LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Fifth Third Bank Presents Lexington’s Fourth of July Festival kicks off Monday, July 3 at noon with the Great American Pie Contest and culminates on the evening of July 4 with fireworks outside Kroger Field.
All events are free and open to the public, except participation in the Bluegrass 10,000. Check out the full schedule of events happening over the two-day festival:
Monday, July 3
- Great American Pie Contest and Ice Cream Social
Fifth Third Bank Pavilion at Cheapside Park (251 W. Main St.)
noon – 1 p.m.
Bakers will be competing to see who has the best pie in Lexington. Come enjoy a free slice, along with ice cream from Sav’s Chill.
- Patriotic Music Concert
Transylvania University, Morrison Lawn (250 W. Third St.)
The 202nd Army Band of the Kentucky National Guard with Chief Warrant Officer Gregory Stepp conducting, are sure to put you in the patriotic mood with a wonderful outdoor concert. Special guest soloists include Cynthia Lawrence, Tedrin Blair Lindsay, Alicia Helm McCorvey, Everett McCorvey and Gregory Turay.
In the event of rain, the event will be held at Transylvania University’s Mitchell Fine Arts Center. Space will be limited to the first 1,000 guests and food and beverages will not be allowed within the theatre.
Tuesday, July 4
- Bluegrass 10,000 and Fun Run
The Bluegrass 10,000 is a certified 10,000 meter race through the main business and historic districts of downtown Lexington. New this year is team pricing and the Fastest Five Competition. Online registration is open through July 2.
- Downtown Street Festival
9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
The street festival will feature arts and crafts, nonprofit organizations, concessions vendors and more. Entertainment begins at 11 a.m. and will feature various country, rock, R&B and Bluegrass bands on five stages.
- Reading of the Declaration of Independence
Main St. and Fifth Third Bank
Downtown Lexington (Midland Ave. to Mill St.)
Fourth of July fireworks will be held near Kroger Field. Kroger Field itself will not be open, but parking lots around the stadium will be available as a place to park and watch the fireworks. No viewing is allowed from the Arboretum.
Officials recommend that patrons plan to arrive an hour prior to the event.
Visit Downtown Lexington Corporations’ official website atdowntownlex.com for a list of festival events and follow @DowntownLexCorp and facebook.com/DowntownLexCorp/ for updates throughout the festival.