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July 4 Hometown Celebration features boat parade, dancing, fireworks

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South

PLAQUEMINE - A host of activities are set for the 13th Annual July 4 Hometown Celebration on Thursday, July 4, from 3 until 9 p.m. at the Bayou Plaquemine Waterfront Park in Plaquemine.

The festival draws some 8,000 people. Among the highlights are "putt-putt" boat rides on Bayou Plaquemine, sponsored by the Old Engine Club, a boat parade honoring veterans, dancing on the boardwalk and fireworks over the bayou.

Boats with patriotic decorations are welcome in the Veterans' Boat Parade at 5:00 pm. Boats line up at the Iberville Parish Jail boat dock. Boats are also welcome to dock at the Bayou Plaquemine Waterfront Park for the event.

Several attractions in Plaquemine participate by offering free admission. The Plaquemine Lock State Historic Site will be open from 9 a.m. featuring free admission and tours.

The Iberville Museum will be open from noon until 6 p.m., with a demonstration of wood carving by north Iberville artist Gene Seneca from 3 until 5 p.m. No admission charged.

Event Schedule:

1 – 4 p.m. – Free putt-putt boat rides

3 – 9 p.m. – Great food, crafts, rides and game booths open

4:30 p.m. – Veterans' Boat parade on Bayou Plaquemine line up

5 pm - Arrival of boats at the Bayou Plaquemine Waterfront Park

5 p.m. - ceremonies honoring veteran grand marshals

6 – 9 p.m. – Dancing on the Boardwalk -to the music of Unfinished Business

7 p.m. – Jitterbug dancing contest

9 p.m. – Fireworks on Bayou Plaquemine

This event is sponsored by the City of Plaquemine MainStreet Program. No ice chests, personal tents, pets or fireworks are allowed at this event.