Entertainment

The annual Freedom Festival Music & Fireworks Extravaganza is one of the most anticipated local events of the year and the sixth installment will take place on Saturday, July 5 from 3-10 p.m. at 2091 Hwy 109 South between Texas Longhorn and Delta Downs in Vinton, La. Musical performances include local acts Uhnayus, Curse & The Cure, Angel Siren, Stone Blind, All Things Undone, Three Legged Dawg, and Southern Boys Band.

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Grammy Award winning comedic duo Cheech & Chong will headline the Up In Smoke Tour on Friday, Aug. 22 at Ford Arena. On sale ticket information will be announced at a later date. Also performing will be American funk band, War.

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Platinum Hits Entertainment presents Zapp in concert on Friday, Aug. 1, at 8 p.m. inside the Julie Rogers Theatre. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased at the Beaumont Civic Center box office or Ticketmaster outlets including ticketmaster.com.

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Louis McNeeley

Kountze Trade Days has been a fixture of the “The Big Light in The Big Thicket” since 2010, offering a wide array of unique vendors and some of the best festival-style food Southeast Texas has to offer.

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The vision for Independence Day celebrations can be traced back to a letter from John Adams to his wife, Abigail, in which Adams speaks of dreams of “pomp and parade, shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other.” Although Adams originally thought America’s independence would be celebrated July 2, Congress delayed the signing of the Declaration of Independence by two days. What would transpire thereafter would change the world and shape a nation.

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