For a quarter century, St. Charles Parish has celebrated Independence Day with the best of them, and 2016 appears to be no exception.
The parish’s annual Independence Day celebration event will take place July 3 at the West Bank Bridge Park from 6 to 9 p.m. The night is to be highlighted with a performance by the Bucktown All-Stars — and, of course, an explosive flurry of fireworks across the night sky.
“I love the environment (it provides),” said St. Charles Parish Public Information Officer Tristan Babin. “I know my family personally goes and really enjoys themselves. It’s a family-centered event for people to go and enjoy some good music, good food and a spectacular fireworks show.”
This will be the second consecutive year the Bucktown All-Stars will play at the event.
The well-known group has performed a mix of rock, soul, funk, rhythm and blues and legendary New Orleans classics for the past 24 years and has been the recipient of numerous accolades and awards.
“We asked them to play last year because we wanted a big act for our 25th (anniversary),” Babin said. “We’re very happy to have them back.”
The band is scheduled to begin at approximately 6:25 p.m. with a 20-minute fireworks extravaganza beginning at 9 p.m.“It’s put on by the same people who do the fireworks for the Zephyrs,” Babin said. “So it’s really something to see.”
In addition to the band, there will be two balloon-twisting Uncle Sam clowns and a miniature golf course donated by Logan’s Little Greens for children to enjoy.
An opening ceremony featuring a flag-raising by a local Boy Scout Troop, the national anthem and the recitation of the parish’s Independence Day proclamation and opening remarks by Parish President Larry Cochran will begin at approximately 6:15 p.m.
The following food and drink items will be sold by local nonprofit organizations at the celebration: nachos, sweets, pulled pork, watermelon, jambalaya, French fries, corn dogs, hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, pickles, soft drinks, water, frozen treats and snowballs.
“All of our vendors are non-profit (organizations) in our parish,” Babin said. “So if you’re spending money, it’s going to a good cause.”
No alcohol will be sold.
However, residents may bring their own alcohol. No glass bottles are allowed in the park.