Independence Day Celebration

2019 Independence Day Celebration

Enjoy the 4th with Paducah:  The City of Paducah invites your entire family to downtown Paducah for the Independence Day Celebration on Thursday, July 4 to enjoy a full day of family fun with food, fireworks, a large-scale community art project, kid-friendly activities, and free entertainment.  Due to the level of the Ohio River, the music will be on a stage set up in the Farmers' Market parking lot adjacent to Jefferson Street instead of on Wilson Stage. The event is sponsored in part by Independence Bank. 

An estimated 10,000 to 15,000 people come each year to downtown Paducah to enjoy Paducah’s celebration.  Food vendors will begin serving by 1 p.m. on North 2nd Street between Jefferson and Monroe with live music and entertainment on the main stage beginning at 4 p.m. 

Headlining Music:  Grab onto your lawn chairs, hold on to your hats...you won't want to miss this July 4th feature band from 7:45 until 9 p.m.  We are excited to present an amazing, free opportunity to see PARMALEE.  We also have an incredible opening act, MATT SMITH, who will take the stage from 6:15 until 7:30.  During the afternoon and early evening, enjoy PAYTON TAYLOR and then the ATOMIC BOMBSHELLS.  

There will be music at the 2nd Street Gazebo from 2 until 4 p.m. featuring JUMPER CABLES.

Road Closures, Parking, and Boating Information:  Boaters will need to use the Ohio River Boat Launch at 6th and Burnett Streets since the floodwall opening at Broadway will close to traffic early on July 4. 

Premium parking (while it lasts) is available adjacent to the Convention Center complex in  the location of the former Executive Inn hotel.    

Access to the Farmers' Market parking lot and a portion of the downtown gazebo parking lot will be restricted to allow for set up beginning at 3 p.m. on July 3.  The following roads will close to traffic at 7 a.m. on July 4: Broadway at 2nd Street, the east side of Market Square, and Jefferson Street at 3rd Street. 

Fireworks:  The City has contracted again with Arthur Rozzi Pyrotechnics for the fireworks show with a finale.  Fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m. with the fireworks discharged from a barge provided by Pine Bluff Materials.  The tug is provided by Ingram Barge Company.  The City of Paducah appreciates the support of the tug and barge companies in making this event such a success.  The creative show is choreographed to music with speakers placed along the riverfront. If a thunderstorm is in the area at the scheduled time for the fireworks, the fireworks show will be delayed until the weather clears.  The Paducah Fire and Police Departments and the U.S. Coast Guard will be at the event for additional safety.

Community Art Project:  For the fifth year in a row, Better than Ever in addition to the Paducah Parks & Recreation and Police Departments have organized a large-scale community art project.  Light Up the Night will be on display near the Farmers' Market Pavilion.  Between 5 and 8 p.m., stop by to contribute to this community art project.

The Kidz Zone will be from 5 until 8 p.m. on Broadway and between Water and Second Street and in the area near the Farmers' Market Pavilion  The Independence Bank Train will be there to give rides to the youngsters.  Kids can enjoy Adrenaline Mobile Laser Tag, corn hole, Unplugged Putt Putt, large yard games, face painting, Mission Balloons, William Carter Photo Style Pictures, Bax Illustration Caricaturist and much more. 

Pets:  While pets are allowed at the Independence Day Celebration, the City of Paducah’s dog ordinance mandates two requirements:  the dog must be licensed by McCracken County Animal Control or by any other state or county and restrained by a leash or other lead that is no longer than three feet.  These limitations are not meant to be a hindrance to pet owners but are intended to ensure the public’s safety. 

Vendors: Paducah Parks & Recreation will begin accepting applications for food and non-food vendors for the Independence Day Celebration on Monday, June 10 at 9 a.m.  Vendor applications are accepted on a first come basis.  Parks will permit ten (10) primary food, four (4) secondary food, and four (4) non-food vendors to set up and sell at the annual celebration in downtown Paducah.   All vendors must have a current City of Paducah business license.  Vendors must apply in person at the Parks & Recreation Department located at 1400 H.C. Mathis Drive.  The Department will try not to duplicate the food or item being offered per vendor when possible.  Rules and restrictions apply.  The deadline to apply is June 21.  Food vendors will begin selling as early as 1 p.m. on July 4 with non-food vendors selling at 3:30 p.m. 

The definitions of the vendor types are as follows:

  • Primary Food Vendors sell foods that require cooking and health department food temperature safety controls.
  • Secondary Food Vendors sell foods that do not require time and temperature or food safety controls such as popcorn, cotton candy, nachos, and some shaved ice (without milk products).
  • Non-Food Vendors sell light-up toys and patriotic items.  Please note that items to be sold must be approved by the special events team prior to July 4.

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