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Fireworks over the Mississippi River will once again be part of Baton Rouge's Fourth of July celebration in 2021.

There are many quotable quotes about Independence Day, one of the earliest from the second U.S. president, John Adams.

“It will be celebrated with pomp and parade, bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other,” the Founding Father said.

Adams' idea of a patriotic party continues in 2021. Adding to the specialness of this year's celebrations — most of last year's events were cancelled due to the pandemic. All the more reason to mark the holiday in grand fashion.


Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS --American flags wave in the wind as the sun sets over the Mississippi River during Fourth of July celebrations in downtown Baton Rouge including the annual fireworks display Monday.

Here are our top seven Independence Day events happening this weekend in the Baton Rouge area:

1. 'Ready … fire!'

WHAT: War of 1812 cannon firing demonstration

WHERE: Audubon State Historic Site and Oakley House, 11788 La. 965, St. Francisville

WHEN: Every half hour from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday

COST: Included with park admission — Oakley House tour and grounds is $10 for adults (age 18-61); $8 for senior citizens (age 62 and older), $6 for students (age 4-17), and free for children, (age 4 and younger); Grounds-only admission is $5 per person (ages 4 and older) and free for children (age 4 and under). 

DETAILS: Watch costumed park staff and volunteers as they show how a cannon worked during the war. “This program commemorates the War of 1812 and its effect on Louisiana,” says John House, site manager. “We want every visitor to Audubon State Historic Site to experience the site’s rich heritage.”

MORE INFO: Go to, or call (888) 677-2838 or (225) 635-3739


Joy Smith waves a handful of American flags to people lining the street during the annual Kenilworth Independence Day Parade in 2018 in Baton Rouge.

2. Time to parade

WHAT: 49th Annual Kenilworth Independence Day Parade

WHERE: Through the Kenilworth neighborhood, starting and ending at Kenilworth Science & Technology School, 7600 Boone Ave.

WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Saturday

COST: Free

DETAILS: A family-friendly event. Grand marshal is 104.5 ESPN radio personality Matt Moscona and residents of the year are members of City of Baton Rouge Fire Station 10. This year's theme is "America: Forever Resilient." 

3. 'Patriots and Pirates'

WHAT: The USS KIDD Veterans Museum's “Patriots and Pirates, a Revolutionary Celebration” 

WHERE: 305 S. River Road

WHEN: All day Sunday

COST: All riverfront activities are free. Regular admission applies for museum.

DETAILS: Military displays on site, Will Wesley performing from noon to 3 p.m., the Marine Forces Reserve Band from Belle Chasse from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., kid’s activities, a River Road Market with food, beverage, arts, and souvenir vendors.

LAGNIAPPE:  A V.I.P. (Very Important Patriot or Pirate) event starts at 5 p.m. Tickets ($50 per person) include access to the museum for the evening, food and beverages, entrance to ship beginning at 8 p.m. for prime fireworks viewing. Tickets available at

MORE INFO: Go to,,, or call (225) 342-1942.


Fireworks light up the sky over the Mississippi River as Red Stick residents celebrate the Fourth of July, Tuesday, July 4, 2017, in downtown Baton Rouge, La.

4. Strike up the band

WHAT: Baton Rouge Concert Band concert

WHERE: EBR Main Library, 7711 Goodwood Blvd.

WHEN: 7 p.m. Sunday

COST: Free

DETAILS: The ensemble, led by conductor Sheily Bell, will perform marches and celebratory music. Attendees are asked to wear red, white and blue; and bring chairs and water.

MORE INFO: Check the band's Facebook page.

5. The sky lights up

WHAT: WBRZ's Fireworks on the Mississippi

WHERE: Downtown riverfront in Baton Rouge and Port Allen

WHEN: 9 p.m. Sunday

COST: Free

DETAILS: Sponsored by The Baton Rouge Clinic and presented by Visit Baton Rouge, the display will be accompanied by a live telecast on WBRZ+,, and WBRZ News 2’s Facebook page.


6. Freedom fun

WHAT: Freedom Rules Weekend

WHERE: L'Auberge Casino Hotel, 777 L'Auberge Ave.

WHEN: Friday-Sunday

COST: Varied

DETAILS: Wayne Toups concert starts at 9 p.m. Friday in the Event Center. On Sunday, Eagle 98.1 presents fireworks at 9 p.m. The rooftop pool viewing party runs from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. featuring Geaux DJ. Edge Bar balcony viewing party is 8 p.m. to midnight with Press 1 for English. Catch the Lawn viewing party from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Also, a party on The Promenade from 8 p.m. to midnight with The Anteeks.

7. Party in Plaquemine

WHAT: 20th Annual Hometown Celebration

WHERE: Plaquemine Waterfront Park, 57845 Foundry St., Plaquemine 

WHEN: 5 p.m. to  9 p.m. Sunday

COST: Free

DETAILS: Kids' rides, dancing, food, crafts, boat parade at 5:30 p.m., veterans ceremony at 6 p.m., jitterbug contest at 7 p.m. Phat Hat plays its first public show of 2021. Fireworks show at 9 p.m., accompanied by patriotic music by Plaquemine Council 970 Corp.

MORE INFO: or (225) 687-3116

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