BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - All pedestrian and vehicle access to the levee will be prohibited during Fourth of July celebrations in Baton Rouge.
East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome announced Friday safety precautions will be put into place for this year's Fourth of July celebrations downtown.
Events will continue as scheduled, but out of an abundance of caution, due to high river levels, people will not be allowed on the levee after 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 4 beginning where the levee passes underneath I-10 north to North Street.
People will be allowed on the levee during the daytime on July 4, but not after 5 p.m.
Due to the height of the river, the levee will not be available to the public for viewing of the fireworks.
The Downtown Development District (DDD) released a map with public viewing areas along River Road, at Repentance Park, the Old State Capitol Grounds, Lafayette Park, and the Riverfront Plaza.
Director of DDD Davis Rhorer says the changes could be good for business.
That this does is put a lot of viewing areas closer to businesses, and so, you’ll have areas, I mean literally, if you’re watching the fireworks in Town Square, you’ve got adjacent to the Jolie Pearl and Stroubes and Subway and all sorts of businesses like that,” said Rhorer.
The levee in West Baton Rouge Parish will also be closed.
“Can’t go on the levees. We’re going to try to barricade them as much as possible. There’s steps in East Baton Rouge, and we have just a slanted concrete slab, and with the river falling slow like it is. It’s got some algae along those concrete and people slip real easy and end up in the river,” said Riley Berthelot.