Longview holiday celebration ups ante with events

Longview holiday celebration ups ante with events
Longview News Journal
Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 7:42am

Longview’s July 4 celebration will include car and motorcycle parades, two outdoor stages, a roller derby demonstration and an opening ceremony led by veterans.

Organizers hope the new tweaks to the city-operated festival will make the Fireworks and Freedom Celebration bigger and better.

“For 10 years, I watched all these people, and I thought, ‘All these people are coming; somebody should throw a party,’ ” said Dixie Golden, Maude Cobb Convention and Activity Center manager. “Then when it became the city’s decision, we decided to do that.”

The slew of new events was added for the second year of the city organizing the festival. Longview took over the event with late notice in 2013 after a private organization announced it would no longer organize it. 

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