Traveling this Fourth of July weekend? Well, you don't have to travel far to see some spectacular fireworks around the region. Some of my favorite firework shows happen over water and there are several lakes near here where you can enjoy just that.

Let's take a look at some great firework shows within a 2 hour radius from Texarkana.

Hot Springs Arkansas

July 1 - Fireworks on Lake Hamilton


One of Hot Springs most popular lakes Fireworks on Lake Hamilton will start at 9:30PM on the east side of Hwy 7 at the first bridge off Hwy 7. Fireworks will be fired off from barges in the middle of the lake. Seen this firework show many times and it's never disappointing. The reflection off the water is simply beautiful. Free to watch just get their early.

July 2 - Magic Springs Theme and Water Park


You will not want to miss Arkansas' biggest fireworks display at Magic Springs Theme and Water Park starting at dusk.  Special ticket pricing only $29.99 July 2-4. Get your tickets here.

July 3 - Spa Blast at Oaklawn


Oaklawn Park has become a hot spot for watching a huge fireworks display presented by Budweiser. Fireworks will be shot over the infield of the track with a free concert from Pump an Aerosmith tribute band.  Activities for kids include a gigantic kids zone, petting zoo and misting tent to stay cool. Gates open at 5PM with FREE admission.

July 4 - Fireworks Over Harbor


Mountain Harbor Resort on beautiful Lake Ouachita is the place for an all day 4th of July celebration. From a homegrown flag raising ceremony with kids, a Patriotic parade with lots of candy, and the biggest fireworks display over the lake at 9:30PM. Free admission.

Arkadelphia Arkansas

July 4 - Lake DeGray Island Festival


Celebrate the 4th of July with your family with lots of games for all ages including the Freedom 5K Fun Run, kayak races, water relays, watermelon eating contest, great food and a huge fireworks display over Lake DeGray beginning at dusk. Bring your lawn chair there are plenty great views on this lake.

Shreveport and Bossier City

July - 4 Independence Day Festival


Festival Plaza on the banks of the Red River is the place to celebrate America's birthday on July 4th. This free event will include lots of family fun events like a candied apple eating contest, patriotic karaoke, life jacket giveaway, a steak cook-off and live music from various local bands and guitar legend James Burton. Then get ready for one big fireworks show at 9:15PM. Independence Day Festival begins from noon until 11PM.

Longview Texas

July 4 - 4th of July Fireworks and Freedom Celebration


East Texas celebrates the 4th of July with their annual Fireworks and Freedom brought to you by the City of Longview. Lots of family friendly events that include a Patriotic Pup Fashion Show, weenie dog races, carnival rides, historic fly-over, car show, lots of food, entertainment, free concerts, and a huge fireworks display at 9:30PM. Festival will be held at the Maude Cobb Convention and Activity Complex. Free admission and free parking.

And for nearby local 4th of July celebrations read Lisa's blog.

Have a happy and safe 4th of July and Happy Birthday America!