Fourth of July Celebration

Lexington Parks & Recreation is excited to announce our Fourth of July celebration festivities! We invite you to join us as we celebrate our nation’s birthday with events all throughout the week. Visit the tabs below for more detailed information for specific events. 

Monday, July 1

Ice Cream Social | Tandy Park | 5:30 – 8 p.m.

Tuesday, July 2

Big Band & Boom | Moondance Amphitheatre
Lexington Summer Concert Band | 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Wednesday, July 3

Patriotic Concert | Transylvania University at Old Morrison and Gratz Park
Young at Heart | 5 p.m. 
Lexington Philharmonic | 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, July 4

BG10K | 7:25 a.m. | Main St. at Limestone
Fun Run | 8:30 a.m. | Short St. at the Courthouse Plaza
Festival & Market | 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. | Courthouse Plaza, Short St. and Tandy Park 
Reading of the Declaration of Independence | 10 a.m. | Lexington's historic Courthouse on Main St. 
Parade | noon | Main Street
Fireworks | 10 p.m. | Oliver Lewis Main and Main St. 

Friday, July 5

Red White and Blues | 7 – 9 p.m. | Moondance Amphitheater

More Information

Lexington Parks & Recreation offers numerous events leading up to, and on, the Fourth of July. Click to expand the sections below for more information about these events. 

Ice Cream Social

Henry A. Tandy Centennial Park
Monday, July 1, 2024 | 5:30 – 8 p.m.   

Sweeten up the holiday week with a free cool treat, live music, children's games and activities! Food and beverage concession trucks will also be onsite for dinner options!


Big Band and Boom

Moondance Amphitheater
Tuesday, July 2, 2024 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Special edition Big Band & Jazz featuring a patriotic set from the Lexington Summer Concert Band. The serve as a grand finale for the series run at Moondance, but will move to Ecton Park the following week to close out the remainder of the season. Bring picnic or enjoy a variety of food vendors onsite. Patrons should bring a lawn chair or blanket for seating.

Patriotic Concert

Transylvania University and Gratz Park 
Wednesday, July 3, 2024    
Preshow: 5 p.m. | Young at Heart 
Main show: 7:30 p.m. | Lexington Philharmonic

Spend the Fourth of July eve with the Lexington Philharmonic and a thoughtful program celebrating America.   

Bring your blankets, lawn chairs and a picnic or enjoy dinner from a variety of food trucks. 

Bluegrass 10,000 & Fun Run

Corner of Main Street and North Limestone 
Thursday, July 4, 2024 | BG10K at 7:25 a.m. and Fun Run at 8:30 a.m. 

Ready, set, sign up! Kick off the Fourth of July at the 48th annual Bluegrass 10,000 and Fun Run. Cheer on the runners or get in on the action by running the 10K or 1-mile Fun Run. To participate in the fun you may register at the link below for the wheelchair, 10K or Fun Run:

Learn more and register

Fourth of July Festival & Market

Courthouse Plaza and 5/3 Pavilion at Henry A. Tandy Centennial Park
Thursday, July 4, 2024 | 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. 

Enjoy live music and children’s activities, or shop for arts and crafts and get a good spot to watch the parade. Food and beverage vendors will be on-site to help with your lunchtime needs. Festivities take place before, during and after the parade. 

Interested artists, performers, food and beverage vendors are encouraged to apply below. 

Courthouse Plaza Entertainment
10 a.m. | Bedford Band
1 p.m. | Honeychild

Tandy Park Entertainment
10 a.m. | The Lasses
11:15 a.m. | Aisley Autumn
1:15 p.m. | Trippin' Roots

Food vendor application

Alcohol vendor application

Art Fair vendor application

Performer application

Public Reading of the United States Declaration of Independence

Historic Lexington Courthouse 
215 W. Main St.
Thursday, July 4, 2024 | 10 a.m.

Happy Birthday, America! The founding fathers signed this declaration on July 4, 1776 and America will celebrate its 248th birthday in 2024.

Everyone is invited to gather on the stairs of the old Historic Lexington Courthouse to commemorate the reading of the founding document of the United States.

Those in attendance will be invited to read aloud a short portion of the Declaration.

Fourth of July Parade

Main Street (Downtown)
Thursday, July 4, 2024 | noon  

The Fourth of July parade steps off at noon and will move down Main Street from Midland to Mill Street. There will be plenty of red, white and blue to get everyone in the patriotic spirit. 

Enjoy the parade from the sideline, or register ahead of time if you wish to participate.

Parade entry registration

Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular 

Main Street and Oliver Lewis Way
Thursday, July 4, 2024 | 10 p.m.  

Close out your Fourth of July celebration with a bang! The fireworks extravaganza will start at approximately 10 p.m.

Summer Nights - Red White & Blues

Moondance Amphitheater
Friday, July 5, 2024 | 7 – 9  p.m.

Spend a beautiful summer night with family and friends enjoying the tunes of local blues legend Tee Dee Young! Food trucks and cold drinks will be available for purchase!

7 p.m. | Tee Dee Young