East Texans have many options as to where and how to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday.
Patriotic gatherings throughout the region will include parades, fireworks shows and other special events.
Large festivities are set in Longview and Tyler.
Longview will celebrate America’s birth with fireworks, lots of free fun and a concert featuring a singer-songwriter whose hit songs have straddled the line between rock and country.
Uncle Kracker – who was born Matthew Shafer in 1974 in Michigan – will perform at 8 p.m. during the city of Longview’s Fourth of July Fireworks and Freedom Celebration at Maude Cobb Convention and Activity Complex. Uncle Kracker is known for such hits as: “Follow Me,” which was released in 2000; his cover of “Drift Away” in 2003; and “Smile” from 2009.
Local favorite Dagnabbit will open for the free concert at 6:30 p.m., with the fireworks show kicking off after dark, about 9:30 p.m.
City spokeswoman Shawn Hara estimated 10,000 to 15,000 people attend the annual Fourth of July celebration at Maude Cobb — with many more people viewing the fireworks show from outside the main area at Maude Cobb.
“We encourage people to come on over,” he said. “Even if the parking lot is full, walk on over to the concert. It will be a fun one.”
There’s no admission fee to the Fourth of July Fireworks and Freedom Celebration, which kicks off at 11 a.m. Some individual activities require a fee, such as the carnival rides. The festival includes bounce houses, a foam area, vendors, concessions and more. Here’s the day’s complete schedule:
■ 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.: Food / Concessions — Fairgrounds / Exhibit Building / Maude Cobb
■ 11 a.m. to 8 pm: Vendors — Fairgrounds / Exhibit Building / Maude Cobb
■ 11 am to 8:30 p.m.: Wet and dry bounce houses – Fairgrounds
■ 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.: Carnival rides — Fairgrounds
■ 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. DJ Pat & Karaoke — Talent Stage
■ 11 a.m. to noon: Patriotic Storytime — Inside Maude Cobb
■ Noon to 1 p.m.: Magical Balloon Show — Inside Maude Cobb
■ 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Patriotic Pup Fashion Show — Inside Maude Cobb
■ 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.: Water & Foam Areas for Kids – Fairgrounds
■ 4 p.m to 6 p.m. Talent Finalist Performances/Contest — Talent Stage
■ 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Weenie Dog Races — Inside Maude Cobb
■ 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.: Family Feud — Inside Maude Cobb
The city of Tyler will host a free Fourth of July fireworks celebration at Lindsey Park, 12557 Spur 364 West, beginning at 4 p.m. on July 4.
The celebration will offer a kids play area, food concessions, live music and, beginning at dark, one of the larger fireworks shows in the region.
The park will be closed until 2 p.m on July 4, said information from the city. People cannot bring alcohol or fireworks into the park or smoke in the park.
Typically there is not enough available parking to accommodate all who want to see the fireworks show and traffic getting to the park area likely will be heavy.
Beginning in the afternoon of July 4, Tyler Transit will offer free rides to the park about every 30 minutes with departures from Harvey Convention Center, 2000 W. Front St.; Tyler Junior College West Campus, 1530 S SW Loop 323; and the Tyler ISD, 1319 Earl Campbell Parkway, a news release said.
Also in Tyler:
- South Spring Baptist Church, 17002 U.S. Highway 69, will present its Family Fireworks Celebration beginning at 6 p.m. Friday. The free event will include food trucks, bounce houses, activities for children and a fireworks show.
- Tyler Community Band will present its free Celebrate America concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Atria Willow Park, 3500 S. Vine Ave. at Old Jacksonville Highway.
- The Celebrate America Independence Day Fireworks Show is set for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, 13590 Texas Highway 110, south of Tyler. The free event will have refreshments, games, entertainment, a salute to the Armed Forces and a performance by 6 Miles to Mixon band. The fireworks show will begin at dark.
- The Freedom Fighter 5K will take place on July 4 at Bergfeld Park in Tyler. The Kids Dash will begin at 7:30 a.m. followed by the 5K. Registration costs $20 and can take place at the park beginning at 6:30 a.m. Some of the money raised will be donated to the Boot Campaign, an organization that helps veterans and their families.
- Vintage Warbird Expo, a display of World War II fighter planes, will be at the Historical Aviation Memorial Museum, 150 Airport Drive, Tyler Pounds Regional Airport, from 1 to 4 p.m. July 4 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 5 to 7. The cost is $15 for adults and $10 for children up to age 12. To reserve a flight, go to commemorativeairforce.org.
The city of Athens is hosting a free holiday celebration concert at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 3, at The Texan, 209 E. Tyler St., Athens. Set to perform are Dylan Wheeler, Kadie Lynn and Curtis Grimes.
The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center, 5550 FM 2495, Athens, will hold a free fireworks show on the Fourth of July. Admission into the center will be free after 5 p.m. The fireworks will be set off at 9 p.m.
Blast Over Bullard will begin at 5 p.m. Saturday, June 29, in City Park and end with a free concert and fireworks show.
There will be vendors, food, music and activities for children, including a bike parade at 6:30 p.m., organizers announced.
Colby Cooper is set to headline the concert.
Canton Chamber of Commerce and First Monday Trade Days will sponsor patriotic events on July 4.
A parade will step off at 6:30 p.m. downtown and a free fireworks show will begin at 9 p.m. on the west side of First Monday Trade Days grounds.
Residents in the Chandler area can celebrate Independence Day with free activities in Winchester Park beginning act 6 p.m. on July 4.
Events on July 4 will include a patriotic bike parade for children at 8 p.m. and a fireworks show at 9 p.m.
First Baptist Church, 9714 FM 314 Edom, will present Freedom in Edom beginning at 6:30 p.m. July 4 at the church.
Attractions include family activities free hot dogs, snow cones and pop corn and a fireworks show.
The East Texas Yamboree Association will present a free fireworks show beginning at 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 3.
The fireworks will be set off near the Gilmer High School baseball field and football stadium. The gates will open at 7:30 p.m.
A holiday celebration is set for July 5 at Lake Gladewater.
A parade of boats and barges with patriotic decorations will begin at 8 p.m. and a fireworks show is set to begin at 9 p.m. Viewing is available on the west side of Lake Gladewater in the Lakeshore Drive area.
Lake Jacksonville Association will launch fireworks from a barge in Lake Jacksonville beginning about 9 p.m. on July 4.
A good viewing area is the Lake Jacksonville Concession Area on Byrd Road.
Jefferson Salutes America will take place on July 4 beginning at 6 p.m. in Otstott Park, 210 W. Lafayette St., Jefferson.
The free activities will include a children’s parade, ice cream making championship, bands and a fireworks shows over Big Cypress Bayou.
A celebration is set for July 4 in Kilgore City Park beginning at 6 p.m.
The free Fourth of July Extravaganza will include food vendors, water slides, kids activities, fireworks and a concert by the Chad Cooke Band.
Lake Murvaul will host its annual fireworks show on Saturday, June 29 at dusk, with the show starting when it gets dark.
Crowds will be gathering at the Lake Murvaul Marina, 638 County Road 1234 in Panola County.
Bring a blanket or lawn chair.
Bella Vista, a venue at 22424 Highway 155 South, Flint, on Lake Palestine, will have a free celebration beginning at 4 p.m. on July. 4.
On the grounds will be bounce houses, food trucks, live music and activities for children. A fireworks show will take place at dark.
After the fireworks show will be party featuring live music. There is an admission for those who want to take part in the post-fireworks show party.
The DeSoto Fire District No. 1 will host its annual fireworks show on July 4 on the riverfront. Entertainment and food are planned.
Landry & Company will be performing from 5 to 7 p.m. The Heather Linn Band will play from 7 p.m. to the beginning of the fireworks show.
The Fire District is holding a Yeti Cooler raffle, with the winner announced at the Fireworks Show. Cost is $5 per ticket, and the winner doesn’t have to be present to win. Purchase raffle tickets by calling (318) 697-5150 or going by the DeSoto Fire District No. 1 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Handicap-accessible parking is available, and boats are welcome in designated areas. Organizers ask that no coolers be brought.
The Sabine River shuts down to traffic at 7 p.m.
The American Legion and The Tenaha Businessmen’s Club will host a fireworks show July 4 at Tenaha ISD’s Raymond Jackson Stadium. Gates will open at 7 p.m., with Waylon Moore serving as entertainment until the fireworks are lit.
A concession stand organized by Tenaha Together will be selling barbecue plates for $7. Fixings include chicken, potato salad, baked beans and bread. The Class of 2020 will be selling drinks and snacks.
Admission is free. Bring a chair or sit in the stands.
Fire in the Sky with Troup First Baptist Church is set for 5 p.m. Friday at the church, 17941 North State Highway 135, Troup.
The free event will have refreshments, activities, carnival rides and a message from the pastor. The event will end with a fireworks show.