LAFAYETTE, LA — All across the country, towns will be celebrating the Fourth of July in their own, unique ways.
Here is a list of events going on in the Lafayette area:
Red, White and BOOM!
The Acadiana Symphony Orchestra & Conservatory of Music presents Red, White & BOOM! on Thursday, July 4. Grammy winner Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band will headline the celebration at 6:30 p.m. in Parc International. Chubby Carrier, dubbed as "The World's Premier Zydeco Showman," also will perform with your Acadiana Symphony Orchestra for the annual patriotic concert following Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band.
The block party starts at the "Freedom Fest!" stage with Mike & the Rockets kicking it off at 5:00 p.m., then Grammy nominee Corey Ledet & His Zydeco Band at 6:00 p.m. and Lafayette's Bayou Boys at 7:30 p.m.
Families can join the fun at the Conservatory KidZone in Parc Sans Souci with interactive children's music every hour beginning at 5:15 p.m., water activities, fun jumps, an instrument petting zoo, face painting, patriotic arts and crafts, balloon animals, and more! The Grand Finale Fireworks show, which promises to be bigger and better than ever, begins at 9:15 p.m. Get ready for bigger, better BOOM! No poof this year!
Gates open and festivities begin at 5:00 p.m. Admission is $5 per person and gives patrons access to all three stages. The Acadiana Symphony proudly continues its partnership with FoodNet by offering 1 FREE concession ticket in exchange for 5 non-perishable food items. FoodNet's most needed food items are boxed cornbread, canned tuna and peas. Food and beverages will be sold on site. Food and drinks provided by Jefferson Street Pub can be purchased with tickets bought onsite. No ice chests allowed. Proceeds from Red, White and BOOM! support the Conservatory's early childhood music education programs, including Do Re Me, Boys Club Girls Club, Link Up and more.
For more information, please call 337-232-4277, ext. 1, visitwww.acadianasymphony.org, or check out the Symphony's Facebook page atwww.facebook.com/acadianasymphony.
Our Saviors Church Independence Day Celebration
Our Saviors Church in Lafayette will have an Independence Day celebration starting at 5:00 p.m. Bring tail-gating set up and literally park all over the campus. There will be water slides, fun jumps, food trucks, caricature and balloon artists, etc. Firework show (set to start at 9:00) that lasts more than 20 minutes. Senator Jonathan Perry will be in attendance to reflect and pray for our nation.
The City of Broussard will host their annual Fireworks on Thursday, July 4th at 5:00 p.m. at the Home Depot & Wal-Mart Parking Lots in Broussard. Fireworks Display starts at 9:00 p.m.
Hot Dog Eating Contest
Broussard will host the Royal Hot Dog Eating Competition at 7:30 p.m. Hot dogs and soft drinks will be sold with all proceeds benifit the Miles Perret Cancer Services.
4th of July Parade and Fireworks
Fourth of July parade followed by Honor Guard ceremony, harmony of patriotic music and fireworks at dusk in New Iberia on Jul 4, 2013, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in Historic Downtown New Iberia/Bouligny Plaza on Main Street for more information call 337-344-9397.
Movies in the Park summer Movie Series
The City of Franklin will host "Movies in the Park Summer Movie Series," on July 4. Free to the public. Movie shown will be "The Karate Kid," which stars Jaden Smith, Jackie Chan and Taraji P. Henson. It will be shown at the Broussard-Harris Park, which will open at 7:15 p.m., and the movie will begin at dusk. Movie goers are allowed to bring blankets and chairs to sit on; however, no ice chests or alcohol will be allowed in the parks.
The Iberia Rod and Gun Club will hold its 60th annual Saltwater Fourth of July Fishing Rodeo July 4 - 6, 2013, at Quintana Landing, LA 319, in Cypremort Point.
Fishermen compete in four divisions: Junior, Inside, Diving and Offshore. Species vary for each division. Participants can start fishing at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday. Offshore divisions may depart no sooner than noon on Wednesday. Scales will be open under the pavilion from 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, 1:00 - 6:00 p.m. on Friday, and 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. on Saturday. Food and beverages will be sold on site.
Trophies will be awarded after closing of the scales on Saturday. "Each fish is worth $500 and there are 14 fish in that division," said event planner Chad LeBlanc. "We will be giving away over $10,000 in cash and prizes."
Every child who weighs in a fish in the Junior division will be eligible to win one of five lifetime fishing licenses. Event organizers will hold a drawing on July 6 after closing of the scales. Participants must be present to win.
To celebrate the event's 60th anniversary, a fais-do-do will close the event on Saturday with performances by Leroy Thomas & The Zydeco Runners and The Bad Boys Band from 6 p.m. to midnight under the pavilion.
Anglers can purchase tickets at Cajun Guns & Tackle, Dago's, Hebert's Mini-Mart and Iberia Outboard & Marine Service. The Iberia Rod and Gun Club will sell Calcutta tickets at its Boat Captain's Supper held on July 2 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at the American Legion's Hall in Lydia, La.
4th of July Celebration
The 67th Annual Erath 4th of July Celebration continues.
The 13th Annual Fun Run - 5 K Run and 1 Mile Walk will be held at 7:30 a.m.
Water fights between area fire departments will taked place at 10:00 a.m. in downtown Erath.
Carnival rides will be open from 1:00 p.m.- 12:00 a.m.
Parade starts at 5:00 p.m.
The Fais Do Do starts with music by Louisiana Red from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Jamie Bergeron and the Kickin' Cajuns from 9:30 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
Fireworks display starts at 9:00 p.m.
No ice chest, beverage tubes, or pets allowed.