No Waterfront Fourth of July, but other events plan for big crowds

No Waterfront Fourth of July, but other events plan for big crowds
Greg Smith
Greg Smith
New Albany Mayor Jeff Gahan
New Albany Mayor Jeff Gahan
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – The weather for the Fourth of July weekend looks perfect and has a lot of people in Kentuckiana trying to figure out what to do for the holiday.Due to a lack of funding in the state budget this will be the first year Waterfront Park has canceled its Independence Festival and firework show, which means some smaller celebrations are planning for an influx of visitors.

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In Crescent Hill, the Old-fashioned Fourth of July Celebration preparations are fully underway. 

"This is just a wonderful community event and we love putting it on and showcasing Crescent Hill to all of our neighbors," said the event's co-chairman Greg Smith.

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All day Friday and Saturday you can enjoy arts and crafts, food and entertainment. While the firework show planned for Friday night is known to draw 8,000 to 10,000 people, this year they are planning for even more.

"Parking is limited, but we do have trolley shuttle service coming from seminary locations, so you can park far away and catch the trolley route to get here," said Smith.

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Other communities will play host to a great show on July 3, like at the New Albany amphitheater.

"We want to welcome everybody so whether you are from Louisville, Jeffersonville, or Floyds Knobs or New Albany, Clarksville, we want as many people here as we can get," said New Albany Mayor Jeff Gahan.

There will be live music from the Louisville Crashers, food for sale from local restaurants and the fireworks show at dusk.

"We expect a large crowd and we are ready for them," said Gahan.

The New Albany Riverfront Celebration gets started at 5 p.m. on Thursday. Don't forget to bring a blanket or lawn chair because seating is limited. 

As for Waterfront Park, the development corporation will revisit Fourth of July plans next year to see if it is possible to bring the festival back. 

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