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Preview: Fourth of July celebrations 

Matthew Hose looks at fireworks and festivals on the North and South shores

Two Fourth of July festivals feature fireworks, music and more. The 22nd annual Go 4th On the River is sponsored by several downtown attractions along the Riverfront, which will offer special deals and free music throughout the day. The music lineup includes several Navy bands, The Victory Belles and Amanda Shaw & The Cute Guys performing at locations including the Riverwalk Marketplace, the Steamboat Natchez dock and Washington Artillery Park, across from Jackson Square. The day culminates with the 9 p.m. dueling barges fireworks show over the river, and there will be musical simulcasts on Magic 101.9 FM, WWL 870 AM, and WWL.com. Visit the website for details.

  The Mandeville Seafood Festival stretches to five days from July 4 through the weekend. Located in Fontainebleau State Park, the festival features two music stages, a car show, carnival rides, a craft fair, food vendors and Fourth of July fireworks (8:45 p.m. Wednesday). The music ranges from gospel to rock and headliners include 5 Finger Discount, Christian Serpas and Ghost Town, the Chee Weez and many others. Thursday is dedicated to the Louisiana bicentennial, and special guests include Al "Carnival Time" Johnson and Jay Chevalier. Proceeds from the festival benefit local charities. Tickets $10 when purchased online in advance, $5 before 5 p.m. at the gate, $15 after 5 p.m. at the gate, festival pass $35. — Matthew Hose

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