South Central Kentucky 4th of July 2022 Guide

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) – The South Central Kentucky area is gearing up for the 4th of July weekend with numerous events throughout the region.


  • The National Corvette Museum will host a fireworks display on Saturday, July 2 with the annual meeting of the BG Kiwanis Club thunder party. Cost is $25 per carload and doors open at 4 p.m.
  • The Tampa Bay Rays will be in town on July 4 and celebrate the holiday with a 4th of July show Monday, July 4 with the first launch at 6:35 p.m.
  • The Cave City Community Fireworks will take place on Sunday, July 3 starting at 9 p.m. The event will take place at 807 Mammoth Cave Road behind Wild Wonderful Gifts.
  • The City of Scottsville will host a 4th of July event at Dumas Hill in Dumont Park on Friday, July 1 starting at 6 p.m. The price is $5 per car.
  • Barren County Parks and Recreation will host a classic car cruise on Saturday, July 2 beginning at 4 p.m. with fireworks beginning at dusk. The event will take place at 300 Donnelly Drive in Glasgow. Contact Maxie Murray at 270-646-7529 for more information.
  • The 2022 Franklin-Simpson Independence Day Parade is currently accepting float entry applications through July 1. The parade is scheduled for Monday, July 4 at 10 a.m. in downtown Franklin. The event is an extension of the city and county’s bicentennial celebration in 2020-21. For more information, contact Franklin-Simpson Director of Parks and Recreation Lisa Deavers at 270-586-8999 or email [email protected]
  • The Bowling Green Cyclists League will host its July 4 PIG Ride on Monday, July 4 starting at 8 a.m. at Warren East High School to Pig. The course is 40 miles. For more information, click here.
  • Fireworks will take place at Kentucky Downs this Sunday, July 3. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the fireworks will begin at dusk. There will be limited parking and free entry.


The Warren County Sheriff’s Office reminds the public to be safe during the holidays, especially regarding fireworks. The office warns that warm weather hitting the region could cause an accident to progress more quickly.

  • Obey local ordinances regulating the sale and use of fireworks.
  • Use fireworks and sparklers in a safe area away from dry fields, forests and buildings.
  • Follow label directions carefully and always have adult supervision.
  • Light one firework at a time and handle lighters safely.
  • Never point or throw fireworks or sparklers at people or animals.
  • Keep water and garden tools nearby. Wet towels can extinguish small flames.

Fireworks Ordinances

Warren County Fireworks Ordinance According to WCSO:

  • “People may use, light, fire, or explore fireworks authorized by KRS Chapter 227 and this subchapter in the county. Fireworks, including consumer fireworks, may not be used from June 27 to July 3 and July 5 and 6 between 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. at midnight.Fireworks, including consumer fireworks, as defined in KRS 227.703 (2), (3) and (4) may only be used by persons aged at least ten -eight (18) years and must not be ignited within two hundred (200) feet of any structure, vehicle or other person.Fireworks, including consumer fireworks, must not not be ignited or discharged from a motor vehicle and shall not be ignited or discharged on the property of others without consent ment of the owner or occupier or on public property. »

— Bowling Green City fireworks ordinance according to city social media.

  • “Fireworks can only be used between noon and 10 p.m. from June 27 to July 3 and July 5 and between noon and 11 p.m. on July 4. Anyone wishing to use fireworks on other days must obtain special permission. City Fire Department discharge permit.

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