We have so many ways to celebrate the 4th here in Baton Rouge, LA - in fact, you can go to the surrounding towns and catch their celebration and be home for fireworks on the Mississippi! A couple of my favs:
1. Start your day in Clinton for their Red, White and Blueberry Festival in the downtown area on the grounds of the Clinton American Legion Hall. Craft village and market, live music, softball tournament, art booths, gospel groups, patriotic music, fireworks. (This event continues on Saturday)
2. Plaquemine starts their July 4th Hometown Celebration today from 3 pm.- 9 p.m. at the Bayou Plaquemine Waterfront Park on Foundry Street. A patriotic boat parade begins at 4:30. food, crafts, rides, music and game booths too! Music starts at 6 and a jitterbug contest at 7. Fireworks at 9 p.m.
3. Port Allen - a great place to watch fireworks over the Mississippi River (unless you are like me and try to time driving over the Mississippi Bridge just in time to catch fireworks - very cool from that high up!). Activities start a 4 p.m. at the Old Ferry Land Park at Court Street and the Mississippi River levee. Music starts at 7 and runs to 10:30. There's face painting, magicians, clowns and a spacwak - plus, vendors selling food.
4. Baton Rouge Star Spangled Declaration of Independence starts at the USS Kidd from 11 - 4 p.m. Patriotic music will run throughout the day, a flag ceremony is at noon, there's an inflatable obstacle course, a toddler bounce house, face painters, ballonist, patriotic arts and crafts, plate luch sale. Not to be missed at 6 p.m. at the First Baptist Church on Convention will be the Festival of Freedom Musical event with combined choir and orchestras from several churches in town. Then the Baton Rouge Concert Band presents it free July4th concert on the Capitol steps at 7:30. The fireworks on the mississippi presented by WBR starts at 9 p.m. Anywhere on the levy is good viewing - or spend $150 a person and watch it from the Shaw center - dinner included!
5. Then Saturday, take in the False River Boat Parade in New Roads. Starts at 1 p.m. at the Morrison Parkway Boat Launch - this includes water balloon fights!!!! The parade conincides with the River Rhyths Fest so you will have fireworks Saturday as well!!!
Have a Safe and Happy 4th of July, Louisiana Style!!
False River Boat Parade in New Roads (45 minutes from Baton Rouge).