uncle sam jam

Friday

The Al Copeland Meadow Concert stage will be the hot spot in Jefferson Parish when Uncle Sam Jam fills the park with music, food, fireworks and fun in celebration of the nation’s birthday. Music runs throughout the day and the fireworks light up the night at 8 p.m. Food and beverage vendors will be on hand, so don’t bring any outside supplies. Chairs and blankets are encouraged. Noon to 10 p.m., Lafrienere Park, 3000 Downs Blvd., Metairie. (504) 628-4459. www.lafrenierepark.org.

happy 3rd of july

Friday

Get a jump on the Independence Day celebrating with “Happy 3rd of July” at 7:15 p.m. on the Goldring/Woldenberg Great Lawn of City Park, New Orleans. The Marine Corps Band New Orleans will provide patriotic music, with fireworks from the Peristyle at 9 p.m. Concessions will be available to purchase. Chairs and picnics encouraged, but no tents or stakes. www.neworleanscitypark.com.

july 4th flotilla

Saturday

The Krewe of Kolossos stages its annual DIY boat parade and picnic on Bayou St. John at Dumaine Street starting at 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 4. Electric or human-powered vessels are welcome; no gas motors, glitter or feather boas. Free. www.kolossos.org/july-4th-parade.

maafa commemoration

Saturday

Maafa is a Kishwahili word for “great” or “horrific tragedy.” The annual event is presented by Ashé Cultural Arts Center. People attired in white clothing will gather in Congo Square to the sounds of the kora played by Senegal’s Morikeba Kouyate to pay tribute to African ancestors who died during the Middle Passage or transatlantic slave trade. A procession follows through Treme and the French Quarter to the Mississippi River. Shuttles will return participants to the square. 7 a.m., Congo Square, Armstrong Park, New Orleans. (504) 813-9008 or (504) 569-9070. www.ashecac.org.

‘fight for the right to fight — african american experiences in world war ll’

Saturday

The National WWII Museum marks the Fourth of July with a new exhibit about a unique aspect of American history. The “Fight for the Right to Fight — African American Experiences in World War II” exhibit features artifacts, photographs, oral histories and associated educational programming to highlight some of the extraordinary achievements and challenges of African Americans during World War II, both overseas and on the Home Front. It opens Saturday and will run through May 30, 2016. 945 Magazine St., New Orleans. (877) 813-3329 or (504)528-1944. www.nationalww2museum.org.

go 4th on the river

Saturday

The banks of the Mighty Mississippi River will be a prime viewing spot for the rockets’ red glare as two “dueling” barges shoot off one of the largest fireworks displays in New Orleans. Go 4th on the River is a Crescent City tradition that explodes in colors and sounds as the barges attempt to one-up each other. The display can be seen from either side of the river — downtown, the Bywater, Algiers and upriver. The event starts at 9 p.m. New Orleans.

antebellum parlor at noma

“A Louisiana Parlor: Antebellum Taste and Context” features the Rococo Revival parlor from the Butler-Greenwood Plantation in St. Francisville in its entirety and component parts. See the furniture and decorative arts prevalent in the mid-19th century South. Through Oct. 14. AT the New Orleans Museum of Art, City Park. (504) 658-4100. noma.org.