Independence Day events in Ark-La-Tex

By Nancy Cook |

Published 07/03 2014 01:02PM

Updated 07/03 2014 01:07PM

Below is a list of things to do on July 4 in the Ark-La-Tex


Crossatot River State Park

A kayaking demonstration, a snorkeling exploration, fishing and a sunset hike are activities planned for Independence Day at Cossatot River State Park, located 11 miles east off Wickes, Ark. on state Highway 278. The kayaking demonstration will be from 10-11 am at the low water bridge below the visitor center; snorkeling will be from 2-3 pm in the sandbar lot (wear swimming attire, minimum age is 6);p fishing will be from #:30-4:30 pm at the low water bridge below the visitor center; and the sunset hike will be from 7:15-9:30 pm at Harris Creek trail head.


Millwood State Park

Activities for a three-day holiday weekend have been planned at Millwood State Park, nine miles east of Ashdown on Highway 32 East.  From 7-7:45 pm Friday in the amphitheater, Kelsey Ramsey will discuss how animals are able to create their own light. Saturday, a kayak tour will be held from 9-10:30 am Saturday at the marina; admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children; A Sunday stroll on Waterfowl Way will be held from 9-10:45 am Sunday. The stroll with be a 1.5 mile walk with a park interpreter. Walkers should bring drinking water, wear sturdy shoes and bring plenty of insect repellent.



Nashville, Arkansas, Chamber of Commerce will sponsor "Stand Up for America" celebration at the Nashville City Park, located at 1301 W. Johnson Street in Nashville.  Gates will open at 6 pm, and ceremony honoring veterans will begin at 6:30 pm. Michael  Hix and the Holla Band from Dallas will perform tunes from the 60s, 70s and 80s. prior to the 9:30 pm fireworks display. Admission is $5.




Gates of Four States Fairground will open at 4 pm Friday for this year's"Sparks in the Park, Texarkana's annual July 4th fun and fireworks event, with the actual fireworks display to be held at 9:30 pm. Games and activities will include a gigantic sandbox, four bounce houses, patriotic tattoos & face painting; a petting zoo at Finley's Barnyard, a rock climbing wall and a display of five vehicles, including a tank, from Red River Army Depot. In addition, there will be a children's ice cream eating contest, sack races, three-legged races, a Hula Hoop contest, and three misting stations to cool off. Opening ceremony will be held at 6 pm with a color guard and the National Anthem sung by Jemiah Cannon. There will be live bands, concessions and more. This event is sponsored by the City of Texarkana Arkansas and Townsquare Media. It is free to the public.





Benton United Methodist Church, 4615 Palmetto Road, will serve ice cream sundaes at 8:30 p.m. and the fireworks display will begin at 9 p.m. Bring lawn chairs.

Bossier City

Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington will hold the 2nd annual "In God We Trust" rally from 1-4 pm on Friday, July 4 at the Bossier Sheriff's Office Viking Drive Substation at 2510 Viking Drive in Bossier City.  Everyone is invited to the free event to celebrate Independence Day and show support for the national motto, "In God We Trust."  There will be hot dogs and drinks for all, plenty of children's activities and patriotic and God-lifting music.



Celebrate the 4th of July on the Cane River in downtown Natchitoches. Admission is free, and events are as follows:

2-9 p.m. Classic Car Show on Front Street from 2-9 p.m.

3 p.m. Recital of the Declaration of Independence at 3 p.m.

3:30 – 5 p.m. Musical performances by the Matthew Davidson Band 

6-9 p.m. The Tricentennial Allstars

9 p.m. Fireworks show over Cane River Lake

The event also features water slides, food and family fun. For more info, call the Main Street office at 318-352-2749. Natchitoches is a short drive down I-49 from Shreveport.



Activities at Shreveport's Independence Day Festival will be held in Riverview Park on Clyde Fant Parkway in downtown Shreveport. A special Farmers Market will be held from 6 a.m. to noon; a cook off will be held at 11 a.m.; kiddie area, 2 p.m.; live entertainment, 4 pm; and fireworks display at 9 p.m.





Fourth of July in Jefferson, Texas, offers small town Americana with hot dogs, lemonade, ice cold watermelon, live music and more. The festivities start off with a bicycle/tricycle decorating contest for the 5:45 p.m. parade; At 6 p.m., Invocation and welcome will be held, followed bythe 6:45 p.m. judging in the homemade ice cream contest; then, at 6:30 p.m., the homemade cake and pie auction will be held, with all proceeds going toward the purchase of children's books at the local Jefferson Carnegie Library.  That will be followed by a ladies quartet singing music from the past and at 8:15 p.m., The Shreveport Metropolitan Brass Band will play John Phillip Sousa music amid red, white and blue American flags. Children's games, the famous Quacker State Duck Race (9 p.m.) and fireworks going off at 9:30 p.m. over the Big Cypress Bayou will round out this very special and patriot event.



Everything's going on at the Maude Cobb Convention and Activity Complex, located at 100 Grand Blvd. in Longview, Texas 75604. The festival starts at 10 a.m. and lasts through the fireworks show at 8:30 that night. Admission is free, but prices vary for individual activities. Carnival rides range from $2-4, with $15 armbands available.

For more information, call 903-237-1230.

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