July 4th means fireworks just about wherever you live in the United States. However, here in New Orleans we give it a truly unique twist, the kind twist that you can only find here.
We don’t just have one fireworks display, we have two in the form of two dueling barges shooting off a spectacular array of sparkling lights and cosmic sounds over the Mississippi River along the New Orleans river front. It's a lot like the dueling pianos that you can find along Bourbon Street. It’s the kind of experience that you don’t want to miss and is guaranteed to wow the whole family.
The 2013 fireworks show starts at 9 pm. Make sure you to bring your radio to hear the patriotic music synched to the fireworks. Tune into Magic 101.9 or WWL AM 870 or FM 105.3 to hear the music.
Best Places To See The Fireworks? Set up camp anywhere along the river front and you can’t go wrong! With two barges shooting fireworks hundreds of feet into the air, it’ll be hard to miss. Some of the best spots are at Woldenberg Park, at the Moon Walk (the riverside promenade named after former mayor Maurice “Moon” Landrieu) or on the other side of the river in Algeris.
If you want to be up close and person, in the middle of the river during the celebration, both New Orleans steamboats, the Creole Queen and the Steamboat Natchez have special cruises planned that evening.
What To Do During The Day? I’d recommend barbecuing and spending time with friends and family. The Audubon Butterfly Garden and Aquarium have special rates for the weekend with coupons that you can find via the Go 4th On The River website. For the first time, the Essence Music Festival comes to the waterfront at Woldenberg Park. There will be two stages with music all afternoon and into the evening.
Visit Go 4th On The River for more details and coupons.