Local 4th Fun

By June 29, 2017Info


We love Independence Day. It is a day to celebrate our country, liberties, and democracy (all while eating too many hot dogs + cool whip desserts). And we are not alone in our love for the 4th- all over Kentucky and in our hometown are activities, firework shows, and cookouts to attend. We’ve compiled some Kentucky 4th of July celebrations near and far. Get out there this weekend and paint the town red… and white….and blue! 🇺🇸 

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Anything and everything going on within an hour’s drive of Elizabethtown:



  • Louisville Waterfront Fourth– July 4th at 5pm
    • Along the Ohio River in Louisville, Waterfront Park is hosting their annual 4th of July Festival. This family-friendly affair begins at 5pm and includes nonstop music and entertainment, children’s activities and a patriotic installation of 15,000 American flags. The Zambelli fireworks display will be shot from a barge in the river at dark, lighting up the Louisville skyline.

More fun:

  • Rumble Over the Rough at Rough River Dam State Resort Park – July 1st, 8pm. (See more below)
  • The Stephen Foster Story Fourth of July Celebration, My Old Kentucky Home State Park – July 4th, Fireworks display after the 8pm show, tickets required.
  • Bullitt Blast & Shepherdsville City Fair – Fair runs June 30th – July 1st, Fireworks show at approximately 10:20pm on July 1st.

Backyard Party

Want to throw your own backyard bash? Better stock up on fireworks (and bomb pops, duh). Support local and buy your fireworks at the EHS Band Fireworks Booth! They are set up now at the Helmwood Medical Center (914 N. Dixie Ave) through July 4th and 10 pm.

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If you are willing to drive a little farther, there are even more Independence Day celebrations in our great state of Kentucky:

  • Lexington’s Fourth of July Festival – Tuesday, July 4th
    • The 4th of July is an exciting time in Lexington with several events, including a downtown street festival starting at 9am and a parade at 2pm. The fireworks show, shot from The Arboretum, can be viewed from the lots surrounding Kroger Field and begins at 10pm. This family-friendly event is the perfect way to spend the holiday in Lexington.
  • Independence Day Celebration at Paducah Riverfront – Tuesday, July 4th
    • The entire town of Paducah comes alive on the 4th of July, especially along the riverfront with their LIVE on the RIVER event. The event runs from 4pm – 10pm, and includes food vendors, music, children’s activities and plenty of family fun. This event is free and is capped off by amazing fireworks show over the river.
  • Thunder Over Eddy Bay – Saturday, July 1st
    • In Eddyville, at the Eddy Creek Marina Resort, a local favorite continues this year with Thunder Over Eddy Bay. The festival and bands begin at 5pm and there are also a number of vendors and inflatables for the kids. The fireworks display begins at 9pm and can be viewed by land, but is even better while aboard a boat, floating in the bay.
  • Rumble Over the Rough – Saturday, July 1st
    • Arguably the best fireworks display in the area, Rumble Over the Rough takes place at Rough River Dam State Resort Park and is a can’t miss event. Fireworks start at dusk, but arrive early and enjoy food and activities. This community-funded event is a local favorite and attracts viewers year after year.
  • Bowling Green’s Thunderfest – Saturday, July 1st
    • View a patriotic display of fireworks at one of Kentucky’s iconic locations – The National Corvette Museum. For 45 years, the Kiwanis Club of Bowling Green has entertained the community with this fabulous festival, stretched across the property of the museum. This year, the gates open at 4pm, the cost is $20 per carload and there will be a plethora of concessions, live music, children’s activities and a blast of a fireworks show at dark.

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Below are all other county celebrations not mentioned above. No matter where you live, there is something out there for your family this 4th of July!

Barren County

  • July 4th celebration at Barren River Lake State Resort Park – July 4th, Live music begins at 3pm on the beach, with food vendors and music until the huge fireworks show at dark.

Boone County

  • Florence Independence Day Celebration – July 3rd, Event held at U.C. Health Stadium (home of the Florence Freedom), from 4pm – 11pm. Tickets required, fireworks begin at 10pm.

Boyd County

  • Summer Motion in Ashland – June 30 – July 4th, Festival at Ashland Central Park with a large fireworks show on the 4th at dark.

Bracken County

  • Fireman’s Fourth of July in Augusta – July 4th, Fish fry and activities start at 5pm and fireworks over the Ohio River begin at dark.

Breckinridge County

  • Rumble Over the Rough at Rough River Dam State Resort Park – July 1st, 8pm. (See above for more info)

Bullitt County

  • Bullitt Blast & Shepherdsville City Fair – Fair runs June 30th – July 1st, Fireworks show at approximately 10:20pm on July 1st.

Butler County

  • Green River Catfish Festival in Morgantown – Festival runs from June 30th – July 4th, Fireworks on the 4th at twilight.

Calloway County

  • The Briggs & Stratton Fireworks Extravaganza in Murray – July 4th, 9:30pm, fireworks can be viewed from the area around Kroger, Wal-Mart, and Lowes along US 641 and Kentucky 121.

Campbell County

  • Newport Motorcycle Rally – July 1st – July 4th, Fireworks on July 3rd at dark.
  • Fort Thomas Celebration – July 4th, Parade at 10:30am, with festivities throughout the day. Fireworks at Tower Park at 10pm.

Carroll County

  • Carollton 4th of July Fireworks – July 4th, Free event at Point Park, fireworks at dusk.

Daviess County

  • All American July 4th Fireworks Spectacular in Owensboro – July 4th, Celebrate the city’s bicentennial, along with Independence Day at this party that begins at 6:30pm downtown. Live music and food vendors will be on hand and the fireworks show takes place at 9:15pm.
  • Freedom Bash at Diamond Lake Resort – July 1st, Water games, pie-eating contest, and parade with a fireworks display at dark.

Fayette County

  • Lexington’s Fourth of July Festival – July 4th, Fireworks shot from the Arboretum at 10pm. (See above for more info)

Floyd County

  • Prestonburg’s 4th of July Celebration – July 4th, Carnival at Archer Park, fireworks at dusk.

Grayson County

  • Rumble Over the Rough at Rough River Dam State Resort Park – July 1st, Fireworks at dusk. (See above for more info)

Henderson County

  • Independence Bank 4th of July Celebration – July 4th, 5:30pm – 9:30pm, Fireworks show over the Ohio River at 9pm.

Hopkins County

  • 4thFest Christmas in July in Madisonville – Events and activities from July 1st – July 4th, July 4th event from 6pm to 10pm at Madisonville City Park, fireworks at 9pm.

Jefferson County

  • Louisville Waterfront Fourth – July 4th, Event begins at 5pm, fireworks display shot from the river at dark. (See above for more info)
  • Louisville Bats July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza (in conjunction with the Waterfront) – July 4th, game is at 6:45pm (tickets required), fireworks at dark.
  • Crescent Hill Old-Fashioned 4th of July Festival – July 3rd & 4th, Fireworks on July 4th at 10pm.

Kenton County

  • Independence Day Celebration in Independence – July 1st, Parade at 3pm, Festival from 4pm to 11pm and fireworks at 10pm.
  • 4th of July Extravaganza in Edgewood – July 4th, Parade at 9:30am, Concert in Freedom Park begins at 7pm with fireworks to follow at dusk.

Lyon County

  • 5th Annual Blast Over Kuttawa at Hu-B’s Marina – July 3rd, 9pm.
  • Thunder Over Eddy Bay – July 1st, Festivities at Eddy Creek Marina Resort, fireworks at 9pm. (see above for more info)

Madison County

  • 4th of July Spectacular in Berea – July 4th, 6pm – 11pm.

Marion County

  • Marion County Fair – July 3rd – 8th, Fireworks on Friday, July 7th at dusk.

Marshall County

  • Fireworks at Bee Spring Lodge in Benton – June 24th, Fireworks at 9:10pm.
  • Fireworks from Kentucky Dam Marina – July 1st, 8:30pm
  • Fireworks at Kenlake State Park – July 1st, Viewed from old beach area at 9pm.
  • Kentucky Lake Big Bang at Moors Resort – July 3rd, 9pm.
  • “Ameribration” in Calvert City – July 4th, fireworks at dusk.

McCracken County

  • Independence Day Celebration at Paducah Riverfront – July 4th, Activities take place from 4pm to 10pm with a fireworks display over the river at dark. (See above for more info)

McLean County

  • Independence Day Celebration in Livermore – July 4th, Activities begin at 4:30pm on the riverfront with fireworks at 9pm.

Mercer County

  • Red, White & Blue in the ‘burg in Harrodsburg – July 4th, Fireworks show at 9pm at Anderson Dean Community Park.

Nelson County

  • The Stephen Foster Story Fourth of July Celebration, My Old Kentucky Home State Park – July 4th, Fireworks display after the 8pm show, tickets required.

Ohio County

  • Sparks in the Park at Beaver Dam Amphitheater – July 1st, Gates open at 5:30pm, fee is $5 for adults, children under 18 are free. Fireworks show follows the Andy Brasher Band concert.

Pulaski County

  • Somerblast at Somerset Waterpark – July 1st, Regular admission to the waterpark from 11am – 4pm, $12 admission from 4pm – 11pm, free to view fireworks from the front lawn. Fireworks at 10pm.
  • Independence Day Celebration in Burnside – June 30th, Festivities begin at 6pm in Cole Park with the fireworks display at 10pm.
  • HWY 27 Drive-In Fireworks Show in Somerset – July 3rd, Box Office opens at 6pm, four movies will be shown on two screens and a fireworks display will take place in between movies.

Rowan County

  • Fazoli’s Freedom Fest in Morehead – July 1st, 5K run, parade, live music, cruise-in, fireworks & more.

Russell County

  • State Dock’s Fireworks Show at Lake Cumberland – July 1st, fireworks at approximately 9pm.
  • Lakefest in Jamestown – July 1st, Festival takes places June 30th & July 1st in Jamestown Square, fireworks are July 1st at 10pm.

Scott County

  • Scott County, Kiwanis 4th of July Celebration – July 4th, Parade begins at 11am, Fireworks at dark.

Taylor County

  • Fourth of July Celebration in Campbellsville – Events from June 30th – July 4th, fireworks on July 4th in Miller Park at dark.

Trigg County

  • Lake Barkley State Resort Park Fireworks – July 4th, view from the beach at Lake Barkley

Warren County

  • Thunderfest in Bowling Green – July 1st, 4pm, fireworks at dusk. (See above for more info)

Wayne County

  • Wayne County Fair – July 4th, The Fair runs from July 1st to July 8th at the Monticello-Wayne County Memorial Park, fireworks show is on the 4th at dark.

Woodford County

  • Fourth of July Celebration Versailles/Woodford County/Midway – July 4th, Events begin at 11am with a parade in downtown Versailles and then activities continue throughout the day. Falling Springs Park event begins at 6pm with the Fireworks display at 10pm.


If you need us this Tuesday, we will be the ones with the oversized snowcones and sparklers blazin’. The Declaration of Independence is just as awesome now as it was in 1776 and we can’t wait to get out and celebrate it with you. #MERICA.


*Big thanks to Only in Your State  for providing such great info.  Be sure to check out their blog, they have some great pictures.
*Source: http://www.onlyinyourstate.com/kentucky/you-wont-want-to-miss-these-incredible-fireworks-shows-in-kentucky-this-year/
*Source: https://hardinlocal.com/ 

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