This Fourth of July, don’t settle for an average backyard barbeque with some hot dogs and cheap fireworks. Celebrate America’s independence in true Louisiana style with parades, fireworks, live music, and delicious food. No matter where you find yourself on the Fourth, we promise Louisiana’s festive and colorful spirit will have you feeling patriotic in no time. Read on for some of our favorite ways to celebrate the Fourth of July all across the Bayou State.
If you’re in New Orleans this Fourth of July, the Go 4th to the River celebration should be at the top of your list. Fodor’s Travel has even named it one of the best firework shows in the entire country. Now in its 28th year, this is a spectacle not to be missed. You haven’t really seen a firework show until you’ve seen a Dueling Barges Firework Show, where you can watch the breathtaking displays being shot off over the Mississippi from not one but two barges. The epic blasts of color produced from the show can be seen all across the city. In addition to the fireworks displays, there will also be live music in Crescent Park in the French Market District.
Looking to keep the party going? The ESSENCE Music Festival stretches from July 5th to July 7th at the New Orleans Superdome, promising three nights of music, entertainment, and food to keep the Fourth of July spirit going strong all weekend long. The world’s largest African American music festival is now in its 25th year. 2019 will feature performances by iconic Hip Hop, R&B, and Gospel musicians, including Missy Elliot, Pharrell Williams, Timbaland, Sheila E, and more. There will also be an Aretha Franklin tribute to honor the late great soul singer. On July 6th, Michelle Obama will be present for a live conversation. In addition, there will be food, wine, a beauty carnival, and a variety of lectures.
Baton Rouge hosts an amazing Fourth of July Spectacular on the USS Kidd. The USS Kidd has been hosting a Fourth of July celebration for over two decades. The festivities include a popsicle parade, hot dog eating contest, watermelon seed spitting contest, live musical entertainment, and a fireworks show over the Mississippi. Nicknamed the “Pirate of the Pacific,” the USS Kidd is considered one of the most authentically restored naval vessels in the world. The festival is a great chance to admire the ship and explore the excellent Veterans Museum located inside.
Come to the 19th annual Red, White, Blue, and You Festival in Lake Charles for some homespun, all-American fun. Everyone is invited to decorate their own floats, vehicles, golf carts, bicycles, marching units, and cars to take part in the annual parade. The festival also includes an apple pie baking contest, a Patriot’s Ball, jazz and choral performances, and of course, lots of fireworks. It has been named one of the “Top 20 Events” for the month of July in the Southeastern United States.
Finally, the Celebration on the Cane in Natchitoches promises a full day of fun activities, food, and music culminating in a massive fireworks show over the Cane River. Be sure to bring your own blankets and lawn chairs for watching the impressive display.
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