Celebrating the 4th of July in Baton Rouge? Here’s what you need to know


Record crowds are expected on the roadways and at airports across the country, especially in Baton Rouge, for the Fourth of July holiday. People will be taking part in some of the fireworks festivities but we will also see a lot of travelers headed through town on their way to New Orleans.

According to AAA, regionally in Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas, more than 4 million Americans will travel for the holiday. The Baton Rouge Police Department will also be out in full force to keep you safe. That also means they are going to stop you if you are doing something unsafe.

Nothing says the 4th of July like some fireworks, but setting off fireworks is illegal in East Baton Rouge Parish. Police also say, if you are drinking, have a back-up plan to get home. Don’t forget to keep taking in the water while you are out and about to prevent getting overheated. Capitol Park Museums will be open for the holiday providing a safe place to keep families cool.

All in all, stay safe, drink water and don’t light those fireworks if you live in East Baton Rouge Parish.

New Roads Boat Parade: Starts at 1 p.m., on Morrison Parkway. This year’s theme is “Salute the Troops”, the American Heroes. There will be several awards in the following categories: Best Decorated Boat, Most Patriotic Boat, and Best Decorated Party Barge, Most Patriotic Party Barge, and Mayor’s Trophy, Founder’s Trophy and Shoulda Gotta Trophy.  The judging will take place on The False River Paddle Club dock, next to Satterfield’s. Be sure to bring your water balloons for The 4th of July Boat Parade. It will be loads of fun for the entire family.

USS KIDD 4th of July Spectacular: The USS KIDD has been hosting a 4th of July celebration in the downtown Baton Rouge area for over two decades. In that time, it has developed into an incredible family event that celebrates our nation’s freedom. Over the past several years, the KIDD’s 4th of July Spectacular has become synonymous with the patriotic activities that attract thousands of families from across Louisiana and the southern United States. According to the Downtown Development District, the Baton Rouge 4th of July Fireworks Celebration brings in between 75,000 – 100,000 visitors per year.

Walker Independence Day Celebration: Starts at 3 p.m. at the Sidney Hutchinson Park, 30500 Corbin Ave., Walker. Games, food and inflatables starting at 3 p.m.; music by Bullet Proof at 5 p.m.; and fireworks at dark. Additional parking can be found at the Walker High School gym, where a shuttle will be running every 15-30 minutes during the event. 

Fourth of July Jubilee: 5:30 p.m. to 9:45 p.m., The Pointe at Americana, 1250 Meeting St., Zachary. Featuring music by Kathy Mattea at 7 p.m., a fireworks show at 9 p.m. and food trucks. Free. 

Red, White and Blue Celebration: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. Hosted by the LSU Museum of Art, attendees can view the annual fireworks show from the Shaw Center rooftop, with music and food from Capital City Grill. Art activities for kids run from 7 p.m. to before the fireworks. $40 for members; $50 nonmembers; $30 for children ages 6-12; free for ages 5 and under. 

L’Auberge Fireworks Extravaganza: 7 p.m. to midnight, L’Auberge Casino, 777 L’Auberge Ave. Fireworks show at 9 p.m. with several viewing areas. Rooftop pool viewing area features Geaux DJ ($20, 21 and older); Edge Bar balcony viewing area, featuring True Spin (free, 21 and older); The Lawn viewing area (free, all ages); The Promenade viewing area, featuring Press 1 for English (free, all ages). 

Fireworks on the Mississippi: 9 p.m., watch from downtown Baton Rouge or Port Allen. The largest fireworks display in the state is celebrating 50 years.

Fourth of July: 9 p.m., Hollywood Casino, 1717 River Road. Music by DJ Kalvo. 21 and older event. $15 via eventbrite.com.

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