Independence Day celebrations come in many forms

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NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) - It's a weekend for flags, feasting and fanfare.

Folks at the lake celebrated the holiday with fishing and family time.

Mike Durr, Jr. and his family spent the morning fishing.

"There's plenty of time to watch TV. We are celebrating the freedom to do what we want, just quality family time. And the girls can learn some survival skills too," he says.

City Park was full of red, white and blue outfits on young and old.

Uncle Sam was on hand, along with Wonder Woman and Captain America.


For the third year in a row, the Marine Corps band of New Orleans entertained the Friends of City Park on the great lawn--a place that didn't exist prior to Hurricane Katrina.

We caught up with City Park CEO Bob Becker enjoying the patriotic evening and cooling off with a sno-ball. He says that in three short years, this event has become one of the Park's most popular gatherings.

At the Uncle Sam Jam in Metairie, the party went on past 10 p.m. Between the last two sets, a magnificent fireworks display lit up the sky, complete with a Ray Charles serenade.