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 Friday, July 4. Come on out!

Western Region

Barren River Lake State Resort Park
Fourth of July Fireworks, July 4, 2016
The Friends of Barren River Lake host an amazing patriotic display of fireworks on Monday, July 4th at Barren River Lake State Resort Park.  This event is free to the public. So, bring your lawn chairs, blankets and picnic baskets and make plans to spend the day!  Barren River Lake State Resort Park's recreation staff will have plenty of activities to keep kids and adults alike entertained while you wait for the show to begin.  Fireworks display will begin at dusk! Call 270-646-2151 for more information.

Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park
Beach Party, July 2 - 3, 2016
Celebrate Fourth of July weekend at Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park’s beach party. Lots of fun family friendly activities will be held at the beach all day long. Tie dye t-shirts, beach volleyball, DJ Dance Party, and much more. Schedule with times of activities will be available on the park's Facebook page (click here). Hot dogs and snow cones will be available for cash purchase at the beach shelter. 

Central Region

Fort Boonesborough State Resort Park
Fourth of July Fest, June 30 - July 4, 2016
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

Lake Cumberland State Resort Park
Independence Day Celebration on Lake Cumberland, July 2, 2016
Party at the State Dock on July 2nd & celebrate the Independence of our country!  Fireworks begin after dusk. Kentucky's favorite party band, SUPERFECTA, will provide the entertainment for the evening. Call 270-343-2525.

Old Fort Harrod State Park
Picnic in the Park, July 1, 2016
You are invited to bring a picnic lunch and enjoy free entertainment under our "big ol' tree"!  Every Friday in June and July at noon you can enjoy the park while singers or magicians or piano players preform for you and for all. It's a 30-year-old tradition, here in Harrodsburg! Please call us to see who is preforming: 859-734-3314.

Natural Bridge State Resort Park
Natural Bridge Hoedown, July 2, 2016
The famous Natural Bridge Hoedowns have been a popular tradition at Natural Bridge for over 45 years!  Natural Bridge State Resort Park and square dance caller, Jane Bolin, invite you to Hoedown Island for some easy to learn Appalachian square dancing, line dancing, two-stepping, polka’s, waltzes and other couple and individual dances.  The warm-up dance starts at 6:30 pm and the regular dance program begins at 7:30 pm.  Admission is $3.00/person (ages 12 & under are free). **As an outdoor event, there is the possibility of cancellation if inclement weather is forecast or occurs.**   

Eastern Region

Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park
Independence Celebration, July 1 - July 5, 2016
Come celebrate the freedom this great country has during Independence Weekend at the park. There will be a lot of fun with games, music and food.  The traditional firework show will take place on Monday July 4th at dark. Call 606-398-7510 for more info.

Levi Jackson State Park
July Fourth Celebration, July 1 - 4, 2016
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