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 at a handful of parks, entertainment and more. Some parks are having weekend events, while others are hosting events on July 4. Find an event and come celebrate!


Barren River Lake State Resort Park
4th of July 2021
Sunday, July 4
Back to the Beach! The fireworks show will be held at the state park on Sunday July 4th. There will be 6 food vendors and beach parking. Hosted by the non-profit Friends of Barren River Lake and park. Sunset Cove (beach area) opens at 2pm with a fee of $15 per vehicle to help fund future fireworks shows. For more info call (270) 646-2151.

Ft. Boonesborough State Park
Cool History on Hot Days - 4th of July Special Event
Saturday, July 3, 9:00am - 5:00pm
Our annual Saturday series of Cool History on Hot Days starts off with a special celebration of our nation's independence. We will be celebrating this special moment in history throughout the day with a reading of the Declaration of Independence, military musters for kids, special living history demonstrations including the celebratory firing of rifles and other activities. The Transylvania Store Gift Shop and the Kentucky River Museum will also be open. 
Adults: $8.00
Children (6-12): $5.00
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Kenlake State Resort Park
Independence Day Celebration
Friday, July 2, 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Our Independence Day Celebration is back for 2021!  Music by the Sullivan 3 will begin at 6:30 followed by the Kenlake Marina Fireworks Display at dusk.  This event is FREE but concessions will be available. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs and come early to get a good spot! For more info call (270) 474-2211.


Rough River Dam State Resort Park
CONCERT IN THE PARK starts July 4th Holiday with Free Concert!
Friday, July 2
Guests will start the the 4th of July weekend off with a bang when they attend Concert in the Park this Friday!  Friends of Rough River will help provide entertainment by sponsoring Marina Hardin & The Habit Band on the patio which faces Rough River Lake.  This is a concert you don't want to miss.  This band will play favorite cover songs that will have everyone dancing and singing along. Enjoy a meal in the Grayson's Landing Restaurant and find a seat on the patio or the spacious lawn area and relax.  For more information call (270) 257-2311.


Rough River Dam State Resort Park
Saturday, July 3
2021 sees a return of fireworks over the lake!  Make your plans to attend this yearly celebration of our nation's birth.  Friends of Rough River will sponsor fireworks at the Beach area.  The beach will be closed at noon to allow setup.  
Enjoy a delicious meal in the Grayson's Landing Restaurant, find souvenirs in the Gift Shop to and enjoy live entertainment on the grounds.
Food trucks will be available in several locations on the grounds for the day. For more information call (270) 257-2311.


Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park
Summer Concert Series
July 2 & 3, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Plan a lovely evening Fourth of July weekend with dining and music with a million dollar view. Our Summer Concert Series Boasts a variety of Universal Americana musicians who cover a broad range of styles and sounds. July 2, it’s Ryan Gilchrest and July 3 Vintage Station plays. Stay tuned for any updated dates or changes to the calendar. Call (270) 362-9210 for more info.


Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site
Hands On History Saturdays
Saturday, July 3, 10:00am - 3:00pm
July 3 - Jr. Ranger program—Become a Jr. Ranger by learning about Lewis and Clark Trail history and completing an activity book. We’ll try out feather quill writing just like the olden days!   Booklets suitable for kids going in to 3rd thru 6th grades.  Younger kids can participate with Lewis and Clark Coloring pages and can earn the Badge and certificate of Jr. Ranger as well. Great for all ages. Sessions last about 30-45 minutes, and are included with paid museum admission of $6 adults/$4 kids, seniors, military. Walk-ins welcome and Reservations accepted by calling park office at 270-335-3681.