NEW ORLEANS - On this Fourth of July, one of the coolest spots to be in New Orleans will be along the riverfront.
You can not only catch the breeze on the river, but be part of a big party.
The 22nd annual "Go 4th on the River" starts at midday and does not end until after the sun has set, with a show that always draws cheers.
The climax comes at 9 p.m. with the spectacular dueling barges fireworks show on the river, synchronized to music you can listen to on WWL Radio.
The party starts at noon with the Riverwalk Jazz Band performing at the Riverwalk Marketplace.
"Go 4th on the River" gives locals a chance to rekindle the connection between the city and the river that embraces us, and shows visitors one reason why New Orleans is such a special place to live.
From the Riverwalk to the French Market, stores, restaurants, and attractions will be open and welcoming visitors.
There will be a series of performances:
- The Navy Band New Orleans Brass Band starts at 2:30 p.m. on the Steamboat Natchez dock.
- The Victory Belles from the World War II Museum and a New Orleans favorite, Amanda Shaw, will start at 4 p.m. at the stage set up at Washington Artillery Park across from Jackson Square.
"It is so, so much fun. This is one of the best cities to celebrate the Fourth. We have such great fun. The fireworks, the setting and everything. There's music up and down the river, it's so, so much fun," Shaw said.
Go to http://www.go4thontheriver.com/ to find directions, parking tips, a list of events and attractions and even coupons you might find helpful.
Check out WWLTV's list of Independence Day events and fireworks displays.