Summer is in full swing here in Southwest Louisiana---and summer in Lake Charles just wouldn’t be summer without the Red White Blue and You Festival. There is nothing like getting everyone together under the stars on one big blanket (or boat!)  for 4th of July fireworks! I live for those moments during the firework show that brings out my biggest “ooo’s and ahh’s!” Sitting there with a big grin on my face waiting for my favorite kind of firework to light up the sky. (Mine are those white ones that look like fairy dust and make that super-loud sizzling sound!)

The Fourth of July, whether you are looking for a parade and live music or delicious food, Lake Charles has it. Red White Blue and You kicks off with a star-spangled community street parade rolls through downtown. Anyone who would like to decorate their vehicles, golf carts, or bicycles are welcome to join in! The route from Mill Street heading south on Ryan Street toward Lock Park/7th Street is perfect for kids! (Hey kids, start working now to spruce up your bikes and wagons with ribbons, banners, and flags to fill in the line!)

After the parade, the folksy sounds of Market Blue Bluegrass band will fill the Arcade Pavilion of the Lake Charles Civic Center. I am looking forward to the patriotic concert and sing-along provided by the Lake Charles Community Band and Louisiana Choral Foundation as a special tribute to the Armed Forces.

After the concert, a grand finale fireworks display will illuminate the sky. The show starts at approximately 9:15 p.m. so make sure you get to the seawall early for “the best seats.” Or if you are lucky enough to be on a boat, fireworks over the lake, are spectacular!

From barbecues and picnics to parades and fireworks, Fourth of July is a great time to gather with your community and enjoy the holiday. Let’s celebrate our nation’s Independence Day at Red White Blue and YOU!