Many state parks will be holding special events for guests and campers – some on July 4 or at other times during the holiday weekend.
The following parks will have fireworks: Barren River Lake State Resort Park, Kenlake State Resort Park, Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park, Lake Barkley State Resort Park and Rough River Dam State Resort Park.
Here is a listing of local state park events planned for the July 4th weekend. For more information, visit www.parks.ky.gov
Barren River Lake State Resort Park, Lucas
4th of July Celebration
Join us a Barren River Lake State Resort Park for a “booming” good time. Activities for the weekend will begin on July 3rd with the Pre-4th block party which will include karaoke, a non-motorized parade (be sure to show your spirit with your Red, White and Blue) and the famous “Whatever Floats Your Boat” competition. The fun will continue on the 4th as we kick off the annual beach party at 11 a.m. with WCLU radio and Gander Mountain, there will be a variety of activities throughout the day. The festivities continue with live entertainment, food vendors and the fireworks extravaganza – all sponsored by The Friends of Barren River. For more information, contact Recreation Supervisor Lisa Deavers at firstname.lastname@example.org
Kenlake State Resort Park, Aurora
Fireworks on July 2
Kenlake State Resort Park will be the site for a fireworks show on July 2 sponsored by Kenlake Marina, Ken Oak Resort and Twin Lakes Moorings. The fun starts at 6:30 p.m. with volleyball, tug of war and ultimate Frisbee. Bring a blanket to enjoy the show at the old Kenlake Beach. 1-800-325-0143.
Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park, Gilbertsville
Good Ole USA Days
A four-day celebration of our nation's birthday with traditional activities, entertainment, music, and FUN. There will be fireworks 15 minutes after dusk on July 4th. The fireworks will be set off at Gobbler’s Knob which runs parallel to the marina and can be viewed from the lodge. 800-325-0146.
Lake Barkley State Resort Park, Cadiz
4th of July at the Beach – July 3
Celebrate America at Lake Barkley Beach! Join us on Friday, July 3, for an awesome fireworks display, a talented regional line-up of live music, beach games for the whole family, snacks and food vending and a cool swim in the lake. Entertainment by the Harper Brothers band and Russ Calhoun & the Cumberland Road.The fireworks display is sponsored by local businesses, the city of Cadiz and other individuals. 800-325-1708.
Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park, Dawson Springs
4th of July
Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park will create the perfect patriotic atmosphere this Fourth of July weekend. Along with regularly scheduled recreation activities, the park will have some extra fun for the weekend. At 6:30 p.m. on July 3rd, the park staff will take guests to the Tradewater Pirates baseball game, which will end with a bang of fireworks around 9-9:30 p.m. The park will also host "The World of Reptiles" program presented by award winning naturalist Scott Shupe at 7:30 p.m. On July 4th, there will be a mini parade in the campground, and a campsite decorating contest, so bring supplies to decorate your bikes, wagons, and campsites for Independence Day. 800-325-1711.
Rough River Dam State Resort Park, Falls of Rough
Rumble Over Rough River
You will hear a Rumble over Rough River Lake as the park celebrates Independence Day with its annual fireworks display on Saturday, July 4th! This year will be even bigger and better than previous year thanks to Rough River Lake Business and Tourism Association, Inc. The park will have a DJ entertaining before the fireworks and concessions will also be available. Fourth of July related recreational activities will be going on all weekend long as well as other special entertainment! So come on out and show your spirit for the Red, White and Blue! Fireworks will begin at approximately 9 p.m. 800-325-1713.