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4th of July New Orleans 2024
Fourth of July celebrations in New Orleans include several international festivals and a spectacular fireworks parade on the river.
- For the best views of the Fireworks from your hotel, stay at The Westin New Orleans. The hotel is close to the riverwalk and is rated “Fabulous” by guests. It is a 5-minute walk to Bourbon Street.
Celebrate one of the biggest days of the year in red, white and blue, New Orleans Style.
Go 4th On the River
- Go 4th On the River – An Independence Day Celebration on the Historic Downtown New Orleans Riverfront including a Fireworks display from 9 pm. Every year, Magic 101.9 or WWL AM 870 or FM 105.3 syncs patriotic music to the fireworks, so bring a radio and tune in.
- Some of the best places to view the fireworks are at Woldenberg Park, at the Moon Walk (the riverside promenade named after former mayor Maurice “Moon” Landrieu), or on the other side of the river in Algiers.
- The 4th of July celebrations pack the city, so book early. Check out the best places to stay and grab a hotel deal in the French Quarter the heart of all the pride festivities.
Riverboat Fireworks Cruise
- Both New Orleans riverboats, the Creole Queen and the Steamboat Natchez have special cruises planned during the fireworks. Watch the display directly overhead from the middle of the Mississippi
- Experience the largest celebration of African-American culture at the Essence Festival traditionally held over the Fourth of July weekend every summer in New Orleans.
- The city fills with eager attendees creating their own Essence experiences for four days. Essence Festival is a citywide event with different expos, activations, parties, and concerts.
- The festival’s home base is in the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center during the day, and the concerts begin in the evening at the Caesars Superdome. The hotel has a modern gym, great views and delicious breakfast options.
- Stay at the Hyatt House New Orleans Downtown, rated “Fabulous” by guests and just 400m from the concerts.
- Hotels and bed & breakfasts located in the Central Business District, Arts + Warehouse District or the French Quarter make commuting to and from fest activities and concerts most convenient.
Gay 4th of July Celebrations
- The gay bars of the French Quarter host 4th of July theme parties in the lead up to the 4th of July celebrations.
- Look out for USA flag speedo clad gogos in Oz or enjoy the street party atmosphere at the Bourbon Pub parade.
- Celebrate with the bears and cubs at The Phoenix Bar where you can start your pre-celebration at Jock Sunday at the Eagle or enjoy Mary’s & Mimosas with Will from 10 am.
Recommended Hotels in New Orleans
The following hotels are close to the gay bars and clubs and a short walk from most of NOLA’s top attractions:
Gay Map of New Orleans
If you want to be close to all of New Orleans famous attractions, including the top gay-nightlife options in the city, the French Quarter remains the hub of where to stay, with dozens of hotels of all types and grades.. Adjacent to the Quarter and just downriver, you’ll find a number of gay-friendly smaller properties in historic and trendy Faubourg Marigny, which is also home to several gay-popular restaurants and bars.
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The Roosevelt Hotel
5 Star, Luxury
- 5 Star – Lovely Rooftop Bar, Full-Service Spa
- A short walk to the gay bars
- 42-inch TV, luxury amenities
- Elegant 5-star hotel, 15 minutes to Jackson Square, with a rooftop bar, fully equipped spa, and luxurious rooms.
Omni Royal, 4 Star
Sophisticated & Stylish
- 4 Star – 4-Diamond Luxury, Pinnacle Award Winner
- Close to the gay district
- Fashionable corner location
- On St. Louis at Royal, offers 4-diamond luxury, award-winning meeting services, and sophisticated style.
Royal Sonesta, 4 Star
Right on Bourbon Street
- 4 Star – On Bourbon Street, Outdoor Pool
- Close to the gay district
- WiFi, flat-screen TV, refrigerator
- In the French Quarter, offers accommodation with an outdoor pool, bars, jazz club, and modern art.
French Market Inn
3 Star Central Location
- 3 Star – Located in an Historic 1800s Building
- Close to the gay district
- Coffee facilities, air-conditioned
- Historic hotel in the French Quarter, built in the 1800s, simple rooms with coffee facilities and a short walk from Jackson Square.
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Top Gay Neighbourhoods in New Orleans
New Orleans doesn’t have distinct gay neighbourhoods in the same way as some other cities like West Hollywood or Chelsea in New York City. However, the city is known for being LGBTQ+ friendly, and you’ll find gay-friendly establishments and events scattered throughout various neighbourhoods, especially along Bourbon Street in the French Quarter.
French Quarter | Home to Bourbon Street
Photo: Laissez les bons temps rouler! Bourbon Street is at the heart of Gay NOLA.
- The French Quarter is the historic heart of New Orleans and is located along the Mississippi River.
- Famous for its lively nightlife and vibrant atmosphere along Bourbon Street and the legendary Oz and Bourbon Parade Pub.
- The quarter is one of the oldest neighbourhoods in New Orleans and is known for its distinctive Spanish and French Creole architecture.
- Discover the best things to see and do in the French Quarter
Downriver from the French Quarter with colourful, eclectic houses & a vibrant arts scene along Frenchman St.
East of the Marigny and close to Crescent Park with stunning views of the River and the NOLA skyline.
Known as the Arts District, perfect for art enthusiasts & museum-goers with trendy restaurants & boutique hotels.
The CBD offers easy access to Bourbon Street and a variety of dining options, shops, and cultural attractions.