Posted: Jun 30, 2014 12:13 PM by Kris Kreutz
Updated: Jun 30, 2014 12:13 PM
BATON ROUGE - The USS KIDD Veterans Memorial announced plans for a scaled-back Fourth of July celebration Monday.
The annual Freedom Festival takes place Friday from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Due to financial and security concerns, the Kidd will not stage an air raid as in years past or sell tickets to view fireworks later that night.
WBRZ's Fireworks on the Mississippi takes place at 9:00 p.m.
"We are committed to providing a free, family-friendly patriotic celebration for the community to enjoy and we are grateful to all of the local organizations that have helped us ensure that this rich holiday tradition continues to develop in downtown Baton Rouge," said USS KIDD Executive Director Alex Juan.
Last year, an inspection forced the removal of black powder being stored improperly on the ship a few days before July 4.
The Freedom Festival is free and open to the public, and include patriotic music, a flag ceremony, and plenty of activities for children. The museum will be open for tours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Regular admission will be charged.