It’s about to be the Fourth of July. Again. Our town was here before the American independence from Britain, but we’re not counting that, because we weren’t in the country then anyway. Heck, some people think we’re still not really American! And we had our own war, in a way, here—the War of 1812, featuring the famous Battle of New Orleans. That war in many ways made America a unified country, and we’re celebrating the bicentennial of that this year.
Nonetheless, we love the Fourth of July. With the Mississippi River as the launching pad, we set off fireworks from dueling barges (we used to have duels here, too, under the famous Dueling Oaks in Audubon Park). We call that one Go Fourth on the River, and you can get a terrific view from ACROSS the river in Algiers Point. But the official location is Woldenberg Park, and it’s free. The fireworks show this year is Sunday at 9PM.
And if you want to hide out in a cool, air-conditioned theater, you can go to a movie. We’re really excited about “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” directed by a New Orleans filmmaker, Benh Zeitlin, filmed in New Orleans and South Louisiana, and getting all kinds of national and international attention. (We wrote about Zeitlin and his New Orleans consortium of filmmakers, Court 13, earlier this year). It opens on Wednesday, July 4 here in New Orleans, but we’ve already had a red-carpet premiere at the newly renovated Joy Theater on Canal Street. That’s something worth celebrating right there.