Fourth of July celebration

Lexington is excited to announce the return of our Fourth of July celebration! We invite you to join us as we celebrate our nation’s birthday.


Red, White & Blues
Moondance Amphitheater
Saturday, July 1, 2023 | 5:30 – 9  p.m.

Kick off the festivities and spend a beautiful summer night with family and friends enjoying the tunes of local blues legend Tee Dee Young! Willie Eames will get things started and food trucks and cold drinks will be available for purchase!

5:30 p.m. | Willie Eames
7 p.m. | Tee Dee Young 

Ice Cream Social
Henry A. Tandy Centennial Park
Sunday, July 2, 2023 | 2 – 4 p.m.   

Sweeten up the holiday weekend with a cool treat, live music and children's games and activities! Food trucks concessions also available for purchase!

1 p.m. | DJ J Alexander 
2:30 p.m. | Dixie Land South Jazz Band

Patriotic Concert
Transylvania University and Gratz Park 
Monday, July 3, 2023    
Preshow: 5:30 | 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 and Fun Run
Corner of Main Street and North Limestone 
Tuesday, July 4, 2023 | 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 47th 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. You can still register for the wheelchair, 10K, Fun Run or virtual race options.

Learn more and register

Fourth of July Festival & Market 
Courthouse Plaza and 5/3 Pavilion at Henry A Tandy Centennial Park
Tuesday, July 4, 2023 | 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 and after the parade. 

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

Courthouse Plaza Entertainment
10 a.m. | The Golden Harps
1 p.m. | Boogie G and the Titanics

Tandy Park Entertainment
10 a.m. | Erin Sliney
11:15 a.m. | Beth Burden
1:15 p.m. | Greg Schaber

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.
Tuesday, July 4 | 10 a.m.

Happy Birthday, America! The founding fathers signed this declaration on July 4, 1776 and America will celebrate its 247th birthday in 2023.

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)
Tuesday, July 4, 2023 | 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
Tuesday, July 4, 2023 | 10 p.m.  

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