Happy (early) Independence Day! In Richmond, we’re proud to observe 245 years of freedom. Can’t decide where or how to celebrate the birth of our nation? Whether you’re down the street or a town or two over, Richmond has some Fourth of July events in store that are worth the drive. Learn more about just a few of those events below.
Vibe in the Vines (feat. Sundy Best)
July 3, 2021, 11:00
Start celebrating the Fourth a little early! Chenault Vineyards’ first annual Vibe in the Vines festival kicks off rain or shine on Saturday, July 3 at 11:00 AM. Come enjoy music from well-known Kentucky artists and food, wine, and beer from local vendors. The day will be a celebration of local talent, and a tradition that, the Chenaults hope, will continue.
“We’re hoping to grow this event into an annual event for the community that will flourish into something great for the vineyard and for Madison County,” said Samantha Chenault. “We want to bring the community together and be something for the county to be proud of.”
The day will begin at 11:00 AM with acoustic sets on the patio, then headlining acts will take the main stage at 1:00. Early in the day, attendees can catch regional artists like James Reed, Sydney Abrams, NightshadE & Co., John Lovern, Manitoba Rock & Rolla, Luke Trimble, Lance Rogers, and Tony Rogue. Sub-Headliners include Grayson Jenkins, DJ Highmax, and Tyra Madison, an eastern-Kentucky-native Nashville artist with over 7 million streams across platforms.
The main headliner for the evening is eastern Kentucky country-folk duo Sundy Best. The group blends country, Appalachian folk, rock, soul, and R&B into a stomping back-porch sound. Saturday’s show will be part of the group’s reunion tour. To commemorate the occasion, Chenault Vineyards will release a Sundy Best wine, a white version of their signature sweet red, Sam’s Fix-It Juice. The wine will be available for purchase throughout the day. The festival will go out with a bang with fireworks at the end of the night.
General admission to the festival is $40, with tickets available at the door and online, and free admission for children 12 and under. VIP Tickets ($100 each) have sold out. Four hundred tickets have already been sold, so get yours while you can.
Declaration of Independence Celebration
Fort Boonesborough State Park
July 3, 10:00
Looking for a fun, educational way to celebrate this year? This Independence Day, step back in time with Fort Boonesborough’s Declaration of Independence Celebration! Join park staff, historians, reenactors, and other families for a day of historical fun. At 10:00 and 11:00, park staff will host a militia muster, a fun hands-on activity for children to join. At 1:00. Mel Hankla will read the Declaration, followed by a group discussion and the celebratory firing of muskets. Also, volunteers and living historians will give demonstrations throughout the day.
Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-12, and free for children 5 and under. Tickets will be sold all day until 4:00.
4th of July Celebration
Lake Reba Recreational Complex
July 4, 2021, 5:00
End your Fourth of July weekend in style with the city’s celebration at Lake Reba! Starting Sunday, July 4 at 5:00 pm (gates open at 4:30), you can come out and enjoy music from country and southern rock acts like Vintage Voodoo, NightshadE & Co., and the Powell Brothers. The night will wrap up with fireworks at 10:00.
The celebration kicks off with the national anthem performed by Alex Miller, then a set from Kentucky-native, southern rock band Vintage Voodoo. The group describes their sound as “Footstompin Rattlesnake Rock & Rollin Southern Rock.” The evening’s second act, NightshadE & Co., brings an outlaw country and southern rock sound to the Reba stage. The group has been playing their diverse setlist– ranging from Johnny Cash to ZZ Top– all over Kentucky since 2019. They have even impressed some big names in entertainment; comedian Ron White once said, “NightshadE is one of the best-together groups I’ve heard in awhile.”
Headlining artists the Powell Brothers hail from the Houston, Texas area, and will visit Richmond as their third July show. The country and Americana group, consisting of brothers Taylor and Blake Powell as well as drummer Mike Smith, have been releasing music and touring the country together since 2014. The band has opened for some of the biggest names in country music, including Lee Brice, Josh Turner, Billy Currington, Eli Young Band, Trace Adkins, and more. Their newest single, Hopeless, is out now.
Admission is free for all attendees. Learn more about the Fourth of July Celebration at Lake Reba on the Facebook Event page.