The Fourth of July festivities in Longview, Tyler and surrounding communities will offer lots of music, activities, food and fireworks.
The gates will open at 4pm on Monday at the Maude Cobb Congress and Activities Center, 100 Grand Blvd., for the annual Fireworks and Freedom Festival of Longview.
Country musician Drake White and his band The Big Fire will lead a free open-air concert beginning at 6:30 p.m. with Hayden McBride, a native of Mount Pleasant, as his debut.
White grew up singing in the youth choir of his Alabama church before becoming one of the most energetic innovators in country music, winning four top 40 hits and traveling the country on numerous national tours. His 2013 debut single, Simple Life, introduced his country soul brand, which he cemented with his 2016 debut album SPARK, followed by the EPs Pieces and Stars.
McBride’s debut single “Drinking You Goodbye” garnered over 40,000 streams, gaining a solid fan base in and around East Texas. His EP “Worth the Wait”, released in August 2021, set a tone that draws a fine line between traditional country and classical rock, bringing a new approach to music in Texas.
Entrance and parking are free. Food and beverage suppliers will be available.
After the concert, the fireworks will start lighting up the sky over Longview at 9:30 p.m.
The City of Tyler will host its annual Fourth of July celebration, beginning at 2:00 p.m. Monday at Lindsey Park, 12557 Spur 364. Fireworks will begin at 9:00 p.m. Admission is free.
The entertainment will include music provided by Complete Wedding and Events.
On Sunday, Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, 13590 Texas 110 S., in Tyler will host its annual fireworks show.
Live music will be provided by the country band 6 Miles to Mixon. Food suppliers will also be on site. Free hot dog and watermelon. The fireworks start at dusk. Party with food trucks for children from first to sixth grade from 19:00 to 20:45 in the place. Admission: free. For information call (903) 561-0445.
The annual celebration on July 4 is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. Monday at Big Sandy City Park, 401 N. Wildcat Drive.
The Canton Chamber of Commerce will sponsor the Fourth of July “Celebrate in the center of Canton” from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm on Monday. Activities will include a decorated bicycle competition and a watermelon eating competition for children and a hot dog eating competition. The parade will begin at 7:30 p.m. Fireworks will begin in the dark in front of the west gate of First Monday Grounds.
A fireworks display in East Texas on July 4 is scheduled for Sunday at the Gilmer Civic Center. The gates open at 7:30 p.m. The air show will begin at 8:30 p.m., and the fireworks will begin at 9:00 p.m.
The fireworks event at the Gladewater Chamber of Commerce will take place on Sunday at Lake Gladewater.
The festivities will begin at 5:00 p.m. Food trucks will be on site from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. The boat parade will begin at 8:00 p.m., followed by fireworks at 9:00 p.m.
The city of Henderson will host its July 4 Freedom Festival, which begins at 5pm on Saturday in Lake Forest Park. Food, live music and bouncing houses with fireworks are provided at 9:30 p.m.
Jefferson’s annual “Jefferson Congratulates America on Fourth of July” holiday is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Monday at Otstott Park in downtown Jefferson.
Events include a children’s parade from 6 p.m.; cake auction, 6:30 p.m .; judging of the ice cream championship, 18:15 h. Fireworks with fireworks on the river bank start at 21:30 h.
The Fourth of July express train on the historic Jefferson Railway will run from Saturday to Monday, with trains departing at 12:30 and 14:20 and include a stop at the Diamond Don Gator Pit for alligator feeding. The depot, 400 E. Austin St., opens at 11 p.m. Tickets are $ 12. Children up to 6 years old ride for free.
The city of Kilgore hosts the extravagance on July 4 from 5:30 pm to 10:00 pm on Monday in Kilgore City Park. The festivities will include food vendors and a performance by the Darrin Morris Band. The fireworks will start at 9:15 p.m.