The Colors of July

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Pick up that picnic basket, Yogi Bear. An American tradition comes again into view, and what a sight it is. Fireworks by the truckload will be launched over the Mississippi River, with family after family settled down along its banks in great anticipation. Residents staying with the Crowne Plaza Executive Center will have ample time and opportunity to gather up blankets and folding chairs, light sandwiches and your favorite bottle of summer bubbly. About a 10-minute drive from our hotel is the historic battleship USS Kidd, which has established itself as a focal point for the area. Head for its iron hull and you’re sure to have a great view!

However, this national holiday is far more than just "bombs bursting in air." The USS Kidd’s Freedom Festival is the perfect way to begin celebrating as things kick off at 11 a.m. and cater to groups with children. Thousands of families from across Louisiana and the southern United States descend on Baton Rouge this time of year, and every cultural organization is opening its door to partygoers and retirees alike. The Louisiana Museum of Art throws its annual July Fourth Celebration at the downtown Shaw Center for the Arts. You can’t beat this southern combination of gourmet drinks, delicious smoked barbeque, and priceless works of art.

Anyone looking to turn up the volume and take their party into the night should grab a ticket to this pool party spectacular. Located in south Baton Rouge, the L' Auberge Casino and Hotel will host its celebration of this most patriotic day with a style that’s all its own. While everyone is huffing and puffing under the hot temperature, you’ll be staying cool with a dive in the deep end. Hot dogs or artichoke, chocolate or garlic—however you choose to celebrate July Fourth in Baton Rouge, no doubt there’s something for everyone.

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