There may be some things more pleasant, but not many things are more enjoyable than spreading a blanket on a breezy summer night and laying back and looking up at the dark sky for 30 or 40 minutes worth of fireworks.

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For 2017 Here are some area fireworks displays and festivities -

Today July 3rd - Stars and Stripes Celebration at the Louisiana Oil and Gas Park, exit 64 from I-10 Jennings.  The park is adjacent and just to the north of I-10.  Gates open a 4PM for live music, crafts, and guests are invited to bring their ice chests along with a lawn chair.  The Gator House is available to look over alligators.  Fireworks begin at 9 PM.  There is a $5 per person entry fee, kids 12 and under free.

Fourth of July - Lake Charles - Red, White Blue and You. Parade at 6 from downtown on Ryan, ending at Dr. DeBakey Drive, then by 6:45 a Salute to Armed Forces at the Civic Center. There will be music and crafts, the fireworks are slated to begin at 9:15 PM over the lake.  Everything is free and open to the public.

Riverfront Park Beaumont - take the downtown exit off I-10 from either direction, the park is just behind the Beaumont Civic Center. Live music gets underway at 5 PM with the fireworks starting at 9 PM.

Orange Convention and Visitors Bureau is putting on a show tomorrow at the Riverfront Boardwalk and Pavilion at 601 W. Division.  The fun gets underway at 5 PM with live music and festivities. Fireworks due overhead at 9 PM.

Enjoy yourself, a lot of effort, commitment and sacrifice went into the invention of the "4TH of July"