Independence Day Celebrationsby Nola Family StaffGet your red, white, and blue ready to celebrate America with your families and friends! Nola Family has compiled the most comprehensive list of Independence Day Celebrations around the New Orleans area! June 29th Mandeville Light Up the Lake Independence Day Celebration 10 am-9 pm, Mandeville Lakefront (Between Coffee/Carroll) Celebrate with the City of Mandeville at the Annual Light Up the Lake event. Entertainment on the stage begins at 6 pm followed by fireworks over the lake at dusk. Kids can enjoy the Keep Mandeville Beautiful Kids Tent. Picnics on the lake can begin at 10 am. Rain Date: June 30. Free admission. Slidell Heritage Festival 4-11 pm, Heritage Park, Slidell Live music, food, fireworks and fun for the whole family the 22nd Annual Slidell Heritage Festival. Enjoy music and food as well as an expanded children’s area. The fireworks will begin at 9 pm. $10/person (ages 13 and up), $5/children, and Free for ages 3 and under.July 3rd Covington's Sparks in the Park 4-9 pm, Bogue Falaya Wayside Park, Covington Bring your chairs, picnic baskets and blankets to this free event. Featuring patriotic music, face painting, and fireworks. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Free admission. Uncle Sam Jam 5-11 pm, Lafreniere Park, Kenner. Bring your blankets or chairs and enjoy a concert, with fireworks. Live DJs will play in the afternoon and there will be live concerts at night. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Happy 3rd of July 7-9:30 pm, New Orleans City Park This annual event promises to be a spectacular show. Wear your red, white, and blue best! Bring your chairs and blankets to enjoy patriotic music from The Marine Corps Band New Orleans on the Goldring/Woldenberg Great Lawn and fireworks from the top of the Peristyle. Arrive early for patriotic give-a-ways and a great spot on the lawn. July 4th Madisonville's Old Fashion 4th of July 11 am-9 pm, Madisonville's Riverfront Spend the holiday with family and friends on the riverfront as the Greater Madisonville Area Chamber of Commerce sponsors An Old Fashioned Fourth of July. The festivities begin at 11 am and features a parade, children's pageant, horse shoe contest, watermelon eating contest, sack races and more. Free admission. Mande Independence Day Extravaganza 5-9 pm, Mandeville Lakefront From 5 – 6pm, the 3nd Annual Mande Independence Day Parade will proceed down the Lakefront from Wilkinson to Girod, then up Girod to the Mandeville Trailhead. Come out and cheer on the Grand Marshall, local veterans, scout troops, and various organizations as they join the Mande Milkshakers on their patriotic walk. The parade After Party will be held at the Mandeville Trailhead from 6 -9 pm. This event will feature music by Christian Serpas and Ghost Town, a Little Miss Mande Pageant, a performance by the Mande Milkshakers, and awards for “Most Patriotic” parade participants. July 4th Fireworks Cruise 6:30-9:30 pm, The Steamboat Natchez The Steamboat Natchez invites passengers on a special holiday cruise featuring the best seats in town to watch the "symphony in the sky". Cruise features Delicious Buffet, Open Beer, Wine & Soda Bar, as well as great music! The cost is $109/adults; $55/child aged 6-12, and $25/child aged 2-5. Boarding will begin at 6:30 pm; Cruising 7:30-9:30 pm. New Orleans Baby Cakes Independence Day Celebration 7 pm, Shrine on Airline Enjoy watching the New Orleans Baby Cakes vs. San Antonio Missions. Stick around after the game for a spectacular fireworks show! The game begins at 7 pm. Go 4th on the River Fireworks begins at 9 pm, Woldenberg Park. Bring your blanket and chair for a front row seat in Woldenberg Park for the 9 pm fireworks show. Also, bring your radio for this passionate salute to America’s independence, which will feature the one-of-a-kind dueling barges fireworks display along the New Orleans Riverfront. Simulcast on Magic 101.9 and WWL AM, FM, and .com and heard in 38 states! Check out the new choreographed app, which will let you listen to the music. The app can be downloaded by going clicking here. Looking for more Fourth of July articles? Check out the Top 10 Fireworks Safety Tips.