SHREVEPORT, La. - Marty Haggard sounds and looks just like his dad, country music legend Merle Haggard. What you may not know is that Marty, Merle’s oldest son, makes his home in the ArkLaTex, a short drive from Shreveport in Doyline.
For the 11th year in a row, KTBS 3 celebrates our freedom and independence with the Freedom Fest Series 2019!
Starting with a live broadcast and coverage of the Barksdale Air Force Show on May 18th and 19th, our Freedom Fest Series 2019 kicks off the summer with seven weeks of celebration. Events include the national stop of Carry the Load on May 22nd when we walk to honor the fallen men and women who paid the highest price for our freedom. Freedom Fest Fridays @ East Bank is a five-week series (May 31, June 7, 14, 21, and 28) on the Bossier City side of the Red with food trucks, live local entertainment, craft beer, and more. Show your spirit by picking up an American flag at participating sponsor locations through Flag Day, June 14th. Put on your running shoes and help raise funds for the Warrior Network at the Freedom Fest Color Run on June 15th.
Finally, spend July 4th with the whole family at the area’s biggest fireworks show and free festival in downtown Shreveport. This year’s Freedom Fest Finale is an all-day event at Festival Plaza featuring the Brookshire’s Steak Cook-Off, lifejacket giveaway, B52 flyover, plus music, live entertainment on the big stage, delicious food and beverages, and kids’ area at Sciport.
2019 Freedom Fest Series Events:
- PAST - May 18-19 – BAFB Air Show
- PAST - May 22 – Carry The Load
- PAST - May 31 – Freedom Fest Friday @ East Bank - Local Night - Ambush, Johnny Earthquake and the Moondogs
- PAST - June 7 – Freedom Fest Friday @ East Bank - Christian Night - Barry LeBlanc, Katie Ashcraft, and Brock Garrison, Mark Lee
- PAST - June 14 – Flag Day Giveaways
- PAST - June 14 – Freedom Fest Friday @ East Bank - Red, White, and Blue Night - The Victory Belles, The Van-Dells
- PAST - June 15 – Freedom Fest Color Run
- PAST - June 21 – Freedom Fest Friday @ East Bank - Country Night - Shane Pons, Keni Thomas
- PAST - June 28 – Freedom Fest Friday @ East Bank - ArkLaTex Idol Night - Garrett Jacobs, Cade Foehner
July 4 - 2019 Freedom Fest Finale Events:
- Firecracker 5K
- Naturalization Ceremony
- Brookshire’s Steak Cook-Off
- Lifejacket Giveaway
- Live entertainment
- Fireworks Show
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Freedom Fest Headlines
SHREVEPORT, La. - Riverview Park in downtown Shreveport is the place to be as America turns a spry 243 this July 4. Countless people will be filling the riverfront to mark the special occasion with great food, awesome giveaways, unbelievable talent, and a show-stopping fireworks display.
SHREVEPORT, La. - 243 never looked so good. Join us today at Riverview Park in downtown Shreveport as we celebrate the birth of our great nation.
SHREVEPORT, La. - Thursday was more than just fireworks and barbecue. Dozens of people became U.S. citizens in an annual naturalization ceremony.
SHREVEPORT, La. - Save the date! Once again, you're invited to a huge birthday bash marking our nation's independence. It's Thursday, July 4, at Riverview Park in downtown Shreveport.
SHREVEPORT, La. - The 35th Annual Firecracker 5K is in the books. A couple of thousand people kicked off the 4th of July on a healthy note by running a beautiful route on Fairfield and Betty Virginia Park in Shreveport's historic South Highland neighborhood. They started at Mall St. Vincent.
As we celebrate Independence Day, people from other countries around the world get ready to become new American citizens. Rick Rowe tells the story of immigrants becoming Americans then and now.
SHREVEPORT, La. - Here's the Freedom Fest Finale forecast. It has a little bit of everything!
Danielle Scott's volleyball career has taken her all over the globe, but it all started in Louisiana. She expressed that gratitude at the state's Sports Hall of Fame.
The number of people who became U.S. citizens reached a five-year high last year, with more than 750,000 people naturalized.