LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - The 20th Annual Fourth of July Red, White, Blue and You Festival brought out hundreds of people in the Lake Area to celebrate Independence Day.
The festival kicked off with a parade, then live music, a salute to the armed forces and topping the evening off with a fireworks display.
"We're in our 20th year and it's grown of course in size and judged of course by the crowds that we have, we're up to gosh, I'm sure up into the 10-thousands by now," Event Coordinator Denise Fasske said.
She said months of planning went into making the festival the best Independence Day for the community of Lake Charles.
"It's family oriented, it's patriotic, it's very community driven," Fasske said. "Everybody really enjoys enjoying the day and filling that patriotism and camaraderie of everyone really being together."
And that's the most important part, Fasske said. Bringing people together in the community to celebrate our freedom for a night of family fun.
Fasske said the fireworks show is bigger this year. A 15-minute display has cost $15,000 in the past, but this year the budget increased to $20,000 allowing for a bigger fireworks show.