SWLA opens Independence Day celebrations with a bang

(SOURCE: The Great Race)
(SOURCE: The Great Race)

There's a lot going on in and around Southwest Louisiana this week. Here's a look:

Independence Day celebrations:

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 the 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 Seventh Annual Southwest Louisiana Patriot's Ball will be held on June 29, at the Lake Charles Civic Center Contraband Room, located at 900 Lakeshore Dr. A social half-hour will kick off the event at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 6 p.m.  and the bestowing of Patriot of the Year awards. The City of Lake Charles Mayor's Armed Forces Commission will host the event. Tickets are available at the Lake Charles Civic Center (337-491-1256) or at the U.S.S. Orleck Museum (337-214-7447).

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. You can find out more HERE.

DeRidder: An Old Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration will be held July 4 from 7 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.

Jennings: 22nd Annual Stars and Stripes Celebration on July 3 from 4 to 10 p.m. at the Louisiana Oil and Gas Park near I-10 in Jennings. The event will feature food and live entertainment, as well as a fireworks display at 9 p.m. Admission is $3 for adults and free for children ages 12 and under. For more information, call 337-821-5532.

Natchitoches: Celebration on the Cane on July 4 at 6 p.m. 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 lawn chairs.

Information on other Independence Day events can be emailed to KPLC at news@kplctv.com.

Lake Charles:

2013 Liquid Society concert series: Thursdays through August 29 by the pool at L'Auberge Casino Resort in Lake Charles. Concerts begin at 8:30 p.m. with doors opening at 7 p.m. Concerts are scheduled to end around 11 p.m. Tickets range from $10 to $20 per show. Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com or at the Business Center or Legends at L'Auberge. Event location is subject to change and/or cancellation due to inclement weather. The lineup is as follows: Eli Young Band on July 4, Summerland Tour featuring Everclear, Live, Filter and Sponge on July 11, Purple Reign (a Prince tribute band) on July 18, 311 on July 25, TBA on August 1, Buckcherry on August 8, Big Night Out Tour featuring Fuel, Hoobastank, Lit and Alien Ant Farm on August 15, TBA on August 22 and The Cult on August 29. For more information, click HERE.

Computer Basics: July 1 at 1 p.m. at Central Library, located at 301 W. Claude St. in Lake Charles. Adults will cover computer basics such as keyboard and mouse skills and how to navigate a computer desktop. Registration is required. For more information, call the library at 721-7116.

Celebrate Red, White, and Blue with Lady Holly: July 2 at 10 a.m. at Central Library, located at 301 W. Claude St. in Lake Charles. Lady Holly and her ballet dancers will bring culture and storytelling for a fun-filled Fourth of July celebration. For more information, call the library at 721-7116.


DeQuincy Firefighters: July 1 at 2 p.m. at the DeQuincy Library, located at 102 W. Harrison St. Sheree Copeland, a volunteer from the DeQuincy Fire Department, will present a program on fire safety.  Attendees will have the opportunity to view the fire truck. For more information, call the library at 721-7087 or 786-4213.


The Gravel Road Band with Kenneth Benoit, followed by La Recolte Cajun Band: July 6 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Liberty Theatre, located at 200 West Park Ave. in Eunice. The performance is being presented as part of the "Rendez-vous des Cajuns" Cajun Music Radio & TV Show. Tickets go on sale Saturday at 4 p.m. at the ticket window of the Liberty Theater. Tickets are $5 and general admission seating. For more information, call the Eunice Mayor's Office at 337-457-7389 or visit www.eunice-la.com.


Parks and Recreation Week: July 1-5. Events are sponsored by the Lafayette Parks and Recreation Department. Activities planned include the following:

Pickleball Day: July 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Thomas Park.

Basketball Shootout: July 2 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the DuPuis Center.

Senior Bingo: July 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at King Center.

Kids Carnival: July 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Girard Park.

For more information, call 291-5562 or 291-5553.


Duct Tape Beach Bags: July 1 at 2 p.m. at the Sulphur Regional Library, located at 1160 Cypress Street. Teens will design a beach bag using duct tape.  Supplies will be provided. For more information, call the library at 721-7141.

Debris Art Dragonfly Workshop by Trish Ransom: July 2 at 3:30 p.m. at the Sulphur Regional Library, located at 1160 Cypress Street. Artist Trish Ransom will guide adults in making creations from supplied debris.  Registration is required. For more information, call the library at 721-7141.

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