Happy Birthday, USA! There are several places where you can celebrate Independence Day with phenomenal fireworks displays in and around Bowling Green. 

The National Corvette Museum is the backdrop for fireworks on July 3 with the BG Kiwanis Club's annual Thunderfest. Cost is $25 per carload, and gates open at 4pm. There will be concessions, live music, activities and more. 

You can also celebrate America's birthday with America's pasttime at the Bowling Green Ballpark. The Bowling Green Hot Rods, the High A Affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays, are in town from June 29-July 4 with a series against the Greensboro Grasshoppers.

The Hot Rods will celebrate Red, White and Blue Weekend July 2-4 with fireworks after every game — and they are touting the Independence Day display as the largest fireworks show in southern Kentucky. 

If lake life is more your style, head out to Barren River Lake State Resort Park for an annual display hosted by the Friends of Barren River Lake & Park each fourth of July. There are free parking options, or park right at the Sunset Cove beach for $15 per car. There will also be activities throughout the day at beach. 

Of course, plenty of neighborhood block parties will be hosting their own displays, so just follow the sparkles in the sky, find a nearby parking lot, and enjoy! If you need to stock up on your own, our friends with Skylite Fireworks have a tent set up right next door to the Convention & Visitors Bureau on Three Springs Road. Remember, local ordinance states no fireworks after 10 pm with the exception of July 4 when it extends to 11 pm.

If you prefer to celebrate with quieter activities, check out our Events this Weekend page for ideas like the Friday night showing of Independence Day at the Capitol or Peach Tastin' Days at Jacksons Orchard Thursday through Saturday. You can even kick off the holiday weekend with a free Patriotic Concert on Thursday night on WKU's Centennial Mall.

Make sure to find a hotel to stay in while you celebrate Independence Day, and we have plenty of great restaurants to choose from. Request a Visitors Guide if you need more ideas for planning your trip, and you can also subscribe to our monthly e-newsletter to stay in the know on all things Bowling Green.