Lexington’s Independence Day celebration includes the return of the Fourth of July Festival and Parade, as well as new offerings and annual favorites.

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 the day starts 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 rolls through downtown, which will get everyone in the patriotic spirit. Splashes of light and color will light up downtown, capping 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.