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New events and returning favorites will light up Lexington’s Fourth of July weekend schedule

New events and returning favorites will light up Lexington’s Fourth of July weekend schedule

Lexington’s Division of Parks & Recreation has announced the schedule for this year’s Fourth of July weekend of events, which includes the return of the Fourth of July Festival and Parade, as well new offerings and annual favorites.

“We can’t wait to celebrate all weekend long and offer a full complement of events for the first time in three years,” said Amber Luallen, Superintendent of Cultural Arts & Events for Parks & Recreation. “We had the Bluegrass 10,000 and fireworks last year, but this year will be the first time in three years that we’ll be doing the parade, festival, concerts, and other fun events!”

The weekend kicks off on Friday, July 1, with an Ice Cream Social at the Fifth Third Pavilion in Henry A. Tandy Centennial Park. A new event headlines Saturday night, July 2, at Moondance Amphitheater, as Red, White and Blues will offer tasty foods and drinks to the tunes of local blues legend TeeDee Young. The Patriotic Concert returns to Gratz Park and Transylvania University on Sunday, July 3, with the Young at Heart big band and Lexington Philharmonic.

July Fourth will be packed with lots of fun events for the entire family to enjoy. Ready, set, and race down Main St. as we get the day started at 7:25 a.m. with the 46th Annual Bluegrass 10,000 race, featuring the popular new route that premiered last year. The Fourth of July Festival returns this year, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., with food trucks and live music. At 11:30 a.m., the annual parade will stroll through downtown, which will get everyone in the patriotic spirit. Splashes of light and color will light up downtown as we cap off the night with the city’s fireworks extravaganza near the corner of Main St. and Oliver Lewis Way.

Visit for more information about the events and activities happening Fourth of July weekend in Lexington.


Friday, July 1

Ice Cream Social
Henry A. Tandy Centennial Park
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 2

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

Sunday, July 3

Patriotic Concert
Transylvania University and Gratz Park
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
Corner of Main St. and N. Limestone St.
7:25 a.m.

Fourth of July Festival
Courthouse Plaza
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

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

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

Parks & Recreation, a Division of the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, oversees the programming, maintenance, and development of over 100 city parks and natural areas, six pools, five golf courses, community centers, recreational programs, and three arts venues. To find out more, follow @LexKYParks on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, or sign up for the email newsletter.