BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Dozens of people in Baton Rouge took to the riverfront this Independence Day.

The riverfront was packed with locals enjoying music, food and fun. Children rolled down the hills in their red, white and blue and had the chance to get their faces painted. The event attracted some out-of-towners, including Jeff Snedegar from Chicago.

“This is my first time in Louisiana, and in Baton Rouge of course. And everything is beautiful. I’m looking now over the water and it’s better than the pictures I’ve seen,” said Snedegar. “It’s nice to see everybody outside.”

Fourth of July events were paused during the height of the pandemic in 2020. Some local business owners said they have been anticipating returning to the river post-pandemic.

“I’m glad to be back. It’s been a challenge. Of course, all the markets stopped. Mid City, all the pop-up shops, everybody just stopped and it hurt bad,” said Toni Chinwah, owner of King Tremaine Premium Candies.

Andre Morison started his snowball stand business less than a year ago. He said he’s happy to be able to do what he loves with some normalcy.

“It’s a family business. Me, my wife, my daughters and we started this business. And it’s been great, we just thank God for it,” said Morison. “We look forward to serving the community and being out here on the Fourth of July and having a good time.”

The event was followed by a fireworks show after sunset.