The following local Fourth of July events have been announced:
Lake Charles: Red, White, Blue and You on July 4 in downtown Lake Charles. There will be a parade at 6 p.m., a concert at 7:15 p.m., and fireworks at 9:15 p.m. The concert will be held at Lake Charles Civic Center Outdoor Amphitheatre. Performers will include Paul Gonsoulin, John Guidroz and the Lake Charles Community Band. The Louisiana Choral Foundation will give a Salute to the Armed Forces. The parade route can be viewed HERE.
L'Auberge Casino Resort has a host of activities planned, including an appearance by the Eli Young Band. There will be public fireworks after that performance, with an estimated start time of 10 p.m. to 10:10 p.m. There is no cost to view. You can find out more HERE.
DeRidder: An Old Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration will be held July 4 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Washington Avenue in downtown DeRidder. The City of DeRidder is hosting the event, which will feature fireworks, live music, fun jumps, games and a pie eating contest. Concessions will include free burgers, hot dogs and watermelon as well as $1 drinks.
Fort Polk: FreedomFest 2013 on July 4 at Headquarters Field with gates opening at 5 p.m. The event is free and open to the public and will feature a fireworks display, a 50-gun salute, static military displays, children's activities and performances by Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Chris Watson Band. Food vendors will be on-site. There will be no public parking on-site, but a shuttle service will be provided to DOD ID Card holders. Non-DOD ID card holders must park at Honor Field on LA 10. For more information, click HERE.
Natchitoches: Celebration on the Cane on July 4 at 6 p.m. on the Downtown Riverbank. The Glenn Rainey Band will perform from 6 to 9 p.m., followed by a fireworks display over Cane River Lake at 9 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, and food and craft vendors will be present. Participants are invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets, but no ice chests will be allowed.
Orange, Texas: Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center will hold an Independence Day celebration July 4 from 9 to 5 p.m. at the facility, located at 2111 W. Park Avenue in Orange, Texas. The Orange Community Band will perform at 2 p.m. in the Central Courtyard, and lemonade and watermelon will be provided beginning at noon. The event is free to attend for those with paid admission the gardens.
Reeves: Second Annual Freedom Celebration on July 4 at 5 p.m. at the Reeves Recreational Complex. The event will feature a jambalaya cook-off, a patriotic costume contest, free chili dogs, chips and drinks, and a fireworks display starting at 9 p.m. Participants are invited to bring their lawn chairs.
The following closures have been announced:
Calcasieu Parish Police Jury: The Lake Charles and Sulphur locations for the Residential Solid Waste Convenience Centers will be closed Thursday, July 4, in observance of the Independence Day holiday. The centers will re-open Friday, July 5. Operation hours are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Garbage and trash pickup for Waste Management and Jim Bill customers will operate on normally scheduled routes July 4.
All Police Jury departments will also be closed July 4 for the holiday, and will re-open Friday, July 5.
City of Crowley: City offices will be closed Thursday, July 4, and Friday, July 5, in observance of the Fourth of July holiday.
City of Lake Charles: City offices will be closed Thursday, July 4, in observance of the Fourth of July holiday.
There will be no trash and garbage pickup that day. Trash and garbage normally picked up on Thursday, July 4, will be picked up on Friday, July 5. Trash and garbage normally picked up on Friday, July 5, will be picked up on Saturday, July 6.
All recycling stations, including the Team Green recycling truck and the incinerator will not be open on Thursday, July 4. They will resume regular operations on Friday, July 5.
City of Sulphur: City offices will be closed Thursday, July 4, in observance of the Fourth of July holiday. The residential collection of garbage/trash will run as usual.
Lafayette Consolidated Government: Services by Allied Waste and the Recycling Foundation will run as usual on Thursday, July 4. There will be no changes to waste collection for that week. The Lafayette Consolidated Government Compost Facility at 400 Dugas Rd. will be closed on Thursday, July 4, and will reopen on Friday, July 5.