Did you know that when fighting first began between Massachusetts colonial revolutionaries and British forces in April of 1775, America had no official army? It was not until two months later that the Second Continental Congress authorized the formation of what would become the United States Army. 240 years later, we proudly celebrate that momentous occasion.

Congress named George Washington commander-in-chief, leading roughly 27,000 militiamen from New England and New York. Called at that time the Continental Army, this proud body of men became the United States Army after the conclusion of the American Revolutionary War in 1784.

On Saturday, June 13, the City of Killeen will be holding a birthday bash for the Army from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Historic District of Downtown Killeen on Avenue D between 4th Street and 8th Street (click for map).

Attractions will include a cake cutting ceremony, vendors of all kinds that provide services to active duty and retired military, food trucks, military art displays, and a Kids' Zone! Plus, live entertainment by the soulful sounds of the Voices of Unity and Austin's The New Waves, a display of new cars from All American Chevrolet, motorcycles, a BBQ Cook Off and a dunking booth.

Public parking will be available throughout Downtown for the event.