Since the first official celebration of the Fourth of July in Philadelphia in 1777, America has celebrated its Independence Day with parades, music, and fireworks. Between picnics, concerts, and fireworks shows, New Orleans has its fair share and then some.
Here’s your guide to a fabulous Fourth.
Covington hosts its third annual Sparks in the Park from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Bogue Falaya Park. Food and drink are available for purchased, but bring chairs, picnics, and blankets. Concludes with fireworks at dusk.
The Westwego Farmers and Fisheries Market presents Lagniappe at the Market at 484 Sala Avenue, Westwego. With live music by The Brad Sapia Band from 7 to 10 p.m., lagniappe includes food, drink, craft vendors, and a post-concert firework display.
The Slidell Heritage Fest in Heritage Park, 1701 Bayou Lane, Slidell, is an annual food, music and family festival capped off by pyrotechnics. $10, kids free. 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Sunday, July 3
Country music artists Joe Nichols, Sara Evans and Thompson Square are among the headlining performers for the free, public Uncle Sam Jam, the annual Independence Day celebration in Metairie’s Lafreniere Park.
Local acts Remedy and 90 Degrees West will also perform at the festival.
Doors 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.
Enjoy The Marine Corps Band New Orleans and Fireworks from the Peristyle at City Park with food and drink concession stands, or bring your own picnic and relax on the beautiful Goldring Woldenberg Great Lawn. Music from 7.15 p.m. to 9 p.m. Leashed dogs welcome.
St. Bernard Salutes America at its 32nd annual celebration from 6.00 p.m. to 10.30 p.m. at the Frederick J. Sigur Civic Center Grounds, 8245 W. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette. Live music by Groovy 7 and Truck Dorsey, an annual hot-dog eating competition, games and rides, food and drink vendors, and a 9.15 p.m. firework show.
St. Charles Parish’s annual Independence Day event opens at 6 p.m. at the West Bank Bridge Park, 13825 River Road, with a flag-raising ceremony, the national anthem, and recitation of the parish’s Independence proclamation, carries on with music by the Bucktown All-Stars, and ends with a 9 p.m. firework display. Food and soft drinks are available for purchase. BYO alcohol allowed. No glass bottles.
Monday, July 4
The Krewe of Kolossos launches its fifth annual July 4th Bayou St. John Flotilla Parade from 5 p. m. to 8 p.m. on Bayou St. John at Dumaine and Moss. Open to all small vessels, it includes the crowning of Krewe of Chewbacchus leaders.
Go 4th on the River Fireworks Show over the Mississippi downtown at 9 p.m. with two “dueling barges” pyrotechnically battling it out mid-river to the sound of patriotic music simulcast on Magic 101.9, WWL 80 AM, and 105.3 FM and WWL.com. Prime viewing spots include Woldenberg Park between the Governor Nicholls Street Wharf and Spanish Plaza, and Crescent Park. Music stages in Dutch Alley, Woldenberg Park, and the Washington Artillery Park will provide music from 4 p.m. until the event itself.
For fireworks back-dropped by New Orleans’ city skyline, hop across the river aboard the Canal Street Ferry, or hop on board The Steamboat Natchez or The Creole Queen to view the festivities from on the river itself. Boarding for The Natchez’s preshow cruise begins at 6.30 p.m., and includes tours of the steam engine room, music by the Dukes of Dixieland, a dinner buffet, and an open beer, wine, and soda bar. The Creole Queen’s post-firework cruise boards from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. and includes an open house brand bar, a special July Fourth menu, and DJ entertainment. Reservations required.
Take in the City of Kenner and Treasure Chest Casino’s Fireworks on the Lake at 9. p.m. from Laketown, the levee, or, for those over 21, from the deck of the riverboat casino itself.