Posted in: Louisville attractions, Louisville Real Estate, What to do in Louisville, Author: Younger Group (June 27, 2012)
When July 4 comes mid-week, you’ll probably be tempted to take a couple days off before or after to enjoy the holiday with the many activities that will light up the Louisville riverfront over the next week. You could celebrate the Fourth with a backyard barbeque, but many of the events have great food available. As many events will benefit a charity if you participate, you can do good while enjoying yourself.
If you look at the events in Louisville throughout the year, you will see a few patterns. Many pull people toward our beautiful waterfront, benefit both the local economy and special charities, and are in line with Louisville’s stated goals to be healthy an environmentally friendly. Two events over the next week illustrate this perfectly.
Riverfest Music Festival: Ten local bands will entertain Louisville right along the river starting at 5pm Friday, June 29 and continuing through Saturday, June 30. You can camp nearby or boat in for the day, as you enjoy a mix of rock, soul, and R&B from groups such as the Devonshires, the Louisville Crashers, Soul, Inc., and more. Though you can bring your own cooler, you don’t want to miss the delicious pulled pork, chicken, burgers, and dogs from Butcher’s Best.
As befitting a festival held along the river, the event will support Edge Outreach. A local organization committed to bringing clean drinking water to disaster environments and developing communities in 23 countries, Edge send volunteers to diagnose water issues, install purification systems, and train local people. The work of this group helped Louisville be named as the model for compassionate cities and the International Water Capital of the World. Your donation of $10 ($20 at the door) will gain you entrance to Riverfest.
Waterfront Independence Day Festival. Sponsored by Fifth Third Bank for 10 of its 13 years, the Waterfront Independence Day Festival offers two days of free country, jazz, rock, and funk concerts, kids activities, food, and of course, fireworks. The fireworks on Wednesday night promise to be spectacular, plus offer a safer option than home fireworks shows.
As you enjoy snacking from the wide array of concession fare, you can benefit those who go to bed hungry in Louisville by donating non-perishables at Dare to Care collection points at each festival entrance. The collection effort is coordinated by Yum! Brands, as part of the company’s commitment to end world hunger.
With thousands of people coming to the waterfront, there is a potential for a lot of waste to be left behind. To minimize environment impact and promote a healthy alternative to pop, you can buy a refillable plastic bottle and refill it as many times as you want with Louisville pure tap® and then drop the bottle in a recycling bin. The proceeds from the sale of the bottles go to Edge Outreach. Vendors will donate used grease to be recycled for biodiesel and recycle cardboard packing materials.
You can help prevent pollution by biking to the festival, carpooling, or splurging by staying downtown at the Galt House, which is offering a special holiday package. Valet bike parking is free.
Come relax by the river in Louisville, enjoy events planned around this July 4th, and help your neighbors. Househunting? I can help you buy or sell property in Butchertown or other great Louisville locations. I’m Mollie Younger from the Younger Group where We Know Louisville. Give me a call and get started today!
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7/16-20/12 Backbone Bonanza
7/17/2012 Drum Corps International Louisville
7/20/2012 Shine On Louisville Music Fest
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