The City of Natchitoches invites you to celebrate Independence Day at Celebration on the Cane Monday, July 4, 2016 on the downtown riverbank. The annual Fourth of July Celebration will feature live musical entertainment, delicious food vendors, amusements for kids of all ages, and a spectacular fireworks show over Cane River Lake. Admission to Celebration on the Cane is free and open to the public.
Activities for Celebration on the Cane will kick off at 12:00 p.m. with inflatable water slides, bounce houses and face painting for the kids. A variety of food vendors will sell Fourth of July favorites such as Italian ice, funnel cakes, meat pies, hot dogs and more. Trinket vendors will also be on site with Independence Day memorabilia and souvenirs.
Musical entertainment kicks off at 3:00 p.m. with a performance by Cane Mutiny, a musical collective based in Natchitoches and centered around the musical influences of multi-instrumentalists John Litzenberg and Ed Huey, and featuring guitarist Donnie Hyams and drummer Sammy Nix. Playing 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, showcasing original and other music from throughout the 20th century and beyond. Cane Mutiny will perform on the riverbank stage from 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
The excitement continues at 6:00 p.m. with a live performance by the G.Q.P. Band. The G.Q.P. Band exudes great quality with precision and is a versatile party band playing a mixture of Southern Soul, Zydeco, Blues, Classic Rock, R&B and Swing Out jams. G.Q.P.’s focus is to provide the best entertainment for all occasions no matter the audience. The G.Q.P. Band will perform on the riverbank stage from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
No Fourth of July Celebration would be complete without fireworks. At 9:00 p.m., the festivities will conclude with a spectacular fireworks show over Cane River Lake.
Admission to Celebration on the Cane is free and open to the public.
The downtown riverbank will be closed to motorists all day on July 4. Those attending Celebration on the Cane should make plans to park on Front Street or elsewhere within the Natchitoches Historic District.
In preparation for the fireworks show, the Church Street Bridge will close to all traffic, including pedestrians and motorists, at 8:30 p.m. In addition, Williams Avenue from Whitfield to Henry Avenue will also close at 8:30 p.m. The roadway and bridge will reopen after the fireworks show is completed.