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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - The Twin Cities are celebrating Independence Day, tonight.

A band takes center stage, groups of people take part in a pub crawl, and the night comes to a close with a fireworks show.   

The Downtown Economic Development District and the Monroe Renaissance group organized these events.

"I think this is the best crowd we've ever had downtown, for an event. The July crowds are always the best ones, but this one seems to be the best crowd we've had so far," Kevin Caston said.  

Caston said the Monroe Renaissance was founded to revitalize downtown and it's nights like these, it comes alive.

Caston said this year's celebration is a day late, but more convenient and cost effective.

"Everyone wants to have their fireworks on the fourth so the fireworks company that shoots those for us, unfortunately they have to charge more. So we are trying to give everyone the best possible show for the least possible costs," Caston said.

And he said, with the weather being so nice, they couldn't have picked a better day.

Even though the Independence Day celebration has ended, Downtown Monroe has several events planned for each month.

Several pub crawls, art crawls and downtown river jam concerts are scheduled for the rest of the year.

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - It may no longer be the 4th, but the Twin Cities are continuing their Independence Day festivities.


Some events are just now kicking off and it's not too late to join the celebration.

All day people have been out and about at the Downtown Rivermarket in Monroe. And the crowd is expected to get even bigger throughout the evening.

"It is going to be an exciting time out here on the river with live music,” Myra Gatling, Downtown Rivermarket Director, said.

Gatling said the entertainment will go on until 10 p.m. She said some vendors will stay open until the show ends. And of course, food and spirits will be available throughout the event.

Monroe Renaissance is hosting a Red, White and Brew Pub Crawl. And along with title sponsor Centurylink, they are also putting on the Star Spangled Spectacular Fireworks Show.

"The Pub Crawl is from 5-9 p.m. It starts at Bry Park and get your passport, go to every pub that is on the list and it ends at Cotton. At the end, we will have a drawing, if you have checked into all the pubs and we have some great prizes," Kevin Caston, with the Monroe Renaissance Organization, said.

The fireworks will start, when the sun goes down. And if you are wondering why the fireworks show is happening a day after July 4, organizers say it's more cost effective and convenient to celebrate today.
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