From baseball to bayou, a full Fourth of July in New Orleans

Whether you’re looking for a laidback or more upbeat Fourth of July, you won’t have to look far to find it in and around New Orleans.

It wouldn’t be Independence Day without fireworks lighting up the sky all over town, with the biggest show of all over the Mississippi River.

Go Fourth on the River, the Dueling Barges Fireworks Extravaganza, kicks off at 9 p.m. at the Riverfront between Gov. Nicholls Street Wharf and the Canal Street dock and can be viewed from both sides of the river. The fireworks have been ranked among the top pyrotechnic displays nationwide, so head down to the river and be dazzled by the spray of colors in the night sky and their mesmerizing reflection on the mighty Mississippi.

The display will be choreographed to patriotic classics which you can tune in to on Magic 101.9, WWL 870 AM and FM, and Visit for up-to-date information on the evening events.

In the middle of the action

If you prefer to be right in the midst of the action, step on board the Creole Queen Paddlewheeler for its annual sparkling soiree for some of the best views of the Dueling Barges Fireworks. The dinner cruise offers a special dinning menu, open call brand bar and D.J. entertainment. Boarding will begin at 8 p.m. at Poydras St. Wharf / Spanish Plaza. For reservations call (504) 529-4567 or (800) 445-4109 or online at

Essence free family reunion

The 19th annual Essence Music Festival kicks off Thursday with a free, open-to-the-public Family Reunion Day at Woldenberg Park.

Gates open at 11 a.m. Enjoy a day full of live music performances, cooking demonstrations, family games with prizes, kid zone activity area and much more — before the Dueling Barges Fireworks display. Visit for more details.

Baseball and fireworks

Gather the family and take them out to a good old-fashioned ballgame as the Zephyrs take on the Oklahoma RedHawks at 6 p.m. at the Zephyr Field in Metairie.

Receive a free American flag and stick around for the postgame fireworks display and a concert featuring Local Option II. Visit for details.

Parade on the bayou

If your mood steers you towards a New Orleans style party, get your patriotic costume on, grab a boat, kayak or canoe and pop on down to Bayou St. John, where the Krewe of Kolossos will be holding its Second annual July Fourth parade. Or just come to cheer the revelers on.

The parade begins at Orleans Avenue and the bayou at 5 p.m. The theme for this year’s parade is, appropriately, Freedom!

Visit the Krewe of Kolossos website at for details.

Go to the French Market

Still looking to keep the patriotic fun on Friday?

Head back down to the French Market at noon and watch the National World War II Museum’s vocal trio, The Victory Belles, perform a repertoire of patriotic swing time songs at the Farmers Market stage.