Independence Day is right around the corner, and while you’re in Bowling Green, make plans to watch fireworks at several different locations throughout the city. Either option is sure to provide a spectacular show for you and your whole crew. 


With one of Bowling Green’s most notable locations serving as the backdrop, enjoy the incredible display from Thunderfest, presented by Meijer and in partnership with Kiwanis of Bowling Green on July 1. The cost for attendance in $25 per car and attendees can enjoy children's activities, food, drinks and live music in addition to one of the most riveting fireworks shows in Kentucky.

Fireworks at Bowling Green Hot Rods:

Enjoy an evening with your favorite minor league baseball team as they take on the Asheville Tourists on July 4. The game begins at 6:35 p.m. with fireworks occurring at a later point in the evening. The spectacular show is made possible by Jewlery Barn. 

Barren River State Resort Fireworks:

If your life is better on the lake, head out to Barren River Lake State Resort Park on July 4 for the annual display hosted by the Friends of Barren River Lake & Park. Presented by K&M Services and Barren County Tourism, the exciting event will take your lake day to the next level with fireworks starting at 9 p.m. There is no charge for entry, with beach-front parking available for $20. This location is first come first serve. 

If you’d like to stock up on your own fireworks, our friends with Skylite Fireworks have a tent next door to the Bowling Green Convention & Visitors Bureau on Three Springs Road. They also have a location at 4805 Nashville Road. Remember, fireworks may only be used between the hours of noon and 10:00 p.m. on June 27 through July 3, and between the hours of noon and 11:00 p.m. on July 4. Check here for additional guidance from the city for more information.

While these Fourth of July activities are a commonality to celebrate Independence Day, be sure to check out our Events this Weekend page for additional ideas and things happening around Bowling Green. Make sure to check out hotel accommodations to spend more time in the area, and don’t forget to grab a bite at one of our restaurants

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