Stephen Foster Story to host July 4th celebration 

The Stephen Foster Drama Association in Bardstown has announced they will once again host their annual 4th of July FiveStar Fireworks celebration, which will coincide with the evening’s performance of “The Stephen Foster Story.”

July 4 is a notable day for the Stephen Foster Drama Association, celebrating both the nation’s birth and the birthday of its namesake, Stephen Foster. Born on July 4, 1826, exactly 50 years after the Declaration of Independence was ratified, Foster is commonly known as the “father of American music.”

To honor both occasions, a variety of family-friendly festivities sponsored by FiveStar will take place outside the J. Dan Talbott Amphitheatre at My Old Kentucky Home State Park before the 8 p.m. performance of “The Stephen Foster Story.” The celebration will include bouncy houses, temporary tattoos, hula hoop and water balloon games, and a cast meet and greet. During intermission, the audience will be treated to cupcakes. After the performance, audience members can stay in their seats to enjoy a fireworks show set to a custom music track.

“It’s an honor to share Stephen Foster’s legacy with our community on such a significant day in American history,” said Johnny Warren, Executive Artistic Director for The Stephen Foster Story and the Stephen Foster Drama Association. “We are thrilled to welcome audiences from near and far to join us in this celebration.”

Tickets can be purchased at or by calling 502-348-5971 or 800-626-1563.  Because of the event’s popularity, attendees are encouraged to purchase their tickets early. 

To learn more about “The Stephen Foster Story” and other productions and events hosted by the Stephen Foster Drama Association this season, visit