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.
The 2019 KTBS 3 Freedom Fest Finale will be a party like you've never seen before with fun for the entire family. You'll satisfy your appetite with FREE samples at the annual Brookshire's Steak Cook Off, pick up free life jackets for the kids at the life jacket giveaway sponsored by Barksdale Federal Credit Union, Red River Waterway Commission and Morehead Pools while supplies last, groove to the sounds of top-notch entertainers, be amazed by the Barksdale B-52 flyover courtesy of Fred Phillips and Family and to cap it all off, witness the ArkLaTex's most incredible fireworks display right before your eyes thanks to Kilpatrick's Rose-Neath. This year, we'll be using 12" shells, the largest this area has even seen.
Be sure and bring a blanket and spread out on the green space at Riverview Park to enjoy all of the fun and fantastic entertainment, or catch the action in Bossier City as we'll be broadcasting from both sides of the Red River.
As always, we’ve been celebrating our freedom throughout several weeks leading up to the Fourth of July. From Memorial Day on, it’s been all about three words – remember, respect and celebrate. Events included Carry the Load, the Freedom Fest Friday concerts at the East Bank District & Plaza in Bossier City, the Flag Day Giveaway and the Freedom Fest Color Run benefiting The Warrior Network.
"Freedom Fest Finale is the culmination of 5 weeks of remembrance and celebration of America’s birthday. We’ve remembered our fallen with our Carry the Load event, reminisced the olden days dancing with the Victory Belles during Freedom Fest Fridays, promoted our colors celebrating Flag Day, and helped our military raising funds for The Warrior Network during our Red White and Blue Color Run," said George Sirven, KTBS 3 Station Manager.
"Now comes the Finale! Freedom Fest Finale will excite young and old this year. Our entertainment is proving to be one of the best line ups KTBS has ever presented with country and western artist David Lee Murphy headlining our finale. Johnny Earthquake and the Moondogs as well as fan favorite Michael Love will also perform on the Riverfront stage," Sirven said.
ArkLaTex residents have a unique sense of pride in our country and unmatched patriotism, so this festival is the place to be on July 4th.
This year’s fireworks extravaganza, sponsored by Kilpatrick’s Rose-Neath, promises to be an amazing show. The fireworks will be handled with care by a local company, Pyromania. They will be bigger and better than ever with brighter colors and louder explosions. It will be spectacular with 12" shells, the largest we've ever used. Curtis Elkins, owner of Pyromania, says there’s no bad place to watch the fireworks, and that you will see the fireworks display even on Cross Lake. The fireworks will begin around 9:15 p.m.
The 6th Annual Brookshire's Steak Cook Off is sure to be a crowd pleaser. While Brookshire's is the title sponsor, it also wouldn’t be possible without Super 1 Foods and Down Home Meats. Once again this year, there will be an ancillary side item – sausage! Down Home Meats is providing the sausage for the cookers. Bring your appetite because the FREE sausage tasting begins at 2:15 p.m. The steak tasting begins at 2:30 p.m. This is a great opportunity to visit with great chefs, learn their methods, and taste their steaks. Click here to register for this year’s competition. The deadline to sign up is July 3rd. Don’t forget to join us at 4 p.m. in the cook off area for the announcement of the winners.
Joining KTBS 3 as Presenting Sponsors this year are the Bossier Parish Police Jury, Brookshire's Grocery, Caddo Parish Commission, City of Shreveport, CHRISTUS Velocity Urgent Care and Ivan Smith Furniture.
Join us on the riverfront as we celebrate our nation's 243rd birthday. If you can't make it out to the festivities in person, you can catch the live broadcast on KTBS 3, KPXJ CW 21, KTBS Digital 3.3, KTBS.com and any of your KTBS Everywhere devices from 4:00 p.m. until 10:35 p.m.
FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS & TIMELINE
Thursday, July 4
7:30 a.m. – Firecracker 5K
This is the 35th anniversary of the Firecracker 5K. Start the 4th off healthy by running a beautiful route on Fairfield and Betty Virginia Park. The race begins at Mall St. Vincent at Sears, and kicks Independence Day off with a bang. The Firecracker 5K is sponsored by Sportspectrum and the Spine Institute of Louisiana Foundation. Click here to sign up.
6:00 a.m. - Road Closures & Parking
- Clyde Fant Parkway: Closes at 6 a.m. between Milam and south of I-20 at the first turnaround.
- Crockett Street: Closes at 6 a.m. between Spring and Clyde Fant, reopens at 11 p.m.
- Commerce Street: Closes at 6 a.m. between Milam and Crockett Street, reopens at 11 p.m. This serves as the entrance for handicapped parking.
- Free Public Parking: All downtown street parking is free on the weekends and holidays. Regions Garage is open from 3 p.m. – 11 p.m. and parking is free.
10:00 a.m. - Naturalization Ceremony
A group of immigrants will be become U.S. citizens at the Federal Courthouse in downtown Shreveport. This special event coincides with the KTBS 3 Freedom Fest Series and will air live on ktbs.com and your KTBS Everywhere connected devices.
12:00 p.m. - Vendors
Freedom Fest Finale would not be complete if we didn't have lots of food and drinks. Everything from BBQ to lemonade, hot dogs, and hamburgers -- you won’t go away hungry!
12:00 p.m. - Car Show
If you're an antique and classic car buff, you'll want to check out the Car Show near the Steak Cook-Off Area. It starts at noon and is sponsored by Red River Street Rods. There are at least 30+ automobiles expected to be on display.signed up to be on display.
1:00 p.m. - Cooking begins for 6th Annual Brookshire's Steak Cook Off
Join us for the 6th Annual Brookshire's Steak Cook Off. FREE steak samples will be given away beginning at 2:30 p.m. That's right, FREE samples! This is a Steak Cook Off Association sanctioned event. All SCA cook offs will have a "SCA Representative" on site to run the judging area and be an ambassador to the cook teams. While Brookshire’s is the title sponsor, it also wouldn’t be possible without Super 1 Foods and Down Home Meats. Don’t forget, we have an ancillary side items this year – sausage! Down Home Meats is providing the sausage for the cookers. Register by clicking here! Don’t forget to join us at 4 p.m. in the cook off area for the announcement of the winners.
2:00 p.m. - Children's Areas
Great news for parents! The KTBS 3 Freedom Fest Finale Day Festival promises fun for the entire family, especially the kids. The Children’s Area opens at Sci-Port Discovery Center at 2 p.m. The movie Apollo 11 will be showing at the IMAX theater there until 7 p.m. for $5. We can't thank Sci-Port enough for providing a fun and safe place for the kids to celebrate July 4th.
2:00 p.m. - Life Jacket Giveaway in the lobby of Sci-Port
Once again, the message for parents this summer is -- safety first. Hundreds of life jackets will be given away courtesy of our generous sponsors, Barksdale Federal Credit Union, Red River Waterway Commission and Morehead Pools. The giveaway will take place while supplies last beginning at 2 p.m. in the lobby of Sci-Port. There will be sizes for infants, children and youth. Several years ago, six children drowned in the Red River in one incident. The goal is to keep a tragedy like that from ever happening again.
4:15 p.m. – Opening Ceremony on the Herbert's Town & Country Stage
Festivities officially kick off with the Welcome, Invocation, and Pledge of Allegiance on the Herbert's Town & Country Stage. Look for Danielle Scott on stage. She is an American-Brazilian indoor volleyball player who has played at the 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008 and the 2012 Summer Olympics, breaking a U.S. female volleyball athlete record for Olympic appearances.
She will be at the Freedom Fest Finale at 1:00 to participate in the sausage judging, then at Sci-Port at 2:00 to help distribute life jackets. At 4:15, along with some of the KTBS staff, she'll lead the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance. Scott will be at the Freedom Fest Finale, in part, to promote the Volleyball intercontinental Olympic qualifier coming to Bossier City August 2 – 4 at the CenturyLink Center. Go to centurylinkcenter.com and use the discount code ktbs for $3.00 off tickets through July 28.
Let's get this party started! There's something for everyone at the festival -- tons of food, fun and awesome entertainment.
4:30 p.m. – Michael Love
This singer, songwriter, entertainer, producer and recording artist has graced stages and ignited audiences from Miami to Vegas, Minnesota to Washington, Reno to Texas and the list goes on. Michael Love is a native of Shreveport, but is based out of Las Vegas, Nevada. He's the son of Louisiana State Representative Barbara Norton. Love says he's always ready to come to where it all started. His influences are The O'Jays, Michael Jackson, Luther Vandross, Earth, Wind and Fire , and new school artist like Pharell, Bruno Mars to name a few.
6:00 p.m. - Johnny Earthquake & The Moondogs with Estelle Brown
Over the past nearly quarter century, Johnny Earthquake and the Moondogs have established themselves as one of the top show bands not only in Louisiana, but in the entire south. The Moondogs are a 9-10 piece band from Natchitoches, and feature a full horn section, dubbed “The Horny Boys”, a beautiful and dynamic female singer, and, of course, front man Johnny Earthquake. Johnny Earthquake and the Moondogs are extremely versatile, playing all types of music from the 50’s through today, and their critically acclaimed shows truly offer something for everyone. Their diverse repertoire includes rock, rhythm and blues, funk, country, swing, and even old standards if needed. No matter what the event calls for, the Moondogs can deliver.
Estelle Brown, a member of the Sweet Inspirations, famous for backing up Elvis Presley on tour, was inducted into the Louisiana Folklife Hall of Master Folk Artists in 2018.
Brown has been singing and performing for more than 60 years, and like many of the singers of her generation, she “cut her teeth” performing the soulful gospel hymns in the African-American church where she grew up.
She also sang with the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin.
7:30 p.m. – Barksdale Air Force Base B-52 Flyover
Prepare to be amazed as an actual B-52 from Barksdale flies overhead. BAFB is home to the B-52s. The B-52 is instrumental in protecting our freedom. This year’s flyover is sponsored by Fred Phillips and Family. Phillips turned 72 in June and has been flying 52 years. The FAA and the Federal Aviation Administration has honored Phillips for flying more than 50 years. To celebrate this distinction, Fred Phillips wants to honor America and Barksdale Air Force Base by sharing his passion of flying by sponsoring the B-52 flyover. Thank you, Mr. Fred Phillips!
7:35 p.m. - Skydivers with Red, White and Blue Streamers
Turn your attention to the skies as an awesome group of skydivers from Skydive Louisiana descend from the heavens. It will certainly be a sight to behold.
7:45 p.m. - Headliner: David Lee Murphy
David Lee Murphy is a country music singer and songwriter. He's best known for his #1 country hits "Dust on the Bottle" and "Everything's Gonna Be Alright", as well as the hit songs "Party Crowd", "Out with a Bang", "Every Time I Get Around You", "The Road You Leave Behind", and "Loco".
Murphy has become an in-demand songwriter for such post-millennial country stars as Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean and Blake Shelton. He has earned more than a dozen songwriting awards. David Lee Murphy songs have been recorded by superstars Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Florida Georgia Line, Thomas Rhett, Eric Church, Brad Paisley, Hank Williams Jr., Brooks & Dunn, Chris Young and many more.
9:15 p.m. - Fireworks Extravaganza
Kilpatrick's Rose-Neath is once again sponsoring what promises to be an unbelievable fireworks display. This year, the fireworks are provided by a local company, Pyromania. Prepare yourself for the biggest fireworks show in the ArkLaTex, according to KTBS 3 Station Manager George Sirven.
Don’t forget to capture the moments with our selfie boards that will be on site. Make a memory for a lifetime and share it with the world by using #ktbssalutes or emailing it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- No personal fireworks
- No grills allowed
- No pets allowed
- No glass bottles allowed
- No weapons
- No personal pop-up tents allowed
- No outside alcoholic beverages
Thanks to this year's Presenting Sponsors! They are Bossier Parish Police Jury, Brookshire's Grocery, Caddo Parish Commission, City of Shreveport, CHRISTUS Velocity Urgent Care and Ivan Smith Furniture and KTBS 3.