What if you’re a city dweller without a backyard, barbecue pit or even local family to celebrate the Fourth of July in traditional style?
Why, head over to the Rusty Nail in the Warehouse District, to Twelve Mile Limit in Mid-City or to Food Truck Night at Faubourg Wines and celebrate American independence with a few hundred of your closest friends, of course.
“We’ve been doing this for a few years now,” said Ivan Burgess, owner of the Rusy Nail, who said he brings the cookout scene inside the bar.
“It’s insane,” he said.
Last year’s Fourth of July festivities at that neighborhood hangout drew about 400 people into its cozy bar and patio. Around 4 p.m., revelers started arriving wearing red, white and blue regalia.
“Everybody’s as America’d out as they can be,” Burgess said.
Master DJ Tony Skratchere will start spinning at 2 p.m. with his own “Yacht Bounce” musical genre, followed by “music of many flavors” from DJ Quickie Mart.
Mix that up with a pie-eating contest, dunk tank and truck food served by the Fat Falafel, Grilling Shilling, Theo’s Pizza and the Boxcar, a food truck run by NOCCA culinary students, for a real all-American sampler.
“It’s a really fun, hyped-up atmosphere, close to the fireworks,” said Barrie Schwartz, director of My House NOLA, which is cosponsoring both Fourth of July events along with Dirty Coast Press.
Theo’s Neighborhood Pizza recently invested in a 25-foot, slightly used FedEx truck to transport a 2,000-pound hearthstone oven to places like the Rusty Nail.
Theo’s owner Jammer Orintas will be offering his freshly made cheese and pepperoni pizzas as well as the “The Expert,” made with olive oil, minced garlic, spinach, mozzarella, fresh tomatoes and basil. For lighter fare, salads will also be available.
Pedaling through around 4 p.m., cyclists from NOLA Social Ride will salute the flag before heading past the National WWII Museum and Lee Circle on their way to the French Quarter riverfront for pyrotechnics at 9 p.m.
Twelve Mile Limit, a Mid-City bar renowned for its Texas-style barbecue, jukebox, board games and Doberge cakes, is also preparing for a big crowd.
Twelve Mile Limit is really a “neighborhood bar that overachieves,” said proprietor Cole Newton.
Newton rented the vacant lot across the street to erect a band stage where, at 2 p.m., Sweet Crude will perform their own brand of Louisiana progressive independent rock music, followed by Derrick Freeman and Smoker’s World, playing funky dance music.
The Cluck Truck, offering fried chicken, tenders wings and fries, and Crêpes à la Cart will provide sustenance while Twelve Mile Limit mixes drinks concocted with Old New Orleans Rum to last till the fireworks start.
The bar will also be open for classic cocktails and to cool off.
Meanwhile, Faubourg Wines hosts a Food Truck Night with Empanada Intifada starting at 6 p.m., at 2805 St. Claude Ave.
Empanada Intifada offers a menu of tasty treats, and the shop will provide wine pairings. Indoor and outdoor seating are available.