Kentucky Tourism

Fourth of July Events

It’s time to break out the red, white and blue at Kentucky State Parks! Enjoy Fourth of July activities at a Kentucky State Park this year. They include fireworks displays, entertainment and more.

Some parks are having weekend events, while others are hosting events on July 4. Scroll down for individual park event descriptions.

The following state resort parks listed below have accommodations available for the July 4th holiday weekend:
(Many of our parks not listed here have rooms available on single nights. Please call your favorite park or click here for a list of vacation rentals.)
•         Blue Licks State Resort Park – (859)289-5507
•         Carter Caves State Resort Park – (606)286-4411
•         Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park – (270)362-4271
•         Lake Barkley State Resort Park – (270)924-1131
•         Cumberland Falls State Resort Park – (606)528-4121
•         Kenlake State Resort Park – (270)474-2211
•         Pine Mountain State Resort Park – (606)337-3066
•         Jenny Wiley State Resort Park – (606)889-1790
•         Dale Hollow State Resort Park – (270)433-7431

Western Region

Barren River Lake State Resort Park
Fourth of July Fireworks, July 4, 2016
The Friends of Barren River Lake host an amazing patriotic display of fireworks on Monday, July 4th at Barren River Lake State Resort Park.  This event is free to the public. So, bring your lawn chairs, blankets and picnic baskets and make plans to spend the day!  Barren River Lake State Resort Park's recreation staff will have plenty of activities to keep kids and adults alike entertained while you wait for the show to begin.  Fireworks display will begin at dusk! Call 270-646-2151 for more information.

Rough River Dam State Resort Park
Rumble Over Rough, July 2, 2016
Rough River Dam State Resort Park will host Rumble Over Rough Fireworks on Saturday, July 2nd.  This event is sponsored and completely financed by The Friends of Rough River.  The fireworks will begin around dark and they will be something to behold.  In addition, there will be food and activities all day on-park and there will also be a concert by the rising band Jericho Woods starting at around 8:00pm that night.  All activities are on the main hillside overlooking the beach and the lake. It will be a great day for everyone.  Hope to see you there.

Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park
Fireworks and Live Band, July 4, 2016
The annual fireworks display begin at dusk over KY Lake and can be viewed at multiple locations around the park. This show is sponsored by the Kentucky Dam Village Marina.
A free concert by the classic rock band Cantageous will play from 7:00pm until the fireworks begin at the Old Beach. Call 1-800-325-0146 for additional information.

Kenlake State Resort Park, Aurora
Independence Day Celebration
Kenlake State Resort Park will have a fireworks display on Saturday July 2 at the Old Beach Area. Music will be provided by the Sullivan 3 from 6-9 p.m. with a blend of country, rock, and blues. The best fireworks display in the area will be at 9 p.m. Sponsored by Kenlake Marina and local businesses. Concessions will be available No swimming at the old beach area. Call 270-474-2211.

John James Audubon State Park, Henderson
Fourth of July Campground Celebration
The celebration begins on Thursday with kids’ free fishing at our Recreation Lake. On Friday, Red, White & Blue Tie-Dye sets the holiday stage. Saturday features Wind Spinners, Magic, Watermelon and Bugs. Then on Sunday we have our traditional Fourth of July Parade in the Campground! We are looking forward to seeing y’all!

Nolin Lake State Park
, Mammoth Cave
Fireworks, July 3, 2016
Celebrate Fourth of July weekend at Nolin Lake State Park. The beach is open all day long. Two food vendors will be available July 3 for food and drinks at the beach. There will be a fireworks show the evening of July 3. Call 270-286-4240.

Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park
Beach Party, July 2 - 3, 2016
Celebrate Fourth of July weekend at Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park’s beach party. Lots of fun family friendly activities will be held at the beach all day long. Tie dye t-shirts, beach volleyball, DJ Dance Party, and much more. Schedule with times of activities will be available on the park's Facebook page (click here). Hot dogs and snow cones will be available for cash purchase at the beach shelter. 

Lake Barkley State Resort Park, Cadiz
Fireworks on the Fourth, July 4, 2016
Lake Barkley State Resort Park will hold its annual fireworks show on July 4th at 9 p.m. There will be food vendors at the beach. Fireworks can be seen from the water, beach, lodge and marina. The fireworks are sponsored by donations from the public which can be given to the Friends of Lake Barkley State Resort Park. No personal fireworks or pets are allowed due to large crowd at beach. Call 270-924-1131.

Central Region

Fort Boonesborough State Resort Park
Fourth of July Fest, June 30 - July 4, 2016
Come celebrate our nation's birthday with over a week of patriotic activities.  We'll have scheduled times for a camper decoration contest, crafts, free tours, hayrides, a parade, NASCAR on our satellite TV, and lots more. This event is for registered campers only. For more information please call (859) 527-3454 or email

Lake Cumberland State Resort Park
Independence Day Celebration on Lake Cumberland, July 2, 2016
Party at the State Dock on July 2nd & celebrate the Independence of our country!  Fireworks begin after dusk. Kentucky's favorite party band, SUPERFECTA, will provide the entertainment for the evening. Call 270-343-2525.

My Old Kentucky Home

Stephen Foster's Birthday Celebration, July 2, 2016
Hey everyone, it is Stephen’s Birthday! Join us on Saturday, July 2nd at My Old Kentucky Home State Park in Historic Bardstown as we commemorate the 190th anniversary of Stephen Foster’s birth and the founding of our great nation. Featuring a host of activities & games before the show, free cup cakes at intermission, and a magical fireworks display to cap off the evening. For tickets and more information, call 800-626-1563 or visit

Old Fort Harrod State Park
Picnic in the Park, July 1, 2016
You are invited to bring a picnic lunch and enjoy free entertainment under our "big ol' tree"!  Every Friday in June and July at noon you can enjoy the park while singers or magicians or piano players preform for you and for all. It's a 30-year-old tradition, here in Harrodsburg! Please call us to see who is preforming: 859-734-3314.

Natural Bridge State Resort Park
Natural Bridge Hoedown, July 2, 2016
The famous Natural Bridge Hoedowns have been a popular tradition at Natural Bridge for over 45 years!  Natural Bridge State Resort Park and square dance caller, Jane Bolin, invite you to Hoedown Island for some easy to learn Appalachian square dancing, line dancing, two-stepping, polka’s, waltzes and other couple and individual dances.  The warm-up dance starts at 6:30 pm and the regular dance program begins at 7:30 pm.  Admission is $3.00/person (ages 12 & under are free). **As an outdoor event, there is the possibility of cancellation if inclement weather is forecast or occurs.**   

Cumberland Falls State Resort Park
Independence Day Celebration, July 2-3
Cumberland Falls State Resort Park will present games and activities throughout the day, such as bouncy castles, and carnival-type games. Smoky Bear will make an appearance both days.  The Frontier Band will play Saturday evening at 7 p.m. Craft vendors will be set up on Saturday and Sunday.  Call 1-800-325-0063 if interested in setting up a craft booth.  This event will take place at the falls area.  

Eastern Region

Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park
Independence Celebration, July 1 - July 5, 2016
Come celebrate the freedom this great country has during Independence Weekend at the park. There will be a lot of fun with games, music and food.  The traditional firework show will take place on Monday July 4th at dark. Call 606-398-7510 for more info.

Levi Jackson State Park
July Fourth Celebration, July 1 - 4, 2016
This is our annual July 4th Celebration for our campers! There will be recreation activities and performances planned, including a Campers Only Pool Party. Camping reservations are recommended. Please observe holiday weekend camping rates. Minimum 3 night stay. Call (606) 330-2130 for more information or e-mail

Pine Mountain State Park
July Fourth Weekend Celebration, July 1 - 4, 2016
Celebrate Fourth of July weekend at Pine Mountain State Resort Park. July 1-4 the park will offer family fun activities such as snow cones, tie dye, s’mores, pool games, and more. The schedule for the weekend including program times will be posted on the park Facebook page (click here) closer to the date.

Jenny Wiley State Resort Park, Prestonsburg
Stars and Stripes Weekend, July 1-4, 2016
It's a stars and stripes fun weekend at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park in Prestonsburg!  Visit Jenny Wiley State Resort Park for Square, Folk, and Country Line Dancing on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evening at 8 p.m. at the dance pad located at the campground.  The park will feature Kevin Hardesty as the great pioneer "Daniel Boone" at the dance pad at 6 p.m. on Friday July 1.  Hardesty, a Kentucky Chautauqua performer, will speak about the life and times of Boone. Looking for some great food while you are here?  Check out the popular "Friday's After 5" show on the patio of the May Lodge.  Enjoy great food and live entertainment each Friday from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. The City of Prestonsburg will host a fireworks display on Monday, July 4. It can be viewed from several places downtown, just a short drive from the park. You can also take part in fun-filled family activities all weekend long such as patriotic t-shirts, pinewood cars, nature programs, and much more. Call 606-889-1790.