Independence Day 2018: Where to watch fireworks and celebrate in and around New Orleans

New Orleans Riverfront Tricentennial fireworks. Photo courtesy Rick Erbach

NEW ORLEANS — What does July 4th mean to you? For many, it means, family, friends, food, fun and, of course, fireworks.

Here’s a list of 2018 fireworks displays and Independence Day celebrations in the New Orleans metro area:

ORLEANS PARISH 

  • Happy 3rd of July: Bring your chairs and blankets to enjoy patriotic music from The Marine Corps Band New Orleans on the Goldring/Woldenberg Great Lawn at New Orleans City Park and fireworks from the top of the Peristyle. Arrive early for patriotic give-a-ways and a great spot on the lawn, City Park’s website says. The fun starts at 7 p.m. on July 3, with fireworks at 9 p.m. It’s free to attend.  Food and beverages will be sold.
  • Go 4th on the River: Dueling barges will blast fireworks on the Mississippi River. You can see great views from the Riverfront on either side of the bank. The free fireworks show is at 9 p.m.
  • Fireworks Cruise on the Steamboat Natchez: From 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. on July 4. Tickets are  $99 for adults, $50 for children ages 6-12, and $25 for children 2-5.

New Orleans area fireworks. Photo by Rick Erbach.

JEFFERSON PARISH

  • New Orleans Baby Cakes Post-Game Fireworks: Louisiana’s minor league baseball team will feature spectacular post-game fireworks at the Shrine on Airline. Post-game fireworks are slated for Friday, June 29, and Tuesday, July 3.
  • Uncle Sam Jam: The festival will begin at 5:00 PM on Tuesday, July 3 at the Al Copeland Concert & Meadow Stage in Lafreniere Park in Metairie.  This celebration will again feature unique festival food, including a variety of food trucks, a fireworks display that begins at 9:00 p.m. and music from 6:00 p.m. to 11 p.m.   The event is free and open to the public.  Amanda Shaw, Louisiana’s favorite fiddle sensation, will open for Eli Young Band at 6:00 p.m.  The Topcats will follow the fireworks show, closing the event.
  • Here Comes the Boom! – Free fireworks show at Treasure Chest Casino in Kenner on Tuesday, July 3. The show starts around 9 p.m.

Post-game fireworks at the Shrine on Airline. Photo by Rick Erbach

ST. TAMMANY PARISH

  • Madisonville Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration: It’s a day-long celebration that starts at 11 a.m.  July 4 at the Madisonville Riverfront on Water Street. Complete with a parade, a beauty pageant, and lots of family-friendly activities. Fireworks are around 8:30 p.m. This is a free event. 
  • Abita Springs Independence Day Celebration: Abita Springs will celebrate Independence Day on Saturday, June 30 at Abita Springs Trailhead and Park. This free event is from 5 p.m. – 10 p.m., with fireworks starting at 9 p.m. It will feature live music, a flag-retiring ceremony, activities, games, and concessions. Bring chairs and blankets!
  • Light Up the Lake Independence Day Celebration: Mandeville will celebrate Independence Day on Saturday, June 30, at the Mandeville Lakefront. The event starts at 10 a.m. Families are welcome to bring picnics. A food court sponsored by the Old Mandeville Business Association (OMBA) restaurant members will also open at 5 p.m. Entertainment begins at 6 p.m. on a stage between Coffee and Carroll Streets, with live music and a military tribute, plus a kids’ ten.The evening will close with fireworks at dusk.
  • Land-O-Pines Family Campground Celebration:  The Land-O-Pines Family Campground, 17145 Million Dollar Rd., Covington, will feature a fireworks show, a DJ and dance, night-time swim from 7pm-9pm, and more on July 3. It’s $10 + tax for adults, $8 + tax for kids, 2 & under is free.
  • Slidell Heritage Festival: Celebrate America’s birthday in Heritage Park at the 21st Annual Slidell Heritage Festival on Saturday, June 30. The event features food, music, games and inflatables for kids, arts and crafts booths, and a fireworks display at 9 p.m. The festival is from 4 p.m. – 11 p.m. $10 for ages 13 and up; $5 for kids 4-12; FREE for kids 3 and under.
  • Sparks in the Park: Bring your chairs, picnic baskets and blankets to Bogue Falaya Wayside Park in Covington for an Independence Day Celebration on Tuesday, July 3, 2018, 4pm to 9pm. Admission is free. Enjoy patriotic music, fireworks, watermelon and hot dog eating contests and face painting for the kids. Food and drinks will also be available for purchase. Kids’ activities and refreshments begin at 6pm, music begins at 7pm, and fireworks at 8:30pm (dusk).

New Orleans area fireworks. Photo by Rick Erbach

LAFOURCHE PARISH

  • Let Freedom Ring Festival: This festival celebrates Independence Day with music, Cajun food, and fireworks. The fun starts at noon at Peltier Park in Thibodaux and ends after the fireworks show at 9 p.m. on July 4.

TERREBONNE PARISH 

  • Houma’s Independence Day Celebration: Houma will celebrate Independence Day on Saturday, June 30, with a family-friendly festival starting at 3 p.m. at the Houma-Terrebonne Civic Center. Fireworks will start at 9:30 p.m. It’s free to get in, and there will be live music, food and activities for kids.

ST. BERNARD PARISH

  • St. Bernard Salutes America: St. Bernard Parish will celebrate Independence Day on July 4 at the Frederick J. Sigur Civic Center Grounds at 8245 W. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette. Admission is free. The event is from 4:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. and will offer food, drinks, local vendors and a fireworks show.

TANGIPAHOA PARISH

  • 18th Annual Independence Day Firework Show: Ponchatoula Area Recreation District, Ponchatoula, on July 4. Gates open at 5 p.m. Fireworks at dusk.
  • 4th of July Fireworks Celebration in Hammond: July 4 from 6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. at Zemurray Park in Hammond. 

WASHINGTON PARISH

  • Bogalusa’s Watermelon Festival & Old Fashioned Independence Day:  The fun starts with a 10 a.m. parade on July 4, followed by activities, food and fun throughout the afternoon. The fireworks begin at 8:30 p.m. It takes place at Bogalusa High School Stadium Avenue B, Cassidy Park.

New Orleans area fireworks. Photo by Rick Erbach

ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH 

  • Veterans Luncheon and Fireworks Celebration in Reserve: St. John the Baptist Parish Government will host a veteran’s luncheon Tuesday, July 3 at Regala Gymnasium in Reserve. Later that day, there will be a fireworks celebration at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Reserve, and St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Edgard. The festivities kick off at 6 p.m., and fireworks are at 9 p.m.

ST. CHARLES PARISH 

  • 28th Annual Independence Day Celebration in Luling: St. Charles Parish will celebrate its 28th annual Independence Day event with a performance by Groovy 7 from 6-9 p.m. July 3 at the West Bank Bridge Park, 13825 River Road, Luling. A fireworks show will follow the performance at 9 p.m. In addition to the band, there will be two balloon-twisting Uncle Sam clowns and a minature golf course donated by Logan’s Little Greens for children to enjoy. Food vendors will be on hand. No alcohol will be sold, but residents can bring their own if it’s not in a glass bottle.

New Orleans area fireworks. Photo by Rick Erbach.

PLAQUEMINES PARISH

  • Fort Jackson July 4th Celebration: The Buras Volunteer Fire Department is helping to host hot dogs and watermelon on July 4th at Fort Jackson in Buras, followed by a fireworks display at sundown (around 8 p.m.) Fort Jackson is located at 38039 LA-23, Buras.

HANCOCK COUNTY, MISS. 

  • Destination Waveland Independence Day Celebration:  Celebrate Independence Day along the beach in beautiful Waveland, Mississippi. The fun starts at 8 a.m., when registration for the Sand Sculpting Contest begins. The sand sculpting continues throughout the day, along with a DJ and other activities. The contest will be judged at 4 p.m., followed by live music and fireworks along the beach at 9 p.m.
  • Fun, Frolic & Fireworks on the Jourdan River in Bay St. Louis: Jourdan River Communities Association will be celebrating its 10th fireworks display on July 3, 2018 around darkish, 8 p.m. The fireworks display will be out on the Jourdan River on a barge.

EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH

  • July 4th Festival in Baton Rouge:  Fourth of July fireworks over Baton Rouge. USS Kidd is the backdrop for Baton Rouge July 4th festivities. The event is from 4 p.m. – 10 p.m. July 4 at 305 South River Road.