Put on your party hats and light the candles, it’s America’s birthday! Just like any other holiday, New Orleans celebrates Independence Day in style Whether you like to sit and relax, or party hard, there’s a way for you to get patriotic.
Your #FrayLife fam is here with our guide to observing the Fourth, so don your red, white, and blue and get ready to celebrate!
Happy 3rd of July
Get the party started a day early with this annual free event in City Park! Bring your blankets and chairs and set up camp on the lawn with your buds. The Marine Corps Band will keep you entertained with patriotic anthems.Pack your own picnic, or hit up the concession and snowball stands, just make sure to take advantage of the provided recycling and composting services afterwards.
Go Fourth on the River
The biggest Independence Day celebration in the city, Go Fourth is celebrating its 29th year with a… bang! (ba dum tssshhh) This free fireworks show is open to the public and can be seen from spots all along the riverfront. For a truly unique spectacle, take in the show from ON the river! Steamboat Natchez and Paddlewheeler Creole Queen both offer dinner cruises serving up classic American fare and live music to keep you reveling well into the night.
Baby Cakes Baseball
Head to Metairie and root, root, root for our home team as they celebrate Independence Day at the ballpark. July 4th is their official celebration, but there will be fireworks shows after the game both nights, for a little extra rockets red glare.
“Party with a purpose” at the 25th annual Essence Festival. This three-day event, features panels, workshops, and experiences, and of course a killer music lineup! This year’s headliners include Missy Elliot, Mary J. Blige, NAS, H.E.R., Pharrell Williams, Brandy, and more. As if that weren’t enough, Saturday’s main stage will feature a conversation with our Forever First Lady herself, Michelle Obama.
How do you honor the red, white, and blue? Share with us in the comments and tag #FrayLife and #NOLAFray on social!