City staff asks Longview to expand July Fourth celebration
Longview, TX (Longview News-Journal) — As far as Longview city staff members are concerned, the Freedom Celebration and Fireworks Festival was a star-spangled success. They hope to make it an annual event that gets even bigger and better by offering more events and drawing more well-known musical artists.
“Well, we are our own worst critics, but I would give it an 8 out of 10,” said Director of Community Services Laura Hill, in rating Thursday’s celebration.
Last week’s celebration marked the first year in recent memory that the Independence Day celebration, which drew a crowd estimated to top 10,000 people, was run entirely by the city.
The city of Longview assumed control of the annual celebration when officials with Ambucs Too, which had sponsored the event in recent years, announced in February it would not be hosting the event.
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