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The Fourth of July in Photos

This past weekend, Americans from sea to shining sea celebrated the beauty of the red, white, and blue. We already know that NOLA is one of the best places in the country to throw down in the name of being free, and this year the city did not disappoint. Photographer Brandon Robert captured some of the star-spangled celebrations, from Monday's 3rd of July party in City Park featuring the Marine Corps Band to the main event on Tuesday, shot around Bayou St. John. 


Fourth of July Marks Rare Shooting-Free 48 Hours in NOLA

Let's hand it to the power of the red, white, and blue. Whether due to some profound sense of patriotism or because there was lots to do between BBQs, music, and fireworks, but New Orleans saw a significant drop in crime during a 48-hour period around the Fourth of July.


Promotin’ the General Welfare

Born on the Fourth of July

There was something magical when everyone began Louis Armstrong’s story with, “He was born on the Fourth of July.”  


More than the symbolic birth of the United States, that Louis Armstrong was said to be born on that day and eventually became America’s great cultural ambassador: there was something quintessentially American about that whole myth.  

Today in NOLA 7.4.17

Fire up the BBQ, find some fireworks to see, and be sure to don your red, white, and blue! It’s the Fourth of July and there’s ton to do. Below, NoDef has culled the best places in New Orleans to throw down in the name of being free, from farmers markets and fireworks, to baseball and truckuzzis. On this day in 1916, the bandstand in City Park was dedicated to memory of Alexis Ribet. It is a replica of the Temple of Love in Versailles. Now, more to do this Tuesday. 


Star-Spangled Spectacular

Where to Celebrate Fourth of July in New Orleans

This long weekend, Americans from sea to shining sea will be celebrating the Fourth of July. We already know that NOLA is one of the best places in the country to throw down in the name of being free, and the city has a great many options for you to choose from this holiday weekend. Read on for NoDef's top picks in Orleans Parish. 

Red, White, and Booze: NOLA Nabs 12th Spot in Ranking of Best Cities to Celebrate 4th of July

It’s no secret that we here in New Orleans enjoy any reason for a party. Ahead of Independence Day just one week away, a new study found that the Big Easy is one of the best destinations in the country to throw down in the name of being free. 

Busted Down on Bourbon Street

Fourth of July weekend passed without any violent crime in the Quarter. Howeve, the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) did arrest one 18-year-old on Bourbon for carrying a gun and some weed.

Today in NOLA: Fourth of July Edition

Today is Independence Day, and fellow Americans, NOLA is offering you the freedom to do whatcha ya' wanna. Start out on the bayou (St. John) for the Krewe of Kolossos boat parade and then check out fireworks on the River. Head out for some adult fun at one of the many adult holiday celebrations at the bars such as America The Party at the Rusty Nail or just check out some funk on Frenchmen. Click through for more.

Letting It Fly

Red, White, and Butterflies Returns

For those looking an alternative to burgers and beers this Fourth of July, the Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium might just be the thing for you. For Independence Day weekend (7.3-7.5), the garden is hosting its annual Red, White and Butterflies event, which will feature a patriotic display of butterflies. 

Essence Presence Grows With Missy Elliott, Usher, Dee-1, More

Essence Fest is held on Fourth of July weekend, but it is much bigger than any barbecue or block party. Today, Usher and Missy Elliott were added to a schedule that already includes headliners Kendrick Lamar, Mary J. Blige, India Arie, and Common.

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