Happy Birthday, America!

Celebrate Independence Day at these area festivities.

On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress adopted a Declaration of Independence. Here’s where to celebrate regionally.

Holidays in the Sky
Through Aug. 4, Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari, 452 E. Christmas Blvd., Santa Claus, Indiana
Crane your next to the sky for 44 nights of light shows created by 500 drones, plus fireworks displays set to music. New this year, the theme park invites guests to vote on what the show’s final scenes should display.

Independence Day Fireworks Celebration in Henderson
5-9:30 p.m. July 3, Downtown Henderson, Kentucky, Riverfront
Newburgh, Indiana’s Old Damn Community Band performs alongside children’s activities and food vendors. Fireworks start at 9:15 p.m.

Independence Day Extravaganza!
7 p.m. July 3, North Park Wesleyan Church, 3360 N. First Ave.
Attendees can enjoy finger foods, a bouncy house, and fireworks.

Ellis Park Opening Day
July 4, Ellis Park Racing & Gaming, 3300 Hwy. 41 N., Henderson, Kentucky
Head to the track, as Ellis Parks’ horseracing season opener coincides with Independence Day.

Independence Day Race
7 a.m. July 4, Lamasco Park, 526 N. Seventh Ave.
Start the day with this three-mile fun run, beginning and ending at Lamasco Park, to benefit the Evansville Police Department’s Mounted Patrol Program. Registration costs $7 before the race and $10 the day of

Independence Day Celebration at New Harmony’s Atheneum
10 a.m.-noon July 4, Atheneum Visitors Center, 401 Arthur St., New Harmony, Indiana
Historic New Harmony Assistant Director Diane Sanders gives a keynote address at this celebration, which includes a reading of the Declaration of Independence.

Fireworks on the Ohio
6 p.m. July 4, Riverside Drive from Court Street to Cherry Street
More than 20 food trucks will set up along Riverside Drive in anticipation of the fireworks display at dusk. There also will be kids’ activities, including face painting, yard games, and a performance from Evansville’s Boom Squad.

Fourth of July
6-10 p.m. July 4, Evansville Museum of Arts, History & Science, 411 S.E. Riverside Drive
Have fun with food from Beer Bones BBQ, River City Dawgs, and Lolly’s Pops, live music from Nick Sith, and enjoy Fireworks on the Ohio from the museum. Admission for non-members costs $20 for adults and $10 for children ages 4 to 17.

Gibson County Freedom Festival
7 p.m. July 4, Gibson County Fairgrounds, 709 N. Embree St., Princeton, Indiana
Fireworks start at 9 p.m., but head over early for Poppin’ John’s Homemade Ice Cream and snacks from Clark Concessions. Parking costs $2, cash only.

Boonville Fireworks Display
July 5, Scales Lake Park, 800 W. Tennyson Road, Boonville, Indiana
Spend a day swimming, camping, hiking, or biking at Scales Lake Park, then relax under a show of light in the sky. Parking costs $5.

Fireworks on the Mount Vernon Riverfront
5-10 p.m. July 5, Mount Vernon, Indiana, Downtown Riverfront
Enjoy music and concessions before getting a good seat along the riverfront to watch a fireworks display.

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Maggie Valenti
Maggie Valenti
Maggie Valenti joined Tucker Publishing Group in September 2022 as a staff writer. She graduated from Gettysburg College in 2020 with a bachelors degree in English. A Connecticut native, Maggie has ridden horses for 15 years and has hunt seat competition experience on the East Coast.

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