LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Officials from Waterfront Park and the Louisville Orchestra have announced the two organizations will partner to celebrate Independence Day on Tuesday, July 4. The Waterfront Park Fourth of July with the Louisville Orchestra presented by the Marshall Family Foundation will be free and open to the public.
The celebration will include a concert by the Louisville Orchestra curated by Teddy Abrams, a variety of fun family activities and professional fireworks display over the Ohio River.
“Our Fourth of July celebration is all about bringing people together,” said Deborah Bilitski, executive director of Waterfront Park. “This year, we are delighted to welcome the sounds of the Louisville Orchestra to the waterfront. We invite everyone to the celebration to be with one another and enjoy this spectacular day of community partnership.”
The Fourth of July celebration is a popular community tradition and hallmark event at Waterfront Park. Since its inception in 1998, hundreds of thousands of park visitors have enjoyed this free community celebration in the heart of Louisville.
“On behalf of Metro Government and the entire community, I’d like to thank the Louisville Orchestra and the Waterfront Park team for working to continue this great partnership,” said Mayor Craig Greenberg. “I know this will be an incredible performance enjoyed by many Louisvillians and visitors alike.”
The partnership between Waterfront Park and the Louisville Orchestra will mark the first return of the orchestra to the celebration since 2021.
“The Louisville Orchestra is thrilled to once again be a part of Waterfront Park’s Fourth of July Celebration,” said Graham Parker, chief executive of the Louisville Orchestra.
The Louisville Orchestra concert will feature several musical favorites and pieces unique to the event.
In addition to the concert and fireworks, more than a dozen community groups and organizations will come together to host a variety of family friendly activities ahead of The Louisville Orchestra performance. Activities will range from instrument making, arts and crafts, dance lessons, boat building, ball juggling contests and more.
Organizations involved in this year’s celebration include Fund for the Arts, Kentucky Science Center, LaNita Rocknettes School of Dance, Louisville City and Racing Louisville FC, Louisville Free Public Library, MSD, Louisville Nature Center, National Jug Band Jubilee, Redline Performing Arts, StageOne Family Theatre, Friends of the Waterfront and the YMCA of Greater Louisville.
New this year, Waterfront Park will also host a free family movie night on the Great Lawn on Monday, July 3 to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the movie “The Sandlot.” The family movie night will include a free screening of the film and fireworks show from the Louisville Bats. Additional details about the event will be announced at a later date.