NATCHITOCHES – The Natchitoches Tri-Centennial Steering Committee has partnered with the City of Natchitoches to present an All-American Fourth of July at Celebration on the Cane on Friday, July 4, 2014 in downtown Natchitoches. The free event will feature a classic car show, food, music, fireworks and fun.
The festivities will begin at 2:00 p.m. with a mini-car show featuring classic Chevys on Front Street. Front Street from Church Street to Trudeau will be closed to traffic to allow for the car show.
On the riverbank, children of all ages will be able to enjoy inflatable water slides and bounce houses while food vendors will serve up Fourth of July treats such as Italian ice, funnel cakes, and meat pies. In addition, Dog Pound Concessions will sell $2 hotdogs and $3 hotdog combos as part of the All-American Tri-Centennial Fourth of July celebration. Trinket vendors will be on site with Fourth of July memorabilia and souvenirs.
At 3:00 p.m., Shreveport native Ken Krefft will remind everyone of the true meaning of the Fourth of July celebration by reciting the Declaration of Independence on the riverbank stage. Krefft will recite the document from memory dressed in period attire.
Musical entertainment kicks off at 3:30 p.m. with the upbeat sounds of the Matthew Davidson Band. The Matthew Davidson Band is a rock and blues band from Shreveport that has performed extensively in Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi. The band will play from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Headliners, The Tricentennial Allstars, will take the stage to perform a one of a kind concert prior to the Fourth of July fireworks display. The Tricentennial Allstars is an eclectic mixture of musicians made up of members of Johnny Earthquake and the Moondoogs, Hardrick Rivers Revue, Bill O’Con & Badd Apple and many more Natchitoches area musicians. This once in a life time gathering of musical talent will feature at least 10 musicians on stage including a full horn section. The band will perform a wide variety of rock and roll, R&B, country, blues, zydeco and more. The Tricentennial Allstars will perform live on the riverbank stage from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
The festivities will conclude with a spectacular fireworks show over Cane River Lake at 9:00 p.m.
Admission to Celebration on the Cane is free and open to the public.
In preparation for the fireworks show, the Church Street Bridge will close to all traffic, including pedestrians and motorists, at 8:30 p.m. In addition, Williams Avenue from Whitfield to Henry Avenue will also close at 8:30 p.m. The roadway and bridge will reopen after the fireworks show is completed.
The downtown riverbank and the section of Front Street between Church Street and Trudeau will be closed to motorists all day on July 4. Those attending Celebration on the Cane should make plans to park on Front Street or elsewhere within the Natchitoches Historic District.
For more information, please call the Natchitoches Main Street Office at (318) 352-2746 or visit www.downtownnatchitoches.com.