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Preparations underway in Baton Rouge for a Star-Spangled Celebration

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Posted: Jul 4, 2012 8:37 AM by John Pastorek
Updated: Jul 4, 2012 8:37 AM
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Topics: Fourth of July, fireworks, Baton Rouge, Mississippi, festival, Star-Spangled Celebration, U.S.S. Kidd

BATON ROUGE- The Fourth of July is a holiday for most, but many people arrived early Wednesday morning at the river front in Baton Rouge to set the stage for the city's Star-Spangled Celebration.

Members of Club South Runners set up the finish line and water stations for the BASF Freedom Mile which hit the streets at 8 a.m. Police blocked off Riverside Mall for the race course.

Vendors and workers continued to set up booths, tents and staging for the festival which promises to attract thousands of spectators.

Musical entertainment begins at 3:30 p.m. with 90-Degrees West, followed by a number of bands with Baton Rouge's own Chris LeBlanc rounding out the entertainment at 7:45 p.m.

In between, they'll be a mock attack on the U.S.S. Kidd and a hot air balloon liftoff.

The celebration ends with "Fireworks on the Mississippi" at 9 p.m. presented by WBRZ and The Advocate.

Maury Drummond of the U.S.S. KIdd reminds people to arrive early. "The parking garages downtown and the surface lots are open," he said.

He also added that the best place to see the fireworks was on the concrete steps near the U.S.S. Kidd and the city dock.

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