Best places, events to celebrate

Nothing says the Fourth of July like a gathering with friends and family, grilled food, parades, concerts and, of course, fireworks. To celebrate July 4, the federal holiday set aside to commemorate the Continental Congress formally adopting the Declaration of Independence in 1776 , here are a few fireworks shows and Fourth of July events taking place in the Louisville area:

WHAT: Carnival rides, games, car show, Bullitt Blast Festival Pageant (9 am Saturday), entertainment, food, beer garden, games, watermelon eating contest and fireworks (approximately 10:20 pm Saturday). Music Friday: Pat Portman & The 44, The Les Masters Band; Saturday: Amber Martin Band, Goldbrick, Junction Creek.

WHERE: Shepherdsville City Park, 440 Old Ford Road, Shepherdsville

WHEN: July 1, 6-11 pm; July 2, 9 am to midnight

MORE INFORMATION: Admission is free.

Louisville Chorus: Fanfare for the 4th

The Louisville Chorus returns with its annual concert “Fanfare for the 4th: Musical Visions of America.”

WHAT: Fanfare for the 4th. “Musical Visions of America,” led by Daniel Spurlock, music director. Multimedia choral cinema presentation of the founding, expansion and refinement of America.

WHERE: Beargrass Christian Church, 4100 Shelbyville Road

WHEN: July 2, 3 pm

COST: $ 23, $ 20 seniors, $ 5 students

MORE INFORMATION: This is a Cultural Pass event, free for Cultural Pass holders and one chaperone. Show each pass to cashier and receive a free ticket. 502-968-6300;

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Revolutionary War reenactors shoot their guns during the Independence Day celebration at Locust Grove. July 04, 2015.

WHAT: Celebrate Independence Day in 19th-century style at Historic Locust Grove on the anniversary of when the Continental Congress officially voted for its freedom from Great Britain. Activities include the new Unfolding the Story Tour, tour the historic house, first person interpreter portrayals, a reading of the Declaration of Independence, a reading of “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July” by Frederick Douglass and more. Sponsored by Independence Bank.

WHERE: 561 Blankenbaker Lane

WHEN: July 2, 10 am to 4:30 pm

MORE INFORMATION: Food trucks will be on-site for with food and drink, or bring a picnic lunch. Admission is free. 502-897-9845;

Fireworks at the Riverview Park Indiependence Festival. 01 July 2017

WHAT: Celebrate with food, splash park, fireworks and music by JD Shelburne, Sheryl Rouse and the Unlimited Show Band and Appalatin.

WHERE: Riverview Park, 8202 Greenwood Road

WHEN: July 2, 5 pm; fireworks, 10 pm


Crescent Hill 4th of July Festival

Barefoot Best Friends' sisters Christina and Emmaly Saliga and their dad, Mark Saliga perform at the Crescent Hill Old Fashioned 4th of July Festival at the Peterson-Dumesnil House. Different musical groups are scheduled about every 1.5 hours at the event that will culminate in fireworks at 10pm on July 4th. 03 July 2015

WHAT: The festival features a juried art show, festival food, kids zone (with inflatables), field games, pet contest, online auction, games of chance, cake contest, raffles, tour the Peterson-Dumesnil House, military vehicles display and fireworks (10) pm). Music by Louisville Folk School Old-Time String Band featuring Square Dance Caller Dwayne Johnson, Marion Halliday and Trickster Sister, Bomar and Ritter and The Uptown Band (Sunday); Falklanders, Amber Riggs, The Che Brothers and The 5th Annual Prine Time: Celebrating the Music of John Prine featuring Dave Benson, The 11th Hour, Kim & John D’Amato, Phil Ragland, Pat Younger, Bill Clark, John Gage and The Finale (Monday).

WHERE: Peterson-Dumesnil House, 301 S. Peterson Ave.

WHEN: July 3, 10 am to 8 pm; July 4, 10 am to 10:30 pm

MORE INFORMATION: For a complete schedule go

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Jeffersonville Independence Day Parade

Children wave American flags at passing groups in the Jeffersonville, Indiana Freedom Parade. July 3, 2021

WHAT: Jeffersonville Celebrates Freedom Parade. Grand Marshals are teachers from Greater Clark School System. Following the parade a celebration in Warder Park (109 E. Court Ave., Jeffersonville) honoring veterans with concessions.

WHERE: Along Spring Street from 100 to 500 blocks of Spring St., Jeffersonville, Indiana.

WHEN: July 4, 10 am

MORE INFORMATION: Food and drinks will be available for purchase.

A large crowd was on hand at Waterfront Park before the Louisville Orchestra's Independence Day concert and fireworks show. July 4, 2021

WHAT: The celebration features family activities, food trucks, traditional festival favorites like corn dogs and funnel cakes, beer and bar area (for those over 21) and a fireworks display over the Ohio River. Music by Cincinnati-based funk band Freekbass; R & B-Soul artist Zaniah; psychedelic instrumental grooves from Casey Powell and DJ Always. Fire works approximately 9:45 pm Family-friendly activities will be offered from 5-9 pm throughout the park and include science, music, art, face painting, balloon art and bounce houses.

WHERE: Great Lawn, Harbor Lawns, Waterfront Park, downtown Louisville

WHEN: July 4, 5-10 pm

COST: Free

MORE INFORMATION: Bring lawn chairs and blankets. Coolers, glass, fireworks, pets, outside food and alcohol are not permitted. There will be bicycle racks to lock up bicycles on site. Unopened bottles of water are permitted. -of-july-at-waterfront-park /

Paristown Fourth of July

The exterior of Paristown, where The Cafe has moved.

WHAT: Features music by The Crashers and and fireworks show. Presented by Jack Daniels.

WHERE: Paristown Arts & Entertainment District, 731 Brent St.

WHEN: July 4. Gates open at 5 pm; The Crashers, 6:30 pm; fireworks, 9:45 pm

MORE INFORMATION: Tickets start at: $ 15 advance, $ 18 day of show; $ 40 includes general admission and VIP-only access to The Cafe’s air conditioned atrium, bathrooms, tables and VIP bar; $ 100 includes a reserved table on the garden lawn with six chairs; free for ages 10 and younger with a ticket-holding adult (limit 1 children per ticketed adult).

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