In a statement on Friday, New Orleans Mayor LaToya CantrellLaToya CantrellCurfew on New Orleans lifted following Hurricane Ida Louisiana revokes licenses for nursing homes that sent residents to warehouse during Ida New Orleans mayor vows 'accountability across the board' for senior living complexes after Ida MORE (D) said that the “Go 4th on the River” will return this year with $100,000 in aid from Smith’s production company Westbrook, while the actor is in the city shooting a movie.
“The gift of city fireworks was made possible by actor and producer Will Smith, along with his company Westbrook, who is in production on the feature film 'Emancipation' here in New Orleans,” Cantrell said in the statement. “The City also wishes to acknowledge the support of the Riverfront Marketing Group for helping to make the event happen.”
The annual fireworks show was canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and was going to be canceled again this year due to financial difficulties, according to the CBS News affiliate.
New Orleans’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness plans to set up an incident command post at the event with the city’s police, fire and medical services departments.
The event will start a 9 p.m., according to the statement.