As announced by the Waterfront Development Corporation, this year Louisville can celebrate 4th of July at the beautiful Waterfront Park with the new Louisville Waterfront Fourth event. The celebration will be free and open to the public. Louisville Waterfront Fourth will feature non-stop musical entertainment by 5 bands, children’s activities, and a patriotic installation of 15,000 US flags, festival cuisine, and a Zambelli fireworks display from a barge on the Ohio River. The event will take place on Tuesday, July 4th as the anchor for a busy weekend of activities in the Louisville Waterfront neighborhood.
The 2017 festival will feature upbeat music in the genres of funk, soul, hip-hop and jazz. The Afrophysicists will open the event at 5pm with their infectious, and dance-able tunes. Jenna Dean will perform their blend of southern soul splashed with California sunshine at 6pm. Jakarta Record’s Dr. Dundiff & Otis Jr. will perform around 7pm. Neo Funk band of Columbus Ohio’s MojoFlo will headline the Harbor Lawn stage at 8:40pm. In between all bands, guests can dance to beats by Louisville’s own DJ Kaos.
The family-friendly Louisville Waterfront Fourth celebration will open at 5pm with a variety of activities produced by popular arts and cultural attractions in the Catfish Louie Kids Area. Activities will be nestled in the shade of the trees near the Children’s Playground and will provide activities suited for a variety of interests. The Kentucky Science Center will provide science activities and demonstrations. The Jug Band Jubilee, WUOL’s Summer Listening Program and Louisville Folk School will help children create their own musical instruments and conducting batons; children can then join a jug band performance or conduct a jug band!
There will be art activities for children by Louisville Visual Art, nature activities by Waterfront Botanical Garden, putt putt, a petting farm and pony rides! There will be a card writing activity by Flags 4 Vets where children can create a message for a member of the U.S. Armed Forces. Louisville Metro Police Department and Louisville Metro Fire Department will have a helicopter and other safety equipment on display for children and families. These activities will occur from 5-9pm, and are completely free.
Elsewhere in the Waterfront neighborhood, on Saturday, July 1st, the Vintage Urban Flea Market will bring its Fleur de Flea back to the Festival Plaza, free and open to the public. Flags 4 Vets, the Louisville based National Flags For Veterans Graves program, will create a special July 4th patriotic flag installation beginning at noon on Saturday July 1st. After July 4th, the 15,000 flags will be collected and distributed across the USA to be placed on veterans’ graves. The installation will continue through the evening of Tuesday, July 4th.
The Louisville Bats have a game at Slugger Field on July 4th, and they are joining Louisville Waterfront Park as a sponsor for the fireworks show. The first 2000 fans on the 4th will receive a free patriotic hat. The Belle of Louisville has public cruises throughout the weekend and a fireworks cruise at 8:30pm on July 4th, which will offer the opportunity to enjoy fireworks from the deck of the oldest operating steamboat in the country.
Visitors to Louisville Waterfront Fourth will also enjoy upscale festival fare and festival favorites by Festival Cuisine, including the Coors Light Beer Garden and the Red, White & Blue Bourbon Bar.
Louisville Waterfront Park is joined by more than 21 community partners whose contributions are critical to providing this free event to the community. These partners include:
Waterfront Development Corporation
Friends of the Waterfront
Louisville Downtown Partnership
Louisville Public Media
Waterside at RiverPark Place
Louisville Bats Baseball Team
Bearnos by the Bridge
Flags 4 Vets
Kentucky Science Center
Classical 90.5 Summer Listening Program
Jug Band Jubilee
Louisville Folk School
Louisville Visual Art
Waterfront Botanical Gardens