The Fourth of July in Jefferson is a little slice of American pie... it is flags, brass bands, and choirs singing patriotic songs in the gazebo. It's the Boy Scout troop grilling hot dogs for a fundraiser, and the high school cheerleaders doing face painting for the kids in the crowd. There's a cake auction to benefit the local library where the prices have soared into the hundreds of dollars, all to benefit the children's reading program. You'll find everything from a homemade ice cream contest to a kid's parade with tricycles and wagons sporting American flags and banners.
After an afternoon in the park, the city is treated to one of East Texas' most extravagant professional fireworks displays. Local citizens make donations every year to put it on, and it is truly breathtaking. Everyone takes their lawn chairs down to the old steamboat turning basin, and watches the rainbow explosions over the bayou.
The Fourth of July in Jefferson is simply magical!

Although the schedule varies slightly from year to year, here is the program for 2016, held in Otstott Park downtown:

5:45 PM - Children's Parade Line Up
6:00 PM - Welcome , Invocation, Pledge of Allegiance
6:00 PM - Children's Parade & Judging
6:15 PM - Ice Cream Championship Judging
6:30 PM - Cake & Pie Auction, Friends of Jefferson Carnegie Library
7:30 PM - Band Concert, Shreveport Metropolitan Concert Band
8:00 PM - Intermission, Presentation of Trophies to Ice Cream Winners
8:15 PM - Band Concerts Resumes
9:15 PM - Finish of the Quaker State500 Duck Race

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