FREEDOM is about more than just our rights. Our country was founded on dreams of Freedom, including religious freedom, and freedom of speech. Freedom means coming together in a bond of loyalty and trust with our neighbors, friends, and community. We protect and serve one another, share with one another, and sometimes give our own lives for one another. It’s all about FAITH, HOPE, and PATRIOTISM!

The last year and a half has been challenging for all of us. The word “sacrifice” brings on a whole new meaning. Our Military, our families, our businesses, our first responders and health care providers have all sacrificed. Still, our true spirit and Faith in God shines through.

KTBS is proud once again to bring you our Freedom Fest Series, celebrating God and Country. This year will be a time of appreciation to our essential workers, triumph over our trials, and a celebration like none other!

Our Freedom Fest Series will begin May 26 with Carry The Load. A National Walk that culminates in Dallas, this year Carry the Load will walk from Teague Parkway Recreation Area to Walker Place Park and back. On May 27 the event is in Texarkana, and on May 28 in Mt. Pleasant. Come Carry the Load!

From June 1-14, it’s all about Flag Day. June 14, free flags will be given away at multiple locations, including Barksdale Federal Credit Union, Pioneer Comfort Systems, LaZ-Boy Furniture Galleries of Shreveport, and Red River Range.While supplies last.

The next event during Freedom Fest Series is the Free Lifejacket Giveaway. While supplies last, infant, child, and youth life jackets will be distributed from Barkdale Federal Credit Union on Airline Dr and Mansfield Rd. on June 26. ALSO IN SHREVEPORT, you can pick up a free life jacket at Academy Sports and Outdoors, at 210 E. Bert Kouns Industrial, Shreveport. Lifejackets are also available at the following Sabine River Authority, State of Louisiana locations. (All Parks located on Toledo Bend)

  • Oak Ridge Park, 316 Oak Ridge Road, Mansfield, LA 71052
  • San Miguel Park, 381 San Miguel Road, Zwolle, LA 71486
  • Cypress Bend Park, 3462 Cypress Bend Drive, Many, LA 71449
  • Pleasure Point Park, 1190 Pleasure Point Road, Florien, LA 71429

Also, a big thanks to Curtis Prejean and Bobbie Jo Dean, Morehead Pools, and the Red River Waterway Commission for being a part of this life-saving effort.

On July 4, 2021, it's all about God and Country, great entertainment, and watching fireworks from multiple locations.

Fireworks will be displayed from Stoner Ave. in Shreveport, Temple Baptist Church in Ruston, Northwood County Club in Blanchard, Jefferson, TX, over Big Cypress Bayou by the bridge downtown and at the Maude Cobb Convention Complex in Longview.

Entertainment for July 4th includes Espe Moran singing the National Anthem, Alter Ego, Johnny Earthquake and the Moondogs with Estelle Brown, Linnea Allen with Liesl Cruz and Emily Petzold, and the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra.

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Freedom Fest Headlines

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SHREVEPORT, La. - The hot summer weather is officially here and kids of all ages are ready to cool off by finding the nearest pool or lake. But before that happens, we at KTBS 3 and our proud sponsors want to make sure they stay as safe as possible by using a proper life jacket.

SHREVEPORT, La - If there's one thing we've learned during the 2021 Freedom Fest Series, it's that patriotism is incredibly strong in the ArkLaTex. When KTBS 3 launched its annual Flag Day Giveaway, thousands poured in to our sponsor locations to get their hands on Old Glory.

SHREVEPORT, La. - You know and see her every weeknight on KTBS 3 News at 5 and 6, but you might not know the incredible singing abilities of Linnea Allen.  

Hope you enjoyed your July 4th holiday and our Freedom Fest Finale. We had to make some adjustments this year for obvious reasons but the show must go on.

TEXARKANA, Ark. - All eyes were to the sky for a spectacular fireworks show at the KTBS Freedom Fest Finale in Texarkana. The massive fireworks display was just one of eight fireworks shows broadcast on KTBS 3 News and KPXJ CW 21.

SHREVEPORT, La. - A weather pattern change threatens to bring Mother Nature's fireworks to the ArkLaTex on July 4th.  Here are the Freedom Fest Finale forecasts.

SHREVEPORT, La. - As we get ready to celebrate the birth of our country, we're also looking at some of the ways that make it great, like it's people.

SHREVEPORT, La. - More typical hot weather is expected for the long holiday weekend in the ArkLaTex and for the KTBS 3 Freedom Fest Finale, featuring a live fireworks show in eight locations. Look for a daily chance of isolated showers with heat index values above 100 degrees.

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