Go Fourth on the River
July 4, 2013
Louisiana didn't start celebrating American independence until about 25 years after it was declared but, since that time, the state and its largest city have done a fabulous job of catching up. The July 4th celebration in New Orleans today will match any Independence Day festivities held anywhere else in the nation. Including those that have been celebrating it longer.
A spectacular fireworks display on twin barges in the middle of the Mississippi River opposite the French Quarter is just the climax of the day's events. There is always lots more preceding it, and this year will be no exception as New Orleans celebrates the 237th anniversary of American independence with the 23rd Annual Go Fourth on the River celebration. As always, it will take place in Woldenberg Riverfront Park.
Although this year's schedule of events has not been officially announced, visitors can expect a full day of fun events, including free concerts in the vicinity of the scenic Riverfront. In past years, some of the city's top musical artists have performed in Washington Artillery Park across Decatur Street from Jackson Square and the St. Louis Cathedral. The U.S. Navy Band has traditionally played during the day and later on, leading up to the fireworks display.
In addition, other musical performances have taken place in the Hard Rock Café, located in the Jax Brewery Building adjacent to the Riverfront and they may participate again for this Fourth of July event.
Also in past years, the event's sponsor – the Riverfront Marketing Group – has worked in cooperation with local merchants to offer discount coupons from participating merchants and attractions. Among those who have participated in previous years are both paddlewheel riverboats operating out of the Port of New Orleans – the Natchez and the Creole Queen. Other participants have included the French Market, the Jax Brewery, the Hard Rock Café, the Riverwalk Marketplace and the Audubon Institute's Aquarium of the Americas and its Insectarium and Butterfly Garden.
Both riverboats are offering night cruises to bring passengers closer to the fireworks. The pyrotechnic display over the river in New Orleans has been consistently ranked in the top five nationwide.
The fireworks can be viewed from either side of the river. On the French Quarter side the best views are from Woldenberg Park. Those who wish to enjoy the colorful extravaganza against a backdrop of the city skyline can hop aboard the Canal Street Ferry and grab a great view from the levee in Algiers Point. From either vantage point it is a breathtaking panoply of patriotism!
For more up-to-date information on Go Fourth on the River as the event gets closer, visit www.go4thontheriver.com.