No doubt about it...there's plenty to do in Shreveport-Bossier to celebrate Independence Day. Here are a few ideas for you.

Louisiana Boardwalk


It's a July 4th week celebration! And it's happening at the Louisiana Boardwalk. "Red, White, and Relay" runs from July 2nd through 7th, thanks to a partnership between the Boardwalk and the American Cancer Society. At 8:30 p.m. on the 4th, the sky by the river will light up with a Sky Lantern ceremony in honor and memory of those folks who have battled cancer. You can get YOUR Sky Lantern from 5:30 til 8 that night. If you need more info about the event, call the Shreveport ACS office at 219-1668 or send an email to

SPAR pool


A bit of a change to swimming pool and sprayground schedules for the upcoming holiday. Shreveport Public Assembly & Recreation and Rock Solid Sports say all public swimming pools will be open from 1 to 6 p.m., except Southern Hills, which will be open from 2 to 7 p.m. SPAR's seven spraygrounds will operate from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Riverview Park's sprayground will be open from 7 a.m. til 1 a.m. If you've never taken your child to one of the local spray need to. I can tell you from experience that it's loads of fun -- for your little one AND you! And what better way to cool off from this oppressive summer heat? For more info, visit SPAR's website.

Shreveport SciPort


Some Independence Day-themed activities and programs are coming up at's a run-down:

June 30th-July 4th, noon through 5 p.m.

Fireworks Fun! -- What puts the color in fireworks? How do they make such interesting shapes in the sky? Those questions and more will be answered at this event.

Friday, July 13th, from 8 to 11 p.m.

July Star Party -- Take a tour of the night sky using Sci-Port's large telescopes -- or bring your own -- to see constellations, stars and planets hanging in the Shreveport sky. It costs $3 for members and $5 for non-members.

Saturdays in July, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Solar System Saturdays -- explore the realm of our solar system with a series of hands-on activities and planetarium presentations.

Sundays, July 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th, at 1 and 4 p.m.

Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream Sun-dae -- Head to Sci-Port during National Ice Cream Month and get an ice cream sundae made with Liquid Nitrogen. The activity is free with admission to the center.

And my favorite (since I have an almost 4-year-old at home)...Itty Bitty Scientists, Wednesdays through August 1st, at 11 a.m. and noon. This one features hands-on activities for toddlers ages 2 through 5.

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