You don't have to wait until the 4th for fireworks with celebrations across the New Orleans metro for 3rd.
City Park in New Orleans tonight is holding it's first of what organizers say will become an annual event. "We've got the Marine Corps Band playing as well as the Navy Band," says Julie LaCour, Director of Special Events.
Bring your blankets or lawnchairs for lots of patriotic music starting at 7PM, and the whole family, even the dog is welcome as long as it's on a leash she says. Make sure to get to the Goldring Woldenberg Great Lawn early to get a spot, but no tents or staking anything into the lawn.
Fireworks from the historic Peristyle will close out the event at 9PM. LaCour says they'll have concessions and wine and beer available for purchase, but feel free to bring your own.
Meanwhile the Uncle Sam Jam starts at 5:00 at Lafreniere Park in Metairie. Jefferson Councilman Ben Zahn says Ghost Town and the Bucktown All Stars will perform, and leashed dogs are also welcome at this event.
Zahn says last year's Jam drew in around 15,000 people.
The New Orleans Concert Band starts at 9:00 with the fireworks display.
St. Charles Parish will hold its 23rd annual Independence Day Celebration from 6 until 9 PM. tonight at the West Bank Bridge Park, 13825 River Road.
The event will feature a performance by popular New Orleans band the Topcats, a patriotic balloon-twisting clown, food and more.
The band is scheduled to begin at 6:30, with a fireworks extravaganza to begin at 9. The Topcats were voted best cover band in 1996, 1997, 1998 and 1999 by Offbeat Magazine's "Best of The Beat" awards. The self-proclaimed "hardest working band in the New Orleans area" will play popular music spanning six decades. The band celebrates its 30th anniversary this year.
An opening ceremony is set to begin at approximately 6:15.