18th edition of Slidell Heritage Festival promises big July 4 fun

Posted on September 24, 2015 in News & Events

For the past 17 years, the Slidell Heritage Festival has dazzled the eastern side of St. Tammany Parish with fireworks and more on the Fourth of July.

The 18th edition of the July 4 fundraiser looks to do the same. Doors open at 4 p.m. on the event, which is held in Heritage Park in Slidell.

The Slidell High Robotics team will have a robot to show the crowds, participants can meander through arts and craft tables from 4 p.m.-9 p.m. and there will be plenty of food supplied by local vendors.

“We have lots of little pavilions with various attractions,” Heritage Festival spokeswoman Tana Stevenson said.

There are usually two waves of crowds that attend as the Festival runs from 4 p.m.-11 p.m. Some families like to arrive earlier on, watch the fireworks and leave.

“There’s tons of stuff for the kids to do all day,” Stevenson said.

Some folks like to arrive later when the weather is cooler and stay after the fireworks show to catch the final act – the Chee-Weez, a “70’s funk, 80’s cheeziness, 90s rock” style of tribute/show band, according to its bio on the Heritage Festival website.

Six nonprofit organizations (the Boy Scouts of America , Cypress District, the Slidell Police Association, East St. Tammany Habitat for Humanity, East St. Tammany Rainbow Childcare, Remember Forever-Sgt. Alfred, and Safe Harbor) will benefit from the fundraising day.

The organizations will volunteer to help with everything from park set up and parking lot management to wristband sales and clean-up at the fest. They will be awarded a portion of the funds raised by the event in return for their services.

The three presenters are the Festival are: Nola.com/Times-Picayune, the City of Slidell, the Rotary Club of Slidell and Rotary Club of Slidell Northshore.

“It’s the rotary’s biggest fundraiser of the year,” Stevenson said.

Admission is $8 and free for children 12 or younger with an adult.

“This is the 18th year going so it’s been a long-standing tradition in the community,” Stevenson said.

For more information, check out the Slidell Heritage Festival’s website.