We're going to let you in on a little secret: It's a little warm in New Orleans in July. To keep visitors coming, we offer cool summer specials and we also turn the heat up on the fun. Here's what up besides the temperature.
Go 4th on the River, July 4
Celebrate the red, white and blue at Go Fourth on the River. At 9 p.m. gather at the Mississippi riverfront for fireworks from Dueling Barges. Find out why the American Pyrotechnic Association ranked New Orleans' main fireworks show the 5th "must see" fireworks display in the U.S. Learn more.
25th Annual ESSENCE Festival® Presented by Coca-Cola®, July 4-7
This party with a purpose combines musical performances by big-name stars with inspirational speakers who lead conversations about race, gender, culture, and art. This year, former First Lady Michelle Obama will be there to mark the 25th anniversary along with entertainers like Mary J. Blige, Missy Elliott, NAS, H.E.R., Jermaine Dupri, Pharrell Williams, Teyana Taylor and many others. Learn more.
Running of the Bulls, July 12-14
Every year, New Orleans hosts its own version of Spain’s Encierro de Pamploma. Instead of running from real bulls, however, thousands gather early in the morning in Downtown New Orleans to run from the New Orleans Rollergirls who chase runners on their rollerblades with plastic bats. Learn more.
Bastille Day Fête, July 12-14
The storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789, was the spark that ignited the French Revolution. In New Orleans, we celebrate our French roots with Bastille Day events at the New Orleans Museum of Art, City Park, in the Faubourg St. John and in the French Quarter. City Park will be transformed into a French Village in a traditional fireman's ball theme with pétanque demonstrations, mimes, balloon artists, a dance floor with music, and food trucks from Café Degas and other great local restaurants. There will even be a regatta at the New Orleans Yacht Club to honor France!
Tales of the Cocktail, July 16-21
New Orleans invented the cocktail and we reinvent it here every summer at Tales of the Cocktail, a spirited event with tastings, seminars, competitions and other special events. Learn more.
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