We are excited for the annual Red, White, and Boom celebration in Downtown Lafayette for the Fourth of July. The event, which will benefit the education system of The Acadiana Symphony Orchestra, will feature plenty of family fun throughout the afternoon and evening in the Downtown District. Grammy nominee Marcia Ball will kick off the musical celebration in Parc International performing alongside with the Acadiana Symphony. In addition to the musical performances in the parks, there will be several different contests held throughout the day. One of our favorite contests is the ASO's 2nd Annual Hot Dog Eating Contest.


This year the ASO is hosting a Mercedes Car Raffle sponsored by Moss Motors. The drawing for the 2012 red Mercedes will take place just before the firework display! Raffle tickets are available at your ASO box office or online.

Inside Parc Sans Souci, located near the parking garage downtown, a Kidzone will be set up with slides, face painting, arts and crafts, balloon animals, costume contests, and much more water filled fun for kids! Plus, this year the event is expanding to Parc Putnam where local bands will be celebrating the 4th of July at "Freedom Fest!"

Here's the line-up for the "Freedom Fest" event in Downtown Lafayette:

4:00 pm - Rockin' Rotarians
5:00 pm - Lafayette's Bayou Boys
6:30 pm - Nik L Beer
8:15 pm - Chubby Carrier

Red, White and BOOM! (Parc International)
5 pm - Gates open
6:15 pm - Legend's Hot Dog Eating Contest
7 pm - ASO with Marcia Ball
9 pm - Mercedes Raffle Drawing
9:30 pm - The Big BOOM!

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