DEPORT — Those involved with Project Deport are hoping for quite the turnout tonight as the city celebrates America’s birthday.

The Deport Fourth of July Freedom Festival kicks off at 6 p.m. with games and contests, vendors and a fireworks show at dusk touted by the city on Facebook as “the biggest fireworks show in Lamar County.”

The event will feature music, children’s games, family and group games, a cake walk, a water balloon war, a concession stand by the American Legion and the chance for prizes. Music will play until 11 p.m.

Klark Byrd is the managing editor of The Paris News. He can be reached at 903-785-6960 or

Klark Byrd is the managing editor of The Paris News and the editor of Paris Life Magazine. He resides in Paris with his wife, Krystle, and their three children, Charlie, Annalise and Willow.

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