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The heat doesn't slow down the option of summer activities in New Orleans. In 2013 alone, check out Go Fourth on the River – the Independence Day Fireworks at the Mississippi Riverfront on July 4. The event is one of the most widely attended Independence Day celebrations in the United States. Essence Music Festival in early July includes top R & B acts (Beyonce for 2013), and empowerment seminars.
July winds down with Tales of the Cocktail, a huge summer economic driver taking over the New Orleans food and music scene. For 2013, Tales runs from July 17 to 21 based at Hotel Monteleone.
August stays cool with Satchmo Summerfest the first weekend of the month at the Old U.S. Mint. Food, music and Louis Armstrong-themed exhibits make the weekend a must-attend for lovers of all things jazz.