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6 Things To Do in New Orleans for July 4th Weekend

09:00 June 29, 2022
By: Izzy Wollfarth

NO/AIDS Dine Out for Life

This weekend, celebrate with more than just fireworks and hotdogs, and instead combine a little of New Orleans cuisine into your day with this great event. NO/AIDS Dine Out for Life is an event aimed at providing care and hope for thousands of families, men, and women who are affected by HIV and other parts of the community that need support.

To help this cause, attend one or more of the participating restaurants on June 30. After you dine and pay at these fine restaurants, a portion of the profits will go to the Dining Out For Life organization. Dining Out For Life will in turn contribute to an HIV medical clinic, food pantry, home delivered meals, mental health medications, and much more. Find out more through the organization's website and information below!

Rodney Thoulion (Director of Development): (504) 821-2601, https://www.diningoutforlife.com/city/new-orleans/

Treme Hideaway Comedy Show

Are your uncles and dad just not making jokes that are funny anymore? Well, here is a great way to add some comedy to your July 4th celebrations in your own city! On July 1 from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m., attend an unfiltered comedy show with Andre LaVelle and Kym Whitley with special guest, Shaddy Feel Good. The event will have reserved seating and offer bottle service with ticket sales ending June 30. Tickets are $30 (without tax) and are worth the price of the constant laughter you will experience when watching this show. If you're feeling generous, bring your uncles, dad, and other family members to attend this show with you!

Treme Hideaway: 1234 N. Claiborne Ave., (504) 975-6200, https://www.eventbrite.com/e/treme-hideaway-presents-andre-lavelles-unfiltered-starring-kym-whitley-tickets-357551234367

Uncle Sam Jam

On Sunday, July 3, spend your evening with a cost-free and fun-filled event at Lafreniere Park. The Uncle Sam Jam is held every year and is attended by families, friends, visitors, and all residents. What makes this event so great is that not only is it free, but the combination of the top local and national musical performances, New Orleans food, and a firework show to end the night makes any July 4th weekend special. Some musical groups performing at this event will be Gary Lewis & The Playboys, Cowboy Mouth, and The TopCats. So, this July 4th, enjoy a carefree and fun evening with your community, spread across this amazing 155-acre green space.

Lafreniere Park: 3000 Downs Blvd., https://www.visitjeffersonparish.com/events/festivals/uncle-sam-jam/

4th Fest at Crescent Park

Now you know of all the events you can do in preparation for July 4th, but what can you do to celebrate the day of? You can attend the 4th Fest from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in Crescent Park, located in the French Market District at 2300 N. Peters. This fest will compose of performances at 6:30 p.m. from the "Pop Rock Steady" band, Jamaican Me Breakfast Club and the Big 6 Brass Band at 7:45 p.m.

This festival will be totally free to attend with service of food and beverage with a firework display overlooking the Mississippi River. Some of the food vendors to look froward to are the Crazy Waffle Bar, Mo Fries, Southern's Food Truck and more. Find further information on the French Market's website event listing to make your July 4th one to remember.

Crescent Park: French Market District, 2300 N. Peters, https://www.frenchmarket.org/event/4th-fest-in-crescent-park/

Feed the Multitudes at Victory Church

Since 1990, Feed the Multitudes has been an event held at Victory Church and is described as a day filled with "fun, entertainment, food, and ministry." This event will be held on July 4th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is completely free (including food). While this event is free, choose to take part in the grocery giveaway, with donated groceries going to people in need, courtesy of Harvest Food Bank.

Upon arrival, enjoy music and local food favorites like jambalaya, red beans & rice, barbecue chicken, and snowballs. Not only this, but Victory Church is giving away 200 pairs of shoes to both children and adults who need them. Spend your afternoon eating and celebrating with your community while also giving back to those who need support in the community.

Victory Church: 5708 Airline Dr., (504) 733-5005 https://www.victorychurchnola.com/get-involved/ministries/feed-multitudes

Light Up the Lake 4th of July Celebration in Mandeville

Light up your July 4th with a pre-celebration on July 3 at an all-day celebration hosted by the Mandeville Lakefront. While entertainment from performers like Groovy 7 and The Brasshearts don't start till 5 p.m., picnicking starts as early as 10 a.m. Picnics are bring-your-own grills and food with only the rule of no glass bottles or charcoal grills. If you are not an experienced in grilling or picnicking, enjoy the food trucks and cooling stations that the festival has to offer.

The day will also be filled with different organizations that guests can visit and support like the Keep Mandeville Beautiful Kid's Tent. Don't forget also, the festivals face painting and patriotic tribute! Finally, finish off the night with fireworks over the lake at 8:30 p.m. shown right as the sun is setting.

Mandeville Lakefront - Stage at Coffee and Carroll Sts.: Lakeshore Drive between Coffee and Carroll Streets, (985) 624-3148, https://www.louisiananorthshore.com/event/8th-annual-light-up-the-lake-independence-day-celebration/6297/

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