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Crowds gathered for the Lake Murvaul fireworks show in 2018.

Lake Murvaul has set its annual Fourth of July Fireworks show for Saturday, July 4, while other area celebrations have been cancelled because of COVID-19.

The fireworks will begin just after dark on Saturday at Lake Murvaul. The Panola County Fresh Water Supply District No. 1 is planning a show that is at least as long as last year’s.

However, at least two fireworks shows in the area are not taking place: The Woods Volunteer Fire Department’s show and the annual Fourth of July in Logansport.

Still Happening Events

The Uncertain Floating Independence Day Parade is set for 4 p.m. Saturday at Johnson’s Ranch Marina on Caddo Lake.

The annual parade features any boater who wishes to decorate their vessel and join the parade and will also include live music and a fireworks display this year.

Tildon Gillum will provide live music at the event and the Ms. Uncertain Pageant will also be held during the event.

The boats will be judged for their decorations and the fireworks display on the water will begin at dusk.

Johnson’s Ranch Marina is located at 5131 Cypress Drive East in Uncertain and can be reached at 903-789-3213.

For more information about the event, follow its Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/264986244780791/

The city of Longview’s annual Fireworks and Freedom Celebration on July 4 will be a little different this year, thanks to COVID-19 restrictions.

The fireworks show, which at one point was canceled, will continue as a drive-in event thanks to a $50,000 donation . Gates will open at 7 p.m. July 4 at Maude Cobb Convention and Activity Complex, and the fireworks show will begin lighting up the sky at about 9:30 p.m.

Virtual events will be offered throughout the day as part of the celebration.

A virtual talent stage, hosted by the city of Longview Partners in Prevention Unity and Diversity committee, will allow residents to vote for their favorite act on social media. Videos will be posted on the committee’s Facebook page from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Patriotic Story & Music Time is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. July 4. Families can visit the Longview Public Library’s Facebook page, where patriotic-themed books will be read aloud and songs played.

A Patriotic Pet Fashion Show also will take place online. Sponsored by the Longview Animal Care and Adoption Center, the competition welcomes owners and their pets to participate. Entries and winners will be posted on the center’s Facebook page.

Kilgore’s Fourth of July Extravaganza is set for 6 p.m. July 4 at Kilgore City Park at the corner of Wood and North streets. The event includes music, water slides, food vendors and a 20-minute fireworks show.

Fireworks in the Park in Overton will take place at 5 p.m. July 4 at Overton Municipal Park. The event includes bounce houses, obstacle course inflatables, water slide, food trucks and vendors.

Tyler’s Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration is scheduled 2 p.m. July 4 at Lindsey Park, 12557 Spur 364. The fireworks show is set to start at 9:15 p.m. Admission is free.

And Celebrate America Independence Day Fireworks Show is set for 7:30 p.m. July 3 at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, 13590 Texas 110 S. The event includes an armed forces tribute, food vendors and music by 6 Miles to Mixon.

The Lake Hawkins Fireworks Show is from 9 to 10 p.m. July 4 at Lake Hawkins RV Park, 156 County Road 3455.

Cancelled Shows

The Woods Volunteer Fire Department said it was not planning a Fourth of July show, the second in as many years as it had also cancelled last year’s fireworks show.

The DeSoto Parish Fire District No. 1 said last week it had decided to cancel its traditional Fourth of July show in Logansport because of the coronavirus.

“This has been a hard decision and has not been made lightly,” the station said in an announcement, adding “We feel it is in the best interest of the public...

“This will be the first time in many years that we cannot do the show. Our department truly enjoys giving back to our communities each year through this event. We will be looking forward to the next time we can come together safely and celebrate the 4th of July with you.”