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Greater Baton Rouge Fourth of July

July 3

From parades to fireworks on the grand Mississippi, Baton Rouge will be bursting with patriotism this first weekend of July. Don’t miss any of these great events around town this weekend.

Kenilworth Independence Day Parade

July 3: Having trinkets, candy, and other priceless treasures thrown at us from passing floats is a time-honored tradition in Louisiana, but why not bust it out for America’s birthday, too? Kenilworth is celebrating its Golden Jubilee Independence Day Parade this year. Rolls at 6:30 pm. For route information and more, visit kenilworthneighborhood.com.

Baton Rouge Fourth of July Spectacular

July 4: Every year, for our nation’s birthday, WBRZ lights up the sky above the Mississippi River. The fireworks can be viewed from anywhere along the levee, and from Downtown Baton Rouge, starting at 8 pm. visitbatonrouge.com.

Rockin on the Rooftop BBQ Bash

July 4: Catch WBRZ’s fireworks over the Mississippi from the rooftop of the Shaw Center for the Arts, where the LSU Museum of Art will host its annual fundraiser bash—featuring music by Sweet Southern Heat, food by City Pork, and drinks by Three Roll Estate. $60; $50 for museum members; $40 for children ages six to twelve. lsumoa.org.

Fourth of July Patriots and Pirates: A Revolutionary Celebration

July 4: The USS KIDD Veterans Museum has been hosting a 4th of July celebration in the downtown Baton Rouge area for over two decades. Get special access to the Veterans Museum, with refreshments and beverages, then head out to the best fireworks viewing spot in Baton Rouge on the USS Kidd. Starts at 5 pm; fireworks at 8 pm. $50. usskidd.com.

Baton Rouge Concert Band Independence Day Concert

July 4: Join the Baton Rouge Concert Band as they celebrate the birth of our nation. Expect patriotic songs, marches, and, of course, John Philips Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever.” 7:30 pm. Free, as Fourth of July oughta be, in the outdoor plaza at the Main Branch Library at Goodwood. brcb.org.

Annual Plaquemine Hometown Celebration

July 4: At its annual Hometown Celebration at Bayou Plaquemine Waterfront Park, expect old-fashioned games, veterans’ boat parade, food, crafts, live music, dancing, and a jitterbug contest. 5 pm–9 pm. visitiberville.com

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July 3