4th Of July Celebration To Be Held On Mandeville Lakefront

Dated: 07/02/2016

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For the second consecutive year, Mandeville will put on a free July 4 celebrationon the lakefront with live music, food and fireworks. The stage will be located between Coffee and Carroll streets.

The City Council on May 26 approved the permit for the 4th of July Celebration on the Lake. In doing so, the eating and drinking ban on the city's lakefront will be waived that day beginning at 10 a.m. Eating and drinking on the lakefront is normally prohibited unless the council approves a special event permit.

Entertainment will begin on stage at 4 p.m. with a patriotic recognition and celebration for those who served the United States, followed by live music featuring Rick Sampson and Four Unplugged. Old Mandeville Business Association restaurant members will sell food and drinks beginning at 4 p.m.  

City Hall is partnering with the Northshore Community Foundation and Chevron to put on the event. A similar celebration was held last year, marking the first time since 2007 that Mandeville had put on such an event on the public space along Lake Pontchartrain.

For more than three decades, the city's lakefront was the site of a July 4 celebration known as the Mandeville Seafood Festival. The Mandeville Seafood Association, a non-profit organization that donated profits to charities, ran it at the east end of Lakeshore Drive.

In 2008, the event was moved to Fontainebleau State Park, which provided more space. In 2013, however, the association announced that it was having trouble finding sponsors and would no longer put on the event

That announcement prompted a for-profit company to run the July 4 event at the state park in 2013 and 2014. The municipal government revived the event on the lakefront in 2015.

The use of the lakefront became a political issue last year when the permit for the Independence Day event came before the City Council. Some residents expressed concerns that the ageless oak trees on the lakefront could be harmed if attendees were allowed to park on the grassy areas south of Lakeshore Drive.

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Stephanie Mascaro

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