BANGS — Preparations are underway for the fourth annual Heart of Texas Freedom Celebration here.

The fireworks show, sponsored by the Bangs Business Association will be July 3. Gates will open at 7 p.m., with the show beginning at approximately 9:15 p.m.

Vendors offering a variety of food will be ready when the gates open at 7 p.m., coordinator Verba Hamrick said.

“So far, we have folks that will be selling ice cream, BBQ sandwiches, sausage wraps and nachos,” Hamrick said. “The PIPS (Players in Progress) will also be involved with a bake sale.”

Representatives from the armed forces will be available.

In years past, a homemade ice cream contest has been held, but due to heat, coordinators have decided to not continue with that event.

“Last year, it was so hot, that by the time the contest was over and it was time to start serving, the ice cream was melted,” Hamrick said. “But there will be a vendor offering ice cream for sale.”

Hamrick said any individual or group interested in setting up a booth at the event, free of charge, can call her at 325-752-6764.