On Tuesday, Louisville will show pride in the country with this year’s Louisville Waterfront Fourth celebration. Starting at 5 p.m. on the Harbor Lawn, attendees will sport their red, white and blue for an evening of music, fireworks and other family-friendly activities.
A primary attraction of this year’s event is live music. Five bands across genres from soul to hip-hop will perform throughout the night, starting with the Afrophysicists. Soul and hip-hop group Jenna Dean will follow at 6 p.m., and at 7, hip-hop duo Otis Junior & Dr. Dundiff will perform. Funk band from Ohio, MojoFlo, will close the night at 8:40.
Attendees can come earlier in the day and help Flags 4 Vets complete their July 4 flag installation. The organization is a member of the National Flags For Veterans Graves group, and at noon on Tuesday, they will place 15,000 flags in a grid in Waterfront Park. After the celebration, they will be collected and placed on veterans’ graves around the country.
In addition to live music and the special flag installation, the event will offer many activities from Kentucky Science Center booths to displays of fire-fighting equipment. Children also will be able to create their own musical instruments, learn from Waterfront Botanical Garden workers, ride ponies and see one of the city’s helicopters.
Finally, the Zambelli fireworks show will close out the night starting at 10 p.m. The fireworks will launch from a barge on the river, and the show will last about 15 minutes.
Admission to the Waterfront and all activities are free, but items like coolers and outside food are prohibited.