Boom boom stuff this weekend (July 4th)

If you feel like checking out all of the sparkly stuff around the region, check out this story which covers a lot:

NEW FEATURE THIS YEAR FOR THE 9 PM FIREWORKS OVER THE MISSISSIPPI July 4th

The fireworks show is choreographed to a medley of patriotic songs.  This year the Riverfront Marketing Group, through J & M Displays, will provide an iPhone and Android app that will allow anyone who downloads the app to hear the show music in real time in sync to the fireworks. 

The app can be downloaded by going towww.jandmdisplays.com/app.htmlor scan the QR code below.

QR Code for App

 

Free Live Performances in Crescent Park in the French Market District

At 5:00 p.m. in Crescent Park, the French Market District will feature free live performances by Category 6, Revival, DJs Eagle and Majik Mike and the Pan Vibrations leading up to the 9:00 p.m. Dueling Barges Fireworks Show. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own chairs to enjoy the show. (Coolers, glass, and tents are not allowed.) Visit www.FrenchMarket.org for schedule details.

The French Market District will also present the second annual Fireworks Photography Workshop with Zack Smith Photography in Crescent Park. Participants are guaranteed a VIP riverfront viewing area to photograph the 9:00 p.m. fireworks show and learn about unique techniques to get the best photos ever! Register at www.ZackSmith.com.

 

This updated story lists a lot more America’s birthday events outside of New Orleans, including along the Gulf Coast..

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4th of July

Seems to me its been about 20 years or so since New Orleans has begun the fireworks on the river on the holiday. The dueling barges is kind of a fun idea, especially as they outlaw personal fireworks in the city. Of course, all you have to do is go across the river to Gretna to buy some!
I suppose the 4th on the river has its beginnings in the 1984 World’s Fair where I remember they had nightly fireworks, although that seems excessive, so maybe I am wrong.
World’s Fair

Fireworks are not a huge part of New Orleans history. My memory was (when visiting my grandparents in the 1960s and 1970s) that we went to Pontchartrain Beach on the lake to view fireworks on the 4th. That park was pretty cool and this from someone who grew up most of the year in amusement park capital-Ohio. My mom actually met Elvis Presley at this amusement park way back in the early 1950s, when he was appearing nearby. The family story goes that a crowd was watching him play a carnival game, and when trying to wend his way out, he stepped on my aunt’s foot. My mom chided him and he gave her the stuffed animal he had won.
Sadly, Pontchartrain Beach closed in the early 1980s and is now a part of struggling University of New Orleans campus. I rode the Zephyr on that last day and like most people, walked off with a souvenir-mine was not a Presley gift but a mannequin arm that held my carnival beads for years in a place of honor in my courtyard.

Traffic warnings over weekend

The following traffic restrictions are associated with this year’s Essence Music Festival and Fourth of July celebration. The Essence Music Festival is scheduled for July 1, 2011 through July 3, 2011.

Beginning on July 1st, there will be an increased police presence in the Downtown area, French Quarter, Central Business District, and other areas where large crowds gather. Officers will be patrolling on foot, on scooters, on segways and the Mounted Unit will also patrol during this holiday weekend.

Beginning Friday, July 1, 2011 through Sunday, July 3, 2011, from 8:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m., vehicular traffic will be restricted in the following areas:
North Rampart Street
to Decatur/North Peters Street to Dumaine Street to Canal Street.
In the event of heavy pedestrian and/or vehicular traffic,
Canal Street may be partially restricted. Additionally, vehicular traffic will not be allowed to cross Bourbon Street from Canal Street to Dumaine Street.
Persons with specific destinations such as residents, hotel guests and employees will be afforded to opportunity to pass through the check points to their destinations, but there will be no traffic allowed to cross
Bourbon Street once it is closed.
On July 4th, a fireworks display is scheduled for 9:00 p.m., on the Mississippi River . There will be an increased police presence along
North Peters Street/Decatur Street from Canal Street to. Esplanade Avenue. Once the flow of pedestrian traffic becomes too heavy, vehicular traffic will be curtailed in that area.
It is strongly suggested that individuals planning on traveling to the Downtown and French Quarter area consider utilizing carpools, taxicabs or public transportation. Motorists should also pay very close attention to parking signage as illegally parked vehicles will be ticketed and towed. As a reminder, it is illegal in New Orleans to ignite fireworks or discharge firearms. Violators will be subject to arrest. Citizens should also utilize a designated driver if consuming alcohol.