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Fourth of July activities in New Orleans

From fireworks and patriotic music to bowling and punk music, dozens of Independence Day events in New Orleans


1.) America the Party 6: The Return of Yacht Bounce. Rusty Nail, 1100 Constance St., (504) 525-5515; — The Fourth of July celebration includes food trucks, eating contests, a photo booth and music. McClure's BBQ serves food. Admission $5. Noon to midnight Saturday.

2.) Boomtown Casino Fireworks. Boomtown Casino, 4132 Peters Road, Harvey, (504) 366-7711; — Fireworks are at 9:30 p.m. and a performance by Karma follows. Food and drinks available for purchase. 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday.

3.) Celebrate America Celebration. Downtown Hammond, North and South Cate streets and North Cypress Street. Hammond — The celebration includes a parade, a 5K run, a jambalaya cook-off, apple pie contest, cake walk, kids' activities, swing dancing and square dancing. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday

4.) Essence Music Festival. Mercedes-Benz Superdome, 1500 Poydras St., (504) 587-3663; — Missy Elliott, Usher, Mary J. Blige, Kendrick Lamar, Erykah Badu and Common are among headliners. There are also speakers and events at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Weekend passes start at $170. Thursday-Sunday.

5.) Feed the Multitudes. Victory Fellowship, 5708 Airline Drive, (504) 733-5005; — The free festival offers food, games, kids' activities, haircuts, manicures and shoes for people in need. The menu includes jambalaya, hot dogs, barbecue, watermelon, snowballs and dessert. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

6.) Four on the 4th. Hubie Gallagher Park, 1000 W. 15th Ave., Covington; — The 15th Street Flyers running club hosts a 4-mile run (plus a bikini run and a half-mile run for kids). Red, white and blue attire is encouraged. Proceeds benefit kids' fitness at the YMCA and local first responders. Registration $35 with T-shirt, $25 without; kids' registration $8. Check-in at 6:30 a.m., race at 7:30 a.m. Saturday.

7.) Fourth of July at Westwego Farmers & Fisheries Market. Westwego Farmers & Fisheries Market, Sala Avenue at Fourth Street, Westwego; — Brad Sapia performs at the Friday evening celebration, which includes food and fireworks. Admission free. 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday.

8.) Fourth of July Celebration on the Lake. Mandeville Lakefront, corner of Lakeshore Drive and Coffee Street — Rick Samson and Four Unplugged perform at the free festival. Grounds open at 11 a.m.; food and drinks are available for sale beginning at 4 p.m. There are fireworks after dark on Saturday.

9.) Happy 3rd of July. Goldring/Woldenberg Great Lawn, City Park, 1 Palm Drive, (504) 482-4888; — The early independence celebration features patriotic music by the Marine Corps Band and fireworks at 9 p.m. Admission free; bring a picnic or purchase food, beer and wine. 7:15 p.m. Friday.

10.) Houma Independence Celebration. Houma-Terrebonne Civic Center, 346 Civic Center Blvd., Houma; — Houma's festival includes live music, a 2-mile dash and fun run, children's activities, a parade and fireworks. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday.

11.) Go Fourth on the River. Woldenberg Riverfront Park, Canal Street at the Mississippi River, (504) 565-3033; — The Spanish Plaza fountain runs red, white and blue during the festival. Dueling barges launch fireworks beginning at 9 p.m. Admission free. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday.

12.) Golden Meadow-Fourchon International Tarpon Rodeo. Port Fourchon Marina, 288 Flotation Canal Road, Golden Meadow, (985) 396-2792; — The fishing rodeo features fishing competitions, live music, food and a seafood cook-off. There's a separate competition for children ages 4-12. Tickets $35 adult, $20 kids. Thursday-Saturday.

13.) July 4th Flotilla on Bayou St. John. Bayou St. John at Orleans Avenue — The Krewe of Colossus holds a costumed boat parade on Bayou St. John, weather permitting. 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday.

14.) Lebeau Zydeco Festival. Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 103 Lebeau Church Road, Lebeau — Revelers enjoy pork-backbone dinners, live zydeco music and more. Admission $12, free for children under 12. Gates open at noon Saturday.

15.) Maafa Commemoration. Congo Square, Louis Armstrong Park, North Rampart and St. Ann streets — Hosted by the Ashe Cultural Arts Center, the ceremony honors the memory of enslaved Africans and other victims of violence. White clothing is encouraged. A procession walks from Armstrong Park through the French Quarter, pausing at historic sites related to slavery. 7 a.m. Saturday.

16.) Mandeville City Seafood Festival. Fontainebleau State Park, 67825 Highway 190, Mandeville, (888) 677-3668; — Jefferson Starship, Grass Roots, Four Unplugged and Supercharger perform at the festival, which also includes food vendors, a craft market, carnival rides and fireworks. Admission $20 adults, $10 children. Noon to midnight Saturday.

17.) Old Fashion 4th of July Celebration. Downtown Madisonville, 803 Main St., Madisonville — Madisonville's celebration includes a parade, a girls' beauty pageant, an apple pie contest, a horseshoe tournament and a ceremony honoring veterans. Admission free. 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.

18.) Pelican Pow Wow Bad Ass Barbecue. Spellcaster Lodge, 3052 St. Claude Ave. — The weekend punk festival holds a daytime barbecue with performances by Cherry Pits, Heavy Lids and Liquor & Lies. Food available for purchase. Admission $5; tickets available online and at Euclid Records and The Mushroom. 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

19.) Red, White & Butterflies. Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, 423 Canal St., (504) 410-2847; — Visitors can view a special display made of red, white and blue butterflies and learn about butterflies and other pollinating insects with daily releases at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Free with regular admission. Friday-Sunday.

20.) Sparks in the Park. Bogue Falaya Park, downtown Covington, (985) 892-1811 — The celebration features patriotic music and fireworks at dusk. Admission free; bring a picnic or purchase food and drinks. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday.

21.) St. Benard Salutes America. Frederick J. Sigur Civic Center, 8245 W. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette, (504) 278-4242; — Amanda Shaw and The Topcats perform at the outdoor festival, which includes a hot dog eating contest, games, food vendors, carnival rides and fireworks. 4:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday.

22.) Stars and Strikes Bowling Bash. Fulton Alley, 600 Fulton St., (504) 208-5569; — New Orleans City Councilman Jason Williams, Maroon 5 band member PJ Morton and stylist Goo Goo Atkins attend a charity bowling event supporting local nonprofit Le Sanctuary's education mission. Tickets $55. 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

23.) Uncle Sam Jam. Lafreniere Park, 3000 Downs Blvd., Metairie, (504) 838-4389; — Josh Turner, Lonestar, Courtney Cole, 90 Degrees West, Remedy and Christian Serpas & Ghost Town perform at the Jam. There's also food vendors and fireworks in the evening. Admission free. Noon to 10 p.m. Friday.

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