We are coming up on the summer holiday of fireworks, barbecuing and, of course, independence. The Fourth of July falls on a Thursday this year, so we pulled together a list of things you can do to celebrate the day.
Here a some ways to celebrate the red, white and blue in Baton Rouge on Independence Day:
Red, White and Zoo
BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo on Saturday, June 29
The zoo celebrates Independence Day with their animal friends. The themed day will include Safari Amphitheatre programs, games and crafts featuring some of the zoo’s red, white and blue animals. The admission gate is open from 9:30 am to 5 pm, and zoo grounds close at 6 pm. Regular admission prices apply.
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2019 Kenilworth Independence Day Parade
Kenilworth Science & Technology School on Wednesday, July 3
The Kenilworth neighborhood hosts its 47 annual Independence Day parade. This year’s theme is ‘Peace, Love, and Independence.’ Also, rolling as this year’s Grand Marshall is WAFB’s chief meteorologist, Jay Grymes! The festive parade throws beads and shows off some of the community’s organizations. The shindig starts rolling at 6:30 pm on Boone Drive.
Fireworks show on the riverfront
Downtown Baton Rouge on Thursday, July 4
This annual flashing and blowing up of fireworks happens along the Mississippi River. You can catch the show from Downtown Baton Rouge. Bring a beach chair to watch the spectacle or visit one of the events listed below for a watch party. The first firework launches at 9:00 pm.
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Red, White and Blue Celebration
LSU Museum of Art, Shaw Center for the Arts on Thursday, July 4
See the annual Downtown Baton Rouge fireworks show from atop the Shaw Center for the Arts’ Pennington Rooftop Terrace. Enjoy grub from Capital City Grill and live music. Your kids can even join in the fun with art-making activities before the fireworks begin at 9 p.m. And for the adults — a cash bar will be available throughout the evening with complimentary soft drinks and water. Tickets are $50 for nonmembers, $40 for members, $30 for children 6–12 and free for children 5 and under.
USS KIDD Fourth of July Spectacular
USS KIDD Veterans Museum on Thursday, July 4
This festive event begins at 4:00 pm when the food vendors open. Food-themed activities, like a popsicle parade, a hot-dog eating contest and a watermelon seed-spitting contest are scheduled throughout the evening. Expect several live music acts on the Riverfront Stage, too. Ticket prices start at $20 for all ages for the ship access viewing. VIP Dining tickets are also available.
Baton Rouge Concert Band - Independence Day Concert
Louisiana State Capitol on Thursday, July 4
This band is a “volunteer” community band that plays several free concerts each year. One of those free concerts is their annual Independence Day concert to celebrate the country’s history. They describe it as, “A musical celebration of our nation’s birthday.” It starts at 7:30 pm in the Louisiana State Capitol.
Plaquemine July 4th Hometown Celebration
Mark A. “Tony” Gulotta Bayou Plaquemine Waterfront Park – Thursday, July 4
A party by the water with dancing, a boat parade, games and more kicks off at 57845 Foundry Street in Plaquemine beginning at 5 pm.
The Plaquemine Lock Historic Site and Iberville Museum, both adjacent to the Waterfront Park, will be open for tours from 3 until 7 pm. Music begins at the Waterfront Park at 5 pm with the popular band, Rewind.
The boat parade begins in Bayou Plaquemine across from the Iberville Parish Jail at 5:30 p.m. It arrives at the Waterfront Park at about 5:50 p.m. The boat parade grand marshals are area veterans, and all of the boats are encouraged to be decorated in patriotic colors. There is no fee to participate in the boat parade, and boats can be docked at the Waterfront Park.
A brief ceremony to honor the veterans serving as grand marshals begins at 6 p.m. Veterans serving as Grand Marshals for this year are: Alcee Becnel, III, Earl Bourgoyne, Coan Bueche, Jr., O.J. Dupuy, Stacey Lynn Ferrier, Elliott Germany, James “Jimmy” Higginbotham and Felisha Nelson Jones.
More music and dancing on the boardwalk follows, with a jitterbug dance contest at 7 p.m. The festivities end with a dramatic fireworks display over the bayou at 9 p.m.
No ice chests, tents, fireworks or pets are allowed at the Waterfront Park. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.
Of course, you can always fire up the grill, pop open a cold one and celebrate your Fourth of July at home. However you want to do it, enjoy the day and stay safe. Happy Independence Day!