Celebrate Fourth of July Holiday at a Kentucky State Park
FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Break out the red, white and blue at Kentucky State Parks this July.
The parks celebrate their 90th anniversary in 2014. The holiday events include fireworks displays, picnics, entertainment and more. Some parks are having weekend events, while others are hosting events earlier in the week. See the list below for event dates and descriptions.
To make lodging or camping reservations or to learn more about Kentucky State Parks and events, visit www.parks.ky.gov.
Barren River Lake State Resort Park, Lucas
Fireworks and More July 2-4: There will be patriotic, fun crafts and games all weekend. On Wednesday, July 2, the park will offer a guided canoe trip for $25 per person. Call the interpretive staff for details on this trip. 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, Mount Olivet
Battlefield Walk July 3, 5:Learn more about the history of Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park. This one-hour walk is at an easy, leisurely pace and is informative. The narrator of this tour 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, Buckhorn
Fireworks and Music, July 3:Start your holiday weekend with a bang at Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park on Thursday, July 3. Michael Dwayne will play music from the beach area, 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 July 3 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, Corbin
Fourth of July Celebration at the Falls, July 4: Cumberland Falls State Resort Park will present games and activities throughout the day, 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. on July 4. Craft vendors will be set up on Friday and Saturday. Call 1-800-325-0063.
State Park, Richmond
Fourth of July Fest, July 2-6: Come celebrate our nation's birthday with a week of patriotic activities at Fort Boonesborough State Park's campground. 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, Carrollton
July 4th Celebration, July 4-6: Celebrate with the city of Carrollton and General Butler State Resort Park, July 4-6. Fireworks will be booming 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. Call 502-732-4384.
Jenny Wiley State Resort Park, Prestonsburg
Patriotic Weekend, July 4-6: Join Jenny Wiley State Resort Park for a fun-filled weekend of patriotic programs and events. There will be 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, will be the annual Boat Parade. Visit the park's "Fridays After 5!" on July 4 for live entertainment and food. Call 606-889-1790.
Lake Cumberland State Resort Park, Jamestown
Picnic and Fireworks, July 5: Lake Cumberland State Resort 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
July Fourth Celebration, July 4-5: This event is the annual July Fourth celebration for campers. Recreation activities and performances are planned, including a campers-only pool party. Camping reservations are recommended (minimum three-night stay). Call 606-330-2130.
My Old Kentucky Home State Park, Bardstown
The Stephen Foster Story and Fireworks, July 4: My Old Kentucky Home State 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. Visit www.stephenfoster.com 800-626-1563.
Old Fort Harrod State Park, Harrodsburg
Picnic in the Park, July 4: Visit Old Fort Harrod for its Picnic in the Park at noon July 4. 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.
Pine Mountain State
Resort Park, Pineville
Stars, Stripes, Stories and Snakes on July 5: Scott Shupe 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, Falls of Rough
Rumble on the Rough, July 4-5: Join Rough River Dam State Resort Park for the holiday weekend. 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.
For more information on Kentucky parks, visit our website at http://www.parks.ky.gov.
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