Independence celebration promises fun for all

By Renee Simpson

St. Charles Parish will celebrate its 20th annual Independence Day Celebration from 6 to 9 p.m. July 3 at the West Bank Bridge Park, 13825 River Road in Luling.

The special anniversary event will feature a performance by local band ‘The Wiseguys.’

The band is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m., with fireworks to begin at 9 p.m.

The first 3,000 attendees will receive a 20th anniversary keepsake pack.

The event will also feature a patriotic balloon-twisting clown for the kids as well as a military flyover. The flyover will be part of the opening ceremony, which is set to begin at 6:15 p.m.

Seven local groups will sell food and drinks at the event, to include lemonade, nachos, Frito pies, jambalaya, soft drinks, hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, baked goods and snowballs. Poppers, 3-D fireworks viewing glasses and glow necklaces will also be available. Vendors will be located in the West Bank Bridge Park’s concession stand and permanent shelters.

For more information on the event, contact Dwan Pitre at (985) 783-5182 or

Going to the event? Visit to RSVP and invite your friends and family.

I-310 southbound and northbound off ramps to LA 18 will be closed 15 minutes prior to the fireworks and throughout the show, and LA 18 will be closed from Ashton Plantation Boulevard to the School Board Office. Pets and glass bottles are NOT allowed within the West Bank Bridge Park. Ice chests and folding chairs ARE allowed.


RSVP to host hurricane conference

The St. Charles Parish Retired and Senior Volunteer Program will once again host a hurricane conference to offer information on hurricane preparedness 10 a.m. to noon July 1 at American Legion Post 366, 12188 River Road in St. Rose.

The program is open to all parish residents, and a light lunch will be provided. Representatives from the St. Charles Parish Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office and local fire departments will offer tips and information about preparing for hurricanes and possibly evacuations.

Officials will also discuss the impact of the Gulf Oil Spill with regard to hurricane season.

For more information call (985) 785-1037.

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