Stop by one of these Fourth of July shindigs on Thursday

In and around Baton Rouge, you can find a few firework shows, a boat parade and even a hot dog eating contest for the Fourth of July holiday.

For the Fourth of July, my family normally spends the day at the beach or in the backyard grilling. But, if you’re not like us and want to find some festive events to get into, stop by one of these shindigs this week! 

Click here for more info on these events and even find links to buy event tickets. 

Rolling out Wednesday night is the 47th annual Kenilworth Independence Day parade. The themed parade starts on Boone Drive at 6:30 pm. You can expect to see WAFB there because our chief meteorologist Jay Grymes is this year’s grand marshall.

Kenilworth Independence Day Parade route. Courtesy of Kenilworth Neighborhood.

Of course, fireworks are a staple of the Fourth of July and you can catch a show in Downtown Baton Rouge at 9:00 pm on Thursday. However, you can’t pull up a lawn chair on the levee this year. Water levels are too high, so you’ll have to watch the show from somewhere else, like one of these viewing parties. 

From atop the Shaw Center for the Arts, you can watch the fireworks and listen to live music. Bring the kids, too, for art-making activities. Stop by from 7:00 – 10:00 pm at 100 Lafayette St, Baton Rouge, LA 70801. 

Speaking of kids, you can catch more live music with the USS Kidd’s Spectacular on the Riverfront Stage. Due to the levee restrictions this year, the organizers had to rearrange the party a bit. Below is an updated map of where to find all the Spectacular’s spots. The event starts at 4:00 pm, so be sure to get there in time for the hot-dog eating contest and popsicle parade too. It’s all happening on 305 South River Road.

Revised map for the USS KIDD Spectacular. Courtesy of the USS KIDD.

If popsicle parades aren’t your thing, then maybe a patriotic boat parade is more your speed. At the Bayou Plaquemine Waterfront Park, decorated boats roll by to honor the area’s veterans. See the waterside spectacle at 5:00 pm on Foundry Street.

And if you want to hear a classic celebration of the country’s history, grab a seat on the State Capitol Building’s steps for a free Baton Rouge Concert Band performance at 7:30 pm.

Obviously, there is lots to check out for America’s birthday! Before you head out for the day, be sure to know your firework safety and to keep your pets close.

Happy Independence Day!