Live music, fireworks and art: Check out 8 events happening in Keller, Roanoke and northeast Fort Worth in June and July


June 29

Enjoy Live Music, Fireworks

Enjoy a free one-day concert with Celebrate Freedom, an event featuring musical artists such as For King & Country, Mandisa, We Are Messengers, Micah Tyler, Austin French and Pat Barrett. The event will also include interactive activities and games, a petting zoo and fireworks. Guests can purchase food offerings, such as funnel cakes, hot dogs, barbecue and turkey legs. 3-11 p.m. Free admission. Texas Motor Speedway, 3545 Lone Star Circle, Fort Worth. 972-870-9949.

July 3

Celebrate your Independence

The city of Roanoke will host its annual 3rd of July Independence Celebration. The event will feature bounce houses, a rock-climbing wall, train rides, fireworks, food, music and more. Food and non-alcoholic beverages are permitted, but alcohol is not allowed at the event. Bags and coolers will be checked prior to entry. The event is pet-friendly, but animals must be kept on a leash at all times. 6-10:30 p.m. Free admission. Roanoke Community Park, 201 Park Drive, Roanoke. 817-837-9930.

July 4

A red, white and blue bike ride for children

Children ages 2-12 years old are encouraged to decorate themselves and their bikes in red, white and blue for the Keller Police Department’s fourth annual Fourth of July Bike Parade. The police department will offer free bike and helmet checks and awards for best bike decorations. Judging will be held by age category. 9:30 a.m. (registration), 10 a.m. (judging for ages 2-5), 10:15 a.m. (judging for ages 6-8), 10:30 a.m. (judging for ages 9-12), 11 a.m. (awards ceremony). Free admission. Keller Town Hall, 1100 Bear Creek Parkway, Keller. 817-743-4533.

July 11

Artists spotlighting endangered species

An Evening with the Artists will feature potter Stormy Parker, painter Charice Cooper and photographer Bruce Rosenstiel. The artists created pieces highlighting endangered species for the Keller Public Art Board’s art show “In Peril: Endangered Species.” The event will include light refreshments. Art pieces from “Endangered: In Peril” will also be on display at Keller Town Hall from June 1-Aug. 21. 7-9 p.m. Free admission. Keller Town Hall, 1100 Bear Creek Parkway, Keller. 817-743-4000.

July 13

Shred sensitive documents

The city of Roanoke, Republic Services and The Home Depot are presenting the inaugural Prevent & Protect Shredding Event. Roanoke residents and employees can bring sensitive documents to be shredded on-site. Guests must present a copy of their water bill and identification. The admission cost is two canned food items, which will be donated to the Roanoke Food Pantry. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The Home Depot, 125 E. SH 114, Roanoke. 817-491-2411.

July 16

Sample Keller cuisine

Guests will meet at the Greater Keller Chamber of Commerce for drinks and then be driven around Keller to sample specialties from four local restaurants. As of this newspaper’s press time, the restaurants had not been announced. The event’s first stop will feature an appetizer, the second stop will feature an entrée, the third stop will feature an alcoholic beverage and the fourth stop will feature a dessert. 4:45-8:30 p.m. $50. Greater Keller Chamber of Commerce, 420 Johnson Road, Ste. 301, Keller. 817-908-4586.

July 27

Meet a bestselling author for brunch

Keller Reads One Book One City will offer two chances to meet Jeff Abbott, New York Times-bestselling author of “The Three Beths.” A ticketed brunch with Abbott will be held first, followed by a book talk and signing. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at both events. 10:30 a.m. (brunch), noon (free book talk). Free admission (book talk and signing), $25 (brunch). Keller Town Hall, 1100 Bear Creek Parkway, Keller. 817-743-4822.

July 28

Christmas in July

Take a break from the heat with performances by the Keller Area Youth Jazz Orchestra and special guest Gunnery Sgt. Ken Ebo of the U.S. Marine Corps Jazz Orchestra. Guests are asked to bring an unwrapped toy, which will be donated to the Community Storehouse for distribution in December. 6 p.m. Free admission. Northwood Church, 1870 Rufe Snow Drive, Keller. 817-691-1205.

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Korri Kezar
Korri Kezar graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2011 with a degree in journalism. She worked for Community Impact Newspaper's Round Rock-Pflugerville-Hutto edition for two years before moving to Dallas. Five years later, she returned to the company to launch Community Impact Newspaper's Keller-Roanoke-Northeast Fort Worth edition, where she covers local government, development, transportation and a variety of other topics. She has also worked at the San Antonio Express-News, Austin-American Statesman and Dallas Business Journal.
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