Looking for ways to celebrate America’s 238th birthday Friday? You won’t have to leave town.
The day begins early with a 5K run/walk at Buffalo Trace, continues with activities in South Frankfort and at Liberty Hall and concludes with fireworks at Capitol View Park. Here’s what we know is happening:
Buffalo Chase 5K
The 13th annual Great Buffalo Chase 5K begins at 8 a.m., traversing a flat and level course that winds through the grounds of Buffalo Trace Distillery off Wilkinson Boulevard. Race-day registration begins at 7 and the cost is $20, which includes a commemorative T-shirt.
There are cash prizes for top male and female winners with first through third getting $3,000, $2,000 and $1,000, respectively. In addition there is an incentive award of $1,000 for those who break previous course records of 13:49 for men and 16:34 for women.
For those who have pre-registered, packet pick up is 4-8 p.m. Thursday or on race day. To pre-register online visit buffalotracedistillery.com.
The South Frankfort Neighborhood Association will hold its annual July Fourth Parade beginning at 11 a.m. at the corner of Paul Sawyier Drive and East Fourth Street. The event is open to those walking, on a bicycle or tricycle, or in a stroller or wagon.
After the parade there will be a bring-your-own picnic at Dolly Graham Park on East Second Street with frozen treats for the children. For more information or to volunteer, visit firstname.lastname@example.org or call Katie at 502-330-7072.
Liberty Hall Historic Site,, 218 Wilkinson St., will hold its annual Old Fashioned July Fourth free community event on the grounds of Liberty Hall from 2-4 p.m. The event is free and visitors are asked to use the Wilkinson Street entrance.
Activities include children’s games with prizes, arts and craft activities like flag making and rolling hoops and games intended for every age level. Adults and children can play croquet, corn hole and a game called “Quoits,” an early ring toss game. Free tours of the first floor of Liberty Hall will be available, as well as refreshments.
Come have a photo taken with “Froggy” from 104.9, who will be celebrating the holiday in style, dressed in historic costume. To beat the heat, have a patriotic popsicle and “run through the sprinklers” when Liberty Hall turns on its large irrigation system.
New this year is the Patriotic Wheels contest and parade. Visitors may decorate bicycles, wagons, children’s strollers or any other non-motorized vehicle and enter them in the contest.
The contest will be judged at 3 p.m., and a parade will follow at 3:30 around the site.
For more information, call Liberty Hall at 502-227-2560, visit www.libertyhall.org, or “like” LHHS on Facebook.
The day concludes with the annual fireworks show at Capitol View Park off the East-West Connector beginning at approximately 9:30 p.m. There will be a free barbeque dinner for veterans and their families prior to the fireworks provided by Staxx BBQ.
For more information or to make reservations for the dinner, call VFW Post 4075 at 502-227-2483. The evening is sponsored by the City of Frankfort, Buffalo Trace Distillery and the Frankfort/Franklin County Tourism Commission and also celebrates the 200th anniversary of our national anthem, “The Star Spangled Banner.”