Fourth of July means tons of fun in New Orleans, from lounging in parks and open spaces to enjoying food, music and more. This year’s celebrations won’t include the usual grandeur associated with the holiday, like fireworks and festivals, but there’s still plenty of ways to enjoy the city at your own pace. Check out our recommendations for how to spend the long weekend below, and remember to wear a mask or face covering when you set out to explore.
New Orleans parks are the perfect spot for socially distant picnics. With so many parks to choose from, there’s plenty of space in the city to explore, including City Park, Audubon Park, The Fly, Crescent Park and Woldenberg Park. Stop by a restaurant and pick up anything from barbeque to po-boys, and throw the perfect picnic to commemorate the day. Some of our favorite spots for picnic-friendly food include Picnic Provisions and Whiskey, Morrow’s, PeeWee’s Crab Cakes on the Go, Central City BBQ and Dat Dog. Place your order ahead of time for curbside pickup.
The National WWII Museum is the perfect spot to celebrate American history. Explore the exhibits, see a show and learn about the significance of New Orleans in the war. Self-guided tours are available through the Historic New Orleans Collection and the New Orleans Slave Trade Marker and Tour App for those interested in New Orleans history.
Take a dip and soak up some sun at The Country Club, which offers a day pass for guests to use their pool and cabana and is currently operating at less than 25% capacity. If you prefer to cool off with an ice cream or snowball, see our roundup of Icy Summer Treats perfect for the holiday weekend.