Who doesn’t love fireworks? Well, my dog isn’t a huge fan, but most humans love to see the dazzling displays explode across the night sky. With Independence Day right around the corner, many cities across Louisiana are planning to light up the night with a brilliant show.
I’m looking forward to being in New Orleans, to once again experience NOLA’s Go 4th on the River celebration, hailed as one of the “Top Five Must-See” fireworks displays in America by the American Pyrotechnics Association. The event takes place in historic Downtown New Orleans, and will feature two “dueling barges” going head to head in a thrilling fireworks battle, resulting in an explosive light show not only seen in the night’s sky, but also reflected in the waters of the Mississippi River. The fireworks display is free and can be viewed from either side of the river. Just bring a blanket or lawn chair, grab a seat by the levy and prepare to be amazed!
Can’t make it down to New Orleans for the 4th? No problem, because wherever you’ll be in Louisiana, you’re bound to find someplace close by to view some pyrotechnics. For example, if you’re going to be in the North Central region, how about celebrating in the oldest town in Louisiana, Natchitoches, whose Celebration On The Cane was recently added to the list of the best small-town July 4th celebrations in the country. The festivities begin at 10 a.m. and will include children’s activities, barbecues, and live musical entertainment from local bands. The highlight is their incredible fireworks show at 9 p.m. over the Cane River Lake. If only I could be in 2 places at the same time!
If you’re going to be in Baton Rouge, then don’t miss the USS Kidd 4th of July Spectacular on the banks of the Mississippi River. The USS Kidd, a highly decorated destroyer, served during WWII and the Korean War and is now a fascinating floating museum. This free, patriotic, family-friendly event will feature fun activities, live musical acts, a wide variety of food vendors and, at 9:00 pm, a spectacular fireworks show.
And here are a few more places to celebrate:
Shreveport: KTBS-3 Independence Day Festival – In honor of the United States military, this Fourth of July celebration features food, music, fireworks and fun for the whole community.
West Monroe: Faith, Family and Fireworks – All-day event hosted by the Robertson family of Duck Dynasty fame.
Lake Charles: Red, White, Blue & You Celebration – Named one of the “Top 20 Events” among 11 states for the month of July by the Southeast Tourism Society, this festival checks all the boxes for a great celebration: a parade, pie-baking contest, live music and, of course, fireworks.
Erath: 80th Annual 4th of July Celebration – Erath puts their Cajun spin on Independence Day. Festivities run all weekend, including plenty of concerts and fais do dos, carnival rides, a parade and their giant fireworks display.
Metaire: Uncle Sam Jam – Held on Sunday, July 3rd, this fun event highlights lots of great live music and culminates in a huge fireworks display.
These are just a few 4th of July events featuring fireworks in Louisiana. No matter where you’ll be celebrating, have a wonderful and safe Independence Day!