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Fourth of July in New Orleans

New Orleans is always a great place for a getaway, especially during the upcoming Fourth Of July holiday. This year, it's so popular that Priceline.com said that the French Quarter is the most popular destination in the United States based on hotel bookings via their website.

Fourth Of July in New Orleans Why you ask? Let us tell you…

What To Do

There's always a lot to do in New Orleans, July Fourth is no exception.

You can spend the day exploring the city, taking in its historic sites, musical sounds and staying cool with the refreshing, spirited drinks.

If you love shopping, you could spend the day strolling through the French Quarter or trekking along Magazine Street Uptown and exploring the antique shops, art galleries and other great shops. You'll find more than souvenirs here.

There's plenty of dining options. Take a break while shopping along the six miles of shopping called Magazine Street and stop for lunch. Enjoy a New Orleans favorite like a po-boy sandwich or maybe something fancier like an exquisite meal at one of the legendary fine dining restaurants. As the day turns into the evening, head towards the French Quarter for dinner at one of the many historic restaurants and make sure you're close to the river front for the fireworks later that night.

If you're brining the family, you can spend the morning at the Audubon Zoo (6500 Magazine Street, New Orleans). There the young ones will love seeing the more than 2,000 exotic animals. When the afternoon heat sets in, head down to the Aquarium of the Americas (1 Canal Street, New Orleans) and enjoy the air conditioning, as well as 10,000 aquatic animals.

Essence Music Festival

Essence Music Festival is a full weekend of top hip hop and R&B talent including names like Beyonce and LL Cool J. On the Fourth of July, they're hosting the Family Reunion Day at Woldenberg Park (1 Canal Street, New Orleans). This family fun day features old school favorites like Biz Markie and Doug E. Fresh, as well as local favorites including the Brass-A-Holics and the Stooges Brass Band. By day, it's the perfect place to enjoy the musical entertainment. By night, the park is the perfect place to see the fireworks.

The music runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Fireworks

Last, but definitely not least is the spectacular Fourth of July Fireworks show over the Mississippi River. New Orleans celebrates independence with not just one, but two simultaneous shows of fireworks shot off from dueling barges. The massive show can be enjoyed from almost anywhere along the river front and throughout much of the French Quarter. It's a show that your family won't want to miss!

The fireworks start at 9 p.m. and you can hear the accompanying patriotic music on Magic 101.9, WWL AM & FM, and .com.

We hope to see you soon. Some New Orleans hotels still have rooms open for this exciting extended weekend. Check availability.

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