New Orleans 4th Of July Fireworks - Go 4th on the River
- Date: Jul 04, 2016
- Cost: Free
- Location: French Quarter
You can watch fireworks in just about any city in the United States when July 4th rolls around, but you won’t find any firework display quite like the one in New Orleans.
In this city, we don’t have just one fireworks show, we have two, at the same time, in the form of dueling barges on the Mississippi River. That’s right, on the Fourth of July, two barges shoot off a spectacular array of sparkling lights and cosmic sounds along the New Orleans river front. Picture the dueling pianos that you can find along Bourbon Street, but with fireworks instead. It’s the kind of experience that you don’t want to miss, and it’s guaranteed to wow the whole family.
The fireworks show starts at 9 p.m. Every year, Magic 101.9 or WWL AM 870 or FM 105.3 syncs patriotic music to the fireworks, so be sure to bring a radio and tune in.
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 Algiers.
If you really want to get a great spot, both New Orleans riverboats, the Creole Queen and the Steamboat Natchez, have special cruises planned that evening. Taking a cruise on the Mississippi River, where the fireworks will be shot from, means that you’ll get to see the fireworks directly overhead from the middle of the river. It’s the perfect place to watch, and well worth the price of admission.
What To Do During The Day
Many people tend to barbecue and spend time with friends and family, but the river walk will be very festive the entire day. Vendors will set up food and drinks stands, and you can find great Fourth of July deals in many of the French Quarter and Central Business District shops. It’s the perfect day to go bargain hunting!
The Audubon Butterfly Garden and Aquarium also have special rates for the weekend via coupons on the Go 4th On The River website.