Orange celebrates Independence Day

Published 11:34 am Tuesday, July 3, 2018

UPDATE: Due to unfavorable weather conditions impacting the Orange area, the Orange Convention and Visitors Bureau has RELOCATED the fireworks display to the City of Orange Boat Ramp, located at 1000 Simmons Drive, and has CANCELED the concert portion of the event. The fireworks are scheduled to go off as planned at approximately 9 P.M. on Wednesday, July 4, at the City of Orange Boat Ramp.

According to the National Weather Service – Lake Charles, a 70% chance of afternoon thunderstorms show in the forecast for Wednesday, July 4, 2018.

“We are disappointed to have to cancel the concert portion of the 4th of July Concert and Fireworks event. We are currently working to reschedule the bands to accompany future events. We do want to remind everyone that the fireworks will go on at the City of Orange Boat Ramp,” says CVB Coordinator, Brandy Judice.

Due to the relocation of the fireworks display, the City of Orange Boat Ramp will be CLOSED effective Tuesday, July 3, at 6 P.M. through Wednesday, July 4, 10 P.M.


By Ginger Broomes

The Orange Leader

If you’re looking for something to do this Independence Day, you don’t have to travel far from home.

Every year the City of Orange puts on an amazing celebration for the 4th of July, and this year will be no exception. Starting at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, July 4, visitors can experience what they’ve come to expect – a family-friendly celebration that is free to all.

With more and more injuries reported at this time each year, along with the tight restrictions within the city limits, setting off your own fireworks display may not be the best idea. If you choose to do so, The National Council on Fireworks Safety recommends always having an adult supervise all firework activities, keeping a bucket of water and water house at the ready, and never relighting or checking on a “dud” firework.

They also recommend keeping your pets and neighbor’s pets in mind when celebrating, as thousands of animals a year are reported lost, due to them fleeing from the loud noises.

All are excellent reasons not to take the risk, and instead enjoy a free, safer 4th of July celebration like the one at the Pavilion.

The 2018 4th of July Concert and Fireworks Celebration kicks off at the Riverfront Boardwalk and Pavilion, with a performance by Mixx Fixxer from 4 p.m.-6 p.m., followed by Dustin Sonnier at 7 p.m. After the concerts, visitors will be treated to the fireworks display at 9 p.m.

Food and drink vendors will be on site along with children’s activities.

“We are excited to bring the 4th of July Concert and Firework Celebration back to the Riverfront Pavilion for another year,” said Brandy Judice, coordinator with the Orange Convention and Visitors Bureau.         “This event provides locals and visitors a family-friendly atmosphere where they can enjoy live entertainment, local food vendors, and end the evening with a grand fireworks show.”

Coolers and chairs are welcome, but please note that no dogs or pets are allowed.

For additional information, please contact the Orange Convention and Visitors Bureau at 409-883-1011/409-883-1010 or visit the Orange Convention & Visitors Bureau Facebook page.