2013 Independence Day Celebration

The City of Paducah invites your entire family to the riverfront for the Independence Day Celebration on Thursday, July 4 to enjoy an evening of family fun with food, fireworks, and free entertainment on Wilson Stage.  Vendors, including those selling food, desserts, and toys, will begin selling items at 5:30 p.m.    Four Rivers Church members will be distributing insect repellant.   To help families with young children, members of the Elks Club will provide a diaper changing station near the portable restrooms.  Entertainment on Wilson Stage includes

·         Dukes of Dixie:  Dixieland Jazz Combo      6:30 p.m.

·         Paducah Jazz Ensemble: Big Band Jazz       7:00 p.m.

·         Market House Theatre Tribute to America   8:15 p.m.

·         Paducah Community Band: Concert Band  8:30 p.m.

·         National Anthem/Fireworks                         9:15 p.m.

The Dixieland Jazz Combo, directed by Doug Van Fleet, is a New Orleans-style jazz band that incorporates Blues and Ragtime musical styles.  It’s a small ensemble usually of 5-10 musicians that plays popular tunes such as When the Saints Go Marchin’ In.  The Paducah Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Ron Roberts plays the American jazz style associated with the jazz and swing era of World War II.  It’s a larger group of musicians, usually 18-25, that plays tunes made popular by conductors such as Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, and Benny Goodman.  The Paducah Community Band is a non-marching ensemble of 40-80 musicians led by Director Kara Boyd that will set the mood prior to the fireworks by playing popular patriotic and thematic music as such as Stars and Stripes Forever.

New this year at 8:15 p.m., youth in grades 2nd through 9th from Market House Theatre will provide a short performance piece with a song and speaking choir focusing on the  Preamble to the Constitution.

Fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m. with the fireworks being discharged from a barge provided by Pine Bluff Materials.  The tug and buffer barge are provided by McGinnis/National Maintenance.  The City of Paducah appreciates the support of the tug and barge companies in making this event such a success.  Pyrotecnico, a Pennsylvania-based company, is responsible for the fireworks display.  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 Department and the U.S. Coast Guard will be at the event for additional safety.

Boaters can use the Broadway entrance but must remove all vehicles by 4 p.m.  It is recommended for boats to park trucks and trailers in the parking lots on Broadway and Jefferson Streets.  The City’s courtesy dock will be closed to the public on July 4. 

Due to the Riverfront Redevelopment Project, Schultz Park and the former Executive Inn property will be closed to spectators and vehicles during the celebration.  The parking lot in front of the Julian Carroll Convention Center and the Expo Center is lighted and available for use for general parking.

At 4 p.m. on July 4, the floodwall openings at Jefferson, Broadway, and Kentucky will be limited to pedestrian traffic only.  Also at 4 p.m. Water Street behind the Carson Center, Kentucky Avenue at Marine Way, and Broadway at 2nd Street will close to vehicular traffic.  At 6 p.m. Broadway and Kentucky Avenue at 3rd Street will close to vehicular traffic in addition to Jefferson at 2nd Street.

As a reminder, pets are allowed at city-sponsored community events such as the Independence Day Celebration; however, for the public’s safety, the City’s dog ordinance lists three requirements.  The dog must be

  1. licensed by McCracken County Animal Control or by any other state or county;
  2. restrained by a leash or other lead that is no longer than three feet; and
  3. restrained by a muzzle.

For more information, call Paducah Parks Services at 444-8508.