Before we talk about fun things to do this weekend and how to celebrate the 4th, we want to take a moment to reflect on the tragedy that our community has dealt with this week. Much has already been said about the courage of our first responders, hospital staff, and individuals on the scene, the generosity and outpouring of love throughout the community, and the strong will and determination of our people to rebuild – not just the buildings lost and damaged, but the sense of security that we are used to. Times like this do shake us, but they also make us realize that together, we can do so much.
Whether you are a resident or a visitor, we hope you'll find activities on our list that allow you to enjoy the company of others in our community this weekend and through the 4th!
Showing at the The Last Drive In Picture Show through 7/5: Drive In – Jurrasic World and Oceans 8 at the Cinema - Incredibles 2
The Gatesville City Pool is open daily and provides a great place to escape the Summer heat.
Enjoy Thursday night live music at:
The Junction on 36 where Ed Leonard takes the stage at 6:30pm. No cover. All ages welcome.
The Bar Somewhere Else features Taylor Branch at 7:30 for Thirsty Thursday. No cover. 21 & up.
One way to help the victims of the Coryell Memorial Hospital explosion is to give blood. Carter Blood Care will hold a blood drive at HEB 10am-6pm on Friday.
Ghost Dance Band will perform at Bare Bones BBQ at 8pm.
The Boys & Girls Club will hold a Be Strong 5K/Youth Run starting at 7:30am. More information and register online at https://runsignup.com/Race/TX/Gatesville/BeStrong
Local artist Tyler Pruitt will perform for the dinner crowd at The Knife & Cork at 6:30.
Ed Leonard will be playing at The Bar Somewhere Else beginning at 8pm.
Spend a little time this weekend planning how you and your family could participate in the"Celebrate our Country - Celebrate our Community" Parade in the Park. Break out those flags and streamers and get ready!
There will be a Baked Potato Benefit starting at 11am to benefit the Aaron and Haveron families, who were affected by the explosion. See flier for more details.
On July 4th, the Gatesville Exchange Club welcomes our active duty and veterans to a free breakfast served at the Gatesville ISD Culinary Arts building beginning at 7am.
At 10am there will be a July 4th Parade in the Park. The theme is "Celebrate our Country - Celebrate our Community". Community members are encouraged to participate in the parade by decorating bicycles or wagons, dressing up in red, white, and blue, or walking to represent their business or organization. No registration required. Those wishing to walk in the parade will begin lining up at Faunt Le Roy Park at 9:30am and the parade will start at 10am. Spectators can park in the field at Faunt Le Roy Park and watch the parade from under the shade trees in Faunt Le Roy or Raby Park or along the east side of the walking trail that connects the parks.
Grace Bible Church on East Hwy 84 welcomes everyone to their July 4th Celebration from 6:00pm to 8:30pm. They will provide food and family fun including games and inflatables. Everything is free!
The City of Gatesville Fireworks Show will begin at dark (around 9:30). McKamie Stadium will be open for those who would like to sit in the stands and the area around the stadium is a popular location for those who want to bring lawn chairs to watch the show. The show is made possible by generous sponsorship from HEB.