5) Long weekend
With Independence Day being on a Saturday, Friday will look like a holiday in most offices.
 
4) Holiday safety
Tragically the July 4th holiday usually brings a spike in water fatalities and boating accidents.
 
3) Essence Festival
No better time of the year for cool jazz.
 
2) Police overtime
New Orleans council will vote on extra pay so that police can work 12- hour shifts during crime- intense summer months.
 
1) Roosevelt to have soft opening
Grand opening will be in October; soft opening, July 1. Now we can say it, The Roosevelt is back.