2018 Fourth of July celebrations, fireworks around Southeast Louisiana

If you’re mapping out plans for Fourth of July festivities, most cities throughout the New Orleans metro area have a big celebration and fireworks to help light up your night.

We gathered this list of Independence Day events you can enjoy around the area. Check back for updates as we get them.

Slidell Heritage Festival

Saturday, June 29 from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Heritage Park

Gather up the kids! The Slidell Heritage Festival expands the kids area for the 22nd annual event on June 29 at Heritage Park in Slidell. The fireworks show will feature at 9 p.m. Performers include The New Orleans based quartet Bag of Donuts. Several 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.

Visit Website

Light Up the Lake Independence Day Celebration

Saturday, June 29 at 10 a.m.
Mandeville Lakefront between Coffee and Carroll Streets

Join the City of Mandeville on Saturday, June 29 for Light Up the Lake Independence Day Celebration 2019. The fun family event takes place on the Mandeville lakefront, 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 Four Unplugged and a military tribute. There will also be a kids’ tent for the little ones. The evening will close with a festive firework show over the lake at dusk. admission is free or all. A rain date is set for Sunday, June 30th.

Visit Website

Photo courtesy: Pexels

Abita Springs Independence Day Celebration

Saturday, June 29 at 5 p.m.
Abita Springs Trailhead and Park

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 29.The evening will begin with a festive bike and wagon parade through the town, so be sure to bring your costumes! The celebration also features a firework show at 9 p.m. and a live music concert. Local civic organizations will host fun activities and games for the kids. Plus, there’s plenty of food. Bring your chairs and blankets. This event is free and open to all the public.

Visit Website

Photo courtesy: Uncle Sam Jam

Uncle Sam Jam 2018

Wednsday, July 3 from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Lafreniere Park

Grammy-nominated country artists Eli Young Band will headline the 2018 Uncle Sam Jam on Wednesday, July 3 at the Al Copeland Concert & Meadow Stage in Lafreniere Park. The free, annual patriotic party also features Amanda Shaw, Louisiana’s favorite fiddle sensation, opening for Eli Young Band at 6 p.m. The Topcats will follow the fireworks show, closing the event. The festival begins at 5 p.m. This celebration will again feature unique festival food, including a variety of food trucks, a fireworks display that begins at 9 p.m. and music from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Visit Website

Sparks in the Park

Wednesday, July 3 from 4:00 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Bogue Falaya Park

This fun, family event includes patriotic music and fireworks at Bogue Falaya Park, 213 Park Drive, in downtown Covington. Kid’s activities begin at 6 p.m. Live music will begin playing at 7 p.m. Free for kids are face painting and balloon twisting, and concessions will be available for purchase. Attendees are welcome to bring their own chairs and picnic. This event is free and open to the public.

Visit Website

Photo courtesy: St. Charles Parish

St. Charles Parish Independence Day Celebration

Wednesday, July 3 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
West Bank Bridge Park

Top 40 party band Groovy 7 will help St. Charles Parish kick off its Independence Day festivities on starting at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3 at the Westbank Bridge Park. An opening flag-raising ceremony featuring a local boy scout troop will precede the performance at 6:15 p.m. The performance kicks off at 6:25 p.m., followed by a fireworks show at 9 p.m. Other activities will include a miniature golf course and balloon-twisting Uncle Sam clowns for kids to enjoy. Local non-profit organizations will sell food and drink items. Guests are encouraged to bring their own ice chests and folding chairs. No alcohol will be sold, but residents may bring their own alcohol. No glass bottles, pets or poppers allowed.

Photo courtesy: New Orleans City Park

Happy 3rd of July

Wednesday, July 3 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
New Orleans City Park

Bring your chairs and blankets to New Orleans City Park for the annual Happy 3rd of July event. The park will offer concessions for sale, or guests can also bring their own. A patriotic performance from the Marine Corps Band New Orleans begins around 7 p.m. on the Goldring/Woldenberg Great Lawn. Fireworks from the Peristyle start at 9 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

Visit Website

Photo courtesy: Pixabay

St. John the Baptist Parish's Independence Day Celebration

Wednesday, July 3 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
East Bank and West Bank of St. John Parish

Residents in St. John Parish can enjoy Fourth of July festivities on both sides of the river. The parish’s Independence Day Celebration kicks off on Tuesday at 6 p.m. and features a salute to veterans. East Bank residents can gather at St. Peter Catholic Church Grounds in Reserve, La. On the West Bank, you can participate in festivities at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Edgard, La.

Photo courtesy: Unsplash

Pearl River 4th of July Celebration

Wednesday, July 3 at 6 p.m.
Downtown Pearl River Town Hall

Bring your chairs and the family to Pearl River’s third annual 4th of July Celebration on Wednesday, July 3. The opening ceremony starts at 6 p.m. Activities include a pie eating contest, sack races, face painting and more. A fireworks display will start at dusk. The event is free and open to the public.

Visit Website

New Orleans Baby Cakes Independence Day Celebration

Thursday, July 4 at 7 p.m.
Shrine on Airline

Celebrate the nation’s birthday with America’s pastime. The New Orleans Baby Cakes take on the Sab Antonio Missions on Thursday, July 4 at the Shrine on Airline. Then, the night ends with a bang. Enjoy the biggest postgame fireworks show of the season. Tickets start at $5.

Visit Website

Photo courtesy: L. Duplessis via St. Bernard Parish

St. Bernard Salutes America July 4th Celebration

Thursday, July 4 from 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Frederick J. Sigur Civic Center Grounds

The 35th Annual St. Bernard Salutes America Celebration will be held on Thursday, July 4 from 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Entertainment for the event includes live music by Amanda Shaw and Live 5. Local vendors will offer food, drinks and more. There will also be fun for all ages with children’s activities and trackless train rides. A fireworks show starts at 9:30 p.m.

Visit Website

Let Freedom Ring Festival

Thursday, July 4 at noon
Peltier Park

Thibodaux residents can enjoy fireworks at the Let Freedom Ring Festival at noon on Thursday, July 4 at Peltier Park. The freedom festival will feature music, inflatables, a dunking booth and food vendors.  Plus, be sure to decorate your bike for the bike parade. Prizes will be awarded for most patriotic and most creative bikes. The bike parade starts at 7 p.m. after judging. Fireworks kick off at 9 p.m.

Visit Website

Photo courtesy: Mande Milkshakers 

Mande Independence Day Parade and Festival

Thursday, July 4 at 5 p.m.
Mandeville Lakefront

North Shore marching group the Mande Milkshakers kicks off its second annual Mande Independence Day Parade starting at 5 p.m. in scenic Old Mandeville on July 4. Spectators are encouraged to cheer on the Grand Marshall, local veterans, scout troops, and various organizations as they join the Mande Milkshakers on their patriotic walk. The parade will feature patriotic throws from the assorted groups. A free parade after party with performances, a pageant, prizes and food vendors will be held at the Mandeville Trailhead from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Visit Website

Photo courtesy: Madisonville's Old Fashioned 4th of July via Facebook

Madisonville's Old Fashioned 4th of July

Thursday, July 4 at 11 a.m.
Madisonville Riverfront

Enjoy family fun at this Fourth of July event on July 4 along Riverfront in Mandeville. The celebration kicks off at 11 a.m. with a parade starting at the Maritime Museum and ending at the Riverfront in front of Town Hall. Families, groups, bands, and kids are all welcome to be in the parade and encouraged to wear costumes and decorate their bikes. There will be a prize awarded for the best decorated bike! The parade will end with a tribute to America’s veterans. Other activities include a beauty pageant, a horseshoe tournament, kids games and a watermelon eating contest. DJ’s will provide music and festival food will be available. Fireworks start at dusk around 8:30 p.m. at the Riverfront. The event is free to the public.

Visit Website

Photo courtesy: Pexels

4th Fest at Crescent Park

Thursday, July 4 from 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Crescent Park

4th Fest in Crescent Park brings a family-friendly event for all to enjoy in the French Market District. The free fun begins at 4:30 p.m. The live music will kick off at 5:30 p.m. in Mandeville Wharf, leading up to the 9 p.m. Dueling Barges Fireworks Show on the Mississippi River. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own chairs to enjoy the show. There will also be several enjoyable food options ready to purchase from Gulf Tacos, Curly Q Fry Company, and Li’ Dustin’s Italian Ice. Beverage outlets throughout the park will also offer soft drinks and adult beverages for purchase. Organizers say glass and tents are not allowed.

Visit Website

Go 4th on the River

Thursday, July 4 at 9 p.m.
New Orleans Riverfront

The free annual fireworks show lights up the sky over the Mississippi River starting at 9 p.m. This unique salute to America’s Independence features a fireworks display from two barges over the Mighty Mississippi (between Gov. Nichols St. Wharf and Canal St. Dock) and can be seen from both banks of the river.

Visit Website