June 18 2017 | New Orleans

Our colors aren't just purple, green and gold – they’re red, white and blue. 

While New Orleans was part of France until 1802, nobody knows how to celebrate Independence Day like we do. Here’s what’s going on – and where fireworks are going off – around town.

3rd of July Celebration at City Park

Why wait for the 4th to celebrate your freedom when you can do it for free at City Park on the 3rd? Bring chairs or a blanket to the Goldring/Woldenberg Great Lawn on Monday for patriot tunes from the Marine Corps Band and fireworks from the Peristyle. Pack your own picnic or hit the concessions for hotdogs, corndogs, lemonade, beer, wine, vodka lemonade and vodka sneauxballs (regular snoballs will be available, too.) The concessions will open at 5 p.m., the concert starts at 7 p.m. and the fireworks will begin at 9 p.m. Learn more here.

July 4th Flotilla on Bayou St. John

Decorate your boat, grab your kayak or just spread a blanket on the water’s edge for the 6th annual July 4th Flotilla on Bayou St. John at Dumaine Ave. and Moss Ave. According to the Krewe of Kolossos, “a conscientious collection of Carnivalesque,” the fun will last from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Patriotic costumes are encouraged so get yourself an Uncle Sam hat or a Betsy Ross getup and get out and watch the parade. Read more here.

Go 4th on the River

There’s no better way celebrate the red, white and blue than with fireworks shooting from two Dueling Barges on the Mississippi River in rhythm to patriotic tunes. View the festivities from Woldenberg Park, Jax Brewery, the Moonwalk, another elsewhere in the Vieux Carré or watch if from Algiers Point on the Westbank. Festivities begin at 6:00 p.m. with fireworks at 9 p.m. Find out more.

The "Symphony in the Sky" on the Steamboat NATCHEZ

The Steamboat NATCHEZ has some of the best seats in town for the “Symphony in the Sky” over the river. Dine on Cochon de Lait and Beef Debris po-boys, Fireworks Salad, corn on the cob, NATCHEZ Bread Pudding and more while fireworks go off above you. Make reservations here.