations
Lovely Sheree All Natural Hair & Body Care
Pat’s Polished Pearls w. Paparazzi Props
Signature Care ER – Killeen
Demon Sniper Hot Sauce Co.
Women’s Army Corps Veterans Association Genevieve Chapter 94
Granny Kay’s Baked Goods
Association of Songhai Bamboo Roots
Little Jamaica Restaurant and Lounge
Blessed Hands Caribbean Food