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The Best Places To Go for Outdoor Fun in Owensboro

The kids run toward the end of the rainbow and no they did not come back with a leprechaun or skittles. Photo By:Emily Carter

What could be better than a good fireworks show on the fourth of July? How about the colorful explosion of  a rainbow after a hot summer rain-shower. I’m hooking you up with pics and information for both and everything you need to know about outdoor Summer fun in Owensboro.

I for one have a blast in my own backyard. I live in the Apollo High School area (tornado alley)…..I shouldn’t say that but folks we see everything that rolls in first hand and with incredible force. I’m always ready with my camera for beautiful and sometimes frightful skies. Check out my pics and read on for all your Fourth of July action.

Photo By: Emily Carter

Owensboro is an awesome place to spend the summer months with free fireworks events like the Celebration of the American Spirit at Rivermont Park in downtown Owensboro. WBKR has had the pleasure of partnering with the Celebration this year and I will be enjoying the works with my kiddos as the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra provides a classic soundtrack to a classic Fourth of July event. New to the celebration this year is a family fun play area with inflatables, ballon twisters and face painting. The evening will kick off with Heath and Molly, Color Guard, and the Mayor with opening speeches at 6PM. owensboroparks.org

Now if you’re more of an impress your neighbors, $1000 do it yourself Independence Day celebration kind of a guy or gal you can still get a free professional display on July 3rd at Panther Creek Park. The Family Freedom Fireworks Festival is a provided by The Daviess County Fiscal Court Parks and Recreation. The fun begins at 5 PM Sunday July 3rd with inflatables, vendors, and pony rides. The family fun activities will be followed by Bluegrass music at 7 PM with “Up and Gone”, and then of course a huge fireworks display. www.daviesscountyparks.com

What about after the holiday you ask? Start out with the Owensboro Museum of Fine Art’s Artland. It is a special feature designed for kids aged 4 to 10 and gives kids fun ways to express their abilities with kid sized tables and art supplies. Call for more information (270) 685-3181. Saturday and Sunday July 2nd and 3rd you can take advantage of a Native American Doll Making course provided by nationally known North Carolina Folk Artist Cher Shaffer as the resident artist in Artland. Join her for family fun under the outdoor Artland tent! While your visiting the museum check out their current outdoor display featuring a catfish in a chair with water spouting elements….it is super cool. www.omfa.us

The best part about being part of the Daviess County Community has got to be our incredible parks. The kids and I love to visit them all but the kids usually want to visit Moreland Park on Parrish Ave. in the heart of Owensboro. Of course they call it the spider web park because of the newly renovated playground which includes a web like climbing structure. The park took quite a hit after the 2009 Ice Storm, it had new renovations before the storm hit and unfortunately that gorgeous new equipment was crushed by large branches. But I do have to say that Moreland and it’s contributors did an incredible job bringing the park back to life and it is a blast to visit. Of course you have tons of options Legion park, English Park, Panther Creek off of Hwy 81, Ben Hawes State Park, and Yellow Creek off of HWY 60. For more information on local parks and programs visit www.owensboroparks.org or visit the Daviess County Parks Dept at www.daviesscountyparks.com.

Can you find the hidden rainbow? Photo By: Emily Carter

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