PARISH TO CELEBRATE INDEPENDENCE DAY WITH THE BUCKTOWN ALL-STARS, FIREWORKS SHOW
St. Charles Parish will celebrate its annual Independence Day event with a performance by the Bucktown All-Stars from 6-9 p.m. July 3 at the West Bank Bridge Park, 13825 River Road, Luling LA 70070. A fireworks show will follow the performance at 9 p.m.
For the past 25 years, the band has performed a mix of rock, soul, funk, rhythm and blues and legendary New Orleans classics. The band has been the recipient of numerous accolades and awards, including several Gambit Reader’s Choice and Offbeat Best of the Beat awards. The band was also named New Orleans’ favorite local band in 2000 and 2009 by the readers of New Orleans Magazine and in 2009 by the readers of Jefferson Life Magazine. The band also performed at last year’s celebration.
In addition to the band, there will be two balloon-twisting Uncle Sam clowns and a miniature golf course donated by Logan’s Little Greens for children to enjoy. The band is scheduled to begin at approximately 6:25 p.m. with a 20-minute fireworks extravaganza beginning at 9 p.m. An opening ceremony featuring a flag-raising by a local Boy Scout Troop, the national anthem and the recitation of the parish’s Independence Day proclamation and opening remarks by Parish President Larry Cochran will begin at approximately 6:15 p.m.
The following food and drink items will be sold by local nonprofit organizations at the celebration: nachos, sweets, pulled pork, watermelon, jambalaya, pastalaya, french fries, corn dogs, hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, pickles, soft drinks, water, frozen treats and snowballs.
No alcohol will be sold. However residents may bring their own alcohol. No glass bottles are allowed in the park.
I-310 southbound and northbound off ramps to River Road (LA 18) will be closed 15 minutes prior to the fireworks and throughout the show, and River Road (LA 18) will be closed from Ashton Road to the School Board Office. Pets, glass bottles and poppers are NOT allowed within the West Bank Bridge Park; however, guests are allowed to bring their own adult beverages, ice chests and folding chairs to the event. In addition, the state fire marshal has ordered that no one be allowed to enter or leave the park for up to 30 minutes before and after the fireworks show.
The West Bank Bridge Park, including the parking lot near the levee, will be closed the afternoon of July 2 in anticipation of this event, and the public is NOT allowed to use the bike path, drive or walk past barricades present near the levee during fireworks setup.
The mission of St. Charles Parish government is to provide high quality, efficient services to sustain and enhance the quality of life for all residents of St. Charles Parish.
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PICTURED: Spectators enjoying the fireworks show during the 2016 Independence Day celebration.