Advocate file staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Spectators watch a fireworks display overlooking the Mississippi River at Crescent Park in Donaldsonville in 2011.

Fireworks will light up the night sky over the Mississippi River on July 3 as Donaldsonville celebrates America’s independence.

Sponsored by the city of Donaldsonville, CF Industries and the Donaldsonville Downtown Development District, the July 3 party kicks off at 5:30 p.m. in Crescent Park with music, food and the fireworks show.

“This great American tradition is our opportunity to show our patriotic pride and join as a community to celebrate what is great about small-town America,” organizer Missy Jandura said.

Transit plays at 5:30 p.m., followed by Hai Karate.

The fireworks start at 9:15 p.m.

Jandura, executive director of Mainstreet Donaldsonville and Donaldsonville Downtown Development District, encouraged those planning to attend to bring chairs and take advantage of the food items on sale throughout the celebration.

Anyone interested in selling food or crafts or purchasing a booth in the campaign area can call (225) 323-2555 or email