BATON ROUGE, LA (FOX44) — For the Baton Rouge and surrounding areas its time for food, fun, and fireworks! Starting tomorrow there will be lots of great Fourth of July celebration activities, and we’ve put together a list including some of the favorites. There are many places you can take your family this week in and around the Baton Rouge area for a great time in observance of the Indepedence Day Holiday.
Tuesday, July 3
BATON ROUGE: The 39th annual Kenilworth Independence Day Parade will be held at 6:00 p.m. in the Kenilworth subdivision. "Home of the Free – Because of the Brave" is this year’s theme. The grand marshal is retired Gen. Russel Honoré. The parade begins and ends at Kenilworth Science & Technology School, on Boone Drive just east of Kenilworth Parkway.
PONCHATOULA: The 12th annual Ponchatoula Area Recreation District No. 1 fireworks show will be located on North Hoover Road at its intersection of Sisters Road. Along with the display there will be a hotdog eating contest! The gates open at 5:00 p.m.
DONALDSONVILLE: Fireworks and music will be heard beginning at 6:00 p.m. at the Crescent Park. Music will include The Harvey Wallbangers and the Avenue Cruisers. The fun will last until 11:00 p.m. and it’s all free and open to the public.
COLFAX: The Louisiana Mudfest will get started and continue through July 8, starting with fireworks on the Bayou on the 4th, and performances by Papa's Axe on the 6th and a bikini contest on the 7th. Special admission charges for this week is $40 per person.
Wednesday, July 4
BATON ROUGE: It will be a BIG day in the Capital City. So much so that there’s an actual timeline for the activities.
- 8 a.m. - BASF Freedom Mile - Runners take your mark! Join the Club South Runners for four one-mile races and a ½-mile parent / child fun run, from Hollywood Casino down River Road to the USS Kidd, 927-9200, www.clubsouthrunners.net
- 9 a.m. - Tour the USS Kidd Veterans Memorial - Walk the decks of one of America's most outstanding historic vessels, the USS Kidd (DD-661), and explore the Veterans Memorial Museum and learn of the sacrifices made by our nation's veterans to insure the freedoms we celebrate on the 4th. The USS Kidd will be open for touring until 3 p.m. with patriotic music broadcast.
- 12 p.m. - Vendor Booths Open - Music on the levee and Food Galore! Enjoy ice cream, pizza, hamburgers, funnel cakes & spicy Cajun cuisine. And to quench your thirst with, ice cold soft drinks, beer & bottled water. Face painting and inflatable's for the kids will also be available. All this and so much more!
- 3:30 p.m. - 90° West - 90° West from New Orleans is a seven-piece band playing your modern country favorites.
- 4:45 p.m. - West Bound Train featuring Anita LeBlanc - Get your dancing shoes on! These music legend impersonators will perform a mixture of country, pop, rock, and oldies.
- 6 p.m. - Air Raid Baton Rouge! - The Louisiana Air National Guard will conduct a fly-by with F-15 Eagle jet aircraft in tribute to our men and women in uniform. Immediately following, grab your helmets and take cover as vintage World War II aircraft stage a mock attack on the USS Kidd. The veteran destroyer is sure to defend herself. Don't miss the experience! Hot Air Balloon Lift Off – Hot air balloons light up our evening sky.
- 6:30 p.m. - Jenny Brooks - Raised in south Louisiana where the music is, as hot as the Tabasco! As an extremely talented female vocalist and award-winning songwriter, Jenny redefines country music with her own unique blend of down-home Cajun flair and swampy R&B influence. Visit www.jennybrooksmusic.com
- 7:45 p.m. - The Chris LeBlanc Band - The Chris LeBlanc Band music ranges from the Beatles to Creedance Clearwater Revival to Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters or his original music; definitely a crowd favorite. Visit www.chrisleblancband.com
- 9 p.m. - Fireworks on the Mississippi - Close the day with a bang! A spectacular fireworks display over the Mississippi River commemorates our nation's independence. Remember: No ice chests, BBQ pits, tents, or pets on the grounds, please!
Stop by North Boulevard Town Square fountains on your way to see the fireworks on the levee. The Screening of the summer classic "The Sandlot" will be at 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. on the Town Square beacon.
Patriots in the Square: Honoring Patriots on the North Boulevard Town Square beacon for the 4th of July. Great food, cold drinks, the best seats in town and music that will inspire you to kick up your heel are all on tap for the annual Independence Day celebration at the Shaw Center for the Arts.
Southern food catered indoors by Louisiana Bayou Bistro on the 1st & 3rd floors with FREE beer courtesy of Mockler Beverage, free soft drinks / water provided by Coca Cola of Baton Rouge. A cash bar serving a variety of beer, and mixed & frozen drinks. Join Us! on the 4th from 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. Purchase 10 or more tickets & get a special group rate, benefiting the LSU Museum of Art and Manship Theatre, 100 Lafayette Street, 3rd Floor, (225) 344-0334, or visit www.lsumoa.com or http://www.manshiptheatre.org.
4th of July Flag Baton Rouge Concert Band Independence Day Concert will be held on the steps of the State Capitol at 7 p.m. For more information visit www.batonrougeconcertband.org.
BAKER: 4th of July Extravaganzaa at Miracle Place Church in Baker: Tailgating starts at 5:30 p.m., Baptism 7:30 p.m. and Fireworks at 8:45 p.m. Join us for this big celebration!
PORT ALLEN: July 4th Fest: 4 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 4, at the Riverfront in downtown Port Allen. There will be face-painting, a magician, clowns, a space walk, food booths. Live music is from 5 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. No ice chests allowed.
INDEPENDENCE: Wednesday, July 4, there will be the Independence Day festival. It will begin at 2 p.m. The Cultural Museum will be open from 2 until 6 p.m. and a special observance honoring veterans is scheduled there from 3 until 5 p.m. There will also be a fireworks show.
NEW ROADS: False River Boat Parade: The theme is "Swamp People," celebrating the television series on the History Channel. Judging of decorated piers begins at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 4 Judging of decorated watercraft and party barges begins at noon. The boat parade begins at 1 p.m. in front of La Express Boat Landing.
PLAQUEMINE: Fourth of July Home Celebration: Bayou Plaquemine Water Front Park, 57845 Foundry St. The Plaquemine Lock Historic Site will be open for tours of the lock house and the boat pavilion from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, July 4, and a demonstration by the Old Engine Boat Club from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. The Iberville Museum will be open from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. for patriotic games, children's art and other activities on the grounds.
Veterans Boat Parade: Wednesday, July 4 Departs at 4:15 p.m. from the boat ramp across from the Iberville Parish Jail and arrives at 5 p.m. at Bayou Plaquemine Water Front Park. There is no charge to enter a boat. There will be "Dancin' on the Boardwalk" to live music from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and a dance contest at 7 p.m. Fireworks on Bayou Plaquemine start at 9 p.m. For details, call (225) 687-3116.
ST. FRANCISVILLE: American Legion: Town Ball Park on Burnett Road, behind the Sonic. Enjoy food, drinks and music all day. Fireworks will start at dark on Wednesday, July 4.
Main Streets Poppin': At the Birdman on Wednesday, July 4. Watermelon-eating and seed-spitting contests along with a pie contest. Bring two pies: one to sell and one to judge. All entries should arrive at 12:30 p.m. and judging will begin at 1 p.m. Proceeds benefit Arts For All.
MANDEVILLE: Wednesday, July 4 through Saturday, July 7 there will be the Mandeville Seafood Festival at Fontainbleu State Park. There will be 20 food booths, and on July 4, fireworks start at 8:45 p.m.