A Comprehensive Guide to the Rockets Over the Red Fireworks Festival in Shreveport-Bossier

Rockets Over the Red Fireworks Festival, a holiday festival that takes place simultaneously at Riverview Park in downtown Shreveport as well as the Louisiana Boardwalk Outlets in Bossier City, is all set to return, 4-7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018.  As always, there are lots of things to do at this free event, from live music and food trucks to photos with Santa and bounce houses for kids.

Because there’s so much going on, I thought that it may be useful to post a guide to all of the confirmed details that we’ve currently got for the event. As new details become available, we’ll add them to this blog post, so check back in before you go!

Rockets Over the Red Festival is presented by Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau, the City of Shreveport, the City of Bossier City, Louisiana Boardwalk Outlets and Pyromania Fireworks and is sponsored by KSLA and Cumulus Media.

RSVP to the official Facebook event for Rockets Over the Red Fireworks Festival 2018.

A photo of Louisiana Boardwalk Outlets
A crowd gathers on the afternoon of Rockets Over the Red Fireworks Festival 2018.

General Info
Saturday, Nov. 24, 4-7 p.m.
Fireworks begin at approximately 6:45 p.m.
Free admission and a free gift for the first 500 children on both sides of the river.
Bounce houses for kids will be offered by Warrior Network on a donation-only basis. Warrior Network will also be selling hot and cold beverages as a fundraiser benefiting local troops.
Official event hashtag: #RocketsOverTheRed

Riverview Park (Shreveport side), 601 Clyde Fant Parkway, Shreveport
Emceed by Liz Swaine
Photos with Santa will begin at 4 p.m. near the Christmas tree – bring your own camera!
Food truck vendors: Miguelito Burrito, Wonderstick, Garcon du Bayou, Johnny’s Pizza and Fair Food by Tracy Duck.
Live entertainment: Twirlers In Motion (4:45 p.m.), The Shreveport Metropolitan Concert Band at LSUS (5:10 p.m.), Willie Jones (5:45 p.m., pictured), Sweet Nay and the Christmas Belles (6 p.m.), and Lance Thompson (6:35 p.m.).
A double-elimination cornhole bag toss tournament called Candy Canes & Cornhole will begin at 3 p.m. behind Shreveport Aquarium. Advance registration is available here; registration fee is $20 per team. There will be prizes for first, second, third, and best dressed (holiday theme).
Traffic advisory: Prepare for the closure of Clyde Fant Parkway during the event. The street is expected to be closed beginning at 3:30 p.m.

Louisiana Boardwalk Outlets (Bossier City side), 540 Boardwalk Boulevard, Bossier City 
Emceed by a Cumulus Media DJ
Photos with Santa will be taken near the Christmas tree, though we are unable to confirm Santa’s arrival time – bring your own camera!
The stage will be located in the picnic area by Cheesecake Bistro (near the fountains).
Live entertainment: Red River Pipes and Drums (4:05 p.m.), Westwood Elementary “The Ranch” Junior Leadership Team (4:30 p.m., 5:15 p.m.), Bossier Parish Talented Arts Program (4:45 p.m.), and the BPCC Music Jazz Band (5:40 p.m.).

As more information becomes available, we’ll share it here! In the meantime, download The Holly-Jolly Handbook, a brochure that compiles information on two dozen major holiday events taking place in Shreveport-Bossier. You can also check out our beautiful drone footage from Rockets Over the Red Fireworks Festival 2017:

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