Fire up the grill and stock up on sparklers…it’s time for the best event of the summer – the Fourth of July! Can’t decide what to do? Thankfully there’s no shortage of fun festivities in the Capital Region to help you celebrate. Check out a few of our favorites: 

  • Kick off your Independence Day festivities early on Wednesday, July 3, for the Kenilworth Independence Day Parade. The family-friendly parade rolls at 6:30 p.m. through the Kenilworth neighborhood. 
  • What’s a Fourth of July party without a little BBQ? Visit BRQ at Jefferson Hwy on July 3 for a “Red, White and Blue” showdown and some good eats. Local U.S. veteransturnedbartenders will see who can make the most patriotic cocktails. The winner will get to donate all the event’s proceeds to their military charity of choice. 
  • Head downtown on July 4 for the USS KIDD’s Annual Fourth of July Spectacular! This fun-filled event includes a hot dog eating contest, live music, and a watermelon seed-spitting competition. To round the night off, find a seat near the levee and watch the sky-high fireworks show over the Mississippi River. This is a Capital Region summer must. 

Flavor of the Week: What’s on Tap? 

Need a cold one to combat the summer heat? We suggest checking out Baton Rouge’s newest tap room, Mid Tap. It is Baton Rouge’s only self-service tap room that allows you to try over 45 rotating tap selections including beers, wines, craft cocktails, and even nitro cold brews! If booze and brews aren’t your thing, Mid Tap offers an array of food options including innovative boudin gyoza, buffalo cauliflower bites, and sriracha glaze chicken sliders. With board games and beer galore, you’ll never want to leave! 

Take a picture of what’s on tap and tag it with #thinkBR for a chance to be featured on the BRAC blog. 

Workin’ It: Business is Booming

Business is booming in the Capital Region! Check out a few open job opportunities below: 

  • Kids’ Orchestra is seeking a Marketing and Communications Coordinator to help with project management and implementation of successful marketing and communication campaigns. A bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience is required. 
  • BXS Insurance is seeking a Manager of Strategic Projects and Events to plan and execute key projects and programs. Five+ years of meeting/events experience is required.  
  • Cristo Rey Baton Rouge Franciscan High School is seeking a Corporate Work Study Program Manager to run its entrepreneurial work study program. The ideal candidate will build strong relationships with both students and professionals in the Capital Region to greater strengthen the program. 

In the “Workin’ It” section of the newsletter we feature exciting job opportunities and/or professional organizations in the Baton Rouge Area. The positions featured are from companies who are BRAC investors and not necessarily positions at BRAC. For more information about BRAC’s talent development program or to advertise an open position, email talent@brac.org. 

My Baton Rouge: A New Festival in Town 

Festival season never ends in South Louisiana, but you won’t hear us complaining! Baton Rouge’s newest event, the Bandito Festival, kicks off next weekend to celebrate BBQ, tacos and live music. You can expect “a little bit country and little bit rock-n-roll, a little bit of south of the border and a little bit of Americana.” Performers include Son VoltOld 97’sBottle Rockets, and Shooter Jennings. Want to keep the party going after the festival? Head to Happy’s downtown for the official after party! 

A community that never stops celebrating, that’s my Baton Rouge. 

In the “My Baton Rouge” section of the newsletter, we feature people or events that help tell the story of Baton Rouge. To submit an idea, email talent@brac.org. 

Out on the Town

  • Adult Hip Hop ClassJune 26, break a sweat with the Arts Council by practicing your hip hop dance moves 

For more local events, visit the Life in BR Events Page.