What to know about 4th of July fireworks in the Houma area

2022-07-02 04:47:20 By : Mr. Dean Lin

Inflation, the COVID pandemic and Hurricane Ida have affected people's buying habits, but Blain Besson can count on selling out of fireworks every year.

Besson has operated the World Class Fireworks tent in the Rouses parking lot along La.  1 in Thibodaux for five years. For the Independence Day celebration, he shows up on June 22, has his fireworks delivered three days later, and sells them through July 5. Sales always begin slowly, but by the weekend, the fireworks fly off the shelf.

"I get more inventory every year so hopefully I don't sell out," Besson said. "I like selling out, but that means I don't have enough product."

Lauren Mikklesen said she is buying fireworks this year for her kids, whose favorites include sparklers and smoke bombs.

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"Makenzie likes the snakes, and I'm like, 'Really? That's the most boring firework ever,' " Mikklesen said.

Here's what to to know if you plan to celebrate the holiday by popping fireworks or attending the area's sole public fireworks display:

Rules in Terrebonne and Lafourche remain mostly the same as last year.

Terrebonne: Fireworks may be used legally anywhere outside the Houma city limits from dusk until 10 p.m. July 4.

It's the second year that fireworks are allowed in Terrebonne Parish.

"I urge residents to be considerate of their neighbors when using fireworks and remember to do so in a safe manner," Terrebonne Sheriff Tim Soignet said. “As always, I want our people to remember what July Fourth stands for and why we are able to gather on this day."

Lafourche: Setting off fireworks is legal everywhere in Lafourche except within the city limits of Thibodaux and in Golden Meadow, with the exception of Oakridge Park. Where legal, fireworks can be used from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. through from June 26 through July 2, as well as on July 5. Residents can use fireworks from 9 a.m. to midnight July 3 and 4.

Thibodaux will host its annual Let Freedom Ring fireworks show at 9 p.m. July 4 in Peltier Park, 151 Peltier Park Drive, near the Nicholls State University campus.

American Legion Post 11 in Thibodaux, with help from City Councilman Gene Richard, will host a free breakfast for all veterans, first responders and active military members from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. at the park's event hall.