Posted: Jul 3, 2014 5:46 PM by Alexa Vogue
Updated: Jul 3, 2014 5:58 PM
DONALDSONVILLE - Donaldsonville celebrated the Fourth of July a day early to beat competition from bigger cities and allow people to spend Friday with family.
Recently, residents have been working to blend their historic district with new renovations in an effort to bring more business to the area.
"We move very cautiously and very thoughtful to make sure that we preserve what Donaldsonville is," said Missy Jandura with the Donaldsonville Downtown District. "But at the same time, make it perfect to do business and spend time with families."
"We're trying to revitalize and let people know that it's a great place to live and a great place to say you want to spend the rest of your life," said Donaldsonville Mayor Leroy Sullivan.
Their July 3rd celebration hopes to capture the essence of Donaldsonville for those coming in to enjoy the festivities.
"We know we're not going to compete with New Orleans or Baton Rouge with their big fireworks on the fourth," Jandura said. "But we are who we are, and we're still a very proud, very patriotic little town."
The festival took place at the Levee and Crescent Park in Donaldsonville and included bands, food and a 45-minute firework show.