July 4, 2023 @ 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm America/Chicago Timezone
Shreveport Riverfront
Clyde Fant Parkway

KTBS-3 Freedom Fest: A Spectacular 4th of July Celebration Honoring Military Active and Veteran Service and Patriotism

Shreveport, LA – June 8, 2023 – The KTBS-3 Freedom Fest is set to take place on July 4th, creating an unforgettable evening of festivities, live entertainment, and a breathtaking fireworks display. This annual event, produced by the City of Shreveport and KTBS-3, is held at the Riverview Amphitheatre and Plaza in Downtown Shreveport. The 2023 patriotic extravaganza offers a new twist that goes above and beyond the phenomenal Fireworks and Bakowski Bridge of Lights Show.

This year, the Freedom Fest will salute and celebrate the active United States military and veterans, expressing gratitude for their service and sacrifices that allow us to continue to commemorate American Freedom.

The KTBS-3 Freedom Fest provides a platform for active duty and veteran members of the Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Space Force to come together in a spirit of camaraderie and pride. Commissioner Ken Epperson, Sr., Chairman, Veterans Celebration Committee (U.S. Army Veteran) will Emcee the Honor Ceremony. Shreveport Mayor Tom Arceneaux and Bossier City Mayor Tommy Chandler, along with Dr. Woodrow Wilson, Caddo Parish Administrator and Butch Ford, Bossier Parish Administrator will present a specially designed commemorative pin to honor the participating active and veteran military personnel, recognizing their dedication and commitment to safeguarding our freedom.

George Sirven, the Station Manager of KTBS-3, expressed the station’s unwavering support for God and Country, emphasizing their commitment to honoring and expressing gratitude to those who defend our freedom. Residents of Blanchard, Bossier, Shreveport, LA, Jefferson, and Longview, TX, are invited to gather at the Shreveport Riverview Amphitheatre and Plaza to participate in person or enjoy the event from the comfort of their homes by tuning into KTBS-3 for a broadcast of the festivities.

Following the ceremony, attendees will be treated to a dynamic performance by the popular Shreveport 90’s Tribute band, The Hollow Decks, from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm. The lively music will keep spirits high and create an energetic atmosphere for all to enjoy. Spinner Entertainment will also be present, captivating the audience with their juggling, hula hooping, fire-blowing, and stilt walking performances, adding an element of “glowing” wonder and excitement to the event.

The highlight of the KTBS-3 Freedom Fest will be at 9:30 pm with a mesmerizing fireworks display, choreographed by Curtis Elkins of Pyromania Fireworks LLC, and accompanied by an Independence Day Light show created by Jason Lyons on the Bakowski Bridge of Lights on the Texas Street Bridge. The fireworks are generously sponsored by the City of Shreveport, Brookshire’s Grocery/Super 1, Hebert’s Town & Country, and Kilpatrick’s Rose-Neath Funeral Homes. Fireworks and the dynamic Light Show will paint the sky with vibrant colors, symbolizing the spirit of freedom and unity. The Hollow Decks will return to the Stage after the Fireworks and Light Show.

In addition to the captivating entertainment, the event will feature a smorgasbord of grilled goodies from the Shreveport Aquarium along with a full bar from the Aquarium Patio; ten food trucks offering delectable culinary delights from the Sci-Port Parking and the Aquarium Parking areas, an arts market showcasing the talents of local artists, engaging games and hands-on art activities for children led by Jerry Davenport, and the opportunity for attendees to work with famous area artist, Eric Francis to create a vibrant chalk art mural.

The KTBS-3 Freedom Fest is part of the ongoing Glo Fests created by the Shreveport Regional Arts Council that take place along the Red River, debuting new light shows created by local artists and Caddo Parish students every first Friday. This celebration of art and innovation adds an extra layer of excitement and creativity to the event, making it a truly unique and immersive experience.

This family-friendly event is free and open to everyone. Whether joining in person or watching the broadcast from home, all are welcome to come together and celebrate the spirit of patriotism and unity on this special day.