Louisville Fourth of July Events

Waterfront Independence Festival

The Funky Meters' trademark sounds of funk, blues and dance grooves with a New Orleans vibe will headline Monday, July 4th. The Funky Meters were formed during a late 1980's New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival by the founders of the original band called The Meters, which disbanded in the late 70's. De La Soul, the legendary hip hop trio out of Long Island, New York, will open for the Funky Meters. The trio has refined their innovative hip hop sound after twenty five years of performing together. De La Soul, formed in the late 80's, is well known for many hits, including "Me Myself and I," and "Three is the Magic Number," and have appeared on hits such as "Feel Good Inc." by the Gorillaz. July 4th will open with the explosive new band "Fitz and the Tantrums," who formed in 2008. They have been described as "an unrestrained blast of soul-clapping, get-down-on-the-floor, moneymaker shakers … the troupe is poised to get down in dancehalls across the universe with the post-release of their debut full length Pickin' Up the Pieces, which has since earned them a 3 ½ star album review in ROLLING STONE."

Catfish Louie Kids Area
The Friends of the Waterfront Mascot, Catfish Louie will be on hand to coordinate lots of great children's activities for kids of all ages. Louisville Science Center staff will be on hand at the Louisville Science Center's Activities Tent to engage young scientists in activities that demonstrate Science is Fun!

Will Santa make his second appearance at the Festival to celebrate Christmas in July? Yes! Santa will take a summer vacation in Louisville to meet with local children for a "half-way to Christmas check-up." Join Santa and his entourage at the Galt House Hotel's KaLightoscope Christmas Activities Tent for something special from the North Pole! This year Santa has something for parents too – a Christmas in July Sale featuring 4 tickets to Kalightoscope Christmas for only $40.00, up to $20.00 in savings.

Kids will have a great time on the free kids inflatable games such as the Bounce and the Super Slide. Children can cool off in the very popular Fourth of July Water Mister,dance to the grooves of the Kids Rock Bands!, and have fun with games such as hot potato and others.

"H20 to Go" is a brand new initiative which is a result of collaboration by the Waterfront Development Corporation, Edge Outreach and the Louisville Water Company. In an effort to discourage the use of plastic water bottles and avoid adding to the blight of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, Festival officials went to Edge Outreach seeking their expertise in providing water to crowds. The result is a brand new system of providing ice cold Louisville Water Company Water for free to Festival patrons. Now Festival attendees can purchase a dishwasher safe BPA free bottle at the event for $2 and refill it ice cold water as many times as they want to for free! The Bottles are donated by the Louisville Water Company and all proceeds from the sale of the bottles will go to Edge Outreach and their efforts to bring clean fresh drinking water to those in need worldwide.

Dare to Care food collection points – In coordination with Yum! Brands and their goal of ending hunger worldwide, non-perishable food items will be collected at all Festival entrances. Festival attendees are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to assist those less fortunate and pay it forward during our community celebration.

Free Bicycle Valet Parking – Festival attendees are encouraged to bicycle to the event or carpool. For the fourth consecutive year, free bicycle valet parking will be available at the entrance to the event. Bicycles will be attended all evening, so just check in, get a wristband at the booth and return with your wristband to retrieve your bicycle. Volunteers will record your name, bicycle type (brand name) and color of your bicycle. It's a free service, sponsored by the Festival to make Louisville more bicycle friendly and the Festival more environmentally friendly!

Recycling – Once again, Festival patrons will be encouraged to recycle plastic bottles and cups in recycling containers. Glass is not allowed inside the festival area. Festival vendors are required to recycle cardboard packaging materials and vendors will recycle their cooking grease for biodiesel.

Each evening of entertainment will open at 5pm with continuous music, food and the Coors Light Beer Garden leading up to the fireworks at 10-10:15pm. Children's activities will run from 5pm-9pm, and there is a Bats baseball game on July 4th at 7:05pm.

While all of Waterfront Park is accessible, a special viewing area for individuals in wheelchairs will be offered again this year. This is an area that will be reserved and fenced off, and each person in a wheelchair is welcome to bring one escort.

The complete schedule, directions, band information, and a list of frequently asked questions can be found on the Festival website, www.WaterfrontIndependenceFestival.com.

What can I bring?

Blankets, lawn chairs, umbrellas, sun screen, hula hoops, dancing shoes! Water is allowed in small plastic bottles AS LONG AS THEY HAVE NOT BEEN OPENED - the seal must be unbroken. Small refillable plastic bottles, 32 oz or less, will also be permitted this year.

Prohibited items: Tents, glass, coolers, cans, packaged bottles, pets, skateboards, weapons, amplification devices, outside alcohol, signs or banners larger than 24"x24", and bicycles inside the event space (secure bicycle parking is available near the event entrance).

Old Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration

The Crescent Hill Community Council is pleased to present the 2011 Crescent Hill Art and Music Festival in conjunction with The 28th Annual Crescent Hill Old-Fashioned 4th of July Celebration! Sunday, July 3rd - Monday, July 4th.

Featuring 35 bands and 100 artists.

Along with art and music will be a vintage care parade and exposition, a pet show, cake booth, and kid's inflatables just to name a few.

Free trolleys for those taking advantage of parking at Baptist Seminary off Grinstead Drive or along the area side streets.

Here's a look at the events on July 3 and July 4:

July 3

  • Art Fair
  • Live Music
  • Food Court
  • Children's Activities
  • Plant Sale
  • Free Trolley
  • Silent Auction

July 4

  • 5K Fun Run
  • Antique Car Show Parade
  • Pet Show
  • Children's Field Games
  • Homefront Radio Show
  • Fireworks Show - 10 PM

All Star Celebrity Bash at the Improv

The 4th of July All Star Celebrity Bash returns to The Improv on Sunday, July 3! With NFL Stars Keenan Burton and Mike Bush, music by DJ Nine6 & DJ WarrenPeace, and hosted by Keisha Nicole from B96.5.

Improv Comedy Club at 4th Street Live!
Fireworks Cruises on the Belle and Spirit of Jefferson
The spirit of Jefferson and the Belle of Louisville are both setting sale for a 4th of July celebration. Both the Belle and the Spirit of Jefferson will participate in the event with a fantastic cruise on July 3rd. The Belle will also be making a Fireworks cruise July 4th. A gigantic fireworks show will be featured on both nights.

No buffet dinner is available on these cruises, but the concession/bar area will be open. Call 502-574-2992 or (toll free) 866-832-0011 for information, to make a reservation, or to check the status of the cruise.

The Spirit of Jefferson and the Belle of Louisville will be boarding at 7:30 on July 3 at 4th Street Wharf. The Belle of Louisville board at the same time on July 4. The cruises run from 8:30 to 11 p.m.

Tickets are $20.

Fireworks show follows Bats Game where Ground Zero Flag will fly

A piece of American history will be presented during America's pastime.

On the Fourth of July at Slugger Field, The Ground Zero Flag will be presented on the field during our National Anthem and then again at 9:11 p.m., when the game will be halted for the presentation of God Bless America.

Patrick Henry Hughes, a University of Louisville graduate, who has won numerous competitions and has been featured on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, will perform both the National Anthem and God Bless America.

In between songs the Ground Zero Flag will be displayed and fans will have an opportunity see and even touch the Flag.

Along with the flag the Heroes of the Diamond will be at the field. Founded in 1990, at the request of President H.W. Bush, the Heroes of the Diamond are the only team in the world to feature players from every branch of the military and first responders.

For over 20 years the team has been dedicated to the proud tradition of Promoting the Awareness and Support of our brave Armed Forces and First Responders. Fan that donate to the Heroes of the Diamond or purchase one of their books will be automatically entered into a raffle to win one of their Heroes of the Diamond game used jerseys.

The First pitch on Monday is set for 7:05 p.m. and gates will open at 6:00 p.m. as the Louisville Bats face the Columbus Clippers, the triple-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians.

Following the game, fans will be treated to a July 4 fireworks show.

Louisville/Jefferson County Democratic Party Independence Day Celebration
The Louisville/Jefferson County Democratic Party (LJCDP) will host its annual reading of the Declaration of Independence on Monday, July 4 at 9 a.m. at Jefferson Square in celebration of Independence Day.

Democratic elected officials, including Congressman John Yarmuth, Representative Darryl Owens, Circuit Court Clerk David Nicholson and PVA Tony Lindauer, and other volunteers will read portions of the Declaration.

Jefferson Square is located at the corner of 5th and Jefferson Streets in Louisville.

"The Declaration of Independence is our nation's most cherished symbol of liberty. It is a reminder of the principles on which our country – and the Democratic Party – are founded," said LJCDP Party Chairman Bill Ryan.