The first week of July the city throws off its sedate, summer pace and starts to move to the beat of Essence Fest and beyond. New Orleans parks are the perfect spot for barbeques and picnics with friends and family. For larger groups, pavilion rentals are available with water and electricity for cooking. Or stop by a restaurant and pick up anything from barbeque to po-boys or wine and cheese and throw the perfect picnic to commemorate the day.
The holiday’s biggest celebration is on the banks of the Mississippi at the annual Go Fourth on the River extravaganza. “Dueling Barges” put on an exciting fireworks show to the tune of patriotic music. There are a lot of different locations to catch the excitement along the river, from Woldenberg Park to Crescent Park or across the river on the West Bank.
Steamboats offer fireworks cruises for the evening, so you can get up close and personal with the amazing show. All in all, it’s a celebratory time.