Fourth of July means tons of fun in New Orleans, from lounging in parks and open spaces to enjoying food, music, and fireworks. 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 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.
The ESSENCE Festival of Culture returns from June 30-July 3 with performances from Kevin Hart, Nicki Minaj, Janet Jackson, New Edition, and others. 4th Fest in Crescent Park is a family-friendly festival with food, drinks, and music, as is Happy 3rd of July in City Park. Go Fourth on the River produces a dazzling firework display on the Mississippi Riverfront to close out the holiday.