Family-friendly activities, music and star-spangled fireworks shows will set the mood for Independence Day celebrations in East Texas.
Organizers are expecting thousands to gather in both Longview and Tyler for what traditionally are two of the larger Fourth of July events in the region.
In Longview, the 4th of July Fireworks and Freedom Celebration will take place Thursday at the Maude Cobb Convention and Activity Complex, 200 Grand Blvd.
The event will begin at 11 a.m., continue throughout the day, and end with a fireworks show. Attractions will include vendors, food trucks, carnival rides, bands, bounce houses, play area for kids, talent show, vendors, a motorcycle parade, car show and competitions.
Admission to the festival is free. However, prices will vary for individual activities.
Dagnabbit band will open the concert at 6:30 p.m. followed by Uncle Kracker, who is known for hits such as: “Follow Me,” “Drift Away” and “Smile."
The city of Tyler will host a free celebration beginning at 4 p.m. Thursday at Lindsey Park, 12557 Spur 364 West. It will have a kids play area, food concessions and fireworks.
Brandon Bamburg will perform beginning about 5:30 p.m.
The park will be closed until 2 p.m so officials can prepare for the event, according to information from the city. People cannot bring alcohol or fireworks into the park or smoke in the park.
When the park opens, Tyler Transit will offer free rides to it with departures about every 30 minutes from Harvey Convention Center, 2000 W. Front St.; Tyler Junior College West Campus, 1530 SSW Loop 323; and the Tyler ISD, 1319 Earl Campbell Parkway, according to a news release.
Marvin United Methodist Church, 300 W. Erwin St., will have a free concert of patriotic music at 4 p.m. Thursday. The concert will feature music by the Marvin Chancel choir, organist Jonathan Story, The Rose City Brass and Marvin Herald Trumpets.
Lago del Pino, the restaurant and music venue at 14706 CR 1139 in Tyler, will have a celebration beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday that will include music by Dustin Becker, a hot dog and hamburger buffet and fireworks show.
Admission is $20 for adults and $10 for children 5-12.
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.
Canton Chamber of Commerce and First Monday Trade Days will sponsor patriotic events on Thursday. A parade will step off at 6:30 p.m. downtown and a free fireworks show will begin at dark 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 at 6 p.m. on Thursday. Events will include a patriotic bike parade for children at 8 p.m. and a fireworks show.
First Baptist Church, 9714 FM 314, Edom, will present Freedom in Edom beginning at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the church. Attractions include family activities; free hot dogs, snow cones and popcorn; and a fireworks show.
Lake Jacksonville Association will launch fireworks from a barge in Lake Jacksonville beginning about 9 p.m. Thursday. A good viewing area is the Lake Jacksonville Concession Area on Byrd Road.
Jefferson Salutes America will take place on Thursday beginning at 6 p.m. in Otstott Park, 210 W. Lafayette St., Jefferson. The free activities will include a children's parade, an ice-cream-making contest, bands and a fireworks shows over Big Cypress Bayou.
A free celebration is set for Thursday in Kilgore City Park beginning at 6 p.m. The Fourth of July Extravaganza will include food vendors, water slides, children's activities a concert by the Chad Cooke Band and fireworks.
Bella Vista, a venue at 22424 Texas Highway 155 South, on Lake Palestine, will have a free celebration beginning at 4 p.m. Thursday. On the grounds will be bounce houses, food trucks, music and activities for children. A fireworks show will take place at dark.
After the fireworks show will be a party with live music. There is an admission to attend the party.
The DeSoto Fire District No. 1 will host a fireworks show on Thursday on the riverfront. A concert featuring Landry & Company and The Heather Linn Band will begin at 5 p.m. The Sabine River shuts down to traffic at 7 p.m.
Overton's Fireworks in the Park will take place Thursday in City Park. Vendors booths, food concessions and children's activities will open at 3 p.m. Participants are asked to use the parking lot at the Community Center and a designated field. The fireworks will be shot off over the lake.
KYYK 4th of July Celebration begins 9:30 a.m. Thursday in Reagan Park, 709 Crockett Road, Palestine. Attractions include a patriotic parade, holiday costume contest and talent show.
The American Legion and Tenaha Businessmen’s Club will host a free fireworks show Thursday at Tenaha ISD's Raymond Jackson Stadium. Gates will open at 7 p.m. and Waylon Moore will perform before the fireworks show.
Fire in the Sky with Troup First Baptist Church is set for 5 p.m. Friday at the church, 17941 North 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.
In Winnsboro, the July 4 activities will start with a parade at 4:30 p.m. Thursday on Main Street. Other attractions will include a bounce house, activities for kids, concessions and a performance by Dale Cummings. Fireworks at City Park will begin at dark.