Ain't nothing more American than a big ol' fireworks display on Independence Day.  So just where are we planning to light up the sky for July 4 this year around Southwest Louisiana?  We've got you covered:

Lake Charles

Red, White Blue and You -- Thursday, July 4

The Parade will roll at 6 p.m. from Mill Street, south on Ryan Street, dispersing at the corner of Ryan and 7th Street (by Locke Park). The celebration will continue at the Civic Center Outdoor Amphitheatre beginning at 7:15pm. The program will open with Eleisha Eagle singing the National Anthem, music duo Paul Gonsoulin & John Guidroz, a concert by the Lake Charles Community Band with the Louisiana Choral Foundation & Friends, and a salute to the Armed Forces. The evening will be topped off with the fireworks extravaganza over the lake at 9:15pm. For more information or a parade entry form, go to or 337-491-9159.


Thursday, July 4

Gather on Washington Street for DeRidder's annual Independence Day celebration.  Gates open at 7 p.m. with events for the whole family.  The fireworks should start around 9 p.m.


Wednesday, July 3

Elton's free festival will take place in the Town Park with gates opening at 5 p.m.  Fireworks should begin at around 9 p.m.


Stars & Stripes Celebration -- Wednesday, July 3

Gates open at 4 p.m. at the Louisiana Oil and Gas Park with events for the children, live music and food.  Fireworks will begin between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. as the sun goes down.

Lake Arthur

Saturday, June 29

The Town of Lake Arthur will get an early start to its July 4th celebrations.  Fireworks will be shot off the town's boardwalk at the lakefront starting at around 8:30 p.m.



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