Fireworks, cookouts, family, friends, and good times are on the agenda for this weekend as we continue to celebrate the 4th of July. With the 4th falling on a Thursday hopefully, it gives you an extended four-day weekend. If not, then hopefully an extra day off during the week!

We'll be celebrating all weekend long by hanging out poolside or at the lake with friends and family, grilling up some hot dogs and burgers, cooling down with homemade ice cream, and then shooting off some fireworks when it gets dark enough.

When it comes to shooting off fireworks please be careful and never hold fireworks in your hands or look directly into a spent tube, it could still go off. Be mindful of dead storm debris, one spark could turn into a fire, and make sure you have a water source or fire extinguisher close by to put out any accidental fire quickly.

While gathering with friends and family and having a good time, please remember to NOT DRINK AND DRIVE. Be responsible and arrange a way home safely.

Here's a look at this weekend's event happening across East Texas.

For more information or to purchase tickets to listed ticketed events, click or tap on the event name to be redirected to their official page or website.


Click or tap here to see a full list of all the fireworks shows that are happening on Thursday, July 4th.


Thunder Over East Texas

Friday 3p-8p
Athens Municipal Airport - Athens

The inaugural edition of Thunder Over East Texas will be on Friday, July 5th. Featuring Gulf Coast Wing’s performance of The Navy Trains for War, plus warbirds, formation flights, and more! Tour vintage planes, meet the pilots, and get your hands on the coolest airshow swag! Two legendary CAF warbirds will be offering cockpit tours and Living History flights. For the ultimate warbird experience, book a flight on one of the classic planes. There is an admission fee and fee to tour the classic planes and for the unique flight.


Family Fun Night

Friday 3p-9p
Bullard baseball fields - Bullard

A fun evening of kickball, wiffle ball, nerf gun wars, food, snow cones, and much more!!!


Laugh Out Longview Improv Festival

Friday and Saturday
Longview Community Center - Longview

Theatre Longview and the Duck. Duck. Moose! Improv Comedy Troupe proudly presents the inaugural Laugh Out Longview Improv Festival on Friday and Saturday, July 5 and 6, at the Longview Community Center located at 500 E. Whaley Street, Longview, TX.

Join us for two nights of hilarious performances by THE Laura Hall from the hit TV show "Whose Line Is It Anyway", along with improv comedy teams from across the state of Texas. To top it off, there will be a finale performance Saturday night from the Upright Citizen's Brigade Touring Company which is coming all the way from Los Angeles!

This is a ticketed event. Tap the header for a line-up of performers and times.


Saturdays On Main

Saturday @ 9a
downtown Palestine - Palestine

Saturdays on Main is a family-friendly event held on the first Saturday of each month to feature all the fun things to see and do in the 44 blocks of the Palestine Main Street District in downtown Palestine, Texas.

We invite you to come see the new businesses that have recently opened in historic downtown. Enjoy the exquisite model train display at the Railroad Heritage Center. Check out the seasonal produce and goods at the Palestine Farmers Market. Spend some time browsing your favorite crafts, antique, and vintage shops. Visit with East Texas artists hosted throughout downtown on the ArtWalk. Sign up for unique classes as well. Be sure to take advantage of special event sales offered by many of our downtown retailers!


Independence Day Show Out

Saturday 9a-1p
Palestine Municipal Airport - Palestine

Free parking and entry for spectators! The auto show will feature all types of cars, trucks, and ATV's. There is an entry fee for auto-show participants. Awards will be handed out at 12:45! All registration fees are going towards sending deployment care packages! Live music by CashFord Band, vendors, food, and awards.


July Market On Main

Saturday 9a-1p
Main St - Nacogdoches

Join us downtown Nacogdoches to shop local goods, made by local people. Market on Main will be open from 9 am-1 pm.


Water Balloon Fest

Saturday 10a
Church St - Paris

Is anyone else feeling the Texas heat yet? Beat the heat with a WATER BALLOON FEST at the Maxey House!! Wear your bathing suits and join us at 10:00 am on July 6th as we toss balloons, enjoy some wacky water balloon races, and play some yard games after everyone dries off! And we are excited to have our friends Tropical Sno Paris "Paris' #1 Snow Cone Place" join us for Water Balloon Fest!!! Check out their many flavors and great prices!


Warbird Expo

Saturday 10a-4p
Tyler Pounds Regional Airport - Tyler

Join us on Saturday and Sunday, July 6th and 7th, in Tyler, Texas for the Warbird Expo at Tyler’s Heritage Aviation Memorial Museum. The B-25 “Devil Dog”, the P-51 “QuickSilver”, will join the Gulf Coast Wing warbirds and more on the ramp. Tour the vintage planes, meet the pilots, and get your hands on the coolest airshow swag!


Lake Murvaul Fourth Of July Celebration

Saturday 12n
Lake Murvaul - Carthage

Join us at Lake Murvaul on July 6th for our 2nd Annual Fourth of July Celebration! We've added a new event to the lineup - a flotilla around the lake, with a boat parade and prizes for the top three entries. There will be fireworks in dark.


Henderson Freedom Festival

Saturday 5p-10p
Lake Forest Park - Henderson

Gates on the park will open at 5 p.m. and will feature live music, food vendors and the fireworks show at 9:30 p.m.


Fireworks @ Lake O' The Pines

Saturday @ 9:15p
Lake O' The Pines - Jefferson

Fireworks @ Lake O' the Pines 🇺🇸 Saturday, July 6 @ 9:15pm 🎇 Firing off from the eastern shore of Island View facing the dam. 👉🏽 Island View gates open at 5, for viewing from their property.


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