If there's a holiday, you best believe south Louisiana is celebrating it. And when it comes to the Fourth of July, towns and cities around the area will host events with fireworks, food and music.
What follows is a list of July 4th events around south Louisiana.
LET FREEDOM RING FESTIVAL: Noon to 9:15 p.m., Peltier Park, Bayou Lane, Thibodaux. Featuring music from Royal Flush, live auction and fireworks at 9 p.m.
WALKER FOURTH OF JULY: 3 p.m. to dark, Sidney Hutchinson Park, 13750 Ball Park Road, Walker. An old-fashioned family day-style celebration with food, three-legged races and family-oriented events as well as music from the Floyd Brown Band. Free. walker.la.us.
FOURTH OF JULY SPECTACULAR: 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., USS Kidd Veterans Museum, 305 S. River Road, Baton Rouge. This year's event features a walking patriotic popsicle parade beginning at 4:30 p.m. at Florida Street on the levee and continuing to the USS Kidd. The festival also includes hot-dog eating and pie-baking contests as well as musical performances from Baton Rouge Music Studios, Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band, and Band Camp. Also enjoy food from City Pork, Taco de Paco, Smokin' Aces, Dat'z Italian and more. Bathroom passes are $5. Tickets to watch fireworks aboard the USS Kidd are $15. VIP tickets are $50. usskidd.com.
FOURTH FEST: 4 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., downtown Port Allen on this Mississippi River levee. This free event includes kids' activities, food, drink and music and concludes with fireworks over the Mississippi. westbatonrouge.net.
LIVINGSTON FOURTH OF JULY: 5 p.m. to dark, Circle Drive Park, Livingston. The annual celebration features food, music, rides and games. Fireworks start at 9 p.m. (225) 686-7153.
GO 4TH ON THE RIVER: New Orleans riverfront. The event kicks off at 5 p.m. with musical performances in Crescent Park's French Market District as well as a fireworks photography workshop. At 9 p.m., catch the free dueling barges fireworks display over the Mississippi River. go4thontheriver.com.
NEW IBERIA FOURTH OF JULY PARADE: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Bouligny Plaza, Main Street in downtown New Iberia. Followed by an honor guard ceremony featuring patriotic music. (337) 344-9397.
RED, WHITE, BLUE AND YOU: 6 p.m., downtown Lake Charles. The annual event features a parade at 6 p.m., rolling on Ryan Street. Then enjoy music at the Lake Charles Civic Center Arcade Pavilion. Fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m. cityoflakecharles.com, (337) 491-9159.
RED STICK, WHITE & BLUE CELEBRATION: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., LSU Museum of Art, 100 Lafayette St., Baton Rouge. Watch the downtown fireworks celebrating from the Shaw Center for the Arts' rooftop terrace. Featuring hamburger sliders and hot dogs from Capital City Grill and music from DJ Kevin Moreaux. $40 for nonmembers, $30 for members, $25 for children ages 6-12, free for children 5 and under. (225) 389-7210, lsumoajuly4.eventbrite.com.
INDEPENDENCE DAY CONCERT: 7:30 p.m., A.Z. Young Park, 247 Florida St., Baton Rouge. The Baton Rouge Concert band holds its annual concert, featuring a collection of patriotic tunes. Free and open to the public. Family-friendly. facebook.com/batonrougeconcertband.
FIREWORKS ON THE MISSISSIPPI: 9 p.m., downtown Baton Rouge. WBRZ Channel 2 continues the tradition with one of the largest fireworks show in the state. wbrz.com/wbrz-s-fireworks-on-the-mississippi.
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