New Orleans is famed as a party destination, and the city shows its best during the 4th of July celebration. You can enjoy the festive atmosphere in the French Quarter or enjoy a ride along the river and visit the French Market, Flea Market, and Riverwalk Marketplace. Most of the museums remain open, so you can explore numerous exhibits or even learn something about the role of New Orleans in world wars.
Go 4th on the River (July 4, 2023)
The biggest event—Go 4th on the River—takes place on the banks of the Mississippi. Its major highlight is the Dueling Barges show, a stunning fireworks display to the sounds of patriotic music; this show is definitely worth seeing! There are a lot of locations to catch the spectacle along the river: the Moon Walk, Woldenberg Park, or on the other side of the river in Algiers. Many people ride on steamboats or take fireworks cruises during the evening to get the best possible views.
Essence Festival of Culture (June 29–July 3, 2023)
Essence Festival is an annual festival held in the Caesars Superdome from late June to early July. Past performers included such stars as Beyonce, Kanye West, Prince, Missy Elliott, Janet Jackson, Mary J. Blige, Kendrick Lamar, Queen Latifah, Jill Scott, Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, and others. Tens of thousands of fans also attended the daytime seminars and other events around town. Live concerts gather tens of thousands of fans. Essence Festival also features daytime seminars and various events around town.
Barbecues and Picnics
Most city parks host barbecues and picnics with friends and family. Larger groups can rent pavilions with electricity and water for cooking at City Park and Audubon Park. Savouring your meal is possible in Crescent Park or Woldenberg Park or on the banks of the Mississippi River at The Fly.