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New Orleans 4th of July events: Essence Festival, City Park, and riverfront fireworks

Everything you need to know about the city’s big July 4th celebration festivities

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A round up of every event in New Orleans during the Fourth of July.
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If you haven’t guessed it, New Orleans turns into a giant party during the Fourth of July. When considering Essence Festival and the several firework shows around the city, the option to celebrate independence day become limitless.

If you’re in need of a map of all of the firework demonstrations in and around New Orleans, check out this map.

Otherwise, here is a round up Fourth of July events happening in New Orleans, starting as early as Friday, June 30.

July 3

Happy 3rd of July

If you can’t wait of to celebrate the Fourth of July, City Park will host festivities during its annual independence day event on July 3. From 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., City Park invites attendees to dress in patriotic colors, and bring chairs and blankets. The Marine Corps Band New Orleans will perform on the Great Lawn, and a fireworks show will take place towards the end of the night.

July 4

The National WWII Museum

The National Museum will celebrate Independence Day with two music performances. The Jefferson Chorale will perform patriotic tunes at the Louisiana Memorial Pavilion from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. From 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., The New Orleans Concert Band Performance will follow at U.S. Freedom Pavilion. Both events are free and open to the public. The museum, which is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the Fourth, charges regular admission to view exhibits during the holiday.

July 4th Boat Parade

Yesterday, an activism organization announced that the previously-cancelled Mid-City boat parade will resume under different leadership. Noted as a “Kayak-tivism” event, Indivisible NOLA will host the boat parade in Bayou St. John at 5 p.m, and the boats will start rowing at 7 p.m. The founder of the original boat parade, Krewe of Kolossos, cancelled the event this past May.

Go 4th on the River

One of the largest Fourth of July experiences in New Orleans, this event spans the entire riverfront.

5 p.m.

A live music performance will be held at Crescent Park and the French Market District until 10 p.m.

6 p.m.

The Port of New Orleans will showcase its General Roy S. Kelley fireboat, performing a water show on the Mississippi River between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.

9 p.m.

The Dueling Barges Display will be visible from both the east and west bank riverfronts. Though, if you’re looking for a quieter show, we recommend viewing the fireworks near Algiers Point.

If you’d rather see the fireworks while cruising on the Mississippi River, check out the Creole Queen Paddlewheeler and the Steamboat Natchez.

The fireworks show will also stream live on WWL’s website, starting at 9 p.m.

St Bernard Salutes America

The 33rd Annual St. Bernard Salutes America event will take place at Frederick J. Sigur Civic Center in Chalmette. The event starts at 4:30 p.m. and will have live music, a hot-dog eating contest, and a firework display at 9:15 p.m.