Happy birthday America! The weekend and next week will be full of Fourth of July events, parades and festivals throughout the Baton Rouge area and the rest of Southeast Louisiana.

Here are some of the major events you really can't miss this summer holiday.  

All events in Baton Rouge, unless noted otherwise. 


ERATH FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION: Edwards Street, downtown Erath. Four-day patriotic celebration with Cajun carnival rides opening at 6 p.m. Sunday-Tuesday and at 1 p.m. Wednesday. Live music each night. Wednesday starts with a fun run at 7:30 a.m., water fight between fire departments at 9 a.m., parade at 5 p.m. and fireworks at 9 p.m. Free. No ice chests, outside food or drink, or pets. erath4.com


LET FREEDOM RING FESTIVAL: Noon to 9:30 p.m., Peltier Park, 301 Peltier Park, Thibodaux. Free festival with Cajun food, bike parade and fireworks. 

BOAT PARADE AND CONTEST: 1 p.m., Morrison Parkway, New Roads. This year's theme is "Salute the Troops, the American Heroes." Judging for best boats and party barges takes place on the False River Paddle Club dock. newroads.net

FOURTH OF JULY PADDLE ON THE TECHE: 3:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., meet at Pack & Paddle, 601 E. Pinhook Road, Lafayette. Special paddle trip down Bayou Teche arriving in Breaux Bridge to join in festivities there. Also includes evening picnic on the banks of the Teche. Ages 12 and up. $45 at fareharbor.com

USS KIDD 4TH OF JULY SPECTACULAR: 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., USS KIDD Veterans Museum, 305 S. River Road. Annual Fourth of July event at the downtown historic landmark with vendor booths, hot dog eating contest, Popsicle parade and live music. Evening concludes with fireworks on the Mississippi River at 9 p.m. $15 ship view; $55 VIP view. $5 bathroom passes available. More ticket options at bontempstix.com. No ice chests, barbecue pits, tents or pets. usskidd.com, (225) 342-1942. 

FUNK OF JULY: 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., Beauvoir Park, 2834 Greenwood Drive. Second edition of the July 4 funk festival. Bands performing include Captain Green, Lemon Stevies, Quarx and DJ Tanner. Also featuring art vendors. All ages. $8. Free for ages 12 and under. Pets welcome. BYOB. facebook.com/captaingreenmusic.

BROUSSARD INDEPENDENCE FESTIVAL: 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Broussard Sports Complex at St. Julien Park, 701 St. Nazaire Road, Broussard. Free family-friendly event with face painting and splash pad. Fireworks at 9 p.m. 

NEW IBERIA FOURTH OF JULY PARADE: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Bouligny Plaza, Main Street, downtown New Iberia. Followed by Honor Guard ceremony and patriotic music. 

FIREWORKS ON THE RIVER: 6:30 p.m., Nall Park, 562 Front St., Krotz Springs. Includes live music, fun jumps, food and drink. Fireworks start at 9 p.m. 

CITY OF CENTRAL BIRTHDAY BASH: 7 p.m., Central Football Stadium, 13845 Hooper Road. Free event with food, children's activities, music and fireworks. discovercentral.net/birthday-bash.

RED, WHITE AND BLUE CELEBRATION: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. Hosted by the LSU Museum of Art, patrons can view the annual fireworks show from the Shaw Center rooftop while enjoying music and food from Capital City Grill. Art with the kids runs from 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. $35 for members; $45 nonmembers; $30 for children ages 6-12; free for ages 5 and under. lsumoa.org.

INDEPENDENCE DAY CONCERT: 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., State Capitol, 900 N. Third St. Enjoy patriotic tunes performed by the Baton Rouge Concert Band. Bring lawn chairs and picnic baskets. Family-friendly. Free. facebook.com/batonrougeconcertband.

EUNICE FOURTH OF JULY FIREWORKS: 9 p.m., Eunice Recreation Complex, 461 Sitting St., Eunice. Free. 

FIREWORKS ON THE MISSISSIPPI: 9 p.m., Baton Rouge. Largest fireworks display in the state. 

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