Situated on the east bank of the majestic Mississippi River, Baton Rouge is always a great place to visit. The city boasts southern hospitality laced with French savoir faire and a dash of zesty Cajun fun. And even though Baton Rouge is the state capitol and Louisiana's second largest city, it still has a nice, easy-going, “sleepy” feel to it.
But Baton Rouge is an especially great place to visit on the Fourth of July. Besides all of the other cool things this thriving city has to offer, they host the annual "Star-Spangled Celebration", an amazing, all-day event! Head downtown to the Baton Rouge riverfront area and begin the day by touring the USS Kidd, a Fletcher-class destroyer nicknamed the “Pirate of the Pacific”. The USS Kidd was an outstanding destroyer; she received eight battle stars for her service in World War II and four for her actions during the Korean War. The ship is the centerpiece of the Veteran’s Memorial Museum, a great place to learn about some of the sacrifices our veterans made to insure our freedom. What a perfect way to celebrate Independence Day, don’t you think? You can also just visit the museum, if you’d like. But I would highly recommend doing both; it really is a very moving experience and well worth the extra charge. (Check website for tour info and pricing).
The festivities officially commence at noon, when the vendors open up their booths offering a variety of delicious local food and drinks. And if you overdo it, you can dance away some of the calories because a variety of musical performances will be going on all day! Make sure you’re in the area at 6:10 p.m.. because you don’t want to miss “Air Raid Baton Rouge!” This is when you get to see the mighty USS Kidd defend herself from “attacking” warplanes! Quite a thrilling experience! View the full schedule of events here.
At 9:00 pm, WBRZ Channel 2 & The Advocate present “Fireworks on the Mississippi” – a spectacular fireworks display over the river. You can also watch the display from the decks of the USS Kidd, but the $10 tickets are limited so get a move on if that’s something you’d like to do.
The Star-Spangled Celebration is also the largest fundraising event of the year for the USS Kidd Veterans Memorial, so come on down and not only will you have a blast celebrating our independence, you’ll also help keep one of America’s best veterans' memorials alive and thriving!
Happy 4th of July!
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