If you’re looking for celebrations around our community, you can’t go wrong with one (or more) of these events.
Kick off the weekend with Sparks in The Park
The beloved Bogue Falaya Park in Covington is back open after this spring’s flooding and will once again host Independence Day festivities.
Sparks in the Park will boast children’s activities such as face-painting, live music, and of course the gorgeous fireworks at approximately 8:45pm.
Admission is free, and families are encouraged to bring a cooler of their favorite picnic foods to spread out and enjoy the evening under the trees.
Date and Time: 7pm on Friday, July 1st
Location: Bogue Falaya Park, 213 Park Dr. in downtown Covington
Catch a July 2nd Fireworks Show at the Slidell Heritage Festival
If you can’t make it to a Monday event (or want to see more than one set of fireworks), check out the 2016 Slidell Heritage Festival on July 2nd. This event (with all ticket sales going to some great local charities) includes food, music, art, games, and fireworks at 9pm.
The celebration begins at 4pm with opening acts from Louisiana LeRoux and 90 Degrees West.
The main entertainment of the evening comes from the ever popular The Molly Ringwalds, a quintet channeling the spirit of the 80s. Expect teased hair, spandex, and plenty of eye shadow. Totally rad!
Date and Time: 4-11pm on Saturday, July 2 nd
Cost: $10 for adults. Children 12 and under: free. Pre-sale tickets available for $8
Location: Heritage Park
Fireworks and Picnic in Abita Springs
If a Sunday evening celebration fits your schedule better, consider spending an afternoon at Abita Springs Park. Enjoy playing on the Great Lawn, if you can peel the kids off the fabulous playground.
It is forecast be pretty warm, so you could plan to splash around in the water feature before it gets dark.
Or wander around the beautiful Pavilion and museum in the historic Old Long Branch Hotel’s Bachelor’s quarters.
Supercharger will be playing rock-n-roll hits from the 70s, 80s, and 90s starting at 6:00pm.
Fireworks over the river will begin at dusk.
Food and drinks will be available. Remember, ice chests and BBQ pits are prohibited from this event.
Date and Time: Music starts at 6:00pm on Sunday, July 3rd
Cost: Free admission
Location: Abita Springs Trailhead Park
4th of July Event Returns to the Lakefront
Reviving a tradition from a few years back, the Mandeville lakefront is again hosting a 4th of July celebration.
Starting at 10:00am, the ban on eating and drinking on the lakefront will be lifted so you can enjoy plenty of refreshments on what is sure to be a warm day.
This free event will include a program recognizing those who’ve served in the military followed by live music. Rick Sampson and Four Unplugged will be on a stage located between Coffee and Carroll streets. Restaurants that are part of Old Mandeville Business Association will sell food and drinks starting at 4:00pm. Bring a picnic or plan to enjoy your favorite local foods.
The evening will end with a fireworks display over the lake. Watching the fireworks reflected in the waters of Lake Pontchartrain is sure to be a delight for young and old!
Date and Time: 10:00am on Monday, July 4th, program starts at 4:00pm
Cost: Free admission (food and drinks for sale)
Location: The public space along Lakeshore Dr.
Old Fashioned 4th of July in Madisonville
This celebration includes all the traditional 4th of July activities from the apple pie contest to the three-legged race.
Bring a picnic to the riverfront and enjoy a parade, beauty pageant, games and contests for kids of all ages, and a horseshoe tournament. There will be activities to honor veterans and plenty of music.
Keep in mind there will be no food sales. Bring your own picnic, grill, ice chest etc.
Community members will be serving hot dogs and jambalaya on a first come first serve basis. These are free but supplies are limited, and donations are appreciated.
Location: Water Street, riverfront in Madisonville
Date and Time: Parade starts at 2:00 (participants gather at 1:30) on Monday, July 4 th
Cost: Admission is free but some activities involve a fee
We hope you enjoy a safe and fun holiday weekend! Let Freedom ring!