Fourth of July in Louisville

Fireworks, Parades, Live Music and Family Fun

Fireworks and Louisville skyline at dusk
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Have plans for the 4th of July? If not, there are plenty of places to go, things to do, and firework displays to enjoy in the Louisville, Kentucky, area.

Check out the events leading up to the holiday, celebrations taking place the day of the holiday, and some fun stuff planned for afterward. Some events feature fireworks, others highlight live music, most have family-fun activities, too.

  • 01 of 09

    A family tradition for Bullitt County residents, this two-day free event features food, rides, and activities for children at Shepherdsville City Park on June 29 and June 30. There will also be live music, competitions, and a terrific fireworks display over the Salt River.

  • 02 of 09

    The Riverview Independence Festival returns to Riverview Park in southwest Louisville on June 30 at 3 p.m. Live country music includes headliner Cale Dodds, teen country artist Bailey James, and Justin Paul Lewis and Shane Dawson Band round out the musical lineup. There are tons of fun things planned for kids including a rock wall, puppeteers, mad science experiments, and more. The fireworks go off at 10 p.m.

  • 03 of 09

    The annual Riverfront Independence Day Celebration in New Albany, Indiana, a suburb of Louisville, returns to the scenic Riverfront Amphitheater on July 3. From 6 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. will be a live concert featuring Gary Brewer and the Kentucky Ramblers, local favorites The Louisville Crashers, and a large fireworks display afterward. Local food and drinks will be available. 

  • 04 of 09

    On July 3 and July 4 at the Peterson Dumesnil House in the Crescent Hill section of Louisville, you can enjoy live music on two stages, artists booths, a children’s zone, food court, cake booth, pet contest, silent auction, and fireworks on July 4th.

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  • 05 of 09

    On July 4, the Louisville Waterfront Fourth celebration will feature free musical entertainment, family activities, a patriotic installation of 15,000 U.S. flags, food, and a fireworks display on the Ohio River.

  • 06 of 09
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    On July 4, board the Belle of Louisville or Mary M. Miller boats for a sunset cruise and watch the fireworks on the water. Reservations are recommended. The cruises depart around 8:30 p.m. and return to land around 10:30 p.m.

  • 07 of 09

    The grounds of Locust Grove are open for all to enjoy, for free, on Independence Day. Join the Clark and Croghan families as they celebrate Independence Day 1816. See reenactments, hear readings of the Declaration of Independence throughout the day and other activities.

  • 08 of 09

    Watch the Jeffersonville, Indiana, parade beginning at 11 a.m. starting at Spring Street in downtown Jeffersonville on July 4 and then continue the celebrating at Warder Park with patriotic remarks by veterans and officials, patriotic songs, and the awarding of the parade trophies.

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  • 09 of 09

    The Flea Off Market at its original location in NuLu (the East Market district of Louisville) is a combination pop-up flea market, art fair, and street party that celebrates the season on July 6 through July 8 with up to 100 vendors, food trucks, a bar with local craft beers and cocktails, and live music.