Things To Do

Jean Lafitte in July

Battle of New Orleans Talk – Discover 1815’s Battle of New Orleans with a ranger talk 10:45 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. daily. No talk Wednesday, July 4; visitor center closed for federal holiday but entrance gates open 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Free. Chalmette Battlefield of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, 8606 West St. Bernard Highway, Chalmette. 281-0510 or www.nps.gov/jela.

1815 Alive – What was it like to be a soldier or a civilian back in the Battle of New Orleans era? Find out as battlefield living history volunteers set up camp, fire cannons, show off campfire cooking skills, and share stories about being a living history reenactor. 1:00-3:00 p.m., Saturday, July 7. Free. Chalmette Battlefield of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, 8606 West St. Bernard Highway, Chalmette. 281-0510 or www.nps.gov/jela.

Walk the Wetlands – Explore Louisiana swamp and marsh on a ranger-guided walk 10:00 a.m. Wednesday-Sunday. No walk Wednesday, July 4; visitor center closed for federal holiday but parking lot gates open 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Free. Barataria Preserve of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, 6588 Barataria Blvd. in Marrero (near Crown Point). 689-3690 ext 10 or www.nps.gov/jela.

Ranger Talk – Discover New Orleans history and culture with a ranger talk in the visitor center courtyard. 9:30 a.m. Tuesday-Saturday. No talk Wednesday, July 4; visitor center closed. Free. French Quarter Visitor Center of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, 419 Decatur Street, New Orleans. 504-589-3882 ext 221 or www.nps.gov/jela.

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