The 4th of July is here and there is a lot going on in the capital city.
From family barbecues to parades & fireworks, there is surely something for everyone to do.
Below you’ll find a list of events, hotels and everything else guaranteed to make your holiday safe and fun.
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 Julit: 9 p.m., Hollywood Casino, 1717 River Road. Music by DJ Kalvo. 21 and older event. $15 via eventbrite.com.
Have some family coming in late and need hotels? Here are a few hotels still offering availability through the weekend.
- The Cook Hotel & Conference Center
- Comfort Inn & Suites Airport
- Wyndham Garden Baton Rouge
- Extended Stay America – Baton Rouge – Citiplace
- Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Baton Rouge
- Drury Inn & Suites Baton Rouge
- Siegen Inn
- Comfort Inn Baton Rouge
- Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center
- Tru by Hilton Baton Rouge Citiplace, LA
- Hampton Inn & Suites Baton Rouge Downtown
Scorching Temps: The temperature is going to get pretty hot during the day. It is encouraged that if you plan to spend a good portion of your day in the heat remember to drink water and dress properly.
Staying hydrated is most important to help avoid any heat-related illnesses. Light colored, loose fitting clothes will help keep you cooler than tighter darker clothes.
Make sure to take breaks in the A.C. or shade and to pay attention to your body. If you start to feel tired or light-headed it’s time for a break.
Fireworks: If you’re like many of us, one of your favorite parts of the 4th of July is heading down to the levee for the beautiful fireworks display.
Due to the water levels of the mighty Mississippi the levee will be closed but don’t worry you can still watch from the lawn of the Old Governors Mansion. BRProud’s Jonah Gilmore will be live with the latest at 5p.m., 5:30p.m., 6p.m., 9p.m. and 10p.m.
In case you’ve missed it our morning crew Carly, Gerron and Kevan will be live from USS Kidd for our 4th of July morning show. There’s going to be a lot going on that you don’t want to miss.
Check back regularly for updates on how you can make your 4th of July one to remember!