July 4th in New OrleansJuly 4thStill haven't decided how you'll celebrate Independence Day? We have six great ideas- from the D-Day museum, to Madisonville 's quaint celebrations and ending with Go Fourth on the River! Independence Day at the Museum 9 am to 5 pm at The National World War II Museum 11 am-Noon, Jefferson Chorale, Louisiana Memorial Pavilion. Join the Jefferson Chorale for a performance of patriotic tunes. 1-2:30 pm, New Orleans Concert Band, US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center. To celebrate Independence Day, the 70-member New Orleans Concert Band will perform a program of patriotic favorites. Madisonville's Old Fashion 4th of July 11 am-9 pm on 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. 10:00am Parade line up at Mabel Drive 11:00am Parade begins 12 noon Welcome by Mayor Pelloat; Veterans activities began. Kids Games begin at Town Hall 12 noon Food service and sales begins; Sale of T-shirts and 50/50 Raffle Tickets; Sale of water and soft drinks; Baby changing station at Town Hall 1:00pm Registration for Horseshoe Tournament and Tournament begins 1:30pm Beauty Pageant begins 2:00pm Watermelon Eating Contest begins 8:30pm Fireworks Show at RiverfrontFor more information visit their Facebook event page. 4th Fest in Crescent Park 4:30-9:30 pm at Crescent Park Join the fun at 4th Fest in Crescent Park, in partnership with Go 4th on the River. Presented by the French Market District, this is a family friendly event for all to enjoy. In addition to being one of the premiere viewing spots for the Mississippi River Dueling Barges Fireworks Show at 9 pm, 4th Fest entertainment to include a performance by the WWII Museum's Victory Belle's and Bag of Donuts. Food and drink will be available for purchase at the Mandeville and Piety Wharves. Mande Independence Day Extravaganza 5-9 pm at Mandeville Lakefront The 2nd Annual Mande Independence Day Parade will feature patriotic throws from assorted groups and of course, the Mandes will be serving up Shakes! A Parade After Party will be held at the Mandeville Trailhead from 6-9 pm. July 4th Fireworks Cruise 6:30-9:30 pm on 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 $99/adults; $50/child aged 6-12, and $25/child aged 2-5. Boarding will begin at 6:30 pm; Cruising 7:30-9:30 pm. Go 4th on the River Fireworks begins at 9 pm This unique salute to America's Independence will feature a fireworks display from two barges over the Mighty Mississippi (between Gov. Nichols St. Wharf and Canal St. Dock) and can be seen from both banks of the river. The fireworks show is choreographed to a medley of patriotic songs. To commemorate the 28th anniversary, the Port of New Orleans will bring out the General Roy S. Kelley fireboat and make a return appearance along the river, with its famed water show with plumes of red, white, and blue fountains beginning at 6 pm and leading up to the 9 pm fireworks show. Looking for more Fourth of July articles? Check out the Top 10 Fireworks Safety Tips.