Downtown Lafayette celebrates the nations independence in a big way this July 4th with an annual concert by the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra, a KidZone and live music by local bands. Its all part of Red, White and BOOM!
    Grammy nominee Marcia Ball, hailed as the bayou queen of the piano, joins the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra in the patriotic concert in Parc International. The concert will also feature the ASOs Second Annual Hot Dog Eating Contest and a 2012 red Mercedes car raffle, concluding with the Grand Finale Fireworks show at approximately 9:30 p.m.
    Over in nearby Parc Sans Souci the Conservatory of Music KidZone will offer water slides, face painting, arts and crafts, balloon animals, costume contests and much more. And parents can enjoy a broadcast of Marcia Ball and the ASO performance while their children play and keep cool in the KidZone!
    At Parc Putnams Freedom Fest! there will be several bands performing The Rockin Rotarians at 4 p.m., Lafayettes Bayou Boys at 5 p.m., Nik L Beer at 6:15 p.m. and Grammy Award winner Chubby Carrier at 8:30 p.m.
    Gates open for all events at 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 4, 2012.
    A $5 admission fee to Red, White and BOOM! grants patrons access to all three parcs (thats parks for those of you who don't speak Cajun). In collaboration with Food Net of Lafayette, ASO is offering free concession tickets for canned food donations brought to the celebration. Parc Passes will be available at the gate or may be purchased in advance at the ASO Box office located at 412 Travis Street in Lafayette.
    All proceeds from the event help support the ASOs childrens education programs.
    Visit the Symphony web site or its Facebook page for a more detailed schedule.