The Best Independence Day Parties In New Orleans

Here's where to hang before and after the fireworks on July 4th.

by Alex Galbraith
May 2, 2018

New Orleans tends to pride itself on being a little bit separate from the rest of the United States. The “Northernmost Carribean City” has Napoleonic laws, a laissez-faire attitude and a whole grip of words and phrases that outsiders can’t pronounce. Still, this city will find any excuse to party and with the 4th of July rolling around, New Orleans is ready to be a part of the Union again (if only for a day). We all know the dueling barges are worth a few “oohs” and several more “ahhs” but for those who are burnt out on fireworks – or just want something to do while they wait for the booms – we’ve compiled a few of the best Independence Day parties to get your ‘Murica on.

Sidney’s Truck Pool Party

https://www.facebook.com/sidneys.saloon.nola/photos/gm.262614750958590/1184550298375210/?type=3&theater

Like the country it celebrates, the 4th doesn’t put on airs. Independence Day is about freedom, of course. It also can be about alcohol, food that’s bad for you and beautiful explosions. Steer into that anti-classy skid and head down St. Bernard for Sidney’s traditional truck pool party. It’s exactly what it sounds like: a pool in the back of a truck. If that’s not enough to get you out, food from new Mid-City spot Trilly Cheesesteaks, frozen drinks and $1.50 PBRs should do the trick.

Where: Sidney’s Saloon, 1200 St. Bernard Ave.
When: 3 p.m. til late
Cost: Free

4th Of July Throwdown

https://www.facebook.com/blackgirlgiggles/photos/gm.1924867234243160/2086333644988471/?type=3&theater

The members of Black Girl Giggles are always around town entertaining people at their own comedy nights and other established events. But with a massive festival catered almost exclusively around the tastes and art of black women, you know they had to go big. BGG is holding events all weekend to coincide with Essence Fest, starting with this takeover of Lucky’s on the 4th.

Where: Lucky’s Bar, 1625 St. Charles Ave.
When: Comedy starts at 7 p.m., DJs go all night
Cost: Free

Kung Fu Throwdown

https://www.facebook.com/BarRedux/photos/gm.2063082763962942/937271436473624/?type=3&theater

When the ‘splosions go up, the city throws down. DJ Pumpkinhead gets the far end of the Bywater moving with his funk and soul set conveniently close to the levee and Crescent Park if you decide you aren’t too cool to watch the city’s show.

Where: Bar Redux, 801 Poland Ave.
When:  8 p.m.- 12 p.m.
Cost: Free

America: The Party 9

https://www.facebook.com/therustynail/photos/gm.1718982848190994/10156525726192704/?type=3&theater

The Rusty Nail continues to be indispensible, providing a bit of levity and looseness in the otherwise condo-fied Warehouse District. Their July 4th party brings the same energy they have all year, pairing their deadly Disco Lemonade with Dat Dog and tunes from NOLA’s masters of cheese Where Y’acht. The party starts at 2 p.m. and runs all night.

Where: The Rusty Nail, 1100 Constance St.
When: 2 p.m. til late
Cost: $10

Drags Not Flags!

https://www.facebook.com/138358476957797/photos/gm.392620671237839/230185757775068/?type=3&theater

It’s been a tough year to be proud of the United States. We get it. For those out there not feeling all rah-rah-shish-boom-bah about the way the country’s heading, there’s a party for that. Drags Not Flags! is an anti-4th of July party celebrating the city’s drag scene and queer community ahead of any country. It promises to be a sweaty good time with a mix of DJ and drag sets and proceeds will go to benefit RAICES, a non-profit that provides legal services to vulnerable refugee and immigrant populations in Texas. Feel good and feel good about it.

Where: Poor Boys Bar, 1328 St. Bernard Ave.
When: Doors at 9/Show at 10
Cost: $10 suggested donation

He has a distinct voice that you will come to know more as you follow VL NOLA. He has shown himself to be an intrepid entertainment and culture writer, who always knows about the best events, happenings and performers before anybody else. Now, he’s going to tell you all about them here at Very Local NOLA.

More Local Stories

Eat Play Stay Orlando: Sanford

On this episode of Eat Play Stay Orlando explore what’s new in the Northern part of town. Sanford has a plethora of breweries, bars, and delicious dining options to choose from.

Hometown Tragedy: The Pike County Massacre

On this episode of Hometown Tragedy: Missing in Milwaukee, we’ll explore what happened to Jerica Banks, her children, and how it impacted their community.

Six New Orleans parks that are perfect locations to celebrate 4th of July

Head to one of these six New Orleans parks to celebrate Independence Day in the city.

Cheap Date Orlando: Punk Rock & Pooches

Two Orlando couples shop vintage, search for the perfect slice, visit a post-apocalyptic saloon, and take the stage on blind dates in Orlando.

Fit and Fab: Free summer workouts in Boston

Cover photo courtesy Getty Images Looking to get fit for the summer? Still wary of COVID-19 or just looking for some sunshine while you sweat? Here are some Boston free summer workouts across the city so you can keep moving all season long! Seaport Sweat May 2 to Sept. 29 Boston’s biggest free workout series…

What’s On the Menu?: Farm-to-table

The farm-to-table movement brings locally grown foods to your plate. Not only will enjoying farm-to-table meals allow you to indulge in fresh, nutritional, seasonal dishes, but farm-to-table dining helps the environment and supports the local economy.  Check out these delicious farm-to-table restaurants in Greenville, South Carolina on the latest episode of What’s On the Menu?. …

A guide to some of the best Black-owned brunch spots in NOLA

Gather the crew together, make those reservations, and celebrate all things Black at brunch. 

A guide to Pittsburgh’s summer events must-do list

Check out our roundup below for the can’t-miss events happening in the city over the next few months.

Eat Play Stay Orlando: Tarpon Springs

In this episode of Eat Play Stay Orlando you’ll be transported to a thriving Greek community nestled on Florida’s gulf coast. From sponge diving to flaming cheese to a Greek bakery that supplies a ginormous amount of baklava to the entire country, you’re sure to fall in love with Greek culture in Tarpon Springs, Florida.

Dorchester doughnuts that pack a paczki

These traditional Polish pastries are the real deal.

Chef Dee Lavigne expands the only Black-owned cooking school in New Orleans

Deelightful Roux School of Cooking is the only African American-owned cooking school taught by a New Orleans native, and her class is a guide to New Orleans’ food culture.

Brunchfaced: 14 Parishes brings Jamaican flavors Uptown

One word: rummosa. From the oxtail and eggs to the jerk chicken and waffles, you’ll feel like you’re on vacation at brunch.

Guide to late night food in NOLA // Where to eat after 10pm

While everyone is familiar with Clover Grill, the 24/7 diner that uses hubcaps to cook the hamburgers, there’s certainly more to the late-night eats scene than that. Here are a few of the spots night owls can get their grub on in the Crescent City regardless of neighborhood or craving.

Sierra Camille Kay’s painting puppet is a marriage between art and marionette

Kay pulls MiMi’s strings as she paints French Quarter landscapes, street performers, self-portraits, and anything else that she finds interesting.