Home » State parks to hold Fourth of July celebrations

State parks to hold Fourth of July celebrations

Events to include fireworks, food and entertainment

FRANKFORT, Ky. (July 1, 2014) — Kentucky state parks are hosting Fourth of July events that include a wide range of activities and events, including fireworks displays.

Many state parks will have fireworks this weekend.

Barren River Lake State Resort Park
The park in Lucas is hosting a guided canoe trip for $25 per person on July 2. On July 4, there will be the annual Float Your Boat contest, tie-dyed T-shirts, and live entertainment at 6 p.m. followed by the fireworks display at dark. There is a fee for the T-shirt event. For more information call 1-800-325-0057.

Blue Licks Battlefield State Park
The park in Mount Olivet is having its Battlefield Walk on July 3 and July 5. The one-hour walk is at an easy, leisurely pace. The tour narrator will share information about the Battle of Blue Licks and the Revolutionary War. The Battlefield Walk begins promptly at 1 p.m. and is free. The walk begins and ends at the Pioneer Museum. There is a nominal fee to tour the museum, which houses Revolutionary War memorabilia as well as fossils, mastodon bones, Native American and pioneer artifacts, and more. Call 859-289-5507.

Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park
The park in Buckhorn is having live music from Michael Dwayne on July 3 from 5-9 p.m., and the annual fireworks show will begin at dark. A buffet with barbecued ribs, fried catfish, roast beef, salad bar, vegetables, and a dessert bar will be offered from 5-9 p.m. Adults can eat for $13.99 (plus beverage, tax and gratuity). Children 5 and under eat free. The celebration continues throughout the weekend with games, horseshoes, music and special meals. Most of the activities are free. Call 606-398-7510.

Cumberland Falls State Resort Park
The park in Corbin will present games and activities throughout the day on July 4, such as a dunking booth, a bouncy castle, carnival-type games as well as a cornhole tournament from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Craft vendors will be set up on Friday and Saturday. Call 1-800-325-0063.

Fort Boonesborough State Park
The Richmond park is having a celebration from July 2-6. Events include a camper decoration contest, crafts, free tours, hayrides, a parade, and lots more. This event is for registered campers only. For more information, call 859-527-3454.

General Butler State Resort Park
The park in Carrollton will have fireworks on July 4 over the Ohio River at Carrollton’s Point Park. Highlighting this all-day celebration will include scenic views of the Kentucky and Ohio rivers, shopping in downtown Carrollton, along with fun, food, and music. July 5-6, General Butler State Resort Park will host special entertainment, an outdoor movie, and plenty of activities for all to enjoy! Make your reservations and enjoy the park’s partnership with Carrollton. Call 502-732-4384.

Jenny Wiley State Resort Park
The Prestonsburg park will have events from July 4-6, including crafts, Huck Finn Raft Races, a “Stars & Stripes” bicycle parade, an Independance Day In Kentucky living history program and square, folk, and country line dancing.  Also, at 2 p.m. July 4, enjoy the annual Boat Parade. Visit the park’s “Fridays After 5!” on July 4 for live entertainment and great food. Call 606-889-1790.

John James Audubon State Park
Guests to the park in Henderson can make a clay pot with Albert Bauman at 10 a.m. July 5 at the campground shelter. Joey D. and Cheryl will offer a magic show at the campground shelter at 6 p.m. On July 6, there will be a red, white and blue campground parade at 3 p.m. with bicycles, wagons and floats. Call 270-826-4424.

Kenlake State Resort Park
The Aurora park will present a free reptile show at Kenlake on Thursday, July 3, at 7 p.m. at the park lodge. Scott Shupe presents his live reptile show at parks and schools across the country. He is a naturalist, photographer and author of two books on reptiles. A fireworks show, sponsored by Kenlake Marina, will be July 5 at dusk. Call the park at 800-325-0143.

Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park
The park in Gilbertsville will have a concert and fireworks show on July 4. Fireworks begin at dusk and can be viewed at numerous locations around the park. A free concert by the band Classic Wax will play from 7 p.m. until the fireworks begin at the Old Beach. Call 1-800-325-0146 for information.

Lake Barkley State Resort Park
The Cadiz park will present a free fireworks show on July 4 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.

Lake Cumberland State Resort Park
The Jamestown park will feature magician Dave Cottrell in the campground amphitheater at 8 p.m. with a free show July 5. From 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. there will be a cookout ($9.95 a person) on the outdoor patio with hamburgers, hotdogs and bratwurst, baked beans, potato salad, macaroni salad, with cookies and fried apple pie for dessert. Lake Cumberland State Dock is sponsoring a fireworks show at dusk. Call 270-343-3111.

Levi Jackson State Park
The park in London will have recreational activities and performances on July 4-5, including a campers-only pool party. Camping reservations are recommended (minimum three-night stay). Call 606-330-2130.

My Old Kentucky Home State Park
The Bardstown park will feature games and activities at the amphitheater at 7 p.m., followed by the performance of “The Stephen Foster Story” at 8 p.m. on July 4. Admission includes cupcakes at intermission and a musical fireworks display following the performance. 

Old Fort Harrod State Park
The Harrodsburg park will have its Picnic in the Park on July 4 at noon. There will be entertainment. The Ragged Edge Community Theater’s production of “James Harrod: The Battle for Kentucky,” will start at 8:30 p.m. Call (859) 734-3314.

Old Mulkey Meetinghouse State Historic Site
In Tompkinsville the Old Mulkey Meetinghouse will host this colorful event held in honor of Monroe County native Lucille Page. Lucille knew quilts were more than something to provide warmth. They were art, teaching tools and records of family history. Neither the loss of her eyesight nor crippling arthritis could stop this determined woman from creating quilts. View her amazing quilts during this unique exhibit in the Meetinghouse. For additional fun, the park will feature quilt challenges, tacking races, treadle sewing and more! Activities vary daily, July 3-6. This event is being held in conjunction with the Monroe County Tourism Commission’s Drive-by Quilt Hanging. Contact Sheila Rush at 270-487-8481 for more information.

Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park
The Dawson Springs park will host a family beach party starting at 10 a.m. July 4 with a sidewalk chalk art contest, music, tie-dyed T-shirts, sand sculpture and beach volleyball. Hot dogs, popcorn, and snow cones will be available for purchase. The program is co-sponsored by the Friends of Pennyrile. Call 800-325-1711.

Pine Mountain State Resort Park
The Pineville park will present a reptile show at 4 p.m. Saturday, July 5, at the Laurel Cove Amphitheater. John Tierney will present campfire songs and stories at 5 p.m. Face painting, hot dogs and marshmallows will be featured at 6 p.m. Admission is $6 a person; children 3 and under are free. Call 606-337-3066.

Rough River Dam State Resort Park
In Falls of Rough Scott Shupe will present a free reptile show July 4 at 2 p.m. A free concert in the park will feature Over the Edge on the patio from 6-9 p.m., also July 4. The park will feature a fireworks display at dusk on July 5. The park, along with the Friends of Rough River, Rough River Business and Tourism and local businesses, will offer events and activities all weekend long to keep the family entertained. Call 270-257-2311.

Taylorsville Lake State Park
Taylorsville Tourism will take place on July 5 on Taylorsville Lake starting at dusk.  Spectators can view from Taylorsville Lake State Park. The fireworks will launch from the lake midway between Taylorsville Lake Marina and Taylorsville Lake State Park’s Possum Ridge Boat Ramp.  Call 502-477-8713.