What to do this holiday weekend:

Will be for seeing some fireworks in the city among other activities:

Maison Dupuy opens courtyard for cocktails

In the French Quarter, behind the antique facades and elaborate iron balconies, hide interiors that are pockets of calm. The courtyard at the Maison Dupuy Hotel, with its pool, tropical plants and white marble fountain, is one of the city’s most soothing retreats. Through September, the hotel will open its courtyard on the weekends for afternoon cocktails.

The outdoors menu features classic summer coolers, such as hurricanes, margaritas and piƱa coladas, for $5 each. Chef Michael Farrell of Le Meritage restaurant has also put together a menu of snacks and light lunch items.

The courtyard opens for cocktails every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Maison Dupuy Hotel is located at 1001 Toulouse St.


Uncle Sam Jam
Where: Lafreniere Park, 3000 Downs Blvd., Metairie
What: The patriotic celebration in the park features “It’s a Spider’s Thing” with DJs Behlar Brothers in the afternoon and live bands at night, with a fireworks display. Musi by Ghost Town (5 p.m.), The New Orleans Concert Band (7 p.m.) and The Yat Pack (9:20 p.m.). Bring chairs and blankets. Concessions sold. No outside food or beverages. Fireworks at 9 p.m..
When: Sunday, July 3, 3 – 11 p.m.
Admission: Free
Information: http://lafrenierepark.org/activities/upcomingEvents.asp


Go 4th on the River, with the dueling barges fireworks extravaganza
Where: New Orleans Riverfront from the French Market to the Riverwalk Marketplace
What: The annual Independence Day celebration with food, vendors and outdoor concerts, leading up to the Dueling Barges Fireworks Extravaganza over the river with a huge display choreographed to patriotic music at 9 p.m. At the Riverwalk Spanish Plaza, the performers are Ken Swartz and the Palace of Sin (noon), Coco Robichaux and the Swamp Monsters (3 p.m.), The Victory Belles (7 p.m.) and the Navy Band-Rock Band (7:30 p.m.). Other musical performances take place at the French Market Performance Pavilion in Dutch Alley. Both the Steamboat Natchez and the Creole Queen will offer evening cruises with music and food to view the fireworks.
When: Monday, July 4, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Admission: Free
Information: http://www.go4thontheriver.com or frenchmarket.org