Uncle Sam Jam, one of many early July 4th festivities
Don Ames Reporting
Jefferson Parish gets a head start on 4th of July with tonight's Uncle Sam Jam in Lafreniere Park.
It's a free event featuring great music and a big fireworks show.
Jefferson Parish Councilman Ben Zahn says the live music starts at 5:30 with Christian Serpas and Ghost Town.
"And, then we'got a special treat, from 7:30 to 9...Lee Greenwood. I mean you can't get more patriotic than that," says Zahn.
"Then, we've got the fireworks displays at 9 o'clock. And, right after that, around 9:30, we've got Jana Kramer, an up and coming country music artist."
Zahn says folks are welcome to select their spots by the Al Copeland Concert Meadow Stage starting at 3 p.m. The event starts at 4 o'clock, with pre-recorded music.
"We do have food vendors out there and food trucks. So, get your lawn chairs and come enjoy the music. Then, the next day, you can actually take it easy, because it's on July 3rd instead of July 4th."
So, why do they celebrate the 4th on the 3rd?
"We like the better crowds," Zahn says. "We like having good crowds. In the past, we've had about 15,000 people. And, we're hoping, now, to pass that up."
The Uncle Sam Jam is not the only celebration getting as head start on Independence Day.
There's also fireworks and festivities tonight in New Orleans City Park, on the lakefront in Kenner, at Zephyr Field in Metairie, in Bogue Falaya Park in Covington and West Bank Bridge Park in St. Charles.