CELEBRATE THE FOURTH OF JULY IN THE BATON ROUGE AND SURROUNDING AREA WITH THESE EVENTS TODAY.
- BASF FREEDOM MILE: Join the Club South Runners at 8 a.m. for a 1-mile foot race downtown. Visit http://www.lawired.com/csr/home.htm for more information.
- PATRIOTS ON THE BEACON IN TOWN SQUARE: Honoring patriots on the North Boulevard Town Square Beacon all day and night. More than 100 photos of men and women who are serving in the military or who have previously served in the military are featured. Patriotic music will play all day and night. The fountains will debut red, white and blue colors. Go to http://townsquarebr.org for more information.
- STAR-SPANGLED CELEBRATION: Begins at noon, downtown near the USS Kidd. No ice chests, barbecue pits, tents or pets allowed.
- AIR RAID BATON ROUGE: 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The Louisiana Air National Guard will conduct a fly-by over the USS Kidd with F-15 Eagle jet aircraft in tribute to men and women in uniform. Vintage World War II aircraft also will stage a mock attack on the USS Kidd. The destroyer will defend herself with her guns.
- HOT AIR BALLOON LIFTOFF: 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Hot air balloons to light up the evening skies.
- JENNY BROOKS AND CHRIS LEBLANC BAND : 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Slidell country music singer Jenny Brooks will sing from 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. before pop rock Baton Rouge artist Chris LeBlanc and his band take the stage of the Star-Spangled Celebration downtown from 7:45 p.m. to 9 p.m.
- THE BATON ROUGE CONCERT BAND: 7 p.m. The band will perform on the steps of the State Capitol.
- FIREWORKS ON THE MISSISSIPPI: 9 p.m. fireworks show presented by WBRZ-TV and The Advocate.
- FALSE RIVER BOAT PARADE: Judging of decorated piers begins at 11 a.m. 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 and runs along the south end of False River for several miles.
Pointe Coupee Parish also will have fun on the water during the 30th annual False River Fourth of July Boat Parade & Pier Decorating Contest.
The event will take place at the south end of False River at Marc Barker’s Family Pier near Pointe Placid Condos in Jarreau.
Festivities kick off at 11 a.m. with pier judging followed by watercraft judging at noon. The boat parade begins at 1 p.m.
Trophies to be awarded include: Best Decorated Party Barge, Admiral’s Trophy, Founder’s Trophy, Best Decorated Small Craft and Best Decorated Pier.
This year’s theme is “Bounty Gate: Save Our Saints.”
For more information, contact Branden Barker at (225) 202-1041.
Old River Landing
Later that night, Old River Landing will sponsor Fourth of July Fireworks 2012 in Batchelor. That event will kick off at 9 p.m. at Old River Landing.
- FOURTH OF JULY HOMETOWN CELEBRATION: Bayou Plaquemine Waterfront Park, 57845 Foundry St. Canoe races, arts and crafts, games, a boat parade at 4:30 p.m., dancing, and a fireworks show at 9 p.m.
The Plaquemine Main Street Program is hosting a July 4th Hometown Celebration at the Bayou Plaquemine Waterfront Park from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday.
The event will feature a boat parade, food, music, kids’ activities and fireworks.
Canoe Races will kick things off at 3 p.m. and there will be “Dancin’ on the Boardwalk” with live music from Unfinished Business from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The Friends of the Plaquemine Lock State Historic Site will sponsor putt-putt rides at Bayou Plaquemine Waterfront Park during the July Fourth festivities.
Visitors can ride the boats from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Five boats will be available at the wharf in the park.
The organization also will sell ice cream at the Lockhouse, which will be open free of charge during the festival.
- JULY 4TH FEST: 4 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at the Riverfront in downtown Port Allen. There will be face painting, a magician, clowns, inflatables and food booths. Live music from 5 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. No ice chests allowed.
- AMERICAN LEGION: 6:30 p.m. Town Ball Park on Burnett Road. Food, drinks and music all day. Fireworks at dark. Tailgate with your friends.