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Advocate staff photo by SUSAN BROADBRIDGE-- An American flag rest in front of the fireworks at the 17th Slidell Heritage Festival in Slidell, La. Friday, July 4, 2014. Band performances also rolled throughout the night for the community to enjoy.

Susan Broadbridge

FRIDAY-SUNDAY

ESSENCE FESTIVAL: Various locations in New Orleans. Headline recording artists, empowerment workshops and a host of seminars are just part of the national celebration sponsored by Essence magazine. Prices vary by event. essence.com/festival

SATURDAY

HERITAGE FESTIVAL: 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Heritage Park, 1701 Bayou Lane, Slidell. This festival features food, music, art displays, children’s games and a fireworks display. $10. slidellheritagefest.org

STARTING THURSDAY

FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL: New Orleans, various venues. A summer showcase of some of the best contemporary and classic French films. Individual tickets are $9 for New Orleans Film Society members, $11 for nonmembers. neworleansfilmsociety.org