FREEDOM FEST FINALE - July 4


For 11 years, KTBS, along with our sponsors, has brought you the biggest celebrations of our freedom in the ArkLaTex. Our 12th year will be like none other! While COVID-19 has changed the social landscape of our country, it is our goal to provide hope for brighter days and a celebration of overcoming one of the most difficult times in our history.

KTBS 3 is proud to announce its 12th annual Freedom Fest Finale on July 4, 2020. This year will be a time of appreciation to our essential workers, triumph over our trials, and a celebration like none other! We are honoring God and Country, our heroes, first responders, families, and faith, by highlighting celebrations across the ArkLaTex. From Texarkana to Natchitoches and everywhere in between, turn your eyes to the sky for the biggest fireworks displays ever. In addition, KTBS is working on an entertainment show like you’ve never seen before.


The 2020 Freedom Fest Finale headliner will be the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra in a concert like none other. KTBS, in partnership with the Shreveport Symphony, conductor Michael Butterman and 42 members of the orchestra present a virtual symphonic production with several patriotic compositions. KTBS’ Production Department will compile the musical performances into a unique virtual concert.

Shreveport Symphony Music Director Michael Butterman remarked, “We are thrilled to be part of this unique celebration. A time like this demands creative approaches, and I am grateful to KTBS for the opportunity to continue to share music with our community in this way.”

The Symphony concert will be played throughout the evening in a televised production including performances from Charity Gayle of Houston, Betty Lewis of Shreveport, and KTBS’ own Linnea Allen.

Fireworks displays will fire from eight locations across the ArkLaTex including Natchitoches, Texarkana, Ruston, and several locations in Shreveport and Bossier. Viewers can watch the fireworks at 9:15 pm live on KTBS and KPXJ-CW21.

The entire televised Freedom Fest Finale will air on KTBS beginning at 5:30 pm on July 4th and shall be hosted by Gerry May and Linnea Allen.

Station Manager, George Sirven states, “This year we will come together in a way like never before to honor our faith, find hope in the future, and celebrate our patriotism. This event is one that will do so safely and inspire our community for better days to come.”

Join KTBS, the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra, and the entire ArkLaTex as we celebrate faith, hope, and patriotism.


For more information and for a schedule of events, go to KTBS.com/FreedomFest.

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FIREWORKS LOCATION DETAILS


Blanchard, LA – Full event hosted by Northwood Hills Golf Club

Fireworks at 9:15pm

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Benton, LA – Full event hosted by Cypress Baptist Church

Fireworks at 9:15pm

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Texarkana, AR – Full event hosted by Texarkana United Methodist Church

Downtown Texarkana

  • Freedom Rally
  • Stage with music
  • Spaced booths with area church information
  • Local restaurants open and serving
  • Downtown Texarkana on both sides of the street (TX and AR)
  • NO – Bouncy castles or kid areas; no food trucks

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Natchitoches, LA – Full event hosted by the Natchitoches Historic Business District

  • No gathering, but restaurants on Front Street will be serving and some will have live music
  • Kayaking and paddle boarding available
  • Cane River Queen Paddle Boat will be running with limited admissions

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Ruston, LA – Full event hosted by Temple Baptist Church

“Love Lincoln Freedom Fest”

Prerecorded performances to be livestreamed at www.temple.life - broadcast on Facebook and YouTube and radio.

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Downtown Shreveport – Stoner Avenue on Clyde Fant Parkway

Drive-up Fireworks from your car

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LA State Fairgrounds – Parking areas

Drive-up Fireworks from your car

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South Shreveport

Not a public event, but can see fireworks in the area close to Southern Trace/Wallace Lake.

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Betty Lewis

is a singer-songwriter and international recording artist. She is a Legend Award Recipient for her humanitarian efforts.

Betty is passionate about July 4th because she is a proud Veteran of this country. Betty Lewis has been singing in the Shreveport Bossier area for more than 30 years, and is currently singing with The Crawdads.

This isn’t the first time Betty Lewis has performed for the KTBS 3 July 4th event, in fact, she was one of the first performers during the 2010 event.

Betty Lewis and her husband live in Shreveport.

Betty will perform with Robin Vosbury on July 4th starting at 6:00 pm. They will be singing A Change is Gonna Come, America the Beautiful, Lean on Me, and What a Wonderful World.



Charity Gayle

is an emerging Christian artist, songwriter, and seasoned worship leader. Currently based in Houston, TX, Charity is a Buffalo, NY native from a ministry family. She states, "I can't recall ever not having a passion to spread Christ through music." She has lead worship for countless churches and congregations throughout her young lifetime, and is a regular clinician at varying worship seminars and schools.

Charity was named GMA Immerse vocalist of the year for 2012 and led the single from her album, "Divine Exchange EP" produced by Jonathan Crone, at the 2014 & 2015 National Worship Leaders Conference. She is a vital contributing member of the People & Songs community and regularly writes with top CCM vocalists and writers.

Charity has a new single hitting radio on July 4th, 2020.

Charity will perform I Speak Jesus, Great is His Faithfulness, New Name, and Benediction for the KTBS Freedom Fest Finale on July 4th starting at 6pm.



Linnea Allen

joined the KTBS news team in March 2020 as an anchor and reporter specializing in the arts and mental health. She was born and raised in the Shreveport/Bossier City area and is proud to once again be bringing news to the people of the Ark-La-Tex.

Linnea has a Bachelor of Arts in communications from Louisiana State University in Shreveport and a Master of Arts in counseling and guidance from Louisiana Tech University, where she graduated with a 4.0 GPA and was named the Outstanding Graduate Student of the Year by the College of Education. She did her counseling internship at First West Counseling Center in West Monroe, LA, counseling adults and children in both private and group settings.

An award-winning community theatre actress and vocalist, Linnea’s theatre credits are extensive, including performing lead roles in the Shreveport Little Theatre productions of Mamma Mia, Gypsy and Chicago. As a singer and musician, she has entertained audiences all over the United States and in Tokyo. Linnea was Miss Louisiana 1990 and 4th runner up to Miss America 1991. She is also Shreveport’s 2019 Athena Award winner, an honor given by the Greater Shreveport Chamber to recognize professional excellence, volunteerism and mentorship.

Connect with Linnea on Facebook -- @LinneaAllenKTBS or @LinneaFayardAllen or on YouTube here: Linnea Allen channel .



Robin Vosbury

was born in Houston, Texas in 1961 to Dave and Juanita Vosbury. He has one brother. When he was young, his mother played music and taught guitar at Wurlein's and at Walker & Rodie Music, as well as teaching guitar from home. She traveled with the Jimmy Davis Band, Paul Howard and the Arkansas Cotton Pickers, recorded for RCA Records, played on the Grand Ole Opry, and had songs published by Tree Publishing. Growing up, his father owned swimming pool companies and Robin worked for him helping to build pools. His first stage appearance was in El Dorado, Arkansas at the Rogers High School auditorium when he was three years old.

Later Robin would play at the Keithville Jamboree, where he hosted the television show. Robin was only nine or ten years old when he played at the Municipal Auditorium with some of the old Hayride artists like Slim Whitman. He was influenced by southern rockers like Lynyrd Skynyrd, Charlie Daniels, ZZ Top, and a local, Kenny McCarty. He began playing in night clubs at the age of fifteen. Robin graduated from Huntington High School in Shreveport, Louisiana and at nineteen, he and his band, The Crawdads, began working for BB Watson and toured forty-nine states, four provinces of Canada, and Mexico. They opened for Exile and George Jones and served as the band for Randy Travis and Alan Jackson early in their careers.

He retired from touring in 1982, but went on to play in Nashville with BB Watson and on various shows including, Ralph Emery, Crook & Chase, and Hee Haw in the 1990's. He has recorded with Claude King and James Burton, and continues to record digitally in his own studio at home. While Robin still plays and records music, he has worked as a truck driver and a police officer. His son Cole is very talented and has been playing in piano bars and has a trio who plays on the west coast. He and his wife Karla have six children and six grandchildren. (Credit Norton Art Gallery)


Freedom Fest Headlines

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.

SHREVEPORT, La. - The fireworks show Saturday night for the KTBS 3 Freedom Fest Finale will have a captive audience as we celebrate our nation’s independence, but so could our weather as scattered showers and storms remain in the forecast during that time.

BLANCHARD, La. - Freedom Fest Fireworks will be on display across the ArkLaTex this upcoming 4th of July. As we celebrate our nation’s independence with fireworks in Blanchard, it looks like the skies may be giving up some scattered showers or storms as a coastal low moves our way from the east. 

SHREVEPORT, La. - Last week's soggy weather pattern shifts to a hotter and drier regime this week until the July 4th holiday.  Here is the forecast.

SHREVEPORT, La. - South Shreveport skies will be all lit up as fireworks burst in air as we celebrate our nation’s freedom. But that may not be all we’ll see in our South Shreveport skies. Some spotty areas of rain may follow.

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