4th of July

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

When the liberty bells ring on July 8, it will symbolize our beginnings, as a small country of three or four million people taking on the greatest military power in the world. While we celebrate July 4th as Independence Day, it wasn't until four days later when the average American heard the Declaration of Independence for the first time by orators on the court square or read it posted on the wall of the local tavern. The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Captain Wendell Oury Chapter in Murray, hosts a Liberty Bell Tolling Ceremony at noon tomorrow, July 8, on the Calloway County Courthouse Lawn. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte sought the back story for the bell tolling to celebrate the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence from Murray State University Professor of History Bill Mulligan.

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

It's Independence Day. Let's take a break from parades, patriotic songs and pyrotechnics to think about the Declaration of Independence, which was adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Murray's Town & Gown Community Band and Chorus perform their 4th annual Freedom Fest concert Saturday night at 8 in Murray State University's Lovett Auditorium. Maestro Todd Hill says the free concert features a wide variety of patriot tunes and deep music from a community of performers diverse in age. He joins Mark Welch and Tracy Ross on Sounds Good with an overview of the music and other Freedom Fest events in Murray, and says the performance will be done in time for the fireworks.


Take a step back through time Saturday at Land Between the Lakes' Homeplace 1850's Independence Day Celebration. Experience how early Kentucky settlers celebrated this holiday with old time music, a famous statesman, the raising of a liberty pole, games and high technology: a hot air balloon. Lead Interpreter Cindy Earls speaks with Kate Lochte on Sounds Good about why this was a big holiday for families then as it is now.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

"It's the greatest rhythm and blues festival that never happened" and it's this Friday from 7 to 11 pm on WKMS. The Fireworks Rhythm & Blues Revue! is a virtual concert featuring legendary performers like Muddy Waters, Etta James, Solomon Burke, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Ray Charles, James Brown and many others. Dr. Bob Lochte produced this unique experience and speaks with Tracy Ross on Sounds Good  about the concept, how he chose the music and reuniting former WKMS hosts John Griffin and Jim Carpenter.

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Murray's Freedom Fest is full of activities for families this weekend, from golf tournaments, farmers market, parade with kazoo band, to arts and crafts vendors, inflatable and games for kids, a car show, live music by WKMS Battle of the Bands winners Big Atomic and finalists Red Ember, the Town & Gown Community Band concert and.... fireworks! On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte goes through the schedule with Murray Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director Erin Carrico.

Special Programming for 4th of July Weekend

Jun 10, 2015
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We're celebrating Independence Day all weekend long with special programming, including concerts, documentaries and a Fireworks Rhythm & Blues Revue produced by Dr. Bob! Here's the list of dates and times so you can mark your calendar for a fun-filled weekend.

The Murray State University Town and Gown Community Band celebrates Independence Day weekend with a concert Saturday night at 8 in Lovett Auditorium on the MSU campus. The concert is free and open to the public. The community band is a partnership between the university and the community, welcoming musicians of all ages to play together. Todd Hill stops by Sounds Good to talk with Tracy Ross about the concert.

photo by Robert Wyatt

Madisonville goes all out on the week of 4th of July, featuring baseball, fireworks, live music, outdoor movie night and more. Hopkins County's Tourism and Convention Commission Executive Director Trish Noel joins us on Sounds Good to talk about 4th Fest, starting tomorrow (Tuesday, July 1) with Praise in the Park starting at 6 p.m. Hear the conversation:

Celebrate 4th of July weekend with special programming on WKMS! Here's a rundown of what we're airing. (More to be added soon)


Jive House Funky 4th of July - (9 p.m.)

Join hosts John McMillen and Brad Robertson for a funky 4th of July featuring Ray Charles, Ike & Tina Turner, Syl Johnson, Rufus Thomas, Johnny Otis, Curtis Mayfield and many others! We'll start the fireworks for the whole weekend on Jive House!