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Lexington’s numerous Fourth of July festivities will pay tribute to local heroes

Fireworks will light up the night sky over downtown Lexington  as part of the city's Fourth of July festivities.   (Photo from Wikimedia Commons)

Fireworks will light up the night sky over downtown Lexington as part of the city’s Fourth of July Festival. (Photo from Wikimedia Commons)


With a “Celebrating Heroes” theme, Lexington will salute military personnel, veterans and first responders during this year’s Fourth of July Festival.

“As America celebrates Independence Day, it’s important we honor the men and women who defend our nation and protect our rights and freedom,” said Mayor Jim Gray in making the announcement. “From the Patriotic Concert, to the parade and fireworks, Lexington will pay tribute to our local heroes.”

Veterans and members of Lexington’s public safety divisions are encouraged to take part in festival activities, said Donna Moloney, Chair of the Fourth of July Festival committee. “The Patriotic Concert will feature the 202nd Army Band of the Kentucky National Guard, and the parade will include representatives from police, fire, and each branch of the military,” Moloney said.

Organizations and bands interested in participating in the parade should contact Laura Farnsworth of the Downtown Lexington Corporation at 859-425-2593 or laura@downtownlex.com. Equine units, bands and veterans groups are exempt from parade entry fees.

The Fourth of July Festival is managed by the Downtown Lexington Corporation in conjunction with the city. For more information, visit www.downtownlex.com.

Festivities include:

Great American Pie Contest

The festivities kick off at noon Wednesday, July 2, at the Fifth Third Pavillion, Cheapside Park with the Great American Pie Contest and Ice Cream Social. Bakers will be competing to see who has the best pie in Lexington.

Patriotic Concert

The free Patriotic Concert on the lawn of Old Morrison at Transylvania University on Thursday, July 3, features the 202nd Army Band of the Kentucky National Guard. The concert begins at 8 p.m..

Bluegrass 10,000

This year marks the 38th year for Lexington’s annual Independence Day race. The Crank Wheelchair Division starts at 7:20 a.m., the Wheelchair Division starts at 7:25 a.m., the 10K starts at 7:30 a.m., and the Fun Run begins at 8:15 a.m.

New for the race this year are $500 cash prizes for first place overall male and female winners in the 10k and Wheelchair divisions. Online registration begins on May 28 and will continue through June 25. All other registration begins on June 2. Entry forms are available at the Race Headquarters, the Lexington Herald-Leader and the Downtown Lexington Corp. The Race Headquarters are located at the Dunbar Community Center, 545 N. Upper St. Office hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m., June 2-6, and 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., June 9-July 1.

Street Festival

The streets of downtown Lexington will be filled with music, entertainment, arts and crafts vendors, and food and beverage stands from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Friday, July 4.

Entertainment sites are:

• Upper Courthouse Plaza

• Billboard Parking Lot

• Phoenix Park

• Old Courthouse at Upper Street

• Fifth Third Bank Pavilion


It wouldn’t be a 4th of July of festival without a parade. The parade will march down Main Street from Midland Avenue to Broadway beginning at 2 p.m.


Fireworks will light up the sky over downtown Lexington beginning at 10 p.m.

Red, White & BOOM! (tickets sold out)

This year’s Red, White & BOOM! concert is a two-day event featuring 18 country music acts at Whitaker Bank Ballpark on July 5 and 6. Tickets are sold out.


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