America the Party
4 p.m. Friday
Rusty Nail, 1100 Constance St., (504) 525-5515
Patriotic festivities include a Jell-O-eating contest, a dunking booth, music and the food trucks Fat Falafel, Grilling Shilling, Theo's Pizza and The Boxcar. Admission $5.
Bucktown Bash & Shrimp Festival
10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday
Bucktown Marina, Carrollton Avenue at Metairie-Hammond Highway
The blessing of the fleet begins at noon, followed by musical performances by Leon Russell, Zebra, the Bucktown All-Stars and others. There's also Louisiana seafood, crafts, kids' activities and more. Admission $5, free for children 12 and under.
Independence Day party
2 p.m.-9 p.m. Friday
Twelve Mile Limit, 500 S. Telemachus St., (504) 488-8114
Mid-City Neighborhood Organization co-hosts a celebration featuring music by Sweet Crude and food vendors Crepes a la Cart and The Cluck Truck.