Celebrating Independence Day


Baton Rouge

STAR SPANGLED SATURDAY: 8 a.m. to noon, Red Stick Farmers Market, Fifth and Main streets. Patriotic music by trumpeter John Gray to perform.

RED, WHITE AND BLUE DANCE PARTY: 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., American Legion Hall, 151 S. Wooddale Blvd. Admission $10 for dancers and spectators, or $5 with a student ID.


RED WHITE AND BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL: 8 a.m. until fireworks display at 8 p.m. Festivities include a farmer’s market, the Bayou Blasters Band and Caleb Berg Band, an art walk, a pirate and princess picnic, a pet parade, a blueberry cook-off, and an appearance by one of the cast members of History’s “Swamp People” TV show. Contact: Lewis P. Savoie at (225) 281-3144.


CITYFEST: 3 p.m. to dusk, Sidney Hutchinson Park. Features children’s activities and food, and ends with fireworks. Bring your tent, volleyball net, horseshoes, a picnic or your barbecue pit. No alcohol is permitted in the park. Details at http://cityfest.walker.la.us.


Baton Rouge

KENILWORTH PARADE: 6 p.m., Kenilworth subdivision. “Home of the Free – Because of the Brave” is the theme for the 39th annual Independence Day Parade. The grand marshal is retired Gen. Russel Honoré. The parade begins and ends at Kenilworth Science & Technology School, on Boone Drive just east of Kenilworth Parkway.


JULY 3RD CELEBRATION: 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., Crescent Park. Fireworks begin at dark and music will be provided by The Harvey Wallbangers and the Avenue Cruisers. For details, call (225) 323-2555.


Baton Rouge

BASF FREEDOM MILE: Join the Club South Runners at 8 a.m. for a 1-mile foot race downtown. Visit http://www.lawired.com/csr/home.htm for more information.

USS KIDD VETERANS MEMORIAL TOURS: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets to view evening fireworks from the deck of the Kidd are $10 per person and are on sale at the USS Kidd Gift Shop. Call (225) 342-1942 or visit http://www.usskidd.com.

STAR-SPANGLED CELEBRATION: Begins at noon, downtown near the USS Kidd. No ice chests, barbecue pits, tents or pets allowed.

AIR RAID BATON ROUGE: 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The Louisiana Air National Guard will conduct a fly-by over the USS Kidd with F-15 Eagle jet aircraft in tribute to men and women in uniform. Immediately following, grab your helmets and take cover as vintage World War II aircraft stage a mock attack on the USS Kidd. The destroyer will defend herself with her guns.

HOT-AIR BALLOON LIFT-OFF: 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Hot-air balloons to light up the evening skies.

BATON ROUGE CONCERT BAND: 7:30 p.m., on the steps of the State Capitol. The concert feature selections from “The Music Man,” “Star Wars,” and Led Zeppelin On Tour as well as marches and patriotic tunes. The concert is free, and those in attendance will be able to see the fireworks on the levee from the Capitol steps.

FIREWORKS ON THE MISSISSIPPI: 9 p.m. fireworks show presented by WBRZ-TV and The Advocate.

Port Allen

JULY 4TH FEST: 4 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at the Riverfront in downtown Port Allen. There will be face-painting, a magician, clowns, a space walk, food booths. Live music from 5 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. No ice chests allowed.

St. Francisville

AMERICAN LEGION: Town Ball Park on Burnett Road, behind the Sonic. Food, drinks and music all day. Fireworks at dark.

MAIN STREET’S POPPIN’: At the Birdman. Watermelon-eating and seed-spitting contests along with a pie contest. Bring two pies: one to sell and one to judge. All entries should arrive at 12:30 p.m. and judging will begin at 1 p.m. Proceeds benefit Arts For All. 


FOURTH OF JULY HOME TOWN CELEBRATION: Bayou Plaquemine Water Front Park, 57845 Foundry St. The Plaquemine Lock Historic Site will be open for tours of the lock house and the boat pavilion from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and a demonstration by the Old Engine Boat Club from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. The Iberville Museum will be open from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. for patriotic games, children’s art and other activities on the grounds.

VETERANS BOAT PARADE: Departs at 4:15 p.m. from the boat ramp across from the Iberville Parish Jail and arrives at 5 p.m. at Bayou Plaquemine Water Front Park. There is no charge to enter a boat. There will be “Dancin’ on the Boardwalk” to live music from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and a dance contest at 7 p.m. Fireworks on Bayou Plaquemine start at 9 p.m. For details, call (225) 687-3116.

New Roads

FALSE RIVER BOAT PARADE: The theme is “Swamp People,” celebrating the television series on the History Channel. Judging of decorated piers begins at 11 a.m. Judging of decorated watercraft and party barges begins at noon. The boat parade begins at 1 p.m. in front of La Express Boat Landing.