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Regional Roundup: Freedom Fests
It’s a day of independence, and you can freely spend it how you please. But across the region, your fellow Americans will be gathering for watermelon gorging, hot dog grilling, and sky-bursting on this red, white, and blue summer day. Pick your place, pack a picnic, and party like its 1776.
From Monroe to Minden to Shreveport, freedom fests reign with all the verve of a true Louisiana celebration. Expect barbecue, fireworks, 5Ks, and more. Click here for the full schedule.
It’s known for its fantastic food and drink, and even more for its spectacular scenery—so combine that all into a celebration of national pride and you’ve got something serious. The festivities kick off with Light Up the Lake on the Mandeville Lakefront or the live music celebration at the Abita Springs Trailhead. Click here for the full schedule.
They aren’t Canadians anymore! Head down to Cajun country for Lafayette’s Uncle Sam’s Jam, New Iberia’s parade, and Lake Charles’ annual Red, White, Blue & You Celebration, and much much more. Click here for the full schedule.
The Mississippi River’s an icon of this country, and as such it is only fitting that it be one of the best sites for Independence Day fireworks, and the little towns beside it get a five star view. New Roads throws a spectacular boat parade every year, St. Francisville goes all out with the fireworks, and Natchez invites all to settle in on the bluff. Click here for the full schedule.
From parades to fireworks on the grand Mississippi, Baton Rouge will be bursting with patriotism this first weekend of July. Click here for the full schedule.
From fireworks and patriotic concerts in Jefferson to steamboat river cruises, New Orleans predictably parties for Independence Day. Click here for the full schedule.
Chef Isaac Toups’ Double-Cut Pork Chop with Cane Syrup Gastrique from Toups Meatery.
Fourth of July Recipes
Thanks to some of New Orleans’ favorite chefs and bartenders, here are some perfect summer recipes for the grill and for large-format cocktails, to take your patriotic party to the next level.
For the Grill
For your Glass
(And, for the love of America, please let someone else handle the fireworks if you’ll be drinking. Cheers!)