Old-fashioned fun is in store to celebrate America’s birthday when blankets and lawn chairs fall and fireworks explode over the North Shore over the weekend of July 1-4.
The Fourth of July Celebration on both the east and west ends of St Tammany has something for everyone with a range of family activities including pie and hot dog eating contests, pie baking contests, games such as sack races and hula hoop Tires. Face painting, live music and a vintage car exhibition.
The fun begins on Friday, July 1 in Pearl River where the memorial service will be held from 6:00pm to 9:00pm at Pearl River City Hall. There will be competitions to see who can eat the most cakes; win a three-legged race; having a hula hoop around her body; and the best others in the barrel race. Attendees should bring chairs and blankets to enjoy the fireworks at dusk.
St Tammany residents have events to choose from in both Covington and Slidell on Saturday 2nd July.
In Covington, Sparks in the Park takes place at Bogue Falaya Park from 4:30pm to 9:00pm. In addition to bringing lawn chairs and blankets, attendees are welcome to bring their own picnic food and drinks to enjoy at this free event, complete with live music and fireworks at dusk.
The Kiwanis Club of Covington will sell hot dogs and hamburgers and host a hot dog eating contest, while the Rotary Club of Covington will offer soda and water and host a potato sack race.
The Covington Fire Department will host activities for children and sell beer and wine. The Covington Business Association will also sell wine. Food trucks and vendors will sell grilled food, corn, jams and jellies, and homemade apple pies.
In Slidell, the Heritage Festival combines celebrating the nation’s birthday with giving back to the community. The event has distributed more than $900,000 to local charities over its 25-year history.
The festival is hosted by the Rotary Club of Slidell and the City of Slidell and will take place on July 2 from 4:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at Heritage Park, 1701 Bayou Lane. The cost is $10 for those 13 years and older. Proceeds go to Community Christian Concern, which provides emergency services to families in need; Free Nola Inc., a faith-based nonprofit that fights human trafficking; the Slidell Women’s Civic Club, which provides volunteers for organizations across Slidell; the Boy Scouts of America Cypress District Troop 315; the and Slidell Police Association.
The festival includes live music, food, crafts, a children’s area and a fireworks show. This year’s main performers are Soul Revival, 5:30pm to 7:00pm; Amanda Shaw, 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.; and The Phunky Monkeys, 9:30 p.m. to 11 p.m
On Sunday, July 3, Mandeville Lakefront will be the perfect place to catch fireworks over Lake Pontchartrain as the City of Mandeville hosts its eighth Light Up the Lake celebration beginning at 5:00 p.m. Bottles and charcoal grills are prohibited .
The event includes live music from Groovy 7, The Brasshearts and a patriotic tribute between Coffee Street and Carroll Street. There will also be a children’s tent, games, face painting and food truck, and the fireworks display will begin at Sunset Point at 8:30pm. The event is free to the public.
The weekend will culminate in celebrations in Madisonville, Slidell and Abita Springs.
The Old-Fashioned 4th of July takes place on July 4th starting at 10:00 am along the Madisonville waterfront with a bake off for blueberry, blackberry, cherry and apple pies. Anyone interested in submitting a cake for the contest should email firstname.lastname@example.org with the name of the baker and the type of cake by the Thursday before July 4th.
The celebration includes children’s games, cornhole and horseshoe tournaments, a Veterans’ Salute, watermelon eating and rooster-crowing contests in addition to cake-making. A fireworks display at dusk will conclude the event and entry is free.
Olde Towne Slidell will continue the celebrations on Monday, July 4th with a cool zone, children’s activities and live music from the Box Office Giants, Stacy Weaver Band and Bryanna Matt Band. Fireworks choreographed by music form the finale of July 4th.
Abita Springs will also host its Fireworks Show and Celebration on July 4 from 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Abita Springs Trailhead. The event features a vintage car show by Gulf Coast Classic Cruisers and live music by Christian Serpas & Ghost Town and Four Unplugged. Groceries are available from the vendors at Abita Farmers Market, while Abita beer and additional beverages are available throughout the day.
Admission is free, outside food and drinks are prohibited. Bringing beach chairs and blankets is recommended, as is arriving by bike from the Tammany Trace.