BATON ROUGE, La. (FOX 44) (NBC LOCAL 33) – Less than a week until July 4th celebrations kick off in the Greater Baton Rouge area, Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome’s Office announces residents will not be able to view fireworks from atop the levee this year.
Normally, people are able to view the fireworks from the levee, but because the Mississippi River is expected to be higher than normal, that will not be allowed this year. Starting at 5:00 p.m. that day, pedestrians and vehicles will not be allowed to access the levee from where it passes underneath I-10 going toward North Street.
“While this year citizens cannot view the fireworks from the levee, we have worked with several partners to provide a number of public locations downtown where everyone can enjoy a great view of the outstanding fireworks show,” said Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome in a news release. “In addition, the USS Kidd July 4th Spectacular is scheduled adjacent to the USS Kidd Veteran Museum, with all entertainment and activities planned. We encourage all residents and visitors to come and enjoy downtown Baton Rouge for a full day of festivities, capped off with a nighttime display of spectacular fireworks over the river.”
Starting Monday, July 1st, crews will begin putting up barricades along River Road. We are told this is just for preparations for the July 4th celebration and not related to the river level.