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.

July 4th Celebration 2017
Levi Jackson Wilderness Road State Park, LONDON, KY
June 30 - July 2, 2017
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

Fourth of July Fest 
Fort Boonesborough State Park, RICHMOND, KY
June 30 - July 4, 2017, 8:00 A.M. - 8:00 P.M.
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

Rumble Over the Rough 
Rough River Dam State Resort Park, FALLS OF ROUGH, KY
July 1, 2017, 8:00 P.M. 
The Friends of Rough River bring one of the area's most exciting, if not the best, Fireworks show to Rough River every Independence Day Holiday.  This event funded by local donations is one of the highlights of the year. Fireworks start at dusk, but come early and enjoy food and activities.  This is a "Can't Miss Event!"

Lake Cumberland Independence Day Celebration 
Lake Cumberland State Resort Park, JAMESTOWN, KY
July 1 - 2, 2017, 8:00 P.M. - Midnight  
Make plans now for State Dock's Annual Fireworks Show!! The State Dock is located inside the very popular Lake Cumberland State Resort Park.  (For Lodging, call the park at 270-343-3111). Suntex Marinas & State Dock supports Folds of Honor Organization.  Folds of Honor provides educational scholarships to the families of killed or disabled American military – the heroes who stand guard over our freedom. Any donations are Welcomed & Appreciated.

4th of July Program 
Jefferson Davis State Historic Site, FAIRVIEW, KY
July 4, 2017, 10:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M. 
It's time to celebrate the birth of our great nation. Come out and have a "Star Bangle" time.

4th of July Fireworks Display 

Lake Barkley State Resort Park, CADIZ, KY
July 4, 2017
Celebrate Independence Day with us!  Lake Barkley State Resort Park will present a free fireworks show on July 4th at the beach, sponsored by the Friends of Lake Barkley SRP, Inc. Enjoy a day at the beach, participate in exciting activities offered by our recreation staff, and stick around for one of the best fireworks shows around!

Independence Day Fireworks Display, Presented by Newcomb Oil 

My Old Kentucky Home, BARDSTOWN, KY
July 4, 2017 
Hey everyone, it's Stephen’s Birthday! Join us on July 4th as we commemorate the 191st anniversary of Stephen Foster’s birth. Featuring a host of activities before the show, cupcakes at intermission, and a magical fireworks display to cap off the evening. 6:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.

July 4th Weekend Festivities at Kentucky Dam Village
Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park
Jun 29 - Jul 4, 2017
Come on out and join the fun over the July 4th holiday weekend at Kentucky Dam Village! From Thursday, June 29 through Tuesday, July 4, you'll find plenty of fun activities that all ages will enjoy. Some of the highlights of the weekend include live reptile programs, tie-dying, patriotic crafts for kids, a cornhole tournament, stories and s'mores 'round the campfire, a kids fishing derby, and of course, FREE live music and fireworks over Kentucky Lake on Saturday night July 1st, sponsored by Kentucky Dam Marina. Call (270) 362-9205  or email for more info.

Free Concert and Fireworks over Kentucky Lake
Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park
Jul 01, 2017  /  7:00 P.M. 
Celebrate the USA at Kentucky Dam Village this Independence Day Weekend! The big fireworks show will be Saturday, July 1st at the "Old Beach." As evening sets in, enjoy a free live rock concert at 7pm with local favorites Adam and the H-Bombs. When it gets dark, sit back and delight in the sights and sounds of our annual fireworks display over Kentucky Lake, sponsored by Kentucky Dam Marina. Food vendors will be on site selling burgers, ice cream, soft drinks, and other items. Throughout the holiday weekend, plenty of activities for all ages will be going on at the park -- join us for live reptile programs, patriotic crafts, stories 'round the campfire, a kids fishing derby, and more! Call (270) 362-9205  or email for more info.

Independence Day Celebration
Cumberland Falls State Resort Park
Jul 05, 2017  /  9:00 A.M. - 7:00 P.M.
Cumberland Falls State Resort Park will present games and activities throughout the day, such as bubble soccer, Laser Tag, and a Video Game Trailer.  The band Hwy 204 will be playing throughout the day.  There will be craft vendors and a food booth.   Event hours are from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.  Call 1-800-325-0063 if interested in setting up a craft booth or for more info on this event.

Fourth of July Celebration
Kenlake State Resort Park
July 1, 2017
Kenlake State Park in Aurora KY Will have an independence celebration on  Saturday July 1, 2017. Musical entertainment  by the Aces from 5-7, the Sullivan 3  from 7-9 and the  Fireworks begin at 9 p.m.- compliments of Kenlake Marina and local businesses.   Concessions will be available.   Bring your lawn chair and spend the evening with us! For more info call 270-474-2211.

Annual July 4th Celebration
Dale Hollow Lake State Resort Park, BURKESVILLE, KY
June 30th – July 4th
Party like it’s 1776 down at Dale Hollow Lake! We will be celebrating our nation’s independence all week long with activities including tie-dye, cardboard boat races, campsite decorating contest and more. This annual celebration is one you don’t want to miss! For more information please call (800) 325-2282 or email

4th of July Fireworks
Barren River Lake State Resort Park
July 4, 2017 2:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
The Friends of Barren River invite you to Barren River Lake State Resort Park for its 4th of July celebration. The Beard Brother will be playing music on the beach from 3 - 6 p.m. The beach gate opens at 2 p.m. It's $10 per car with all proceeds going to the cost of the fireworks show. There will also be food vendors at the beach and tennis courts. Big Joe's Karaoke and DJ Service play from 6 - p.m. Our fireworks show will start at 9 p.m.

Jenny Wiley State Resort Park
Fourth of July Celebration
June 29 at 7pm we will have a Kentucky Chautauqua program with Kevin Hardesty portraying legendary Daniel Boone.  This living history program is free to the public and will be located at the Dance Pad at the Campground.
July 1 at 5pm we will have "Inside Outside Cooking" with Norm Marcum as he demonstrates the essentials of Dutch Oven cooking.  This program is free to the public and will take place at The Dance Pad located in the Campground. 
July 1 at 6:30pm we will have "The World of Reptiles" with Scott Shupe. This show will showcase of some of the worlds most interesting reptiles and is free to the public. Join us at the Dance Pad located in the Campground.
Also, from June 29 thru July 8 be sure to come check out all the scheduled recreational programs we have planned.  We will have lots of holiday programs from Patriotic Tie Dye Shirts to Patriotic Lanterns.  Several nature activities will be planned as well.  Don't forget about our Square, Folk, and Country Line Dancing that happens every Friday and Saturday night at the Dance Pad.  A schedule of events can be picked up at the Front Desk, Campground, Marina, Ranger's Station, and in one of our rooms or cottages.  

4th of July Weekend Celebration
Big Bone Lick State Historic Site

Celebrate Independence Day with some traditional American favorites and fun displays of patriotism!

Saturday, July 1 
12:30 P.M. Watermelon Slice Social 
Enjoy a cold refreshing slice of watermelon on us. We may even get a good ole fashioned seed spittin' contest going.
Location: Museum Approximate Time: 30 Minutes Ages: All Ages

2:00 P.M. Water Wars 2017
Join the battle against the sweltering summer heat. Bring your water guns, water balloons, and water bottles and prepare for this super soaked showdown. We want you to enlist as a water warrior! The recreation staff will provide 300 water balloons. 
Location: Camp Store Approximate Time: 30 Minutes Ages: All Ages

4:00 P.M. Parade Decorating
Turn yourself, bike, wagon, stroller, or even your dog into a parade float! The recreation staff will have paper, beads, string, flags, banners, balloons and other crafts to help with your patriotic transformation. Guests are welcome to bring their own decorations Show off your crafty creation during the Campground Parade, which begins right after the decorating at the camp store.  
Location: Rec Shelter Approximate Time: 1.5 Hours Ages: All Ages

6:00 P.M. 4th of July Parade
Watch or join in as recreation staff, campers, dogs, and homemade floats parade through the campground as a patriotic display for Independence Day. Special Guests, the Boone County Horse Mounted Police will be in the parade. Parade decoration will take place at the recreation shelter from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Line-up for the parade will begin at 5:45 p.m. at the camp store.
Location: Campground Approximate Time: 30 Minutes Ages: All Ages 

8:30 P.M. Saturday Night S’mores*
 Enjoy a s’more on us. While you toast your marshmallow, sit around the fire and share your favorite camping memories. 
Location: Rec Shelter Approximate Time: 30 Minutes Ages: All Ages
*for campers only

Sunday, July 2 
11:00 A.M. Red, White, and Blue Tie-Dye T-Shirt ($)* 
Let your imagination run wild and create a personalized patriotic souvenir to take home.  Supplies limited.  Program begins promptly.  Please purchase your shirts 30 minutes ahead of the program time. 
Location: Rec Shelter Approximate Time: 1 Hour       Ages: All Ages
Fee: $8.00 for KY State Park shirt; $5.00 for plain shirt; $2.00 if you bring a shirt
*certain sizes of t-shirts may be temporarily out of stock

Independence Celebration
Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park, Buckhorn
July 4
Come celebrate July 4th at the park! There will be games such as corn hole, horseshoes, badminton and more throughout the day on July 4th. Music provided by DJ Michael Dwayne. Buffet dinner from 4-8 p.m. Fireworks at dusk. Call 606-398-7510.