Celebration on the Cane to Commemorate the Founding of America


Spend Independence Day at Celebration on the Cane Monday, July 4 beginning at noon on the downtown riverbank.  The Fourth of July festivities will feature live music, food vendors, amusements for kids of all ages and a spectacular fireworks show over Cane River Lake. This event is free and open to the public.

“We want residents to bring their families and spend the day celebrating the founding of America with the whole community,” said Samantha Bonnette. “Kenneth Krefft will recite the Declaration of Independence from memory while dressed in period clothing. It is an awesome opportunity to show kids a truly patriotic moment.”

There will be inflatable water slides, bounce houses and face painting.  Food vendors will sell Fourth of July favorites such as Italian ice, funnel cakes and hot dogs.  Trinket vendors will also be on site with Independence Day memorabilia and souvenirs.

Live musicwill kick off at 3 p.m. with a performance by Cane Mutiny. Centered around the musical influences of multi-instrumentalists John Litzenberg and Ed Huey, and featuring guitarist Donnie Hyams and drummer Sammy Nix, they play a variety of Louisiana and Americana music spanning the genres of swamp pop, funk, soul, country, blues, R&B and rock. Cane Mutiny combines a deep connection to the history of popular music with the energy of a New Orleans second line.

The excitement continues at 6 p.m. with the G.Q.P. Band. Exuding great quality with precision, this versatile party band plays a mixture of Southern Soul, Zydeco, Blues, Classic Rock, R&B and Swing Out jams.

“What better way to spend a Monday,” asked Bonnette. “Stay through the day and get out and dance to G.Q.P. They promise to put on a good show that everyone will enjoy.”

No Fourth of July Celebration would be complete without fireworks.  At 9 p.m., the festivities will conclude with a dramatic fireworks show over Cane River Lake.

The downtown riverbank will be closed to motorists. In preparation for the fireworks show, the Church Street Bridge and Williams Avenue from Whitfield to Henry Avenue will close to all traffic, including pedestrians and motorists, at 8:30 p.m. The roadway and bridge will reopen after the fireworks show is completed.

For information call (318) 352-2746 or visit http://www.downtownnatchitoches.com.