The Plaquemine Main Street Program is geared up to host its 15th annual Fourth of July Hometown Celebration this Saturday with a variety of events kicking off at 2 p.m. and lasting until 9 p.m.

The family-oriented festival, which will feature a boat parade, live music, games and rides for children, includes a free admission to the Bayou Plaquemine Waterfront Park, Plaquemine Lock Historic Site and Iberville Museum.

The celebration will primarily take place at the Bayou Plaquemine Waterfront Park, 57845 Foundry St., which is adjacent to the other sites.

The schedule of activities includes live music from Unfinished Business at 5 p.m. and a boat parade at 5:30 p.m. that will set sail from the boat landing across from the Iberville Parish Jail on Bayou Road.

The boat parade will dock at the Waterfront Park at 6 p.m., at which time a brief ceremony honoring the parade’s grand marshals and all veterans will take place.

A jitterbug dance contest begins at 7 p.m. on the boardwalk followed by a dramatic fireworks display to patriotic music at 9 p.m.

No ice chests, tents, fireworks or pets will be permitted into the Bayou Plaquemine Waterfront Park, but attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.

New Roads festival

The city of New Roads will host its annual False River Fourth of July Boat Parade and Music Festival on July 3 and 4.

Mayor Robert Myer extended the affair into a two-event this year with family-friendly activities set for both days.

The festivities will kick off Friday night with live music in downtown New Roads from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Then on Saturday, the fun will move over to Morrison Parkway, where live music will begin at noon and last until 10 p.m. The annual boat parade will sail down False River from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

“The boat parade has been a long-standing Fourth of July holiday tradition on False River for 33 years. While historically located on the south end of False River, the 2015 celebration will be centralized along Morrison Parkway and will allow for greater public viewing,” Myer said in a news release. “On both days, the festivities will continue into the evening with the city’s fifth annual Music Festival.”

There also will be a floating stage this year featuring various music acts jamming down False River.

City officials are reminding participants and spectators that the use of slingshots to toss or throw water balloons or other objects is prohibited by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Department.

Throwing water balloons recklessly is discouraged, and the city requests that boat parade participants and spectators wear life vests, as well as use restraints and common safety measures to avoid injury.

Christmas in July fundraiser

The West Baton Rouge Historical Association has opened registration for its 10th annual Christmas in July fundraiser — a card party set for July 27.

The group is asking for a $25 donation, per person, to compete in games of bridge, hand and foot canasta, Shanghai rummy, sequence, pokeno, bourré and other games.

The fundraiser includes lunch and takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the West Baton Rouge Community Center.

Registration is open until July 20.

Call Alice LeBlanc at (225) 336-2422, ext. 10, to register or for additional information.

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