4th of July celebrations happening this weekend

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Independence Day is almost here and we have put together a list of 4th of July events in the area.


Fourth of July Celebration: Irene W. Pennington Planetarium, 100 S. River Road, Baton Rouge. Price is $20 for non-members, free for members. Shows include “National Parks Adventure,” a giant-screen movie narrated by Robert Redford at 5 p.m.; “America’s Musical Journey,” narrated by Morgan Freeman, at 6 p.m.; and a laser music show featuring the rock band Queen’s greatest hits at 7 p.m. Face masks are required and will be provided to those who arrive without one.


BREC’s Red, White & Zoo: All day. Visit the Zoo and celebrate our red, white and blue animal friends. Regular Zoo admission applies.

St. Francisville Fireworks: Starting at dusk, St. Francisville will host a fireworks display at the West Feliciana Sports Park. Music and refreshments will be on hand. Attendees are encouraged to social distance and watch from the tailgate and to wear masks.

Independence Day Celebration: Starting at 3 p.m., enjoy a free, family friendly event at Sidney Hutchinson Park at 3050 Corbin Avenue. No pets or alcoholic beverages. Enjoy a scavenger hunt, live music, food and fireworks.

July 4th Celebration: Noon to 3 p.m. across from the Governor’s Mansion. Music, food, speeches and fun all sponsored by New Orleans radio host Jeff Croeure. Contributors include Republican Party of East Baton Rouge Parish, Chamber of Commerce of East Baton Rouge Parish, Central City News and St. George Leader.

False River Fourth of July Boat Parade: 2 p.m., New Roads. This year’s theme is “A Tribute to Frontline Workers.” Participants are encouraged to decorate their boats reflecting that theme. Boaters will cruise by the floating dock next to Morel’s to be judged by a panel of voters. The parade will start behind the Daiquiri Diner. Trophies for the most patriotic and best decorated boats and party barges and other categories will be handed out. Spectators must keep at least 6 feet apart, and face masks are strongly recommended. The annual water balloon throw will take place.

Patriotic Paw-Rade: 5:30 p.m., Rouzan development. Sponsored by Varsity Sports, the half-mile pet parade will start and end in the Rouzan Circle at the Varsity Sports arch. Free T-shirts for those who pre-register, opportunities to adopt dogs from Companion Animal Alliance and watermelon served afterwards.

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