July 7, 2016 | New Orleans

No city throws a party like New Orleans! And this year’s 26th annual July 4th celebration, Go 4th on the River, did not disappoint. My first time attending, I can easily see why it is ranked the 5th “must see” fireworks display in the US. Sponsored by thirty-three local businesses and community organizations, the free Dueling Barges Fireworks Show can be seen from both the East and West Banks of the Mississippi river.

It was a clear and sultry summer night and I arrived at the Riverfront early to get a good spot. Armed with my free Go 4th fan, because it was hot outside and a fan is a must, I was very excited to see the show. It began with the famous General Roy S. Kelley fireboat gliding along the Mighty Mississippi with its billowing plumes of red, white and blue water fountains. Excited onlookers began filling up Woldenberg Park by 7pm with their blankets, picnic baskets and coolers. By 9pm, it was packed. Everyone seemed to be just as excited as I was to see the show!

The show started right on time and was accompanied by various styles of music from US Military theme songs to Katy Perry’s “Firework.” This year’s show featured new and unique fireworks like the “Purple Rain”, a tribute to the late great Prince, a beautiful slow-moving shower that created a gorgeous reflection on the Mississippi river. The finale was spectacular. Featuring a five-minute non-stop impressive firework display, it was a memorable ending to a beautiful quintessential New Orleans patriotic celebration. 

If you are considering traveling to New Orleans over the 4th of July … be sure to view the fireworks and get there early for a good spot!  Check out their schedule of events and special packages before your visit on www.Go4thonTheRiver.com.