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Enjoy Independence Day Weekend at Land Between the Lakes

Land Between the LakesGolden Pond, KY – Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area is nestled between the beautiful Kentucky and Barkley lakes. LBL offers unique opportunities for recreation and education. Whether you want to relax on one of two enchanting lakes, camp with the family on a weekend getaway, hike with friends on one of our scenic trails, or plan a group wildlife viewing adventure, Land Between The Lakes has something you are sure to enjoy.

LBL has several special programs for the July 4th weekend. The Golden Pond Planetarium will be having different laser light shows each night. Bring the kids out and play some wet and wacky games. On July 4th, come out to the Homeplace and enjoy Independence Day as it was celebrated in the 1850’s. A complete list of activities is listed below.

Unless otherwise noted, most programs are free with general admission to that facility.

Celebrate July 4th at Land Between the Lakes
Celebrate July 4th at Land Between the Lakes

Saturday, July 1st

Golden Pond Planetarium

  • 7:00pm – Lasermania Laser Light Music Show
  • 8:30pm – Pink Floyd The Wall Laser Light Music Show

Saturday, July 2nd

Scheduled Times Throughout the Day Visit with Smokey Bear! – Nature Station

  • 10:00am – 12:00pm; 1:00pm-4:00pm 19th Century Photography –  Homeplace
    • Invited Artist: Tim Parson- Wet Plate Artist
    • Program free with HP admission.  Throughout the day, using period photography equipment, Mr. Parson will demonstrate the techniques of 1800’s photography and display photographs.
  • 11:30am –  What Lurks at Night by Your Campsite? – Nature Station
  • 1:00pm –   Wet & Wacky Games – Nature Station
  • 2:00pm-4:00pm –  Eagle Craft Booth – Nature Station
  • 6:00pm-8:30pm –  Sunset Canoe Trip – Location TBA
    • $25.00 per canoe. Includes same day NS admission. Registration limited. Reservations and full deposits required. Call 270-924-2020 to reserve your space and for meeting location. Weather permitting.

Enjoy the beauty of an LBL sunset, we’ll search for wildlife that visit the lake at twilight such as osprey, herons, beavers, and songbirds. Beginners are welcome!

Golden Pond Planetarium

  • 7:00pm – Laser Spirit Laser Lights Music Show
  • 8:30pm – Journey to the Edge of Space and Time Astronomy Show
  • 9:30pm – Summer Nights

Special Programs         

July 3th-4th, 2011

Planetarium Shows – Golden Pond Planetarium Daytime shows: Ages 13 & up $4.00; Ages 5-12: $2.00

  • Far Out Space Places – Monday-Friday at 10:00am and Saturday and Sunday at 4:00pm
  • Laser- Legends of the Night Sky – Daily at 11:00am
  • Blown Away: The Wild World of Weather – Saturday and Sunday at 11:00am
  • Two Small Pieces of Glass – Daily at 3:00pm
  • The Skies Above – Daily at 1:00pm
  • Journey to the Edge of Space & Time – Daily at 2:00pm

Sunday, July 3rd

  • 12:00pm –  Truly American Animals – Nature Station
  • 1:00pm –  Treats with Summer Fruits – Homeplace
  • 2:30pm – Let the Turtle Race Begin! – Nature Station
  • 7:30pm-9:30pm – Owl Prowl – Nature Station

$3.00 adults/$2.00 children. Cost covers evening program only. Reservations and full deposits required. Call 270-924-2020 to reserve your space. Discover the nocturnal world of LBL and the owls that call it home. Get up close and personal with a few live owls before we head out on a guided night walk.

Monday, July 4th

1:00pm-4:00pm – Independence Day – Homeplace

Program free with paid admission. Enjoy an afternoon of holiday fun and entertainment at The Homeplace as we celebrate one of the biggest holidays in the 1850’s, Independence Day. Enjoy a visit from Kentucky statesman Henry Clay, play old-time games; enjoy a cool slice of watermelon, enjoy music, and a few tall tales. The day will end with a bang as a paper hot air balloon is launched into the sky to celebrate the biggest holiday of the 1850’s, Independence Day. 

Scheduled Times Throughout the Day

Picnic Day for the Animals – Nature Station

Programs free with NS admission.  People like to have picnics on July 4th, so we thought we’d treat the Nature Station animals to some of their favorite foods for the holiday too!

Program schedule:

  • 11:00am – Brunch for the Bobcat
  • 12:30pm – Vultures: Nature’s Garbage Crew
  • 1:30pm – Groundhog ‘s Grumbly Tummy
  • 2:30pm – Hungry Like the (Red) Wolf
  • 3:30pm – Turtle Time!

About Land Between The Lakes

When the Cumberland and Tennessee Rivers were impounded to create Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley, an inland peninsula was formed. In 1963, President John F. Kennedy designated the peninsula Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area in an effort to demonstrate how an area with limited timber, agricultural, and industrial resources could be converted into a recreation asset that would stimulate economic growth in the region. Today, LBL remains the country’s only such demonstration site and is the centerpiece of the region’s tourism industry.

Land Between The Lakes offers all the outdoor recreation “basics,” with some unique opportunities for environmental education and historic interpretation. Nestled in western Kentucky and Tennessee, LBL hosts visitors from all over the nation and from more than 30 foreign countries. With more than 170,000 acres and 300 miles of undeveloped shoreline, you’ll discover a wide range of opportunities in LBL to create memories that will last a lifetime.

LBL is maintained by the Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, in partnership with “Friends of LBL” for the public’s enjoyment and safety.

Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area
100 Van Morgan Drive
Golden Pond, KY 42211

Phone: 270-924-2000
Toll Free: 800-525-7077


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