Sugar Mill Pond in Youngsville will hold its annual Fourth of July fireworks display from 5:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. Friday.

The event is free and will feature live music, free parking and trolley rides to the event.

Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Pets are not allowed, and attendees cannot bring in ice chests.

Free activities will include face painting, pony rides, kayak demonstrations, remote control boat demonstrations and stilt walking.

Have coffee with a cop

The Lafayette Police Department will hold its Coffee with a Cop program at four McDonald’s restaurants from 7 a.m. until 9 a.m. Tuesday. The public can meet and discuss issues with the city’s four precinct captains.

Precinct 1 Capt. Joseph Lange will be at the McDonald’s at North University and Renaud Drive.

Precinct 2 Capt. Phil Fontenot will greet guests at the Johnston Street McDonald’s near St. Mary Boulevard.

Precinct 3 Capt. Bryan Racca will be at the McDonald’s at Kaliste Saloom Road near Ambassador Caffery.

Precinct 4 Capt. Randy Miller will be at the McDonald’s at East Willow and Evangeline Thruway.

Fourth on the fifth

St. Mary tourism officials say Independence Day celebrations this year will occur on both sides of the Atchafalaya River, in Morgan City and in Berwick.

Morgan City will hold its traditional Rock the 5th party starting at 1 p.m. Sunday in downtown Lawrence Park.

Berwick will begin its Rock the 5th Patriotic Celebration at 5 p.m. on the riverfront.

Both celebrations will feature live music and food booths, and attendees on both sides of the river will be able to view the fireworks from their launch in the middle of the Atchafalaya.

AOC shows festival acts

AOC Community Media has begun airing recorded performances from the 2015 Festival International.

AOC, which can be viewed on Cox Channel 15 and LUS Channel 3, will broadcast the performances during prime-time viewing each night this week. The series ends Saturday with an all-day, 13-act lineup that starts at 7 a.m. and ends after the 10 p.m. final performance.

The community television station will rebroadcast festival performances throughout the year.

To view the entire schedule, visit

To request runs of festival performances of the past 29 years, email

For more information about AOC and Festival International, call (337) 232-4434.

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