Family fun abounds at every turn during the summer in Louisville, and 4th of July Independence Day Celebrations are certainly no exception. There are more than enough family-friendly events around Louisville this year to help you get out of the house and celebrate the 4th of July with the rest of the city!
Louisville Orchestra Waterfront Fourth
Waterfront Park is back in action this year with what promises to be an incredible Fourth of July celebration. Sadly, the event had to be cancelled last year when state funding was cut, and Waterfront Development Corp simply could not take on the financial burden. This year they are “fueled by Thorton’s”, with the local oil giant picking up some of the tab, as well as our Metro Government offering some funding and public safety / public works support. The event is free, and activities begin on the great lawn at 5:00 pm, with plenty of fun for the kids. There will be live music from the Kentucky Salsa Rhythm Band, Liberation Prophecy, and Lazy Sunday between 5:00 pm and 8:00 pm on the riverfront stage. Beginning at 8:30 pm the Louisville Orchestra will perform with guests Ben Sollee and Jecorey “1200” Arthur. The entire 4th of July celebration will be capped off with a fireworks show at 10:00 pm. Get there early, bring chairs, bring blankets, and enjoy the fun! -Full Schedule here-
Crescent Hill Fourth of July Celebration
One of the longest running and most well-known 4th of July Independence Day celebrations is the Crescent Hill Fourth of July Celebration. The two-day event takes place on July 3rd and July 4th, and each day is full of live music, entertainment, food, drink, and a major juried art fair. Each night is finished off with a fireworks display. Located at the Peterson-Dumesnil House on Peterson Ave in Crescent Hill, you might imagine that parking is tough. While you may get lucky and find a spot on the street, your best bet is to park in the Southern Baptist Seminary lot off of Grinstead Dr and let the trolley take you to the festival for free. Admission to the festival is also free and you can bring your chairs and blankets, and hang out all day! -Full Schedule here-
Bats Baseball and Fireworks
Kick off the Fourth of July weekend on Friday, July 3rd with a Louisville Bats baseball game and some fireworks. The game against the Clippers starts at 6:45 pm, and the fireworks will follow the end of the game. The great thing about this is that you know you have a seat, you have good restrooms, all the food and drink you could possibly want, and a fantastic kids entertainment area. Cheer on the Bats and celebrate independence day all in one sitting!
First Friday Trolley Hop
The first Friday hop in downtown Louisville would be a great way to start your fourth of July weekend! Enjoy refreshments, sales, live music, and specials at some of your favorite downtown shops, pubs, and art galleries, all while riding the ZeroBus – free transit! Hop all day until 11:00 PM! Here’s a complete list of participating locations and a map.
You can certainly reserve a ticket on the Belle of Louisville to float the Ohio river and view the fireworks from the water. Or walk across the Big Four Bridge to the Jeffersonville River Stage for other fourth of July parties. All of the above mentioned events are sure to please. Most importantly, be safe out there! Don’t forget that you can take a Lyft or an Uber, or if you drove your own vehicle out and shouldn’t drive it home, let City Scoot drive it home for you – 502-56-NODUI. There’s always good ole Yellow Cab – 502-636-5511.
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