FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Debra L. Bresler, Coordinator
DATE: June 8, 2018 (985) 630-4604
The Riverfront Marketing Group invites you to celebrate Independence Day along the banks of the historic New Orleans Riverfront with the FREE Dueling Barges Fireworks Show at 9:00 p.m. on July 4th! This year’s celebration is presented by Zito Companies, Magic 101.9, WWL 870AM/105.3FM, WWL.com, The Westin New Orleans Canal Place, New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation, The Berger Company, New Orleans & Company, T.T. Barge and J&M Displays, plus more than twenty other community sponsors.
“The Riverfront Marketing Group cherishes the Dueling Barges tradition that attracts extensive local and national attention,” says Adrienne Thomas, treasurer of the Riverfront Marketing Group. “Our core supporters have truly stepped up to preserve this treasured tradition, but funding remains a challenge as we still have a small gap to fill.”
The Riverfront Marketing Group through J & M Displays will again provide an iPhone and Android app that will allow anyone who downloads the app to hear the passionately patriotic show music in real time in sync to the fireworks. Go to Go4thontheRiver.com and scan the QR code.
4th Fest in Crescent Park in the French Market District begins at 4:30 p.m., with free live music by The World War II Museum’s Victory Belles at 5:30 p.m., followed by Bag of Donuts at 7:00 p.m., leading up to the 9:00 p.m. Dueling Barges Fireworks Show. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own chairs to enjoy the show. (Coolers, glass, and tents are not allowed.) Visit www.FrenchMarket.org for schedule details.
By popular demand the French Market District will also present the third annual Fireworks Photography Workshop with Zack Smith Photography in Crescent Park. Participants are guaranteed a VIP riverfront viewing area to photograph the 9:00 p.m. fireworks show and learn about unique techniques to get the best photos ever! Register at www.ZackSmith.com.
The Port of New Orleans will bring out the General Roy S. Kelley fireboat again this year with its famed water show with plumes of red, white, and blue fountains beginning at 6:00 p.m. and leading up to the 9:00 p.m. fireworks show. Built in 1994, the General Kelley was used by the Port of New Orleans to fight fires, give tours, and conduct search-and-rescue missions on the Mississippi River. The General Kelley is 95 ft. long and 16 ft. wide with a 7 ft. draft. It seats 24 and typically has a crew of three.
Ample parking is available at the JAX Brewery Parking Lot, the Garage at Canal Place, and the Hilton New Orleans Riverside. For valuable coupon offers, including special Fourth of July hotel room rates, log on to Go4thontheRiver.com.