July 4th is right around the corner, and we all know what that means - celebrations and fireworks! Our area is full of Independence Day fun and festivities, and they’re not just on July 4. iList is here to give you a run-down of events and fireworks’ displays to help you celebrate our nation’s birth. Lighting up the sky for USA pride…iPlay with fireworks!

June 30

Independence Celebration, Kenlake State Resort Park, Aurora

Join Kenlake on Saturday, June 30, for an Independence Celebration. Music starts at 6 pm with the Sullivan 3 playing your favorite rock classics. A fireworks display begins when it gets dark. Limited concessions will be available. Bring lawn chairs and blankets, but no glass bottles. This event is located at the "old beach" area. Free admission! Pets must be on a leash. 270.474.2211.

Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park, Calvert City

Visit Kentucky Dam Village for one of the best firework extravaganzas over Kentucky Lake. The evening begins at 7 pm with a free rock concert by returning favorites Adam and the H-Bombs. At dark, the fireworks show will begin. Food concessions will be available. Bring lawn chairs or a blanket. Fireworks sponsored by Kentucky Dam Marina. Come on down to the "old beach" and enjoy! 270.362.4271.

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July 3

Kentucky Lake Big Bang, The Moors Resort & Marina, 570 Moors Road, Gilbertsville

9:00 pm Fireworks - (Best viewed from the water due to very limited parking!)

July 4

Riverfront Independence Day Celebration, Paducah

The City of Paducah invites your entire family to the riverfront for the Independence Day Celebration on Wednesday, July 4. Enjoy a full day of family fun with food, fireworks, a large-scale community art project, and free entertainment on Wilson Stage and along Broadway just inside of 3rd Street. The event is sponsored in part by Independence Bank. 

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An estimated 8,000-10,000 people come each year to the riverfront to enjoy Paducah’s celebration. Broadway will be closed inside of 3rd Street to the riverfront with entertainment on Broadway and along Market Square and 2nd Street. 

Food vendors begin serving at 1pm on Water Street between Kentucky and Broadway. Live music and entertainment begins at 4 pm on Wilson Stage at the riverfront and on Broadway inside of 3rd Street. 

On Broadway, enjoy the Paducah Jazz Band from 4 until 6 pm with more live music and entertainment between 6 - 9 pm

The Kidz Zone on Water Street between Jefferson and Broadway has activities from 5 - 8 pm.  

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Fireworks begin at 9:15 pm by Arthur Rozzi Pyrotechnics. The creative show is choreographed to music with speakers placed along the riverfront near Wilson Stage.

If a thunderstorm is in the area at the scheduled time for the fireworks, the fireworks show will be delayed until the weather clears. The Paducah Fire and Police Departments and the U.S. Coast Guard will be at the event for additional safety.

For the 4th year in a row, Better than Ever and the Paducah Parks and Police Departments have organized a large-scale community art project. “Light Up the Night” will be on display on Broadway between 2nd Street and Water Street. From 5 until 8 pm, stop by to contribute to this community art project.

Entertainment on Wilson Stage is as follows:

  • 1 - 3:30 pm                              Soundchecks for musical entertainers                                          
  • 4 - 4:15 pm                              Comments from community leaders                                        
  • 4:15 pm                                   Posting of the Colors Ceremony                                   
  • 4:30 - 6 pm                              Live music - Parker Redmond & Justen Harden 
  • 6:30 – 8 pm                             Live music - The Brevet           
  • 8:15 - 9:05 pm                         Live music - Paducah Concert Band with Doug Van Fleet      
  • 9:05 pm                                   National Anthem                                                              
  • 9:15 - until approx. 10 pm       Fireworks (choreographed to music)                 

Boaters will need to use the Ohio River Boat Launch at 6th and Burnett Streets. The floodwall opening at Broadway will close Tuesday evening, July 3. At 2 pm on July 4, the floodwall openings at Kentucky, Jefferson, Schultz Park, the Farmers’ Market, and the former Executive Inn site will be limited to pedestrian traffic only. Broadway and Kentucky Avenue at 3rd Street in addition to Water Street behind the Carson Center will close to vehicular traffic at 2 pm.  

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Dog Ordinance

Pets are allowed at the Independence Day Celebration; however, the City of Paducah’s dog ordinance mandates two requirements. These limitations are not meant to be a hindrance to pet owners but are intended to ensure the public’s safety. The dog must be licensed by McCracken County Animal Control or by any other state or county and restrained by a leash or other lead that is no longer than three feet.

Lake Barkley State Resort Park, Cadiz

Lake Barkley State Resort Park will present a free firework show on July 4th 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 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Ameribration, Memorial & Doctor’s Parks, Calvert City

  • 10 am            Car Show, Kid’s Train Rides and More at Memorial Park
  • 1:00 pm         Music at Memorial Park
  • 7:00 pm         Parade on 5th Avenue
  • 8:00 pm         Free Watermelon at Memorial Park
  • 9:00 pm         Fireworks at Doctor’s Park on 5th Avenue

Blast over Kuttawa, Hu-B’s Marina, 1709 Lake Barkley Drive, Kuttawa

Fireworks at Dark

Briggs & Stratton Fireworks Extravaganza, Highway 641 North near Kroger & Central Park, Murray

  • 7:00 am        Boy Scout Troop 45 Memorial Breakfast (First United Methodist Church)
  • 7:30 am        Veteran’s Remembrance Ceremony (Chestnut Park)
  • 8:45 am        Main Street Mile (Sparks Hall)
  • 9:30 am        Freedom Fest Parade (Main Street)
  • 4:00 pm        Cruise-In Car Show (Stewart Stadium)
  • 6:00 pm        Family Night in the Park (Central Park)
  • 8:00 pm        Town & Gown Community Band (Lovett Auditorium)
  • 9:30 pm        Fireworks (sponsored by Briggs & Stratton)

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July 7

Thunder over Eddy Bay , Eddy Creek Marina Resort, 7612 State Road 93 South, Eddyville

Evening - entertainment & more.  Dusk – fireworks

Have a happy and safe July4th everyone!