Louisiana, known for its rich cultural heritage and vibrant festivities, comes alive with a unique blend of events during the 4th of July weekend. From grand fireworks displays to traditional Southern music and food festivals, there’s something for everyone in the Pelican State.

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Fireworks on the River

One of the most anticipated events is the annual "Go 4th on the River" in New Orleans. This event features an awe-inspiring fireworks display over the Mississippi River, synchronized to patriotic music. Locals and tourists alike gather along the riverbanks, creating a festive atmosphere filled with excitement and community spirit.

Baton Rouge Celebrations

In Baton Rouge, the 4th of July Spectacular at the USS Kidd Veterans Museum is a major draw. The day is packed with activities, including historical reenactments, patriotic concerts, and family-friendly entertainment. The night concludes with a stunning fireworks show over the Mississippi River, offering a spectacular view from the levee.


Small-Town Charm in St. Francisville

For those seeking a more intimate celebration, St. Francisville offers a charming 4th of July experience. The annual West Feliciana Independence Day celebration includes a parade, live music, and a community picnic. The festivities culminate in a fireworks display that lights up the night sky, providing a picturesque ending to the day.

Lake Charles: Red, White, Blue, and You

Lake Charles hosts its "Red, White, Blue, and You" festival, featuring a parade, live music, and a salute to the military. The event is known for its family-friendly atmosphere and includes various activities for children. The night ends with a grand fireworks display over the lake, creating a beautiful reflection on the water.

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Natchitoches Fireworks Festival

Natchitoches, famous for its Christmas Festival of Lights, also hosts a 4th of July Fireworks Festival. The event takes place along the Cane River Lake, offering food vendors, live music, and family-friendly activities. The highlight is the fireworks show, which illuminates the historic downtown area.

Avoyelles Art & Music Festival

Celebrate Independence Day with a grand celebration at the Avoyelles Art & Music Festival. This family festival includes everything from cherry-pie eating and bake-off competitions to a car display and great musical performances by Cupid, Rusty Metoyer, Lil Nathan & the Zydeco Big Timers, and Louisiana fiddler Amanda Shaw. With all the action going on, don't forget to peruse the vendor stalls for tasty southern delights and amazing art pieces to take home.

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Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration

Bring the family for a day of summer fun at the Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration. Showcase your lawn-game skills in cornhole and horseshoe tournaments, and eat your way to victory in the watermelon-eating contest or cock-a-doodle-doo with the best of them in the rooster-crowing competition. The festivities also include kids’ games, a veteran’s tribute, and an evening fireworks show.

Essence Festival of Culture

Hosted by ESSENCE magazine, this multi-day festival is the largest African-American culture and music event in the US and will feature influential Black hip-hop artists like Usher, Victoria Monet, Busta Rhymes, and Ari Lennox. Learn more about tickets.

2012 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival Presented By Shell - Day 5
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Fourth of July at Coco Marina

Music, food, and fun abound at the Fourth of July at Coco Marina. Performances start at noon with the Josh Garret Band and continue into the evening with multiple acts taking the stage. As the tunes play, watch decorated vessels motor by in the annual boat parade. There will also be plenty of tasty snowballs and festival fare from Louisiana food vendors.

Lebeau Zydeco Festival

Connect with the Creole community at the Lebeau Zydeco Festival, where Louisiana’s most popular Zydeco bands bring all-day jams. Fill up with a pork backbone dinner once you’ve two-stepped to hits from Geno Delafose & French Rockin' Boogie, Rusty Metoyer & The Zydeco Krush, and more.

Southwest Louisiana's Biggest and Most Popular Festivals


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