UPDATED for 2017

East Texans will be celebrating the birth of our nation July 4th with cookouts, pool parties, friends, family and fireworks! There will be plenty of events around East Texas to keep families entertained for hours, from live music to fireworks, it's all here in beautiful East Texas!

The following is a list of 4th of July events that are happening around East Texas. This list will be updated as we learn about new celebrations as the 4th of July gets closer! Get ready to bring on the food, music, sunscreen and fireworks! Remember to treat fireworks with respect, they can do great danger not only to you but to property too!


Longview

4th of July Fireworks + Freedom Celebration
Tuesday, July 4th - 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Maude Cobb Convention and Activity Complex

Admission is free for parking, concert and fireworks show. Individual activities, rides, food and drinks will require a separate charge. Activities will begin at 11 a.m. and will feature a car and truck show, motorcycle parade, dance party, weenie dog races, patriotic pup fashion show, kids fashion show, carnival rides, bounce houses, safety city go karts for kids, vendors and other activities. Live music from the entertainment stage followed by the fireworks show at 9:30 p.m.

For complete details check out the official website.


Rusk

4th of July Parade & Celebration
Tuesday, July 4th - 9 a.m.
Downtown Rusk

The parade in downtown Rusk will begin at 9 a.m., there will be a fireman's competition at 10 a.m. along with arts and crafts booths and more presented by the Rotary Club of Rusk.


Canton

4th of July Parade & Fireworks
Tuesday, July 4th - 6:30 p.m.
Downtown Canton

There will be events happening around the courthouse in downtown Canton that includes a watermelon eating contest, the parade kicks off at 6:30 p.m. from Buffalo St. followed by a fireworks show from the First Monday Trade Day grounds at dusk.


Gladewater

4th of July Fireworks
Saturday, July 1st - 7:30 p.m.
Lake Gladewater

The annual boat parade on Lake Gladewater will begin at 7:30 p.m. with the fireworks show beginning around 9 p.m.


 

 

Fourth of July may fall on a Wednesday this year, but that only allows us for even more time to celebrate the anniversary of our nation's freedom with fireworks, events and family fun this year. There are plenty of things going on in the area this year for July 4th, so get all the events and fireworks information you need, right here.

Fireworks displays and other events include:

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Tyler Jaycees Firework Extravaganza

The Tyler Jaycees are proud to host the 49th annual 4th of July Firework Extravaganza at Lindsey Park starting at 4 p.m. Wednesday (July 4). The day promises to be a day to be enjoyed by the community, young and old, and will include concessions, entertainment, patriotic salute and fireworks. Admission is $10 a carload.

 

Family, Faith, and Freedom

Family, Faith, and Freedom will be celebrated at Living Alternatives Fatherheart location from 4 to 9 p.m. Wednesday (July 4). The setting will be outdoor picnic style, so come ready with blankets, chairs, fishing poles, and swimsuits.

It is encouraged to bring your own food, or buy from Outback Steakhouse, which will be selling food that night. There will be wet and dry jumps, bungee jumps, set pool times, an amazing fireworks display and many other attractions. There is a $15 suggested donation, since admission is free.

 

Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Firework Show

Pleasant Hill Baptist Church will have July 4th festivities will begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday (July 4). There will be free hot dogs, chips, watermelon, face painting, live music and more.

There will also be a special tribute to our armed forces, with their famous fireworks show beginning at dusk.

 

Mix 93.1 Dam Fireworks Show

With the Fourth of July falling on a Wednesday this year, the Dam Fireworks Show at Lake Tyler will be held Saturday, June 30 with the fireworks being shot off after dark. Plan the family picnic now and bring them out to Concession Park at Lake Tyler and enjoy the show, because the fireworks are choreographed to music!

Read more about the fireworks show here.

 

If you're looking for a Fourth of July/fireworks celebration in Longview, make plans to attend the Freedom Celebration and Fireworks Festival on Wednesday at Maude Cobb Activity Center, 100 Grand Avenue. Fireworks begin after dark.