Fireworks are launched from a barge in front of St. Louis Cathedral in the French Quarter as seen from the Algiers Point river levee during the annual Go Fourth on the River in New Orleans, La. Thursday, July 4, 2019 to celebrate Independence Day. Normally two barges are set up for the fireworks display but the high river and strong currents resulted in a single barge this year. The Bonnet Carre Spillway up river is currently open to relieve the possibility of flooding in New Orleans and has been opened twice this year for the first time in history because of the prolonged risk of flooding. Photo by Matthew Hinton

Gallery: Go 4th on the River ends with a BANG!

Party on, patriots.

by Matthew Hinton | July 5, 2019

The annual Go 4th on the River ended with a river barge shooting fireworks on the Mississippi River in New Orleans as seen from the Algiers Point side of the river looking at St. Louis Cathedral in the French Quarter on the other side of the river on July 4, 2019.

Because of the high river height at 16 feet, which is near the minor flood stage height of 17 feet, there was only one barge this year and the barge appeared to readjust itself in the stronger current from higher than normal river.

The Bonnet Carre Spillway is still open upriver to elevate the chance of flooding in New Orleans.

Algiers Point
Getting there
Algiers Point, New Orleans, LA 70114, USA
Matthew Hinton

Matthew Hinton

Matthew Hinton is a New Orleans area freelance photographer whose work has been recognized by the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) Best of Photojournalism Awards in 2014 and 2016, and by numerous awards from the Press Club of New Orleans, including the Hal Ledet President's Print Photography Award, the highest honor the Press Club can bestow upon a photographer.
Matthew Hinton has previously been a staff photographer at both of the daily newspapers in New Orleans. His work has appeared nationally and internationally through freelance work with the Associated Press and AFP, Agence France-Presse.

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