Fourth of July means tons of fun in New Orleans, from lounging in parks and open spaces to enjoying food, music and festivals. Check out our recommendations for how to spend the long weekend below.
New Orleans parks are the perfect spot for summertime picnics. With so many parks to choose from, there’s plenty of options 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.
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. Nearby is the recently opened Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience, which chronicles the history of Jewish Americans across 13 southern states and 300+ years of history. 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. For the kids, the Cool Zoo is the city’s only waterpark, featuring a lazy river and conveniently located in Audubon Zoo. If you prefer to cool off with an ice cream or snowball, see our roundup of Icy Summer Treats perfect for the holiday weekend.
There’s no shortage of festivals on the Fourth of July weekend in New Orleans. On July 3, stop by the French Market for Creole Tomato Fest, where you can stock up on the summertime fruit and enjoy live music. NOLA Zydeco Fest will be happening nearby at the New Orleans Jazz Museum that same day, with music and plenty of dancing. Finally, the Essence Festival of Culture also spans Fourth of July weekend in a virtual format, with streamed performances and special appearances on https://www.essencestudios.com.