Sugar Shaker, fireworks set to patriotic music will highlight July 3 celebration

Sugar Shaker

St. Charles Parish’s annual Independence Day celebration will be held on Wednesday, July 3 and will culminate with a 15-minute fireworks show set to patriotic music.

“Our July 3rd celebration is a fantastic event that celebrates our freedom as a nation, and it’s one St. Charles Parish is proud to host – and keep admission free for our residents – for the past 34 years,” Francesca Blanchard, interim public information officer for the parish, said.

The opening ceremony will begin at approximately 6 p.m. with a local Boy Scout troop raising the flag, followed by the national anthem performed by Hahnville High School student McKinney Albarado.

Sugar Shaker, who has been voted the best live band in Louisiana and has opened for both Adele and Van Morrison, will then entertain the crowd. Sugar Shaker’s song selection  showcases the top 2 percent of the greatest Top 10 songs from the past 50 years, from Motown to rap to country and stadium ballads.

The fireworks show is set to begin at 9 p.m.

“Our fireworks display launched from the levee will last approximately 15 minutes and is set to patriotic music that the crowd really enjoys,” Blanchard said. “We’ve invited the same vendor from last year back again for another beautiful show.”

She added that local organizations will sell food at the event to raise money for their various causes.

I-310 southbound and northbound off-ramps to River Road (LA 18) will be closed 15 minutes before the fireworks and throughout the show, and River Road (LA 18) will be closed from Ashton Road to the School Board Office.

Pets, glass bottles, and poppers are not allowed in West Bank Bridge Park. No alcohol will be sold at the event. Residents may bring their own ice chests and folding chairs. 

The state fire marshal has ordered that no one be allowed to enter or leave the park for up to 30 minutes before and after the fireworks show. The West Bank Bridge Park, including the parking lot near the levee, will be closed the afternoon of July 2 in anticipation of this event, and the public will not be allowed to use the bike path, drive or walk past barricades present near the levee during fireworks setup.