Some fireworks shows still booming for Fourth of July weekend: Here’s where to watch

Like many festivities on the otherwise bustling New Orleans event calendar, Fourth of July celebrations will look quite different this year amid the coronavirus response.

Organizers for some of the area’s biggest Independence Day celebrations have already announced cancellations, including Go Fourth on the River in New Orleans and the Uncle Sam Jam in Jefferson Parish.

On the North Shore, festival-goers will have to wait until next year for patriotic events like the Slidell Heritage Festival and the Madisonville Old-Fashioned 4th of July Celebration.

St. John Parish officials said the annual fireworks show along the river also won’t happen this year.

However, families still looking for ways to enjoy dazzling fireworks shows can still find some smaller events this year, with measures in place to scale back crowds and promote social distancing.

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Here’s a list of 2020 Fourth of July events with fireworks scheduled to take place near the New Orleans area:

Jefferson Parish

Liberty at the Lake

This year, a socially-distanced fireworks celebration will help kick-off Fourth of July weekend in Jefferson Parish. The first-ever Liberty at the Lake is set to bring a drive-in movie-style fireworks show to Bucktown Marina from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on July 2.

New Orleans party band Bag of Donuts headlines the inaugural event, billed as a socially-distanced tailgate party featuring food trucks and bar trucks.

Registration for the celebration is drive-in movie theater style with parking spots available for $25 (includes vehicle and driver), plus $15 per passenger.

Festing on the Fourth

Originally scheduled for July 4, organizers announced the cancellation of this event set to happen at Bucktown Harbor Park.

“We wanted to let you know that because of the weather forecast and Covid related issues we have decided to cancel the event for Saturday. We appreciate all of your support and understanding and myself, my team and all of our musicians are grateful for your help. Have a nice weekend and stay safe!” the event organizer posted on Facebook.

St. Tammany Parish

Light Up the Lake: Independence Day Celebration

The City of Mandeville hosts its “Light Up the Lake” event on July 4. This year, spectators can watch a festive fireworks show from their cars parked in bays along Lakeshore Drive or along the Mandeville Lakefront, respecting social distancing.

Fireworks start at 8:30 p.m. Tune into Lake Radio 94.7 to hear synchronized, patriotic music as you watch.

The City of Mandeville says this year’s fireworks show is in honor of the military and all COVID-19 frontline workers.

This event is FREE and open to the public.

Sparks from the Park

While Bogue Falaya Park in Covington will be closed for the annual Sparks in the Park fireworks celebration, the show will go on with a little social distancing. Covington officials say they hope fire pyrotechnics from the front of the park, so the community can see them from various spots around downtown.

See the Sparks from the Park fireworks show on Friday, July 3 from 8:45 p.m. to 9 p.m., while tuning in to Lake Radio 94.7 for accompanying music.

This event is FREE and open to the public.

Fireworks at Pearl River Town Hall

Residents in Pearl River, La. can head to the Pearl River Town Hall for a fireworks display at 9 p.m. on Friday, July 3, according to a Facebook post announcing the event.

Attendees are encouraged to practice social distancing and obey COVID-19 guidelines while viewing the fireworks show.

This event is FREE and open to the public.

St. Bernard Parish

St. Bernard Salutes America

Families can see a fireworks display in St. Bernard Parish while practicing social distancing on July 4.

The 36th annual St. Bernard Salutes America celebration will offer a 15-minute fireworks show at Torres Park in Chalmette. Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m.

While you watch, tune into Lake Radio 94.7 to hear synchronized music.

This event is FREE and open to the public.

River Parishes

St. Charles Parish Independence Day Celebration

St. Charles Parish will celebrate its 30th annual Independence Day event with a fireworks show at the West Bank Bridge Park on Friday, July 3.

Parish President Matthew Jewell announced a few changes to the event due to the coronavirus response. The event will no longer include the scheduled performance from Groovy 7, and vendors will be limited.

All residents choosing to watch the fireworks from the West Bank Bridge Park are encouraged to wear a mask and practice proper social distancing.

American Idol Top 20 Contestant and Destrehan native, Faith Becnel, will perform the National Anthem, with the raising of the flag at 7 p.m. A 20-minute fireworks display will take place at 9 p.m. and last for approximately 20 minutes.

In light of COVID-19, the parish is taking additional precautions during the event by increasing the number of sanitation stations and opening the baseball fields to allow for families to spread out to enjoy the show. Additionally, all vendors will wear gloves and masks.

Parish officials say the show can be viewed from many places around the area. For anyone that is high-risk and unable to attend, the fireworks show will be live-streamed on the St. Charles Parish Facebook page.

This event is FREE and open to the public.

Lafourche Parish

Let Freedom Ring Fourth of July Celebration

This year, the City of Thibodaux announced it will have a “reduced” Fourth of July celebration with fireworks only and no mass gathering due to COVID-19.

Traditionally, the festival usually features live music, food vendors and a bike parade at Peltier Park in Thibodeaux. This year, attendees can view the fireworks from their vehicles, festival chairman Amy Flores told the Houma Times.

Fireworks start at 9 p.m.

This event is FREE and open to the public.

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