'Star Spangled 4th of July Celebration' to be held in downtown BR

'Star Spangled 4th of July Celebration' to be held in downtown BR
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POSTED: Tuesday, July 2, 2013 - 2:30pm

UPDATED: Friday, July 5, 2013 - 12:12am

Journey downtown to the Baton Rouge Riverfront and celebrate our day of freedom.

The Annual Star-Spangled Celebration activities will kick-off at 12:00 noon at the Riverfront Stage between the USS KIDD Veterans Memorial and Red Stick Plaza.

Residents can also tour the USS KIDD Memorial Musuem from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Here is a schedule of events for the day:

7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. BASF Freedom Mile
Join BASF and Club South Runners for a one-mile race through downtown Baton Rouge. Race starts near Old State Capitol. A series of one-mile races and a half-mile Parent/Child Run. Transportation provided to start area. Watermelon, fruit, Coca Cola products and Mockler Beerages afterwards. 1st race to start at 7:30 a.m. with other events to follow every 20 minutes. For more information visit www.rrca.org or 927-9200, www.clubsouthrunners.net. 

9:00 a.m. Tour the USS KIDD Veterans Memorial
Walk the decks of one of America's most outstanding historic vessels, the USS KIDD (DD-661), and explore the Veteran's Memorial Museum and learn of the sacrifices made by our nation's veterans to insure the freedoms we celebrate on the 4th. The USS KIDD will be open for touring until 3 p.m. with patriotic music broadcast. For more information call 342-1942 or visit www.usskidd.com.

12:00 noon Vendor Booths Open / Music on the Levee
Food Galore with Music on the Levee! Ice cream, pizza, hamburgers, funnel cakes & spicy Cajun cuisine may be purchased from vendors throughout the day. And to quench your thirst with, ice cold soft drinks, beer & bottled water. Face painting and inflatables for the Kids will also be available. All this and so much more!

1:00 p.m. Riverside Opry with Anita LeBlanc
A lagniappe performance by these veteran Baton Rouge musicians that pay tribute to classic country roots will be held in the Museum Theatre for those touring the USS KIDD. For more information call 342-1942 or visit www.usskidd.com.

3:30 p.m. Evenings Opener - 90° West
90° West is a 7-piece New Orleans band playing your high-energy, modern country favorites. Visit www.90degreeswestband.com.

4:30 p.m. Riverside Opry with Anita LeBlanc
A combination of Westbound Train and The Old South Jamboree house band. Country, Southern/Classic Rock or visit Westbound Train on Facebook.

6:00 p.m. Mayor "Kip" Holden
Mayor Holden will greet the Star Spangled Celebration attendees and join Riverside Opry in a song sure to entertain the crowd.

6:10 p.m. "Air Raid Baton Rouge!" 
Take Cover, as Dan Fortice and members of the Southern Heritage Foundation stage a mock attack on the Star-Spangled Celebration! Don't miss seeing this veteran destroyer defend us. Visit www.usskidd.com.

6:30 p.m. Jenny Brooks
Raised in south Louisiana where the music is, as hot as the Tabasco! As an extremely talented female vocalist and award-winning songwriter, Jenny redefines country music with her own unique blend of down-home cajun flair and swampy R&B influence. Jenny is happy to be back in Baton Rouge for this 4th of July celebration! Visit www.jennybrooksmusic.com.

7:45 p.m. The Chris LeBlanc Band
The Chris LeBlanc Band music ranges from the Beatles to Creedance Clearwater Revival to Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters or his original music. Chris LeBlanc puts on a driving show that draws in the crowds and keeps them waiting for the next song to drop! Visit www.chrisleblancband.com.

9:00 p.m. Fireworks On The Mississippi 
Join Us for a spectacular fireworks display over the Mississippi River commemorating our nation's independence.

Tours of the USS KIDD Veterans Memorial will be available, at the regular admission price, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the 4th of July. Tickets to watch the fireworks from the decks of the USS KIDD will go on sale June 24th and can be purchased at the Gift Shop.

Other Activities on the 4th in downtown BR:

North Bouleard Town Square - "Patriots on the Beacon"
Honoring Patriots on the North Boulevard Town Square beacon for the 4th of July. Over 100 photos of men and women who are serving or have served in the military will be honored. Patriotic music will play throughout the day and night in the Town Square.

LSU Museum of Art and Tsunami - "4th From the 6th"
LSU Museum of Art and Tsunami team up to bring you a bigger 2013 celebration at Shaw Center for the Arts with spectacular views of the river and Fireworks on the Mississippi annual fireworks display. Enjoy the evening with the greatest view of all...from the top of the sixth floor terrace, up on the roof! Enjoy a selection of Tsunami's fine grill: sushi, wine, and beer while listening to live music provided by Blues4Sale, from 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. For ticket purchases contact the LSU Museum of Art, 100 Lafayette Street, 3rd Floor, (225) 389-07210 or visit www.lsumoa.com or visit www.servingsushi.com.A portion of your ticket price is tax deductible and goes toward supporting your art museum. This is a rain or shine event. Tickets are non-refundable and all ticket sales are final.

Baton Rouge Concert Band Independence Day Concert
On the Steps of the State Capitol at 7:30 p.m. For more information visit www.batonrougeconcertband.org.

Mud and Water
"Happy 4th of Jambalaya," featuring Ryan Harris, Denton Hatcher, Eric Schmitt & guests, watch the fireworks and enjoy Jambalaya on the river, 174 South Blvd., www.facebook.com/MudAndWater.

The Blues Room
Featuring Will Wesley, 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. & King of tRockin Blues Gregg Wright, 7 p.m., 244 Lafayette St., 334-7663, https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Blues-Room/337180466388661.

The Baton Rouge Police Department has issued the following tips and information rearding the celebration:

• Anyone coming downtown for the fireworks show on the river should arrive early and not wait until the last minute. Downtown exit ramps may be temporarily closed off if traffic backs up onto the interstate. Motorists are urged to utilize all available routes into downtown, including River Road, North Street, Laurel Street, Florida Blvd., North Blvd., Government Street and Convention Street.
• No ice chests, BBQ pits, tents, or pets will be allowed to be brought into the festival grounds.
• Over 100 uniformed law enforcement personnel will be specifically assigned to the downtown area in addition to regular patrols. BRPD presence will also be supplemented by personnel from the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office and Louisiana Department of Public Safety. In addition, there will also be many plainclothes officers who will be blending in with the crowds.
• Police will use officers on foot, bicycles and horse mounted patrols, as well as aerial surveillance.
• Technology will be utilized to supplement officers, including fixed and mobile cameras, microphones and night-vision equipment.
• There will be “zero tolerance” for criminal activity, and anyone jeopardizing public safety, even for misdemeanor offenses, may be arrested and booked.
• Groups will not be allowed to loiter or gather after the fireworks show ends. Officers will actively assist in helping clear the area as quickly as possible once the fireworks display concludes.
• There will be a large police presence dispersed throughout the downtown area and mobile Command Posts will be parked and manned on River Road. Citizens should not hesitate to notify law enforcement immediately if they see or hear anything suspicious or that might indicate a potential problem.
 

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