Lexington’s Fourth of July Festival information


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Lexington’s Fourth of July Festival, Presented by Ball Homes and Central Bank, is one of Lexington’s largest events, attracting over 80,000 people to downtown Lexington over a two-day span.

Officials say the two-day festival will feature the Great American Pie Contest and Ice Cream Social, Patriotic Concert, Bluegrass 10,000 Footrace, Downtown Street Festival, Independence Day Parade, July Fourth Live!, and a fireworks show.

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“We are excited to once again produce two days of events that celebrate our country’s independence and showcase our vibrant, thriving downtown,” said Terry Sweeney, President and CEO of Downtown Lexington Partnership.

This year, the fireworks show will move back to the R.J. Corman Railyard, a proven launch location from 2015 and previous years. The R.J. Corman launch site will avoid logistical challenges that were experienced last year. Main Street between Broadway and Jefferson will be closed to serve as the primary viewing area for the general public.

The fireworks will not be viewable from inside of Triangle Park or the Fifth Third Bank Pavilion, as buildings will obstruct the view. Zambelli Fireworks, a world-renowned fireworks company, will produce this year’s show for the eighth consecutive year.

“We are excited to work with Ball Homes, Central Bank, and the City to bring the fireworks back downtown, and provide a safe launch site that gives the citizens of the greater Lexington community the opportunity to celebrate such an important day for our nation. Our company has a strong presence in Central Kentucky, and we are honored to give support back to the community that supports us and our business every day,” said Ed Quinn, President and CEO of R.J. Corman Railroad Group.

“We are thrilled to be a part of this celebration of our country’s freedom. Ball Homes is pleased to be a supporter of the Fourth of July Festival and to join in honoring our country’s legacy of unity and independence,” said Lisa Ball, Ball Homes Executive Vice President.

Schedule of Events:

Wednesday, July 3
12:00 p.m. – Great American Pie Contest and Ice Cream Social at the Fifth Third Bank Pavilion.
8:00 p.m. – Patriotic Concert (Featuring the Kentucky National Guard’s 202nd U.S. Army Band, the Lexington Singers and various soloists, including world-renowned tenor Gregory Turay) at Morrison Lawn, Transylvania University.

Thursday, July 4
7:30 a.m. – Bluegrass 10,000 Footrace, Downtown.
9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. – Downtown Street Festival (includes arts/crafts vendors, entertainment, concessions). Entertainment sites include lower Courthouse Plaza, Phoenix Park, the corner of Short and Upper Streets, and Fifth Third Bank Pavilion.
11:00 a.m. – Reading of the Declaration of Independence, Main Street at the Lexington Financial Center.
2:00 p.m. – Independence Day Parade, Main Street from Midland to Mill St.
10:00 p.m. – Fireworks, launched from the R.J. Corman Railyard.