More Than a Dozen Independence Day Events Planned in Shreveport-Bossier, Louisiana

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From the huge KTBS 3 Independence Day Festival to exotic animal races, craft beer, live music and more, Independence Day events in Shreveport-Bossier, Louisiana offer something for everyone.

A photo of the Sportspectrum Firecracker 5K Race For Research held annually in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Runners participate in the Sportspectrum Firecracker 5K Race for Research in Shreveport. Photo credit: Jim Noetzel.

The largest annual event held on July 4 in Shreveport-Bossier is the KTBS 3 Independence Day Festival, which will be bigger than ever before.

More than a dozen major Independence Day events are planned in Shreveport-Bossier, Louisiana for 2018. Seventeen events are currently listed as taking place on July 4 at – Shreveport-Bossier’s largest online arts and entertainment calendar – and new events are being added daily. Event listings for July 4 include the massive KTBS 3 Independence Day Festival, the Sportspectrum Firecracker 5K Race for Research, Exotic Animal Races at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs, Great Raft Brewing’s “Independents Day” Party, and more.

The largest annual event held on July 4 in Shreveport-Bossier is the KTBS 3 Independence Day Festival, which will be bigger than ever in 2018 to celebrate the festival’s 10th year. This year’s festival will take place, 12-10 p.m., in downtown Shreveport’s Festival Plaza. The festival will include a B-52 flyover from Barksdale Air Force Base at 5:50 p.m., a performance by platinum-selling country artists Montgomery Gentry at 8:05 p.m., and a fireworks extravaganza at 9:20 p.m. Admission is free.

Another popular Independence Day event held annually in Shreveport-Bossier is the Sportspectrum Firecracker 5K Race for Research. This patriotic run through Shreveport’s historic Highland neighborhood attracts as many as 4,000 runners annually, many of whom are patriotically dressed for the run. With live music, post-run refreshments, and big cash prizes, the Firecracker 5K is one of the largest runs in North Louisiana. Race registration is $12-$40.

Harrah’s Louisiana Downs has established an unusual Independence Day tradition in recent years with their popular Exotic Animal Races. Beginning at 12 p.m., Harrah’s Louisiana Downs will feature exotic animal races including ostriches and camels ridden by professional jockeys. There will also be a kids’ zone at the track including inflatables, face painting, and food trucks. An exciting program of Thoroughbred racing will begin at 3:15 p.m. Admission is free.        

Local craft breweries are also getting in on the Independence Day fun. Great Raft Brewing in Shreveport will feature live music beginning at 12 p.m., a hot dog-eating contest at 4 p.m., a special beer release, local artists and vendors, the Southern Fork food truck, and more during their annual “Independents” Day Party. Red River Brewing Company will host its annual Red, White, and Brew Party, 5-9 p.m., with discounts for military and anyone wearing red, white, and blue. There will also be food specials from Fat Calf Boucherie, free popsicles for kids, and more.

Complete details of all of these events and more than a dozen others can be found at More information on planning a trip to Shreveport-Bossier – including information on area restaurants, hotels, and attractions – can be found by visiting or calling 1-800-551-8682.

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