ST. BERNARD PARISH, La. — For nearly 40 years, St. Bernard Parish has been a spot to come together on Independence Day for a night of music, food, and an impressive fireworks show.
The free event is sponsored by the parish government.
It started with a small gathering at the Liberty Bell in front of the Civic Center where veterans ring the bell. Every year, Vietnam veterans, Hilton Breau and Norman Landry, show up to participate.
"This is about our freedom. This is what it is. It's what we fought for, Breau said.
"Too many people don't realize how we got freedom here. You go to these other countries, they don't have this type of freedom. You can't say what you want to say. You say what you want and you're in trouble in those other countries, but not in the United States," Landry said.
Freedom to dance, come together, and celebrate. It was all on display in Chalmette for the annual event. It brought an estimated several thousand people together.
"We come out here every year," Latrika Tousin said. "It's fun."
The fireworks show began at 9:45 and lasted about 20 minutes.
"It's one of the largest shows in the region," Parish President Guy McInnis said. "Families, having a great time, celebrating Independence Day, which this year more than ever we know what independence means to us."