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Old 07-02-2010, 08:37 PM
 
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We've heard the 4th of July fireworks display is pretty awesome down at the Quarter.

We are just wondering where would be good places to park and how early we should get there. Is it pretty packed?
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Old 07-03-2010, 09:59 AM
 
Location: New Orleans, LA
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Essence festival is going on right now. People act like bigger fools than on Mardi Gras. If you can find another spot on the river (other than the Quarter) to catch a view of the fireworks, go for it. Here's some info with parking ideas on the page: Annual 4th of July celebration with fireworks on the Mississippi River of New Orleans La!

Essence concerts will be in full swing while the fireworks are going on so I don't think it'll be too bad. The quarter is going to fill up like a bowl when the last concert ends at 1 am. The crowd may also get significantly bigger when Mary J Blige finishes at 11.

The fireworks are amazing, no doubt. I just don't attend anymore because of the way people act there on this weekend. It's not your happy go lucky Mardi Gras behavior, but I'll let you judge for yourself. Have fun and be careful.
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Old 07-04-2010, 09:37 AM
 
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I was down there just watching fireworks one year and didn't realize (forgot, i guess!?) that the essence festival was going on- it was crazy!!!!!!! People everyhwere!

I agree, very different vibe than happy, carefree, mardi gras. Mabye you can watch on the other side of the river?
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Old 07-04-2010, 01:53 PM
 
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I watched it last yr from the Tulane University parking deck near Reily Center off of Claiborne.
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Old 07-04-2010, 10:55 PM
 
Location: Kentucky
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Me and Mrs. lmcintyre1s (Bgilly3) ended up going to the Quarter to see the fireworks tonight. We parked at the brewery and hung out right by the riverboat landing. Great view of a great fireworks show, and we couldn't have asked for better weather. As a bonus, the One Mind Brass Band was on the river walk while we were there. Very, very cool, and a first-time experience for a couple Midwesterners.
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Old 07-05-2010, 06:51 AM
 
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Always nice to hear someone had a good time. That's the New Orleans tradition, word of mouth.
I think it has something to do with the economy, but last night in Memphis it was just fireworks
all night long. I expect the same tonight. I brought the dog inside, he was going nuts. But I
think it was the ultimate stay-cation and everyone spent any money they had saved for beach
trips on freaking fireworks. I don't mind the booms so much, or the shower of firecrackers by
the roll. I do not like the pop-pop-pop of automatic weapons fire that we get every single
year twice or three times a year, and I am sure it is the same in NO.
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