Celebrate Independence Day with fireworks, food and friends by attending local events in Hopkinsville, Pembroke, Fort Campbell and Clarksville.

Hopkinsville

Fireworks and food trucks will be the center of the "Red, White and Oooh!" Fourth of July event beginning at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Ruff Park, 735 North Drive.

Toby Hudson, recreation programs coordinator with Hopkinsville Parks and Recreation, said this is the city's third annual "Red, White and Oooh!" event.

The fireworks show, which will begin at about 9 p.m., is one of the largest fireworks display in the Pennyrile area, he said.

The show is presented by Pyro Shows out of Tennessee and will last about 30 minutes, he said.

Patriotic music will play over the park's sound system prior to the show and through sponsor stations WKDZ/WHVO.

During this free community event, guests can purchase concessions from vendors such as Holiday Burgers, Vansauwa's Tacos and Vegan Eats, Kona Ice of Hopkinsville and Heather's Homemade Ice Cream.

Parking is available at Hopkinsville Community College, 720 North Drive, and parking lots at Christian County High School, 220 Glass Ave.

Guests should bring lawn chairs and blankets to sit on while watching the display.

Pembroke

Guests who attend Pembroke's Fireworks and Block Party Wednesday will be able to see fireworks after dark from various viewing areas around town.

Pastor Andy Haley, Pembroke Baptist Church, said the half-hour fireworks show is made possible through partnerships with several businesses and organizations in the community.

The block party will kick off at 6 p.m. with food, games and live music. Yard games such as corn hole and horseshoes, and inflatables will be at Pembroke Baptist Church, 144 S. Main St., Pembroke.

"We want this to be something the community can come out to and be a part of," Haley said.

The church's praise team will perform Christian and patriotic music. Kentucky 115, a local Bluegrass group, also will play live music during the event.

Coy's Barbeque, of Elkton, will have concessions available for purchase during the event. The church will provide free refreshments such as ice cream from L&R Soda Bar, of Elkon, popcorn and snow cones.

Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets to sit on during the event.

"We just this would be something nice to do for the community," Haley said.

Events like this strengthen families, and therefore the community, he said.

"Any time families can spend time together, that family is strengthened. We want to give families the opportunity to spend time together, make friends and meet new families," Haley said. "Our goal is to bring people together in the community and surrounding communities."

For more information, call the church at 270-475-4129.

Fort Campbell

Fort Campbell's Independence Week Carnival, featuring carnival rides and live music, will kick off Tuesday and continue through July 5 at the 101st Airborne Division Parade Field, 6390 Desert Storm Ave. The carnival will be open 5 - 10 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday; 1 p.m. - midnight Thursday and Saturday; and 5 p.m. - midnight Friday.

This event is free to enter and open to the public, according to a 101st Airborne Division press release.

On the Fourth of July, Thursday, the 101st Airborne Division Band will open the evening of music at 5 p.m. A welcome ceremony will begin at 6 p.m. Following that, at 6:30 p.m., musician Clayton Quisenberry, will take the stage. Finally, this year's headliner, The Downtown Band, will perform at 8 p.m. Pending weather conditions, the fireworks display will begin at 9:30 p.m.

"The Fort Campbell Independence Day Celebration includes a 22-minute fireworks show choreographed to music. It is one of the most spectacular shows around an amazing tribute to our nation," said Sharra Rivera Munoz, Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation special events coordinator.

Ticket prices for the carnival rides vary. Dollar Day, where all rides cost $1 will be Tuesday. All other days, discount sheets of 25 tickets will cost $20 and individual tickets will cost $1 each. All-day armbands will cost $20 Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; and $25 Thursday.

Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs to sit on during the carnival. Glass bottles, pets, personal fireworks, outside food or drink, and personal weapons are not permitted.

To access the installation, all non-military ID card holders must enter post through gates 4 or 7. Guests must provide vehicle registration, proof of insurance and a valid photo ID for each person in the vehicle age 16 and older. All vehicles entering post are subject to be searched.

For more information, call 27-798-7535, or visit campbell.armymwr.com.

Clarksville

The City of Clarksville will host its 12th Annual Independence Day Celebration Wednesday at Liberty Park, 1188 Cumberland Drive, Clarksville.

The park will open at 5 p.m. Activities and music will begin at 6:30 p.m.

The free concert will feature performances by the 101st Airborne Division Band and Tina Brown. Musical performances will take place on the Great Lawn of the Wilma Rudolph Event Center.

Activities will include sack races, patriotic balloon pop and Most Patriotic Person contest. Prizes will be awarded.

The evening will conclude with the fireworks display which will begin at 9:15 p.m.

Food and beverages will be available throughout the park from D&B Concessions, So Yum Food Truck, Kona Ice, Kadi's Tacos and More, Harmony Farm Kettle Corn, Skyline American Grill and Soul Fuel BBQ. Beer also will be available for purchase.

For parking information and safety rules, call 931-645-7476 or visit www.cityofclarksville.com/events.

Reach Mari-Alice Jasper at 270-887-3262 or mjasper@kentuckynewera.com.

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