10 Things Tuesday: Red, White & Bluegrass

Celebrating 4th of July in Kentucky

With the 4th of July falling on a Monday, many of us are in store for a 3-day holiday weekend–four days if you consider there are plenty things to do on a Friday evening. Check out this list of happenings and tips on how to celebrate right!

1. State Park Celebrations
You can bank on state parks celebrating USA’s birthday. If you have one near you or are thinking to do some adventuring over the holiday weekend, check out the events schedules for some of Kentucky’s state parks here-Rita

2. 4-Day Festival in Lexington, KY
If you live near or around Lexington the city is hosting a Fourth of July Festival sponsored by Fifth Third.  The festival will be located downtown and will kick off July 1st ending July 4th.  There will be a Great American Pie contest, ice cream social, concerts, bluegrass 10k, farmer’s market, parade and of course fireworks.  This will be a great time! -Holly Jo
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3. Home Safety
If you opt to celebrate with fireworks at home, take precautions, especially if children will be near or participating. It is extremely easy to forget the danger fireworks pose. Here is a list of safety tips to follow or ways to make it safer for kids.  -Rita
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4. Lake Herrington
The lake is always a fun place to spend the 4th of July weekend.  If you’ve never been or don’t have a boat, I’m someone you know wouldn’t mind if you joined them for the weekend!  We always go to Herrington Lake (25 minutes from Lexington).  There’s lots of good food, drinks, family, friends and Chimney Rock always sets off fireworks. -Holly Jo
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5. Lake Cumberland Fireworks
Lake Cumberland is another great lake to hit this weekend. Enjoy the Jamestown festival, LAKEFEST, or the celebration on the state dock where the band SUPERFECTA will be playing.(Saturday, July 2). Or celebrate at the Land Between the Lakes in Burnside, KY for fireworks and music Friday, July 1. -Rita
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6. Red, White & Blue Refreshing Treat
I’m sure everyone has either had or seen the red, white and blue firecracker Popsicles.  Let’s take this kid friendly snack and not only share it with our little ones, but use them to make a nice icy Fourth of July adult beverage.  Mix together equal parts vodka, pineapple juice, grapefruit juice with a splash of cranberry and pop one of these Popsicles in each person drink.  Super cute and very tasty! -Holly Jo
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7. Shade Sale!
Every girl needs a good pair of sunglasses for 4th of July!  Check out how cute these pink and gold aviators are from the Loft.  They are even cuter in person with the trendy mirrored lenses and are currently on sale for $15! -Holly Jo
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8. Louisville Orchestra at the Waterfront
Enjoy a day of family fun at the Waterfront with the Louisville Orchestra performing at 8:30 p.m. and a fireworks display over the Ohio beginning at 10 p.m. Admission is free and features a family fun zone, food and drinks, and other live music all beginning at 5 p.m. on July 3. Check out other activities taking place in Louisville throughout the weekend here-Rita
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9. Dress the Part!
I love an excuse to dress to a theme and Independence Day is a perfect one! You can find extremely cute tops for the whole family for very little at places like Walmart, Target and Kohls. You can also keep it simple if you don’t want to spend money on something holiday specific. Wear red, white and blue and spruce up your look with accessories like the right shades, hat or jewelry.  -Rita

10. Patriotic Berries
Fresh fruit is such an amazing summertime snack and the bonus is a lot of it is in season, so it’s cheap to buy. Blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries and watermelon can all make your food spread both tasty and festive–not to mention healthy! You can make snazzy desserts like this brownie pizza, refreshing drinks like sangria, or simply laying out the fruit as is can make a pretty patriotic look. -Rita


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