June 18 2018 | New Orleans
Steamboat Natchez photo by Kerri McCaffety.

New Orleans' 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 burgers, hotdogs, beer, wine, and snoballs. The concert starts at 7 p.m. and the fireworks will begin at 9 p.m. Learn 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, or elsewhere in the Vieux Carré or watch from Algiers Point on the Westbank. Festivities begin at 6:00 p.m. with a water show from the General Roy S. Kelley fireboat with its famed plumes of red, white, and blue fountains. Fireworks will begin at 9 p.m. Find out more.

Fourth of July on the Steamboat NATCHEZ

The Steamboat NATCHEZ has some of the best seats in town for Go 4th on the River. Enjoy a fabulous buffet and music from a local DJ while fireworks go off above you. Make reservations here.

New Orleans Baby Cakes Independence Day Celebration

Is there anything more American than baseball? On July 4th, the New Orleans Baby Cakes take on the Omaha Storm Chasers at the Shrine on Airline. Be there for the biggest postgame fireworks show of the year. Learn more.