Fourth of July Fun and More in New Orleans

Find your free family fun this 4th with fireworks, live music, family and fun!

By Lauren Ungar, Assistant Publisher June 28, 2024

There are so many ways to celebrate the 4th of July with your family this year. New Orleans is full of places to watch fireworks, have a picnic, and even find free inside fun to escape the hot weather. 

Saturday, June 29 - Saturday, July 6

Free Admission for Active Duty US Military at the WWII Museum
The National WWII Museum and the Blue Star Museums Network have partnered to offer free admission to the nation’s active-duty military personnel including National Guard and Reserve and their families each summer. The free admission program is available for those currently serving in the US military or other dependent family members with appropriate ID cards. *This admission also includes Museum entry to the 4D film experience Beyond All Boundaries and other daily public programming.

Now - October 2024
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Where: National WWII Museum; 945 Magazine St. New Orleans LA 70130
Who: Active-duty military personnel including National Guard and Reserve and their families each summer.
Cost: FREE

Wednesday,  July 3

Uncle Sam Jam Lafreniere Park Music & Fireworks 
Celebrate Independence Day at beautiful Lafreniere Park in Metairie at Uncle Sam Jam! Festival-goers look forward to live music, delicious food, and great company each year! Uncle Sam Jam is a FREE festival featuring top local and national acts and fireworks to close the night.

Where: Lafreniere Park, 3000 Downs Blvd., Metairie, LA on the Al Copeland Concert and Meadow Stage
When: Wednesday, July 3, 2024
Hours: 4:00 PM - 10:45 PM
How: Just show up!
Cost: Free
For more info: Click here. 504-838-4389; 504-628-4459  

3rd of July Celebration at City Park
New Orleans City Park will celebrate the Fourth of July a day early with a spirited gathering of our community from across the region for a free night of music and fireworks. The patriotic program begins at 6 pm with music by the Marine Forces Reserve Band, followed by the national anthem sung by local artist Robin Barnes. The evening culminates with fabulous fireworks atop the Peristyle at 9 pm. Bonafried and Tanjariné Kitchen food trucks will be on site. Guests are encouraged to arrive early with chairs and blankets while donning red, white, and blue!

When: Wednesday, July 3rd, 2024
Where: The Great Lawn
Hours: 6:00 P.M. - 9:15pm
Admission: Free

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Thursday, July 4
Audubon Zoo, Cool Zoo, and the Aquarium
Take the kids to see the animals, fish, butterflies, and insects! All of Audubon Institute's attractions are open Saturday, July 2 - Monday, July 4th.

Where: Audubon Institute attractions
When: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
How: Pay admission.
Cost: Prices vary.
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Free Gardens Day: 4th of July at Longue Vue
This 4th of July, Longue Vue Gardens welcomes Louisiana families to stroll the grounds, explore the children's discovery garden, enjoy a picnic, and make themselves at home on the curated eight-acre property. 

Price: Free
Hours: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: 7 Bamboo Rd New Orleans, LA 70124

The Victory Belles Illuminate the Night
Take the kids to see BB's Stage Door Canteen.

07/04/2024 | 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Join our signature vocal trio the Victory Belles for an evening of 1940s tunes paired with our state-of-the-art outdoor sound and light show, Expressions of America. Tickets are $20.

Go 4th on the River Fireworks Display
Celebrate America’s birthday along the historic New Orleans Riverfront with the FREE Go 4th on the River Fireworks Show at 9:00 p.m. on July 4th! The fireworks are a backdrop for the Fourth of July festivities - there will be food to purchase and live music. This spectacular fireworks display can be seen from the East and West Banks of the Mississippi River from Riverwalk Outlets and Hilton New Orleans Riverside to the Moonwalk and Crescent Park in the French Market District. And there’s more! CNN will be showcasing the Fourth of July New Orleans fireworks around the world as part of its “Fourth in America” special again this year!Join us in celebrating Independence Day in Crescent Park! The evening will include live music, food, and beverage sales, and end with the Go 4th on the River fireworks display over the Mississippi River.  9:00 p.m. 

When:  Thursday, July 4th from 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Where: Crescent Park, French Market District 2300 N. Peters 

Music and Culture Festival at Riverwalk Outlets - Go Fourth on the River 2024

Enjoy a free concert from 2:00 pm - 9:00 pm at Riverwalk Outlets Spanish Plaza with a full line up of local artists,food and beverage vendors, and more. Bring your lawn chairs and umbrellas and enjoy the concert then the beautiful fireworks at 9:00 pm. Performeres are: John Boutte, The Treme Sidewalk Steppers and Andrews Family, New Orleans Mystics, Grasshopper Social Club,Terrance Simen, DJ Captain Charles, James Andrews and the Crescent City All Stars featuring Mr. Secondline and more.

Fourth of July Fireworks in Abita Springs
Bring your chairs, blankets, family and friends to the Abita Springs Trailhead Park on Thursday, July 4, 2024, for the town's 4th of July Celebration! The festival features military appreciations, live music by Four Unplugged, fireworks, food and more, from 2 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Admission is free. No outside food or drinks. Fireworks will begin approximately at 9 p.m.

Time 2:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Music starts at 6:30 p.m.,  
For more information, please visit here
Location: Abita Springs Trailhead Park
Hours: Fireworks at dusk
Admission: Free


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