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 events at Kentucky State Parks - 2018

Barren River Lake State Resort Park, Lucas
Fourth of July Celebration, July 4
Enjoy a day of exciting activities and an evening of incredible Fireworks on the beach! 270-646-2151.

Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park, Buckhorn
4th of July Fireworks, July 4
Enjoy a 4th of July buffet at Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park! The menu will feature barbecued ribs, baked chicken, catfish, vegetables and a dessert bar. The price is $14.50 for adults, $7 for children ages 6-12 and free for ages 5 and under (Does not include beverage, tax and tip). Music will be provided near the beach and the fireworks show will start at dusk. Sponsored by Hazard-Perry County Tourism and Duff Family Coal Fund. 606-398-7510.

Fort Boonesborough State Park, Richmond
Fourth of July Fest, June 29-July 4
Come celebrate our nation's birthday with a week of patriotic activities at Fort Boonesborough State Park campground! 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 information, call (859) 527-3454 or email

Jenny Wiley State Resort Park, Prestonsburg
4th of July Celebration, June 29-July 1
Jenny Wiley State Resort Park in Prestonsburg will host many programs celebrating the 4th of July holiday week. During the weekend of June 29 - July 1 the park will showcase a huge Independence Day 500 Pine Derby Car race. Come on out and make your car to get entered on Saturday morning at 10 a.m. The park will also host Square, Folk, and Country Line Dancing Friday and Saturday nights starting at 8 p.m. on both weekends. Enjoy many different arts and crafts all week that will have you making patriotic symbols to display and wear! 606-889-1790.

Jenny Wiley State Resort Park, July 6-8

Finish out the week with some great entertainment Saturday, July 7, in the campground at Jenny Wiley! Newly signed recording artist Nathan Arnett from the band Turning Ground will showcase his music talent at 4:30 p.m. Then Scott Shupe and the World of Reptiles showcase will be held at 7 p.m. Check these and all of our weekly scheduled programs out by picking up one of our Recreation Opportunities Schedules at the campground, May Lodge, or Ranger's Station. 606-889-1790.

Kenlake State Resort Park, Aurora
Independence Celebration, June 30
Join Kenlake on Saturday, June 30, for an Independence Celebration. Music starts at 6 p.m. with the Sullivan 3 playing your favorite rock classics! A fireworks display begins when it gets dark! Limited concessions will be available. Bring lawn chairs and blankets but no glass bottles. This event is located at the "old beach" area. Free admission! Pets must be on a leash. 270-474-2211.

Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park, Calvert City
Concert and Fireworks, June 30
Visit Kentucky Dam Village for the best fireworks extravaganza over Kentucky Lake! The evening will begin at 7 p.m. with a free rock concert by returning favorites Adam and the H-Bombs. At dark, the fireworks show will begin! Food concessions will be available. Bring lawn chairs or a blanket. Fireworks sponsored by Kentucky Dam Marina. Come on down to the "Old Beach" and enjoy! 270-362-4271.

Lake Barkley State Resort Park, Cadiz
Fireworks Show, July 4
Lake Barkley State Resort Park will present a free fireworks show on July 4th at the beach sponsored by the Friends of Lake Barkley. Donations will be accepted. Vendors will also be selling food at this event. For information, call 270-924-1131 or email

My Old Kentucky Home State Park, Bardstown
Independence Day Fireworks Presented by Newcomb Oil, July 4
It’s Stephen Foster’s birthday! Join the J. Dan Talbott Amphitheater, home of the Stephen Foster Story, on Wednesday, July 4, to commemorate the 192nd anniversary of Stephen Foster’s birth and celebrate our nation’s Independence Day. Featuring a host of family-friendly activities before the show, cupcakes for everyone at intermission, and a magical fireworks display to cap off the evening. Amphitheater 502-348-5971. Park 502-348-3502.

Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park, Dawson Springs
Independence Day Beach Blast, June 30-July 1
Lots of fun family friendly activities will be held at the Pennyrile Forest beach all day long. Tie-dye t-shirts, music, and a beach volleyball tournament. The concession stand will be selling family friendly foods. 270-797-3421.

Rough River Dam State Resort Park, Falls of Rough
Rumble Over the Rough, June 30
The Friends of Rough River bring one of the area's most exciting fireworks shows 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. 270-257-2311.