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Holiday Happenin's in New Orleans

Go Fourth on the River
July 4, 2017

4th of July in New Orleans
4th of July in New Orleans

With special events, perfect picnicking areas, and museums galore your Independence Day will be spectacular in the Crescent City.


3rd of July Celebration

Start the festivities early with patriotic music from the Marine Corps Band and fireworks from the Peristyle. Set up chairs and blankets at the Goldring/Woldenberg Great Lawn at City Park. Independence Day favorites such as hotdogs, corndogs, lemonade and beer will be available, while your own packed picnic is also allowed. Concessions will open at 5 p.m., while the concert begins at 7 p.m. and fireworks at 9 p.m. The event is free and open to the public!

Go Fourth on the River

Enjoy the Dueling Barges Fireworks display at Go 4th on the River. Whether you’re celebrating at Jax Brewery, Woldenberg Park or various venues around the French Quarter, you can view the unique firework display shooting from two barges to the tune of patriotic music over the Mississippi River. The show begins at 9 p.m., while other festivities begin at 6 p.m.

There’s no better view than from a steamboat on the river. Board the Creole Queen and watch the firework show from the 4th of July Celebration Cruise. The cruise includes a buffet of American favorites, live entertainment and an open bar. Cruise along the river under the colors of the fireworks above. Children tickets range from $20 - $69 and adult tickets are $129.

The Steamboat Natchez also offers a cruise under “the symphony in the sky.” Enjoy po-boys, hotdogs, BBQ and more while you experience the show. Children tickets range from $25 - $50 and adult tickets are $99.

Parks and Picnics

The city’s parks also offers the perfect location 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 sandwiches, and wine and cheese and throw the perfect picnic to commemorate our nation’s birthday.


There’s no place more patriotic than the National World War II Museum. Start your day by honoring those who have fought for our country. Enjoy a meal or happy hour at the American Sector, located inside the museum. Afterwards, head over to the Audubon Aquarium or the Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, which will have discounted admission for the holiday.

If you love music and are in New Orleans for 4th of July Weekend, be sure to check out ESSENCE Fest – a premier showcase for African-American music and culture by Essence Magazine. This year’s headliners that will be gracing the stage at the Superdome include John Legend, Diana Ross, and Mary J. Blige, among many others. Plus, ESSENCE’s fest schedule is jam packed with inspirational speakers, parties, and more. Come for one day of 4th of July weekend, or all!

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