Even in a global pandemic, there will be fireworks

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Even in 2020 …  even in the midst of a global pandemic … even in a time when there are so many challenges … there will be fireworks.

Lexington will light up the sky this Fourth of July with a spectacular high-flying display designed to be visible within a mile radius of the downtown launch pad. 

“We want to lift up our city’s spirits, celebrate our patriotism, and just have fun,” Gorton said. “There have been so many things we have had to say ‘no’ to in recent weeks. For fireworks on the Fourth of July it was time to say ‘yes’!”

Once again, R.J. Corman will host the launch site, Gorton said. “Thanks to R.J. Corman. Without them it would be very difficult to have the kind of fireworks Lexington expects downtown,” Gorton said.

Ed Quinn, President and CEO of R. J. Corman Railroad Group, said, “We are thrilled to work with Mayor Gorton’s office, the City of Lexington, and the Parks & Recreation Department to present the 2020 Independence Day fireworks. Central Kentucky is our home, and this community is very dear to us as a company. I'm glad our Railroad Company Central Kentucky Lines here in downtown Lexington can provide a safe and suitable staging area so that everyone can enjoy the festivities.”

Like everything else this year, the fireworks celebration will be a little different in 2020. “COVID-19 doesn’t take time off to celebrate the Fourth,” Gorton said. “So we still have to be careful through social distancing and by wearing a mask.”

Citizens who can’t see the fireworks from their homes are encouraged to drive to an appropriate parking spot and celebrate from their cars. “There are lots of places to park. Bring the lawn chairs and sit near the car. Maintain social distance, and wear a mask,” Gorton said.

Although COVID-19 has forced the city to cancel the Fourth of July Parade and Festival, and the Patriotic Concert, Lexington Parks & Recreation has several new ideas:  

  • Bluegrass 10K Virtual Race:  The Bluegrass 10,000 is on, but virtually. Register by July 1 online for $35 at lexingtonky.gov. Run between July 1 and July 7, then enter your time online. Almost 900 racers have already signed up. Shirts designed by Cricket Press are available for curbside pick-up.
  • Door or Mailbox Decorating Contest: Organize a door or mailbox decorating party in your neighborhood. On the Fourth of July, walk together as a family and check out all the creations! There will be a contest with the Mayor picking the winner. 
  • Week of Festive Crafts: Parks will plan different crafts for every day of Fourth of July week. Ideas will be posted on the Parks’ Artworks at the Carver Center page.