Country music artists Joe Nichols, Sara Evans and Thompson Square are among the headlining performers for next month’s Uncle Sam Jam, the annual Independence Day celebration in Metairie’s Lafreniere Park, officials announced Friday.

Local acts Remedy and 90 Degrees West will also perform at the festival, which is free, open to the public and organized by the Patrons of Lafreniere Park.

The doors to the 16th edition of Uncle Sam Jam are set to open at 2 p.m. July 3. Performances will start at 3 p.m. at the park’s Al Copeland Concert & Meadow Stage, with fireworks following the final act.

Jefferson Parish Councilman Ben Zahn, who allocates tourism funds from his district to put on the event, said Uncle Sam Jam over the years has become “an all-day country music festival.”

Zahn said more than 25,000 people attended last year’s festival, adding, “This one is going to be the biggest one yet.”

Uncle Sam Jam organizers say the event is meant to boost Jefferson Parish’s hotel occupancy revenue while also promoting the parish as a destination for tourism.