2017 LIVE on the RIVER - Independence Day Celebration

Independence Day celebrationThe City of Paducah invites your entire family to the riverfront for the Independence Day Celebration on Tuesday, July 4 to enjoy a full day of family fun with food, fireworks, a large-scale community art project, and free entertainment on Wilson Stage and along Broadway just inside of 3rd Street.  As estimated 8000-10,000 people come each year to the riverfront to enjoy Paducah’s celebration.  Food vendors begin serving at 1p.m. on Water Street between Kentucky and Broadway with music and entertainment beginning at 4 p.m. on Wilson Stage and the streets inside of 3rd Street. 

Special Events Coordinator Molly Johnson says, “We have a fantastic 4th planned for Paducah and the surrounding communities and are really hoping for a great year with a little cooperation from Mother Nature.  We have musical variety on the streets and on the stage with folk-rock, country, classical, jazz bands, and more. Each year we have fun large-scale community art projects that are open to the public to participate in.  So come out and help us with the mosaic painting project.  We also have a Kidz Zone with free activities and good eats for the whole family-whether you are in the mood for something sweet or for your entire dinner.”  

There will be live music and entertainment on the riverfront stage and street-side from inside 3rd Street to the foot of Broadway beginning at 4 p.m.  On Broadway, enjoy the Paducah Jazz Band from 4 until 6 p.m. at the gazebo located at the corner of 2nd and Broadway.  Also on Broadway near Third Street, enjoy the music of Danny Granstaff from 6 until 8 p.m. with the Paducah Quick-Step Cloggers from 8 until 9 p.m.  

The Kidz Zone on Water Street between Jefferson and Broadway has activities from 5 until 8 p.m.  Kids can enjoy laser tag, balloons, corn hole, and animals.  There will be photo opportunities including the backdrop of a patriotically-painted tractor.

community art projectThe City has contracted 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 near Wilson Stage.  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.

For the third year in a row, Better than Ever and the Paducah Parks and Police Departments have organized a large-scale community art project.  A Paducah Patchwork-Bringing People Together will be on display on Broadway between 2nd Street and Water Street.  From 5 until 8 p.m., stop by to paint a section that will be used in the creation of a mosaic, and stop by after the fireworks to see it all put together!

Entertainment on Wilson Stage is as follows:

  • Comments from community leaders                                                        4:00-4:15 p.m.
  • Posting of the Colors Ceremony                                                                4:15 p.m.
  • Marvin and Gentry (folk/rock)                                                                     4:45-5:45 p.m.
  • JD Shelburne (country music)                                                                     6:00-7:30 p.m.  
  • Steve Schaffner’s Trio Girardeaux (classical)                                            7:45-8:30 p.m.
  • Paducah Concert Band with Doug Van Fleet                                           8:30-9:05 p.m.
  • National Anthem by City Commissioner Richard Abraham                  9:05 p.m.
  • Fireworks (choreographed to music) by Arthur Rozzi Pyrotechnics    9:15 p.m.                               

Boaters will need to use the Ohio River Boat Launch at 6th and Burnett Streets.  The floodwall opening at Broadway will close Monday evening, July 3.  At 2 p.m. on July 4, the floodwall openings at Kentucky, Jefferson, Schultz Park, the Farmers’ Market, and the former Executive Inn site will be limited to pedestrian traffic only.  Broadway and Kentucky Avenue at 3rd Street in addition to Water Street behind the Carson Center will close to vehicular traffic at 2 p.m.  


About LIVE on the RIVER

LIVE on the RIVER includes a family-friendly atmosphere with musicians, artists, and performers who set up downtown on select Saturdays/holidays during the summer. All of the entertainment is free.  A variety of children's activities will be available at all LIVE on the RIVER events.  Carriage rides will be available for a fee.

During LIVE on the RIVER, Broadway will be closed inside of 3rd Street to the riverfront with entertainment on Broadway and along Market Square and 2nd Street.  

Dog Ordinance

While pets are allowed at the Independence Day Celebration, the City of Paducah’s dog ordinance mandates two requirements.  These limitations are not meant to be a hindrance to pet owners but are intended to ensure the public’s safety.  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.

2017 program


July 04, 2017 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm