July 23, 2008 | New Orleans

By Marica Mackenroth

One of the greatest things about living in New Orleans is the abundance of celebration and events. Residents see each and every event as a chance to celebrate their heritage and come together as people.

This year, the city celebrated Independence Day with true New Orleans grace and style.

Each year, the Riverfront Marketing Group throws its annual "Go 4th on the River" Fourth of July Event. If you have never heard of it, let us tell you it is truly a sight to see. Ranked 5th "must see" fireworks display in the US by the American Pyrotechnic Association, the Dueling Barges Fireworks Extravaganza draws hundreds to the New Orleans Riverfront. Set to patriotic tunes simulcast on local radio stations, barges painted the sky with gorgeous fireworks, dubbed "A Symphony in the Sky."

Crowds gathered all along the Mississippi River and filled local hotels and balconies to take in the display. You could catch sight of the red, white and blue everywhere, and groups of friends and families alike took part in the fun filled event.

As New Orleanians are so proud of their city, the greatest time was had celebrating both New Orleans and our nation.