NEW ORLEANS (NOLA WEEKEND) - The annual “Go 4th on the River” Independence Day fireworks show in New Orleans is set to return for 2022.
The Riverfront Marketing Group announced the cherished tradition will light the skies along the New Orleans Riverfront on Monday.
Choreographed to patriotic music, the display features hundreds of rapid-fire shells sweeping the sky at heights of 200 feet above the Mississippi River.
The Port of New Orleans will bring out the General Roy S. Kelley fireboat again this year with its famed water show with plumes of red, white, and blue fountains beginning at 6 p.m. and leading up to the 9 p.m. fireworks show.
“Go 4th on the River is a community project, and each year the Riverfront Marketing Group must start over to raise funds needed to produce this beloved tradition,” says Adrienne Thomas, the RMG treasurer. “This year our community has come together to embrace this star-spangled 4th of July celebration as only New Orleans can!”
Ahead of the fireworks show, the family-friendly 4th Fest in Crescent Park takes place from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Live music begins at 6:30 p.m., featuring Jamaican Me Breakfast Club, followed by Big 6 Brass Band at 7:45 p.m. The festival will also include food and beverage vendors.
Mayor LaToya Cantrell and other city officials are expected to speak on public safety precautions and resource requirements for the upcoming Fourth of July weekend at a press conference on Wednesday.
Last year, actor Will Smith helped foot the bill for a last-minute fireworks show after organizers initially canceled the celebration due to a lack of funding. At the time, Smith, along with his production company Westbrook, was producing the feature film “Emancipation” in New Orleans.
The first Go 4th on the River event was produced in 1991 to mark the end of the Gulf War. In 2002, the Riverfront Marketing Group formed with the mission of producing a spectacular dueling fireworks display along the historic downtown New Orleans riverfront.
For more information, visit the event website Go4thontheRiver.com.
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