Fireworks, Fourth of July events back to full schedule

Lexington will celebrate Fourth of July with a bang this year, Mayor Linda Gorton said.

All the festivities and fireworks are back, pre-COVID-19 style. This year’s events will include an Ice Cream Social, Patriotic Concert, Bluegrass 10,000, Fourth of July Festival and Parade, and a fireworks spectacular.

“After two years of public health guidelines and safety precautions due to COVID-19, we can now return to four days full of Independence Day celebrations,” Mayor Gorton said. “And, the celebration will end with a Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular, thanks to our continued partnership with R. J. Corman Railroad Group.”

Starting with a new partnership in 2019, R. J. Corman Railroad Group has hosted the launch site of Lexington’s Fourth of July fireworks each year. “R. J. Corman Railroad Company is pleased to partner with Mayor Gorton’s office, the City of Lexington, and the Parks & Recreation Department another year to provide our facilities as staging grounds for the 2022 Independence Day fireworks,” said Ed Quinn, President & CEO, R. J. Corman Railroad Group. “We are honored to serve our community this way, and we look forward to this year’s celebration of our country’s independence and the freedoms we enjoy.”

The fireworks will begin at 10 p.m., Monday, July 4. Residents are encouraged to come downtown to view the fireworks show.

The Division of Parks and Recreation oversees the programming of this year’s Fourth of July events. “We're excited to celebrate all weekend long and offer a full schedule of events for the first time in three years,” said Adrienne Thakur, Deputy Director of Recreation for Parks & Recreation. “We were able to bring the Bluegrass 10,000 and fireworks back last year, but this year our Parks & Recreation team is excited to be back to our full complement of festivities, with the parade, festival, race, concerts, and other fun events!”

More details can be found at The division also manages and develops over 100 city parks and natural areas, six pools, five golf courses, community centers, recreational programs, and three arts venues.


Friday, July 1

Ice Cream Social
Henry A. Tandy Centennial Park, 251 W. Main St.
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 2

Red, White & Blues
Moondance Amphitheater, 1152 Monarch St.
5 – 9 p.m.

Sunday, July 3

Patriotic Concert
Transylvania University and Gratz Park, W. Third St.
Preshow: 5 – 6:30 p.m. – Young at Heart Big Band
Main Show: 7:30 – 9 p.m. – Lexington Philharmonic

Monday, July 4

Bluegrass 10,000 and Fun Run
Corner of Main St. and N. Limestone St.
7:25 a.m.

Fourth of July Festival
Robert F. Stephens Courthouse Plaza, 120 N. Limestone St.
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Fourth of July Parade
Main St. (Downtown)
11:30 a.m.

Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular
Launched at Main St and Oliver Lewis Way
10 p.m.