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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 Thursday, July 4. Come on out!.

Barren River Lake State Resort Park
It’s a blast at Barren River Lake State Resort Park’s annual Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration sponsored by The Friends of Barren River Lake & Park. Plenty of patriotic fun starts at 10 a.m. with activities such as crafts, tie-dyed T-shirts ($10), and the annual Float Your Boat contest. There will be a live band, and the fireworks display will take place after dark, at approximately 9 p.m. For a $10 donation to the Friends of Barren River Lake & Park, you can park down at the beach area for a closer view of the fireworks. (The $10 fee is per vehicle and is for one parking space only). Remember to arrive early for parking due to the high volume of traffic and limited parking availability. Anyone arriving after 8:30 p.m. will be parked in the Glasgow Highland Field area, which is a 1½-mile walk to the lodge. No sparklers or other fireworks are allowed. For more information contact Jamie Avery at or 1-800-325-0057.

John James Audubon State Park
Come fish with us on Thursday before you head into Henderson for the Fourth of July fireworks celebration. Children under the age of 16 who come with an adult are welcome to visit the boat dock for 1½ hours of fishing before the skies light up. Poles and bait will be provided, free. Join in the creative tie-dyed fun at 3 p.m. on Friday, July 5, at the campground shelter. Buy a T-shirt for $5 or bring your own for free! Potter Albert Bauman is back at Audubon Park for your holiday fun. He’ll be at the campground shelter at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 6. The park’s annual Fourth of July parade in the campground starts at 3 p.m., but be at the shelter early to decorate your bikes, scooters, wagons and whatever else you want to take in the parade. Everything will be red, white and blue, and we will march to Sousa parade music all around the campground! For more information, contact Julie McDonald at or 1-270-826-4424.

Kenlake State Resort Park
Kick off your Independence Day weekend at Kenlake State Resort Park on Wednesday, July 3. All festivities will take place at the old beach area located at 466 Tennis Center Road. Music by the Tony Logue Band starting at 6 p.m. followed by fireworks at 9 p.m. Concessions will be available. Fireworks are sponsored by Kenlake Marina and Aurora Area Merchants. For more information call 1-800-325-0143.

Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park
Kentucky Dam Village will celebrate with an old fashioned picnic buffet from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Buffet includes hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken and catfish, plus side dishes for $7.99 for adults or $4.99 for children 6-12. (Ages 5 and under are free with purchase of adult buffet). Other events July 5-6 include an ice cream social, corn hole tournament and karaoke at the campground. A free concert by the band “Cantageous” starts at 7 p.m. July 4 with fireworks sponsored by Kentucky Dam Marina at dusk. Call 1-800-325-0146 for information.

Lake Barkley State Resort Park
The Friends of Lake Barkley State Resort Park, along with other community supporters, will sponsor a fireworks display at the beach July 4, starting at dusk. No personal fireworks, dogs or glass allowed. Call 1-800-325-1708.

Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park
Pennyrile Forest will have arts and crafts activities July 4 at 1 p.m. at the Church Shelter, and a campsite decorating contest will be judged at 3:30 p.m. on July 4. The most patriotic campsite will win a Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park prize pack. Call 1-800-325-1711 for information.

Rough River Dam State Resort Park
Come to Rough River Dam State Resort Park on Saturday, July 6, for a fantastic fireworks show. Rumble Over Rough River is sponsored by Rough River Business and Tourism in cooperation with the Friends of Rough River. There will be vendors at the park all day, with recreational activities for the kids. Come out, picnic or enjoy the food at Grayson’s Landing Restaurant. Call 1-800-325-1713.

Lake Cumberland State Resort Park
Lake Cumberland will host a magic show at 8 p.m. with David Cottrell. It’s magic for the whole family, along with audience participation, comedy and a blazing five-string banjo. Don’t miss out on this special act being presented at the campground amphitheater. Parking is available at the public pool. Seats are available, or you can bring your own chair or blanket. Enjoy a fireworks show at dusk, presented by State Dock and Jamestown Marina. To view the fireworks, go to the overlook behind the tennis courts near Lure Lodge. Call 1-800-325-1709.

Fort Boonesborough State Resort Park
Guests are invited to take part July 7 in a charitable event co-sponsored by the park and C.A.R.S. (Children Are Really Special). The Drive & Dive In Cruise will be 5-10 p.m. The park invites all classics – street rods, pro street, muscle cars, late model Camaros, Challengers, Corvettes, classic trucks, rat rods, modified and import vehicles! Bikes are also welcome! Come and enjoy this free event! Returning for the annual Drive & Dive In Cruise will be the Medley Boys. Enjoy the evening with live music, food, inflatable bounces for the kids, Levi Jackson pool will be open free to the C.A.R.S. spectators. Call 606-330-2130.

My Old Kentucky Home State Park
Celebrate Stephen Foster's 187th birthday on July 4 at My Old Kentucky Home State Park and “The Stephen Foster Story.” Old-fashioned games on the lawn begin at 7 p.m., and “The Stephen Foster Story” starts at 8:30 p.m. Birthday cupcakes will be served at intermission. Spectacular fireworks display sponsored by Newcomb Oil immediately follows the show. Call 502-348-3502.

Taylorsville Lake State Park
Taylorsville Lake State Park will have a fireworks event July 6 at 9:30 p.m. This event is hosted by Friends of Taylorsville Lake State Park and sponsored by Taylorsville-Spencer County Tourism, Edgewater Resort and Taylorsville Lake Marina. Viewing is available from Taylorsville Lake Possum Ridge Ramp parking lot, Taylorsville Lake Marina, and boats in the water. This event is free and open to the public. Call 502-477-8713.

Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park
Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park will sponsor fireworks, entertainment and food July 4. The park will offer games from 2-8 p.m. A special buffet from 5-9 p.m. will include barbecue, fried catfish and roast beef. Adult cost is $13.99 plus tax. The marina will be selling ice cream and vendor booths will be set up along the Marina Road. Michael Dwayne will serve as deejay from 6-10 p.m. near the beach house. A fireworks show sponsored by Hazard- Perry County Tourism and the city of Buckhorn will be held over the lake. All events are free. Call 1-800-325-0058 for information.

Cumberland Falls State Resort Park
Cumberland Falls State Resort Park will hold a Trekking Series Hike on Saturday, July 6, at 10 a.m. starting at the DuPont Lodge. The hike will be on the Blue Bend Trail through the nature preserve. Guests should bring a lunch, water, camera and appropriate dress for the weather. This hike is considered easy to moderate. Call 1-800-325-0063.

Greenbo Lake State Resort Park
Greenbo Lake State Resort Park will host “Music in the Shelter House” by Bonnie, Shannon, and Friends. They will play traditional country with a folk/blues twist. This will be taking place Saturday, July 6, from 3-5 p.m. There will also be special activities on July 4 for campers, such as fingerpainting, snow cones and jewelry making. Call 1-800-325-0083.

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