New Orleans City Park celebrates independence with July 3 fireworks, performances

New Orleans City Park celebrates independence with July 3 fireworks, performances
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POSTED: Monday, July 1, 2013 - 7:00am

UPDATED: Thursday, July 4, 2013 - 2:21pm

On Independence Day, families and friends across the country will celebrate “America the Beautiful” with fireworks shows, parades, barbecues, picnics and concerts to commemorate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. This year, New Orleans City Park is marking the occasion one day early with “Happy 3 of July.”

On Wednesday, July 3, City Park will feature an elaborate fireworks show, stilt walkers, patriotic music performances with the Marine Corps Band New Orleans and Navy Band New Orleans, food, drink, and giveaways. The event is free and open to the public.

“July 4 is the National Day of the United States, and while we celebrate the country’s independence, we want to commemorate July 3 as an important part of the celebration,” said City Park Director of Special Events Julie LaCour. “It was July 3 when John Adams wrote his famous letter to his wife Abigail about his thoughts regarding Independence Day, saying the day should be celebrated with parades, sports, bells, bonfires and illuminations from one end of the continent to the other forever.”

The first 1,500 July 3 guests will receive red, white and blue fans or neon necklaces to add to their festive wardrobes. Stilt walking Uncle Sams will also mingle among the crowds, while City Park’s mascot “Parker” will be having fun with the kids. The Marine Corps Band New Orleans and the Navy Band New Orleans will begin playing patriotic favorites at the Goldring Woldenberg Great Lawn at 7:00 pm. The fireworks show starts shortly before 9 p.m. from the historic Peristyle. Concessions are available to the public but guests are free to bring their own.

For more information about “Happy 3 of July” or any other City Park events please visit www.neworleanscitypark.com.

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