Campbellsville Fourth of July Celebration drawing near

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By Zac Oakes


Main Street will soon be bustling with people, vendors, and music, and fireworks will light up the sky over Campbellsville. 

The city’s Fourth of July celebration is on the horizon, celebrating its 43rd consecutive year, and the Fourth of July Committee is continuing to put in several hours to ensure that this year’s celebration is a success. 

The theme for the Campbellsville Fourth of July Celebration this year is “Celebrating Family, Faith, and Freedom.” 


Fireworks launch site changing

One major change this year is in the location for the annual fireworks show, sponsored by Citizens Bank. 

Instead of being launched from the middle of City Lake, the fireworks will now be launched from Par 3 Golf Course/Walking Track at Miller Park. 

According to Mark Johnson, president of Citizens Bank, the change will allow for a “bigger and more expanded” show. 

“As our annual celebration continues to grow and mature, we are excited to announce this great change to the 2018 celebration,” Johnson said. “We have maximized our show size to the limit in the previous location of launching from the middle of City Lake. Moving the show on the hill of the golf course/walking track will allow for an immediate impact with the elevation being approximately 40 feet higher and will allow for a bigger and more expanded show. We are excited about this change.” 

The show will still be visible from the Miller Park activities and the stage area, according to committee members. It will also be visible from the Trace Creek area and Freedom Baptist Church area. 

The committee also wanted to remind people that traffic will be very heavy after the fireworks show and to please be patient, courteous, and safety-minded as people leave the area. 

The walking track and Upper Miller Park Road will be blocked from traffic and vehicles starting the morning of July 4. There can be no vehicles left in those areas prior to that day for use to view the fireworks. Any unattended vehicles in the area will be towed. 

Committee Chair Allen Gaddis said the change was made to accommodate a larger show, but also due to safety concerns from the pyrotechnic company that launches the fireworks. 

Gaddis said it will be a positive change as more people will be able to see the expanded fireworks display while also making for a safer environment for workers. 


Schedule of events 

Fourth of July Celebration festivities will kick off before the calendar turns to July. The celebration will begin on Friday, June 29, with the sixth annual “Pickin’ in the Park” at Miller Park, beginning at 6 p.m. The annual bluegrass concert will feature Killin’ Willie, Dixie Flyers, and Robert Combs. The event, sponsored by Taylor County Public Library, will also feature food from Knobby’s Deli and Layo Tacos. 

The action picks back up on Saturday morning with the FREEDOM 5K/10K Run/Walk on Main Street, sponsored by Forcht Bank. That event begins at 8 a.m. and registration is available through campbellsvillefourthofjuly.com. 

Finally, Saturday’s activities will wrap up with the K-Country Showdown on the Murakami Main Stage near Firestone. The showdown, part of a network for the largest talent contest in the nation, will start at around 7 p.m. 

Festivities begin on Sunday at noon with the Miss Campbellsville Fourth of July Pageants.

Peyton Lawson will be in charge of the pageants. Late registration begins at 9 a.m. with the first pageant starting at 10 a.m. An entry form is available on the website. 

Activities continue on Sunday afternoon with the Campbellsville Baptist Church picnic at 1 p.m. on site before the southern gospel singing at 3 p.m. Sunday’s festivities wrap up with the return of Jenny Lu’s 50s/60s Music Revue on the Murakami Main Stage. Popular among attendees last year, Gaddis said many had requested it again for this year’s celebration. 

The only event on the schedule for Monday, July 2, is the Classic Rock Experience, with music from bands such as KISS, Styx, Journey, and others. That show begins at 7:30 p.m. on the Murakami Main Stage. 

Activities on Tuesday begin at 5 p.m. downtown. The Family Fun Zone opens up at 6 p.m. The Taylor County Public Library Children’s Parade begins at 6:30 p.m. Restless Heart will take the main stage with opening act Fire Down at 7:30 p.m. 

Also on Tuesday will be the Kentucky Farm Bureau Pedal Tractor Show at 7 p.m. and the Tethered Hot Air Balloon Rides and Balloon Glow also beginning at 7. This will be in a new location on South Central Avenue beside and directly across from the Campbellsville Police Department and right behind the food court. 

Wednesday, July 4, will be a day full of festivities beginning at 7 a.m. with the Murakami Hot Air Balloon Extravaganza lifting off from Miller Park. Campbellsville Christian Church will host a free breakfast from 7-9 a.m. The Tri-County Car Club Car Show will be going on from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Opening ceremonies for the day will take place at 8:45 a.m. and the annual parade, sponsored this year by Taylor Regional Hospital, will take place at 10 a.m. 

Following the parade, the Antique Tractor and Steam Engine Show, sponsored by Community Trust Bank, will take place on First Street, and there will be entertainment on the Murakami Main Stage until around 4 p.m. when activities will move to Miller Park. 

The Central Kentucky News-Journal will be holding the annual Duck Derby drawing on the Fort Knox Federal Credit Union Stage at 6 p.m. and Hannah Ellis will take the stage at 8 p.m. 

Also at 8 p.m. will be the Key Grab on City Lake sponsored by Don Franklin Motors of Campbellsville, and the night will finish with the fireworks show.

For information, visit campbellsvillefourthofjuly.com.