Although most of the beaches on the Mississippi Gulf Coast are closed due to algae this week, there are still plenty of opportunities for "Fun on the Fourth" this year, including the 4th annual Destination Waveland Celebration and Our Lady of the Gulf Catholic Church's 35th annual Crab Festival.
The Crab Fest kicks off on Thursday, July 4th, with live music, seafood delicacies, carnival rides and arts & crafts vendors through Saturday.
Food selections include boiled seafood, shrimp po-boys, crab specialities, seafood gumbo, jambalaya, burgers, hot dogs, snowballs, fried catfish plates and desserts.
The music lineup includes:
Thursday, July 4
• 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Hog Wild Productions
• 2:30-6:30 p.m., Joni Compretta
• 7:30-11 p.m., Time Bandits with Shea Michaels
Friday, July 5
• 2-6 p.m., Jabe Burgess Band
• 8-11 p.m., The Chee Weez
Saturday, July 6
• 2-6 p.m., Pat Murphy and Sippiana Soul
• 7-11 p.m., Ryan Foret and Foret Tradition
The city of Waveland will host the 4th Annual Destination Waveland on Thursday, July 4, on Coleman Avenue and Beach Blvd.
This year's event includes a sand sculpting contest, live music and a fireworks extravaganza. There is no admission fee for the event.
Registration begins at 8 a.m. for the sand sculpting contest at the hospitality tent.
At 2 p.m. the Dave Mayley Band will begin to play music and food vendors will open
This year, the fun will continue far beyond the Fourth.
The Jourdan River Communities Association will host its 11th annual Fireworks Display on Friday, July 5, at around 8:30 p.m.
The display will be launched from a barge anchored in Catfish Bayou and should be visible from the Cedar Point Seawall, Hollywood Casino, Jourdan River Isles, the end of Blue Meadow Road, Garden Isle, Shoreline Park, Riverview and south Diamondhead.
On Saturday, July 6, the Garden Isle Community Association will host its annual Patriotic Boat Parade, beginning at 6 p.m.
Dozens of families will decorate their boats in patriotic colors and travel down the Jourdan River in All-American style.