The USS KIDD Veterans’ Memorial and Museum hosts their annual Star Spangled Celebration Monday in downtown Baton Rouge. You can tour the USS KIDD battleship and museum starting at 9am; music and other live entertainment kicks off at 12pm. The battleship will close at 3pm to get set up for the air attack simulation, which takes place at 6:10pm. It’s the largest display in years, with the Discovery Channel hit “Sons of Guns” providing pyrotechnics for their hometown celebration. Louisiana National Guardsmen will fly overhead, while volunteer gunners on the ship fight off the enemy planes. There may even be a few underwater surprises this year, with explosions planned in the river around the ship. The celebration is capped off with a fireworks display at 9pm.
The good time helps a good cause too. All of the proceeds from the 4th of July celebration help support the USS KIDD Memorial and Museum year round. It’s their biggest fundraiser of the year for the Baton Rouge landmark, which operates without any state or federal funding.
River Road from Government at St. Philip to Florida Street will be closed all day Monday as vendors set up and crowds fill the riverfront. Parking is available downtown and at three garages close to the levee, including: the Welcome Center garage on the corner of North Street and River Rd (open from 11:00am to 11:00pm for a $5.00 fee); River Center garages on St. Louis St at Government St (East and West open from 12:00pm to 10:00pm for a $5.00 fee); and the 3rd St garage on 3rd St at Convention (8:00am to 3:00pm for a $3.00 fee).