Killarney town is set for a major transformation this coming July as America’s most significant national holiday is taking over the town. Killarney’s annual 4th of July Independence Day festival is set to be a celebration of all things American! Festivities on Wednesday July 4th include The Big Parade, An out-door cinema, choir singing, a street party, swing dancing, and lots more fun for both young and old, all located in the beautiful scenic town of Killarney. Speaking about the event, Killarney festival committee joint chairman Ollie Favier said: 

“There will be a host of fun filled activities for both young and old throughout the day and this year the festival, now in its 5th year, aims to bring the town to life in a fun and exciting way to celebrate all that is great about the US and to remember the years of legacy between the United States and Ireland.”

The celebrations will commence at 3pm with the raising of the American flag by the Mayor of Killarney & Chamber President at Killarney town hall. Following that the town will transformed into a carnival atmosphere of fun and entertainment.

Street BBQs, Brass bands, Cheerleaders, Disney characters will be on hand to keep everyone entertained from 3pm – 7pm.

The Highlight of the Day is The Big parade which will commence at 7pm from the outlet centre Car park, and this will bring the streets of Killarney to life.

Following the big parade there will be a screening of “Dirty Dancing” in an outdoor screen on the grounds of Killarney House.

This is a Free Ticket event and places must be booked online and it is an alcohol free event.

And of course no 4th of July Celebration would be complete without a spectacular fireworks display which will round off the evening at 11.15 pm and light up the night sky over Killarney.  

Ollie Favier added:

“The excitement is already building and this festival has something to offer both visitors and locals alike, packed full of fun, energy and entertainment with lots of fun and memories in the making.”

The Fourth of July is the most significant national holiday in the United States and given Killarney’s unique relationship with America through the years is now an annual event in the town. It celebrates the Declaration of Independence, adopted on 4 July, 1776. The Thirteen Colonies of America declared themselves to be states and no longer part of the British Empire, though the revolutionary war continued for some time after.

For more information you can visit the festival Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/KillarneyJuly4thCelebrations/