The city of Paducah invites your entire family to downtown Paducah for the Independence Day Celebration on Thursday to enjoy a full day of fun with food, fireworks, a large-scale community art project, kid-friendly activities and free entertainment.

Due to the level of the Ohio River, the music will be on a stage set up in the Farmers Market parking lot adjacent to Jefferson Street instead of on Wilson Stage. The event is sponsored in part by Independence Bank.

An estimated 10,000 to 15,000 people come each year downtown to enjoy Paducah's celebration. Food vendors will begin serving by 1 p.m. on North Second Street between Jefferson and Monroe with live music and entertainment on the main stage beginning at 4 p.m.

Payton Taylor kicks off the main stage music at 4:15 p.m. with the Atomic Bombshells hitting the stage at 5:15 p.m. followed by Matt Smith at 6:15. Parmalee will perform from 7:45 until 9 p.m. on the main stage.

There also will be music at the Second Street Gazebo from 2-4 p.m. featuring Jumper Cables.

The city has contracted again with Arthur Rozzi Pyrotechnics for the fireworks show. Fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m. with the fireworks discharged from a barge provided by Pine Bluff Materials. The tug is provided by Ingram Barge Company. The creative show is choreographed to music with speakers placed along the riverfront.

If a thunderstorm is in the area at the scheduled time for the fireworks, the fireworks show will be delayed until the weather clears. The Paducah Fire and Police Departments and the U.S. Coast Guard will be at the event for additional safety.

The Kidz Zone will be 5 - 8 p.m. on Broadway and between Water and Second streets and in the area near the Farmers Market Pavilion.

The Independence Bank Train will be there to give rides to the youngsters. Kids can enjoy Adrenaline Mobile Laser Tag, corn hole, Unplugged Putt Putt, large yard games, face painting, Mission Balloons, William Carter Photo Style Pictures, Bax Illustration Caricaturist, and more.

For the fifth year in a row, Better than Ever, Paducah Parks & Recreation, and the Police Department have organized a large-scale community art project. "Light Up the Night" will be on display between 5 - 8 p.m. near the Farmers Market Pavilion.

For more information including a map of the event, visit

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