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4th of July events around the ArkLaTex

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It's a time of year that Americans love: the celebration of America's freedom! Find a place to celebrate with a bang...pack a picnic and enjoy!

Here is a look at some of the events and celebrations taking place today around the ArkLaTex:

Bossier City:

Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington will hold a 4th of July "In God We Trust" rally Thursday, from 1-4 p.m., at the Bossier Sheriff's Office Viking Drive Substation at 2510 Viking Drive in Bossier City to show support for the national motto.

The rally came about in response to Whittington's stand against the denial of federal grant funds for the Bossier Sheriff's Office youth programs, over the inclusion of religious activities.

There will be free American flags available to wave, and free hot dogs and drinks.

A ceremony will begin at 3:30 p.m. in which the Bossier Sheriff's Young Marines will post colors, lead the Pledge of Allegiance and recite the Young Marine Obligation.  Windie Hendrix, accomplished vocalist and recording artist, will sing the National Anthem and "God Bless America."

Shreveport:

The Independence Day Festival is under way along the riverfront in downtown Shreveport, with live bands, food from local vendors and a children's area. The fireworks show is scheduled to begin at 9 p.m.

Natchitoches:

The City of Natchitoches' Fourth of July celebration begins at 6 p.m. on the downtown riverbank with a musical performance by The Glenn Rainey Band.

The highlight of the evening will be a spectacular fireworks show over Cane River Lake at 9 p.m.

All events are free and open to the public.

Street Closures:
In preparation for the fireworks show, the Church Street Bridge will close to all traffic, including pedestrians and motorists, at 8:30 p.m. In addition, Williams Avenue from Whitfield to Henry Avenue will also close at 8:30 p.m. The roadway and bridge will reopen after the fireworks show is completed.

The downtown riverbank will be closed to motorists all day on July 4. Those attending Celebration on the Cane should make plans to park on Front Street or elsewhere within the Natchitoches Historic District.

For more information, please call the Natchitoches Main Street Office at (318) 352-2746 or visit www.downtownnatchitoches.com.

Miller Co., AR:

In Miller County, Arkansas, a 4th of July Celebration begins at 4 p.m. at the River of Life Worship Center. That's on County Rd. 29 in Fouke. There will be children and youth activities, including a 24 ft slide, obstacle course, jumper, face panting, volleyball and more.

There will be ribs, brisket, chicken, smoked sausage and all the trimmings, beginning at 6 p.m., followed by a "God & Country" program inside the worship center at 7 p.m. Peach cobbler and ice cream will be served for dessert at 8 p.m., followed by fireworks over the lake at 9 p.m.

East Texas:

Athens:

Fireworks at the Fishery: One of the biggest fireworks display in East Texas will light up the skies over TFFC and adjacent Lake Athens.  Free fishing until 8:30pm. July 4 celebration from 5-10:00 p.m. Call James at (903) 670-2266 for more information.

Uncertain:

A fireworks Display will take place free to the public just after dark at Johnson's Ranch Marina on Caddo Lake in Uncertain.

Palestine:

The annual City of Palestine fireworks show will be at Story Elementary, 5300 N Loop 256, beginning at dark. KYYK 98.3 will broadcast choreographed, patriotic music during the fireworks display . For more information contact the Palestine Visitor Center at (903) 723-3014.

Nacogdoches:

An old-fashioned, community-wide Independence Day celebration on July 4 in Festival Plaza. Families are invited to enjoy delicious festival food, children's activities and live music by local bands. The evening will culminate in a dazzling fireworks display sponsored by the Texas Farm Bureau beginning 30 minutes after dark. Admission is free. Freedom Fest will take place from 5 to 9:30 p.m. in Festival Plaza, located just south of the downtown square in Nacogdoches. Guests are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs and blankets to Festival Plaza. Coolers and picnic baskets are welcome, but glass bottles and alcoholic beverages are not allowed.

Jefferson (NOTE: These events take place on Friday and Saturday):

The Historic Jefferson Railway will offer two shows to celebrate the Fourth of July with train rides circling the Piney Woods and the Big Cypress Bayou.

Free Jefferson ghost stories will be told starting Friday, July 5 at 8 p.m. at the Historic Jefferson Railway at 400 E. Austin St. Following the ghost stories will be the ghost train ride and fireworks display starting at 9 p.m. The depot will open at 2 p.m.

On Saturday, July 6 there will be two narrated day tours at 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. with the free ghost stories starting at 8 p.m. and the ghost train ride and fireworks display beginning at 9 p.m. The depot will open at noon.

Residents can bring food and drinks onto the open cabins on the train. Prices for the weekend celebration is $12 for adults, $8 for children 12 and under and lap children can get on for free. Active military and seniors will receive a 10 percent discount.

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