Independence Day Celebration

2018 Independence Day Celebration

July 4th events schedule for 2018The City of Paducah invites your entire family to the riverfront for the Independence Day Celebration on Wednesday, 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.  The event is sponsored in part by Independence Bank.  An estimated 8000-10,000 people come each year to the riverfront to enjoy Paducah’s celebration.  Broadway will be closed inside of 3rd Street to the riverfront with entertainment on Broadway and along Market Square and 2nd Street. 

Food vendors begin serving at 1p.m. on Water Street between Kentucky and Broadway with live music and entertainment beginning at 4 p.m. on Wilson Stage on the riverfront and on Broadway inside of 3rd Street.  On Broadway, enjoy the Paducah Jazz Band from 4 until 6 p.m. with more live music and entertainment between 6 and 9 p.m.

The Kidz Zone on Water Street between Jefferson and Broadway has activities from 5 until 8 p.m.  

Fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m. by Arthur Rozzi Pyrotechnics. 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 fourth year in a row, Better than Ever and the Paducah Parks and Police Departments have organized a large-scale community art projectLight Up the Night will be on display on Broadway between 2nd Street and Water Street.  From 5 until 8 p.m., stop by to contribute to this community art project.

Entertainment on Wilson Stage is as follows:

  • Soundchecks for musical entertainers                                                     1:00 until 3:30 p.m.
  • Comments from community leaders                                                        4:00-4:15 p.m.
  • Posting of the Colors Ceremony                                                                4:15 p.m.
  • Parker Redmond and Justen Harden                                                        4:30-6:00 p.m.
  • The Brevet                                                                                                     6:30-8:00 p.m.  
  • Paducah Concert Band with Doug Van Fleet                                           8:15-9:05 p.m.
  • National Anthem                                                                                          9:05 p.m.
  • Fireworks (choreographed to music)                                                        9:15 p.m. (lasts until approximately 10 p.m.)                               

Boaters will need to use the Ohio River Boat Launch at 6th and Burnett Streets.  The floodwall opening at Broadway will close Tuesday 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.  

Dog Ordinance

Pets are allowed at the Independence Day Celebration; however, 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.