NEW ORLEANS —
Uncle Sam Jam kicks off at Lafreniere Park in Metairie with free live music beginning at 3 p.m. Performing artists include Wilson Phillips, the Guess Who, Phunky Monkeys, Creole String Beans, The Total Betty's, the Topcats, and the Marine Forces Reserve Brass Band. A hot-dog-eating championship is set for 3:30 p.m. with fireworks starting at 9 p.m.
Visit https://www.unclesamjamjefferson.com/ for more information.
The Creole Tomato Festival in the French Quarter will celebrate the eponymous fruit at the French Market, Moonwalk, and restaurants in the area. Festivities include food vendors, a kids' area, a parade, and a bloody mary trail through several restaurants. The Second Line parade will begin at Washington Artillery Park at 11 a.m.
Visit https://www.frenchmarket.org/creoletomatofest/ for more information.
The Happy 3rd of July event in City Park has been canceled due to inclement weather. Carousel Gardens is also closed for the rest of the day due to the rain.
“We are disappointed to have to cancel the activities scheduled to celebrate and unite individuals from across our community this Fourth of July weekend. As stewards of a public space, it is paramount that the safety of Park users and our community are at the forefront of our decision-making. While weather has caused us to change our plans, we are thankful that with the generosity of Will Smith, the City of New Orleans will be able to enjoy fireworks on the 4th of July,” said City Park CEO Cara Lambright.
Visit https://neworleanscitypark.com/in-the-park/carousel-gardens for more information.
In Covington, weekend celebrations will take the form of Sparks in the Park Saturday at Bogue Falaya Park. The free festival will feature music, hot dog and watermelon eating contests, fireworks, and food vendors. The park will open at 4:30 p.m., with music starting at 5 p.m. and fireworks set for 8:50 p.m.
The Slidell Heritage Festival will ring in the holiday weekend at Heritage Park, starting at 6 p.m. with food trucks and other vendors. Witness is set to perform live at 7:30 p.m. with fireworks at 9 p.m.
Visit covla.com for more information.
St. Charles Parish
The St. Charles Parish Independence Day Celebration kicks off Saturday at 6 p.m. in Bridge City Park in Luling. The Groovy 7 will perform, and fireworks are scheduled to start at 9 p.m.
Thanks in part to a contribution from Will Smith, New Orleans' "Go 4th on the River" is back on track for 2021's Fourth of July celebration.
The annual fireworks show was cancelled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the event's website, it was set to be canceled again in 2021 "due to the inability to secure the needed financial support," according to the event's website.
The show starts Sunday, July 4, at 9 p.m.
In preparation for the show, Jackson Square will close early at 5 p.m., and Crescent Park will extend its hours to 10 p.m. to accommodate fireworks viewers.
The city of Thibodaux is setting off fireworks at 9 p.m. City officials recommend Peltier Park for the best view of the free show.
Madisonville will show off its patriotic striped during Madisonville's Old Fashioned 4th of July event, starting at 10 a.m. Festivities include games and contests, a parade at 5 p.m., and fireworks along the bank of the Tchefuncte River.
Mandeville will Light Up The Lake with a day-long celebration starting at 10 a.m. with picnics along the lakefront between Coffee and Carroll streets. The show kicks off in the evening, with food trucks rolling in at 5 p.m. and the Boogie Men performing at 6 p.m. Fireworks will begin at dusk, sometime around 8:45 p.m.
Olde Towne Slidell is the spot be for that city's 4th of July celebration. The festival, a concert, and fireworks will center around the 2200 block of Carey Street. Music begins on two stages at noon, with Amanda Shaw performing at 6 p.m. A kids' area, hatchet-throwing, food vendors, and more will be available throughout the afternoon and evening.
St. Bernard Parish
'St. Bernard Salutes America' will celebrate the 4th at the Frederick J. Sigur Civic Center in Chalmette, starting at 5:30 p.m. Music and vendors will be set up, with fireworks set to go off at 9:30 p.m.