In Lafayette, the Fourth of July celebration happens all day July 4, 2013, and includes a variety of fun-filled activities on three stages downtown. Grammy nominee Corey Ledet & His Zydeco Band performs at 5 p.m. on the Freedom Fest Stage and continues with Lafayettes Bayou Boys at 7 p.m. Families can enjoy the Conservatory KidZone in Parc Sans Souci with interactive childrens music every hour beginning at 5:15 p.m., an instrument petting zoo, face painting, patriotic arts and crafts, balloon animals, and more! The Acadiana Symphony Orchestra & Conservatory of Music presents Red, White & BOOM! with Grammy winner Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band (above right) headlining the celebration at 6:30 p.m. in Parc International. Chubby Carrier, dubbed as The Worlds Premier Zydeco Showman, will perform with the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra for the annual patriotic concert following Chubbys opening act. The Grand Finale Fireworks show concludes the day, beginning at 9:15 p.m. Gates open and festivities begin at 5 p.m. Admission is $5 per person with access to all three stages.
The Acadiana Symphony has partnered with FoodNet and offers one free concession ticket in exchange for five non-perishable food items. FoodNets most needed food items are boxed cornbread, canned tuna and peas. Food and beverages will be sold on site, and please, no ice chests. Proceeds from Red, White and BOOM! support the Conservatorys early childhood music education programs. For more information, call (337) 232-4277, Ext. 1, visit www.acadianasymphony.org, or the Symphonys Facebook page at www.facebook.com/acadianasymphony.