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Celebrate July 4th Weekend at LBL

GOLDEN POND, KY - Celebrate July 4th weekend with unique activities at Land Between The Lakes (LBL) National Recreation Area. Whether you're reliving the patriotic spirit of the 1850s or "picnicking" with the animals, there will be an outdoor activity for every member of the family to enjoy.

Join us for a day--or the entire weekend--LBL staff will be offering fun and educational programs all weekend long. The highlight of the weekend is Monday, July 4, as The Homeplace (HP) hosts a traditional 1850's Independence Day Celebration. Kick off the day's festivities at 1 p.m. with the raising of the 1850's USA 30-star flag. A favorite speech in the 1850s was the reading of The Declaration of Independence; join the group reading after the flag-raising. Enjoy a special performance by Kentucky statesman Henry Clay, portrayed by George McGee and funded by the Kentucky Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Spend the afternoon enjoying historic games for all ages, a pie eating contest, old-time music, and some mouth-watering watermelon.

"July 4th at The Homeplace is a wonderful way for the whole family to experience and learn the history behind one of the most important holidays in the 1850s," said Special Events Coordinator Cindy Earls. "We welcome everyone to make a day of it--bring lawn chairs, blankets, and your picnic basket of goodies."

Everyone enjoys a July 4th picnic, including the Nature Station (NS) animals! Travel to the NS to visit with our resident animals while they enjoy their special holiday treats.

All programs are included with general admission to HP and NS: $4 ages 13 and up, $2 ages 5-12, and free for ages 4 and under. Admission to the Golden Pond Planetarium (GPP) for Laser Light Music Shows is $6 on Friday and Saturday nights for all ages. (Advanced ticket purchases are available by calling 270-924-2237 .) Sunset Canoe Trip requires additional fee and reservation--call 270-924-2020 .

A variety of LBL programs taking place during the weekend include:



Saturday, July 2
Visit with Smokey Bear
Throughout the Day
NS
19th Century Photography
10am-12pm & 1-4pm
HP
What Lurks at Night by Your Campsite
11:30am
NS
Wet & Wacky Games
1pm
NS
Eagle Craft Booth
2-4pm
NS
Sunset Canoe Trip
6-8:30pm
NS
Laser Spirit
7pm
GPP
Journey to the Edge of Space and Time
8:30pm
GPP
Summer Nights
9:30pm
GPP
Sunday, July 3
Truly American Animals
12pm
NS
Treats with Summer Fruits
1pm
HP
Let the Turtle Race Begin!
2:30pm
NS
Owl Prowl
7:30-9:30pm
NS
Monday, July 4
Picnic Day for the Animals
Throughout the Day
NS
Brunch for the Bobcat
11am
NS
Vultures: Nature's Garbage Crew
12:30pm
NS
Independence Day
1pm-4pm
HP
Groundhogs Grumbly Tummy
1:30pm
NS
Hungry Like the (Red) Wolf
2:30pm
NS
Turtle Time!
3:30pm
NS

(June 20, 2011 - www.lbl.org)