Fourth of July events: What is and isn’t happening in WAVE Country this year


Independence Day is celebrated in a number of ways: barbecues, pool parties, and of course, fireworks. Many people across WAVE Country are getting ready for the big holiday by stocking up on fireworks.

“It’s pretty much the only one I celebrate with most of my family so, something fun,” Aaron Talbot said while shopping for fireworks ahead of the 4th of July. “This year we decided to do the big assortment, so we’ll have plenty to light off for 30-40 minutes, if not more.”

The few days before the big holiday means a big rush of people heading to fireworks stores.

Paristown will have live music, food trucks, and cocktails all weekend, with fireworks on Sunday, July 4. Day pass tickets are $10 and weekend passes are $25.

“It’s been busy so far, and it’s going to get busier,” Adam Wheeler, the general manager of Phantom Fireworks of Louisville South, said. “It’s just in our blood from the founding of the nation to celebrate with explosions and it’s something people really enjoy.”

People who do not plan to host a party or to shoot fireworks themselves have a few options in the area. On Sunday, the Great Lawn at Louisville’s Waterfront will be packed with people again for their free Louisville Orchestra Waterfront Fourth.

“Waterfront Park has had a long-standing tradition of having a July 4th event on the holiday weekend so we felt it was very important to bring the community back down to waterfront park and we look forward to welcoming everybody,” Catie Nelson, the director of events for Waterfront Park, said.

Gates open at Waterfront Park at 6:30 p.m. The Louisville Orchestra will start at 8:30 p.m. and fireworks will go off at 10 p.m. Chairs and blankets on the lawn are allowed.

Paristown will also have live music, food trucks, and cocktails all weekend, with fireworks on Sunday. Day pass tickets are $10 and weekend passes are $25. Click or tap here for more information.

In Indiana, Jeffersonville will have its Celebration of Freedom Parade on Saturday, July 3rd at 10 a.m. on Spring Street.

The Crescent Hill 4th of July festival will not happen for the second year in a row. (Source: Crescent Hill Community Council)

There are some events, however, that won’t be happening this year. For the second year, Crescent Hill will not have its 4th of July festival. They announced the change in April citing COVID restrictions and permitting requirements.

Due to the rising cost of fireworks, Oldham County officials decided to cancel their annual fireworks show at Wendell Moore Park. Due to delays in the supply chain, there is a shortage of fireworks, which is raising the cost.

“We’re recommending people don’t wait (to buy) because there’s a shortage of fireworks,” Wheeler said. “Don’t wait until this weekend. Don’t wait until Sunday the 4th. Come in now, come in Thursday or early Friday. Beat the rush to find your favorite items while they are still on the shelf.”

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