Still stuck on plans for the Independence Day holiday? Well, here's what's happening around the area and within a short driving distance.
ALEXANDRIA — Rock the Red
New Orleans band J. Diamond Washington & Company will perform at Rock the Red at the Alexandria Riverfront Levee Amphitheater, starting at 7:00 p.m. The night will end with fireworks on the Red River. Admission is free.
Food and beverage vendors will be on site. No ice chests or glass bottles allowed. For more information, call (318) 449-5051.
FORT POLK — FreedomFest
The Country Music Association’s Vocal Group of the Year, Little Big Town, will headline FreedomFest July 4 at 5:00 p.m. at Headquarters Field at Fort Polk.
Fifteen vendors will serve up gator and shrimp on–a-stick, hot dogs and chili dogs, frog legs, wings, turkey legs and more. Five inflatables that will be set up to entertain children of all ages. More than 15 Family Readiness Groups will set up games, dunking booths, face painting and even hair painting stations to raise money for their organizations.
Special guest Tyler Bryant and the Shakedown will start the music at 6:00 p.m., followed by a 50-gun salute to the nation. At 8:15 p.m., as the sun starts to set, Little Big Town will take the stage and shake things up a little. At 9:45 p.m., the sky will light up with the biggest and best fireworks display in West Central Louisiana, provided to you by the Fort Polk Quality Recycling Program.
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GRAND ISLE, LA
Celebrate Independence Day weekend with fireworks and live music July 5, 2014, at Bridge Side Marina on Grand Isle, La..
The Chase Tyler band, a country artist from Baton Rouge, plays at 8:00 p.m. Saturday evening, followed by a fireworks show starting at 10:00 p.m.
Bridge Side Marina is located at 1618 Louisiana Highway 1 on Grand Isle.
Celebrate at two events in Marksville.
Avoyelles Arts & Music Festival
The Avoyelles Arts and Music Festival will happen in downtown Marksville on Friday, sponsored by the Avoyelles Arts Council.
Barbecue, music, fireworks and a parade will highlight the third annual event.
Cole Vosbury of NBC’s The Voice, “Zydeco Boss” Keith Frank, Ashes of Babylon, South 70, Lagniappe Brass Band, Tyler Kinchen and the Right Pieces and Cypress City will perform.
The festival also includes a poker run and barbecue festival with $4,000 in cash prizes. Food vendors, children activities and arts and crafts vendor will round out the event.
No ice chests or golf carts are allowed. Admission to the event is free. For more information, call (318) 264-9392 or (318) 240-3495.
Clay Walker at Paragon Casino Resort
Country music star Clay Walker will perform Saturday at 8:00 p.m. at the Paragon Casino Resort Mari Showroom in Marksville.
The multi-platinum selling musician has had 11 No. 1 hits, four RIAA Platinum and two Gold certified albums. His hits include “Rumor Has It,” “This Woman and This Man” and “I Could Make a Living.”
Tickets are $20.00. For more information, call 1-800-WIN-1-WIN.
NATCHEZ / VIDALIA
Two events will take place in the Miss-Lou area.
Fireworks Over the Mississippi
Friday night along the Mississippi River, the skies will be filled with fireworks, sponsored by First Natchez Radio Group.
The 20-minute firework show will launch around 9:00 p.m. from a barge in the middle of the Mississippi River.
Spectators are encouraged to bring lawn chairs to line the bluffs on both sides of the river to witness the event.
Admission is free.
Vidalia Family Fun Day
The Vidalia Family Fun Day will take place at the Vidalia Riverfront Amphitheater Friday and Saturday.
Games, food, water slides a womanless beauty pageant and many other fun attractions highlight the event.
Festivities kick of at 10:00 a.m. and last until dark. One-day passes are $10.00, and two-day passes are $18.00.
NATCHITOCHES — Fourth of July Celebration on the Cane
Natchitoches celebrates Independence Day with its own fireworks.
Fourth of July Celebration on the Cane is from 2:00 to 9:00 p.m. in downtown Natchitoches. The event will feature a classic car show, a Declaration of Independence recital, music by Matthew Davidson Band and The Tricentennial Allstars and fireworks over the Cane River.
There will also be water slides and food vendors.
Entrance to the event is free. For more information, call (318) 352-2746.
ACROSS THE ENTIRE AREA — National Fried Chicken Day at Church's Chicken Locations
Church’s Chicken is celebrating National Fried Chicken Day on Sunday July 6 with a special fried chicken offer.
Get eight pieces of mixed chicken for $6.99. Participation varies at select Church's Chicken restaurants in some markets.