Department of Parks
Celebrate the Fourth of July Holiday at a Kentucky State Park

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, June 16, 2015  
Contact Information:  Gil Lawson,
502-564-4270, ext. 168

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Get your red, white and blue on at Kentucky State Parks this July!


Enjoy Fourth of July activities at a Kentucky State Park this year. 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. Kentucky State Parks have lodges, cottages, restaurants, campgrounds, historic sites, marinas, golf courses, hiking trails, fishing and many more recreational activities.


To make lodging or camping reservations or to learn more about Kentucky State Parks and events, visit


Barren River Lake State Resort Park, Lucas

Fireworks on July 4

It’s a blast at Barren River’s annual Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration sponsored by The Friends of Barren River Lake. There will be plenty of patriotic fun including tie dye T-shirts and the annual Float Your Boat contest. There will be live entertainment starting at 6 p.m. followed by a fireworks display at dusk on July 4. Call 1-270-646-2151.


Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park, Buckhorn

Celebrate Independence Day Weekend, July 3-5

Activities at Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park will begin Friday, July 3, at 2 p.m. with water raft races (bring your own water raft), water balloons, corn hole, horseshoes, and beach volleyball.  There will be music with a DJ before the fireworks. Food booth will be open near the beach. Fireworks Friday at dusk. A Friday dinner buffet from 5-8 p.m. will include ribs, catfish, chicken and dumplings, vegetables, and assorted desserts. The price is $14 for adults, $7 for children ages 6-12, and free for all children 5 and under. This price does not include drink, tax or gratuity. On Saturday from 5-8 p.m., there will be a buffet with pot roast, fried chicken and catfish, vegetables and assorted desserts. Price will be $14 for adults, $7 for children 6-12, and free for all children 5 and under. This price does not include drink, tax or gratuity. Family activities will continue through Saturday and Sunday around the park. Call 1-800-325-0058 for more information.


Cumberland Falls State Resort Park, Corbin

Laser Light Show July 3

Enjoy a laser light show after dark at Cumberland Falls on July 3. Bring your camp chairs to this family event. Tickets are $5 a person; children under 12 are $3. Tickets can be purchased at the event or in advance by calling 800-325-0063. Friday and Saturday, the park will have games, music, crafts and food.


Jefferson Davis State Historic Site, Fairview

July 4th Celebration

Visit the park from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to hear a reading of the Declaration of Independence, a re-enactment of the signing of the document, a parade of soldiers old and new, period music and vendors. For more information, call 270-889-6100.


Jenny Wiley State Resort Park, Prestonsburg

Fourth of July Weekend, July 3-5

There is no better way to celebrate Fourth of July Weekend than with all the fun-filled programs and events at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park! Enjoy recreational and nature programs along with holiday activities and crafts all weekend. Tickle your taste buds and your ears during “Friday after 5!” on July 3, with live music on the May Lodge patio overlooking scenic Dewey Lake. If you are looking for some interactive historical fun, check out our Kentucky Chautauqua program featuring Mel Hankla as George Rogers Clark beginning at 7 p.m. Friday at the campground dance pad. If you want to kick up your heels take part in the square, folk, and country line dancing program each night starting at 8 p.m. Fireworks can be seen in nearby downtown Prestonsburg on Saturday, July 4. For more information call 1-800-325-0142.


Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park, Gilbertsville

July 4th Celebration

The annual free fireworks display will begin at dusk Saturday over Kentucky Lake and can be viewed at multiple locations around the park. This show is sponsored by the Friends of Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park. A free concert by the classic rock band Cantageous will play from 7 p.m. until the fireworks begin at the Old Beach. Numerous recreation activities will be available over the holiday weekend.  Call 1-800-325-0146 for more information.


Lake Barkley State Resort Park, Cadiz

3rd of July Celebration

Lake Barkley State Resort Park will present a free fireworks show on July 3 at the beach, sponsored by the Friends of Lake Barkley. Donations will be accepted. Vendors will be selling food and glow in the dark items at this event. The park’s Windows on the Water restaurant will be serving a seafood buffet on July 3. The cost is $16.99 for adults; $8.99 for kids 6-12, and 5 and under eat free. For information, call 270-924-1131.


Lake Cumberland State Resort Park, Jamestown

Independence Day Celebration July 3-5

Celebrate Independence Day weekend at Lake Cumberland State Park! Family activities will be held on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. There will be a cornhole tournament, youth archery, balloon launcher, paracord bracelets and other outdoor games and activities. On Saturday at 7 p.m. there will be a live magic show featuring Dave Cottrell at the campground amphitheater. Fireworks will be held at the park on Saturday evening at dusk, sponsored by State Dock and Jamestown Marina. Call the park for more information at 1-800-325-1709.

 Levi Jackson State Park, London

Holiday Celebration July 3-4

Come out to Levi Jackson State Park to enjoy the holiday weekend. On Friday, July 3, the Kentucky Reptile Zoo Presents “The World of Reptiles” with Scott Shupe at 2 p.m. at the campground shelter. On Friday at 8 p.m., “"Tales of the Thunderbolt People” Cherokee demonstration by David Owens will be held. On Saturday, July 4, the annual Fourth of July bicycle parade starts at noon. Decoration and face-painting begin at 10:30 a.m. Call 606-330-2130 for more information.


Paintsville Lake State Park, Paintsville

Holiday Weekend Fun

Weekend events at Paintsville Lake State Park will include “The World of Reptiles” with Scott Shupe on Friday at 7 p.m.; and Dave Stahl, “the Piano Doctor,” on Saturday at 6 p.m. Both events will be at shelter No. 3. Call 606-297-8486 for more information.


Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park, Dawson Springs

Independence Day Celebration July 4-5

Celebrate Independence Day at Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park. Family activities will be held at the beach on both Saturday and Sunday. Join us for a beach party including a limbo contest. There will be a sidewalk chalk art competition, tie-dye T-shirts ($8 per shirt) and a beach volleyball tournament. A sand sculptor will be hard at work carving a cool sand sculpture on the beach both days; he will hold a short class at 3 p.m. on Saturday. Food will be available for purchase at the beach shelter. Fireworks will be held at Riverside Park in Dawson Springs on July 3 after the Mila Mason concert that begins at 8:30 p.m. The fee for the concert and fireworks is $10 per car. Call 270-797-3421 for details.


Rough River Dam State Park, Falls of Rough

Rumble over Rough River, July 4

Rough River Dam State Resort Park will host the annual Rumble over Rough fireworks display on July 4. The fireworks display is sponsored by the Friends of Rough River and local business and tourism sites. The park will offer a variety of recreational activities throughout the day for park guests and visitors. At dusk, tune your radios and listen to patriotic-themed music as you watch the fireworks display rumble over Rough River Lake. The park offers 40 lodge rooms, 17 cottages, full-service marina, Grayson’s Landing restaurant, 18-hole miniature golf, disc golf, hiking trails and an airport. Call the park directly for more information at 1-800-325-1713.


Taylorsville Lake State Park, Taylorsville

July 3rd Fireworks

Spencer County Tourism will be sponsoring the third annual Fireworks over Taylorsville Lake on Friday, July 3, at the Possum Ridge Ramp at Taylorsville Lake State Park. The display will begin at dark. Call 502-477-8713 for details.





The Kentucky State Park System is composed of 49 state parks plus an interstate park shared with Virginia. The Department of Parks, an agency of the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, operates 17 resort parks with lodges -- more than any other state. For more information on Kentucky parks, visit our website at