Kilgore residents are celebrating America at their first annual Red, White and Blue State of Mind event.

The event featured face painting, live music, and a bounce house for kids.

"We wanted people to see how much downtown Kilgore is growing and all the great businesses we have here." Event organizer Ada Fahrenholt Alexander said.

District 1 U.S. Representative, Louie Gohmert, made a special stop at the event. He spoke to a crowd of people about his optimism for East Texas and the country.

“I am excited for the direction President Trump is going for our country.” Gohmert said. “We should have an increased sense of optimism for the future of East Texas.”

Also, he working with President Trump to spotlight the natural resources, East Texas has to offer the country.

Event organizers tell us they are hosting a military parade on July 29th.