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July 4th Spectacular!

  • USS KIDD Veterans Memorial & Museum (map)

Come join us at the USS KIDD Veterans Memorial & Museum for the July 4th Spectacular! 


4:00 pm- Vendor Booth and the KIDD Zone opens 

4:45 pm- Patriotic Popsicle Parade on Florida St. & River Rd. Levee Access

5:15 pm- Hot dog eating and pie eating contest sponsored by All Star Catering Riverfront Stage

5:30 pm- Baton Rouge Music Studios on the River Stage

6:15 pm- Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band on the Riverfront Stage

8:00 pm- Band Camp on the Riverfront Stage and the KIDD Zone closes

9:00 pm- WBRZ Channel 2 "Fireworks on the Mississippi" Sponsored by the USS KIDD

9:30 pm- Band Camp on the Riverfront Stage

10:00 pm- Event closes

Independence Day is right around the corner and now is the time to make plans to attend the USS KIDD’s 4th of July Spectacular! The USS KIDD’s 4th of July Spectacular is the place to be as friends and families gather to commemorate our nation’s independence while enjoying ice cold drinks, delicious food and a variety of musical performances. “Thanks to all of our wonderful partnerships and sponsors, we will once again be able to host another 4th of July celebration that the entire downtown Baton Rouge community can be proud of,” said USS KIDD Executive Director David Beard.

Start getting your red, white and blue ready to shine and join the KIDD Crew for this re-energized community event taking place on Tuesday, July 4th, from 4 p.m. – 10 p.m. on the River Levee Stage, located between the USS KIDD Veterans Museum and Riverfront Plaza.

Planned performances include appearances from Baton Rouge Music Studios, Chubby Carrier and they Bayou Swamp Band, and Band Camp. The lineup is sure to have attendees dancing. Local vendors, such as City Pork, Driftwood Bar and Grill, Capital Creamery, Smokin’ Aces, All Star Catering, Snow Days and more will appeal to a variety of taste buds. The USS KIDD’s Zone was carefully planned to ensure the entire family will enjoy themselves while visiting downtown. BREC on the Geaux will once again be hosting the Kids Zone along with Babin’s House of Party. There will be face painting, pie baking contest, hot dog eating contest and much more.

Tickets to view the fireworks aboard the KIDD are now on sale! They can be purchased at the USS KIDD or on Only 300 tickets will be sold. Tickets cost $15. The VIP tickets are $50 and will include exclusive climate-controlled museum access, drinks, a diverse spread of food. There is also restroom pass for $5. The USS KIDD’s 4th of July Spectacular will culminate with WBRZ’s Fireworks on the Mississippi display, sponsored by the USS KIDD. WBRZ’s fireworks show is the largest in the state, starts at 9:00 p.m., and can be viewed all along the downtown Baton Rouge Mississippi levee or aboard the USS KIDD.The USS KIDD Veterans Museum will be open for touring from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Regular admission will be charged. Be sure to stop by and visit this National Historic Landmark.

No coolers or outside food will be allowed. However, guests are encouraged to purchase food from the various local vendors that are supporting our patriotic event. Families may bring blankets to spread along the riverfront for an ideal view of all of the entertainment. For more information, please call (225) 342-1942 or visit our website: If you would like more information about this topic, please contact David Beard at 225-342-1942 or email at


NOTE: No ice chests, BBQ pits tents or pets allowed.  Tours of the USS KIDD Veterans Museum will be available, at the regular admission price, from 9:30am – 3:30pm on July 4th.