The Fourth of July — it’s a time to celebrate America. Or more specifically — our independence.
And what better way to do that than with hot dogs, hamburgers, fireworks and just a heck of a lot of partying?
Baton Rouge, Lafayette, New Orleans and the surrounding South Louisiana areas will host a bevy of Independence Day events throughout the weekend.
Here’s a full recap of what’s going on — in the name of America!
IN BATON ROUGE
A Taste of Independence: 3 p.m. Calandro’s Supermarket, 12732 Perkins Road. The third annual event features local gourmet foods to try. Free. (225) 767-6659.
Cajun Country Jam: 9 a.m. Lamar Dixon Expo Center, 9039 S. St. Landry Ave., Gonzales. The all-day affair includes a fair, car show and live country music from artists like Clay Walker, Joe Diffie and Lorrie Morgan. Tickets are $25 in advance, $35 at the gate. cajuncountryjam.com
Red White and Zoo: 9:30 a.m. Baton Rouge Zoo, 3601 Thomas Road. To celebrate the 4th, the BREC Zoo is hosting a special variety of red, white, and blue-themed programs, games, and crafts. Regular zoo admission rates apply. brzoo.org
The Big Chill: 6 p.m. West Feliciana Parish Park, 10226 W. Feliciana Parkway, St. Francisville. Despite temperatures in the 90s for the weekend, West Feliciana is going to have a snowy celebration. Seven tons of “real” snow will be blown into their park, which will be the setting for live music, foods, beverages, arts and crafts, and fireworks. Free.
2016 Independence Day Parade: 6:30 p.m. Kenilworth Science & Technology School, 7600 Boone Drive. The Kenilworth Civic Association will host its 44th annual Independence Day Parade. Sylvia Weatherspoon of WBRZ will be its Grand Marshal. Free. For more information, visit http://kenilworthneighborhood.com/2016/05/2016-independence-day-parade.
Independence Day Celebration: 6 p.m. Splash Nightclub, 2183 Highland Road. Splash Nightclub will be open all night on Sunday to commemorate Independence Day. Free BBQ and food will be provided in addition to great drink specials and a drag show. $5. facebook.com/splashbr
Freedom Mile: 8 a.m. Downtown. Display you patriotism with a one-mile run from the river to the State Capitol. Free.
USS KIDD’s 4th of July Spectacular: 4 p.m. - 10 p.m. USS KIDD Veterans Museum, 305 River Road S. The annual event includes musical performances from Baton Rouge Music Studios, The Michael Foster Project and Parish-County Line as well as a hot dog eating and pie baking contests. Tickets are $15. For more information, visit https://usskiddspectacular.wordpress.com.
Festival of Freedom: 6 p.m. First Baptist Church of Baton Rouge, 529 Convention St. Church and community choirs will perform. Admission is free. Donations will be accepted to support local military families. fbcbr.com
Fourth Annual 4th of July BLUES JAM: 7 p.m. The Blues Room, 232 Lafayette St. The downtown venue will bring some blues stylings to the American celebrations. The venue opens at noon. Live music starts at 7 p.m., and it will be hosted by Cleveland Jefferson.
Twelfth Annual July 4th Celebration: 7 p.m. LSU Museum of Art, 100 Lafayette St. Enjoy the fireworks from the 6th floor Pennington rooftop terrace as well as a cash bar. Capital City Grill is supplying jambalaya and hotdogs. $15 at the door. lsumoa.org/content/12th-annual-4th-july-celebration
L’Auberge Fourth of July Fireworks Extravaganza: 7 p.m. L’Auberge Casino & Hotel Baton Rouge, 777 L’Auberge Ave. Right on the levee, L’Auberge is providing two great spaces to watch the fireworks —the lawn and the rooftop pool. There will also be an assortment of food, drink, and live entertainment. Get information at lbatonrouge.com.
2016 Independence Day Concert: 7:30 p.m. A.Z. Young Park, 900 N. Third St. The Baton Rouge Concert Band will perform classic tunes from John Philip Sousa, John Williams and many more in this concert. Donations accepted. brcb.org
WBRZ’S Fireworks On the Mississippi: 9 p.m. See the largest fireworks show in Louisiana from downtown Baton Rouge or in Port Allen. Free. wbrz.com/fireworks-on-the-mississippi
Balloons & Boom: 6 p.m. - 11 p.m. Friday, 1 p.m. - 11 p.m. Saturday. The Fairgrounds, downtown Donaldsonville. The event includes food, games, a children’s village, and hot air balloons. Musical performances include King PaKa yae Band on Friday at 8 p.m., Cafe Au Lait at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, and The American Kids Band at 8 p.m. Saturday. Free. facebook.com/DonaldsonvilleLA
Red White & Blues Freetown Party: 2 p.m. Warehouse 535 @ Warehouse 535, 535 Garfield St., Lafayette. This family event will be home to all sorts of food, games, and music. Olympic Grove will provide pizza. The event will also featuring a back porch jam, face painting and yard games. Free. facebook.com/warehouse535
Uncle Sam’s Jam: 4 p.m. Parc International, downtown Lafayette. Enjoy live music from Spank the Monkey and Soul Express Brass Band, then a massive fireworks display at 10 p.m. Free. facebook.com/lafayettedowntown
Independence Day Celebration: 5 p.m. Sugar Mill Pond, 220 Prescott Blvd., Youngsville. This annual celebration includes a children’s parade at 5 p.m. and fireworks around 9 p.m. Free. facebook.com/sugarmillpond
Fireworks display at Zemurray Park: South Oak Street, Hammond. Gates open at 6 p.m. The show starts at dark. Children can enjoy a ride through the park on a miniature train. Concession booths with food and gifts will also be on site.
Fireworks show: Ponchatoula Area Recreation District Park, North Hoover Road. Gates open at 6 p.m. Fireworks are scheduled for 8:45 p.m.
Let Freedom Ring Festival: 8 a.m. Peltier Park, East 7th St., Thibodaux. Enjoy music from Soul Survivors at 7 p.m. and fireworks at 9 p.m. Free.
Avoyelles Arts & Music Festival: 10 a.m., Downtown Marksville. The fifth annual event starts with a barbecue cook-off. Live music and games will follow. The Grand Parade rolls at 6 p.m. Free.
16th Annual Plaquemine July 4th Hometown Celebration: 3 p.m. - 9 p.m. Bayou Plaquemine Waterfront, 57845 Foundry St., Plaquemine. Festivities begin with music and continues with a boat parade at 5:30 p.m. and dance contest at 1 p.m. Free.
Sparks in the Park: 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Bogue Falaya Park, 213 Park Dr., Covington. The third annual event concludes with fireworks at dusk. Food and drink are available for purchase.
Happy 3rd of July: 7:15 p.m. New Orleans City Park. Concessions will be available along with patriotic music from the Marine Corps Band. Bring your own blanket and food if you’d like. Fireworks begin at 9 p.m. Free.
Uncle Sam Jam: 2 p.m., Lafreniere Park, Metairie. Country musicians Joe Nichols and Sara Evans are among this year’s performers. Free
Go 4th on the River: 9 p.m. The River Dueling Barges Fireworks show has been name one of the top Fourth of July attractions and can be seen from the East and West Banks of the Mississippi River. Free. go4thontheriver.com
Bucktown Bash and Shrimp Festival: Bucktown Marina, Matairie. Music, food, crafts, kids activities and a blessing of the fleet are all part of the festivities. $5 for adults.