Sweltering heat, you know what that means: we’ve reached midsummer in Acadiana. The highlight of midsummer celebrations, Independence Day, will reach us on Saturday, but the celebrations will begin on Friday in various places in and around Lafayette. Many cities have made thoughtful adaptations to their plans to provide safety for all in attendance, so please wear a mask and practice social distancing.


  • 7/3: City of Youngsville Independence Day Celebration: Youngsville’s July 4th Fireworks display has dazzled every year since the town made the holiday its signature event. Sugarmill Pond is the perfect backdrop for the spectacular show! The fireworks start at 9 p.m., and can be viewed from your home, a local business or at the Youngsville Sports complex. The soccer and baseball fields will be open at 7:30 p.m., and concessions will be available. Viewers are asked to mind social distancing and keep their ice chests at home. If you don’t want to brave the crowds, The City of Youngsville Facebook page will livestream.
  • 7/3: Sunset Kayak at Lake Martin: For a more natural spectacle that is a safe bet, take a trip in a kayak around Lake Martin! Kayakers will meet at the Nature Conservancy Launch. A one-person kayak rental is $35, and a two-person kayak is $45. Tickets can be purchased here. More details to follow order confirmation.
  • 7/4: The City of Broussard Fireworks Show: Broussard is throwing its 15th annual fireworks show over St. Julien Park July 4th! The City of Broussard has opted for a drive-in showing of the fireworks display to keep residents safe. Viewers can park at St. Julien Park, but all other amenities in the park will be closed, and no restrooms will be available. The City of Broussard will also stream drone footage via the Broussard Chamber of Commerce Facebook page! Stream here.
  • 7/4: Erath’s 4th of July: Erath’s annual celebration has been a town tradition for more than 80 years! While some customary activities have been put on hold until next year, like the firemen’s water fight and street fair, Erath will still have its fireworks show at 9 p.m. on the east side of town. The town will also have its annual 4th of July Mass at 9:30 a.m. Saturday morning at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church.
  • 7/4: Morgan City’s 4th of July: St. Mary Parish’s annual 4th of July fireworks display is still on! Viewers can see the show at Front Street, the Floodwall and the Old Bridge. The Long Allen Bridge (182) will be closed to traffic starting at 8:30 p.m. The show starts at 9 p.m.