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By LouisianaTravel.com Staff

Enjoy July 4th fireworks on the Mississippi River at two locations in Baton Rouge.

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This year, don’t settle for a backyard hotdog and small-time sparkler display. There’s no need with the variety of Fourth of July events planned all around Louisiana—from parades and spectacular fireworks displays to a music festival drawing some of the industry’s biggest names.

Fourth of July Celebrations

New Orleans Independence Day Celebrations

New Orleans  welcomes the annual ESSENCE Music Festival, the country’s largest African-American music festival, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. The jam-packed lineups feature bands and artists like Frankie Beverly, Mary J. Blige, RBRM, Pharrell, Missy Elliot, Nas, Timbaland, H.E.R. and many more incredible talents. New Orleans also hosts Go 4th on the River, a dueling barges fireworks extravaganza on the Riverfront.

Baton Rouge July 4th Celebrations

In Baton Rouge, the historic battleship USS KIDD is the setting for a one-of-a-kind experience on July 4th. Take a tour of the destroyer and enjoy face painting, inflatables, obstacle courses and concessions at the Fourth of July Spectacular. The downtown evening concludes with our biggest fireworks display in the state over the Mississippi River at 9 p.m. Revelers can also head south to L'Auberge Casino and Hotel Baton Rouge for a pool party and more fireworks over the Mississippi.  Learn more about Independence Day events in Baton Rouge

New Iberia Celebrations

Stroll the charming Main Street of New Iberia on July 4 and grab a seat for the parade. The city also hosts an Honor Guard ceremony, fireworks display and the Fourth of July Fishing Rodeo.

West of New Iberia, Erath hosts its Fourth of July Celebration. A Cajun carnival, barbecue cook-off and watermelon-eating contest are just a few of the events you’ll want to catch throughout the week. On July 4th, watch as fireworks illuminate the sky.

Lake Charles Fourth of July

Lake Charles will host its annual July 4th Red, White, Blue & You Festival, which includes a street parade and a salute to the U.S. Armed Forces by the Lake Charles Community Band. Following the concert, stick around for a fireworks extravaganza over Lake Charles.

Natchitoches Independence Day

In North Louisiana, the historic city of Natchitoches hosts the annual Celebration on the Cane July 4 with live music and a fireworks display over the Cane River.

Shreveport and Monroe 4th of July Celebrations

About an hour north of Natchitoches on I-20, Shreveport-Bossier celebrates the KTBS 3/KPXJ CW 21 Independence Day Festival at Riverview Park. The fireworks show can be seen from the park or across the river at the Louisiana Boardwalk, which offers a variety of shopping, dining and entertainment.

The largest fireworks show in Northeast Louisiana takes place in Monroe at Forsythe Park. Their Independence Day Celebration traditionally features arts and crafts and food vendors, kid-friendly activities, live music and a hot dog-eating contest.

*Dates and schedules subject to change. Please confirm with local convention and visitors bureaus before making your trip. 

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