Fireworks, Independence Day events start booming in St. Tammany this Saturday

Independence Day celebrations are already getting underway in St. Tammany Parish starting this weekend. There are three events featuring dazzling fireworks shows on Saturday, June 30 and even more leading up to the big Fourth of July holiday.

The North Shore plays host to several patriotic festivities this year, with many adding new features. Here are a few events you can look forward to this weekend.

Slidell Heritage Festival

The Slidell Heritage Festival expands the kids area featuring pony rides. Photo courtesy: Slidell Heritage Festival via Facebook

The Slidell Heritage Festival expands the kids area for the 21st annual event starting at 4 p.m. on Saturday at Heritage Park in Slidell. The kids area features a new maze, pony rides, an obstacle course, a fire truck and bounce houses. There will also be a fireworks show at 9 p.m. Performers include The New Orleans Mystics-Days of Motown, 7 Bridges: Ultimate Eagles Experience and Bag of Donuts. A dozen food and drink booths will feature traditional festival fare. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 4 to 12 years; children 3 and younger are admitted free. There is also free parking.

Light Up the Lake Independence Day Celebration 2018

Light Up the Lake Independence Day Celebration closes with a festive display of fireworks at dusk. Photo courtesy: City of Mandeville via Facebook

The City of Mandeville hosts Light Up the Lake Independence Day Celebration 2018 on Saturday. The fun family event takes place on the Mandeville lakefront between Coffee and Carroll Streets, where the public is welcomed to bring picnics beginning at 10 a.m. A food court will also open at 5 p.m. Organizers say no glass containers or charcoal grills allowed. Entertainment begins at 6 p.m. with live music by Groovy 7 and a military tribute, plus a kids’ tent for the little ones. The evening will close with a festive display of fireworks at dusk. A rain date is set for Sunday, July 1.

Abita Springs Independence Day Celebration 2018

Abita Springs Independence Day Celebration features a firework show. Photo courtesy: Unsplash

The Abita Springs Independence Day Celebration brings a free event to the Abita Springs Trailhead and Park starting at 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 30. The celebration features a firework show at 9 p.m. and a concert featuring two local bands. Local civic organizations will host fun activities and games for the kids. Plus, there’s plenty of food. Organizers encourage guests to bring chairs and blankets.

If you’re mapping out plans for Fourth of July festivities, there are several more Fourth of July events around the New Orleans metro area featuring fireworks through July 4. Check out our complete list of Independence Day events around the area.

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