Fourth of July’s ‘Oohs and Aahs’ return to Lexington!

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Here comes the Fourth of July celebration, our city’s favorite holiday!

“We’re bringing back all the favorites,” Mayor Linda Gorton said. That includes the annual patriotic concert, ice cream social, Bluegrass 10,000 and Fun Run, festival, parade, and the fireworks … get ready for the oohs and aahs!

“Once again, we are going to have wonderful celebrations of American freedom and democracy,” Gorton said. “Break out your red, white and blue. Gather family and friends. And come out and enjoy all the fun.”

Thanks to a continued partnership with R. J. Corman Railroad Group, the City’s Fourth of July fireworks will launch from the company’s railyard, near the corner of Oliver Lewis Way and West Main Street. Corman makes it possible to have Lexington’s Fourth of July fireworks downtown.

“We are incredibly excited to partner with the city of Lexington once again for this year’s Fourth of July fireworks,” said Ed Quinn, President and CEO of R. J. Corman Railroad Group. “This collaboration highlights our commitment to our city and community. We look forward to a spectacular celebration of our freedoms together.”

The fireworks will begin at 10 p.m., Thursday, July 4. Residents and visitors are encouraged to be downtown for the best viewing experience.

The City’s Fourth of July events are organized and overseen by Lexington’s Division of Parks & Recreation.

“Lexington Parks & Recreation is excited to present another full week of events in celebration of our Independence Day,” said Adrienne Thakur, Deputy Director of Recreation for Lexington Parks & Recreation. “There will be something for everyone at these programs, which are carefully crafted and curated with musical talent, local food and drinks, activities, and, of course, dazzling fireworks. We hope to see you, your family, and friends at these events that are sure to add a spark to your week!”

For more information regarding upcoming Fourth of July festivities visit



Monday, July 1 

Ice Cream Social
Henry A. Tandy Centennial Park, 251 W. Main St.
5:30 – 8 p.m.

Tuesday, July 2

Big Band and BOOM
Lexington Summer Concert Band
Moondance Amphitheater, 1152 Monarch St.
7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Wednesday, July 3

Patriotic Concert
Transylvania University and Gratz Park, W. Third St.
Pre-show, 5 p.m. – Young at Heart Big Band
Main Show, 7:30 p.m. – Lexington Philharmonic

Thursday, July 4

Bluegrass 10,000 and Fun Run
Corner of Main St. and N. Limestone St.
BG10K: 7:25 a.m. (wheelchair), 7:30 a.m. (foot race)
Fun Run: 8:30 a.m.

Fourth of July Festival & Market
Robert F. Stephens Courthouse Plaza, 120 N. Limestone St. and 5/3 Pavilion at Henry A. Tandy Centennial Park 
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Public Reading of the United States Declaration of Independence
Historic Lexington Courthouse, 215 W. Main St.
10 a.m.

Fourth of July Parade
Main St. (Downtown)

Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular
Launched from the R. J. Corman rail yard near Main St and Oliver Lewis Way
10 p.m.

Friday, July 5

Summer Nights – Red, White & Blues
Moondance Amphitheater, 1152 Monarch St.
7 p.m.


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