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Ready for the Fourth? Lexington has no shortage of events on tap


Events marking the Fourth of July will run through the week in Lexington.

Adrienne Thakur with Lexington Parks and Rec says, as the city observes Independence Day, the packed calendar features events for all tastes, "which are carefully crafted and curated with musical talent, local food and drinks, activities, and of course dazzling fireworks.

The holiday week kicks off with an ice cream social at Henry A. Tandy Centennial Park at 5:30 Monday night. On Tuesday, it’s over to the Moondance Amphitheater for the Big Band and Boom concert starting at 7.

And a beloved tradition continues as the Lexington Philharmonic puts on its annual patriotic concert at Transylvania University at 7:30 Wednesday night.

On the Fourth, there’s a long list of events including Bluegrass 10,000 and Fun Run, the Fourth of July Festival and Market with musicians and vendors downtown, the parade at noon, and the Fireworks Spectacular at 10 Thursday evening.

Capping off the week, it’s back to Moondance for the Red, White, and Blues concert.

Full list below:

Monday, July 1

Ice Cream Social | Tandy Park | 5:30 – 8 p.m.

Tuesday, July 2

Big Band & Boom | Moondance Amphitheatre

Lexington Summer Concert Band | 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Wednesday, July 3

Patriotic Concert | Transylvania University at Old Morrison and Gratz Park

Young at Heart | 5 p.m.

Lexington Philharmonic | 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, July 4

BG10K | 7:25 a.m. | Main St. at Limestone

Fun Run | 8:30 a.m. | Short St. at the Courthouse Plaza

Festival & Market | 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. | Courthouse Plaza, Short St. and Tandy Park

Reading of the Declaration of Independence | 10 a.m. | Lexington's historic Courthouse on Main St.

Parade | noon | Main Street

Fireworks | 10 p.m. | Oliver Lewis Main and Main St.

Friday, July 5

Red White and Blues | 7 – 9 p.m. | Moondance Amphitheater

Josh James fell in love with college radio at Western Kentucky University's student station, New Rock 92 (now Revolution 91.7). After working as a DJ and program director, he knew he wanted to come home to Lexington and try his hand in public radio.