A night of music, food, and fireworks marked the beginning of the Independence Day weekend in Donaldsonville.
The only public fireworks display in Ascension Parish, the city hosts the event annually in Crescent Park, overlooking the Mississippi River levee.
Each year the community comes together on July 3 for the patriotic party in the park, spotted by vendor tents and lawn chairs.
The first band, Transit, took the stage as many attendees flowed into the park around 5 p.m. They powered through a crowd-friendly setlist as listeners tapped their feet while lounging in chairs.
Transit performs at the July 3rd Fireworks On The River
Another local favorite, Hai Karate, went on later to entertain with a crowd-pleasing performance that included lots of classic songs of the 1970s. Notably, the band has performed at the Jambalaya Festival in Gonzales.
Parrish Sonnier of Hai Karate
Just after 9 p.m., Hai Karate took a break to give way to the fireworks display.
Donaldsonville Mayor Leroy Sullivan and Main Street Donaldsonville Executive Director Missy Jandura thanked everyone who made the event possible.
Donaldsonville Mayor Leroy Sullivan
Volunteers and workers alike were recognized for making the celebration a success every year.
"Thank you to all the sponsors and incredibly hardworking volunteers who put on a great event for July 3rd," Jandura said.
Major sponsors were the City of Donaldsonville, the Donaldsonville Downtown Development District, and CF Industries. Also included in sponsorship: Elray Kocke, GSA Consulting Engineers, Shelter Insurance, Mayor Leroy Sullivan, Capital One Bank, Carl Capone, Rotary Club, High Standard Electric, WYNK 101.5, and State Farm Insurance.
For more photos from the event, see: http://www.michaeltortorich.com/donaldsonville-fireworks-2014.