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Where to watch fireworks and celebrate the Fourth of July

Check out these seven must-do Fourth of July events taking place in Lexington.

Two people embracing with fireworks in the background.

Watching the fireworks in good company is always a plus. | Photo by @femibranded

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The Fourth of July is this Thursday, and Lexington has a lot happening. To help you make the most of your celebrations, we’re rounding up a few events that are happening around town this week.

Heads up: Rain and potential storms are expected tomorrow. City officials are monitoring the weather and will update the community via its website and social media channels. Most events will continue rain or shine, however severe weather + high winds may delay the start of some.

Big Band and BOOM | Tuesday, July 2

Pack your picnic setup and some lawn chairs at Moondance Amphitheater for a special patriotic edition of Big Band & Jazz, including live music from Lexington Summer Concert Band.

Patriotic Concert | Wednesday, July 3

Bring your blankets and chairs to the Old Morrison Lawn at Transylvania University for a performance by the Lexington Philharmonic at 7:30 p.m. A pre-show will take place at 5 p.m. with music from Young at Heart.

A person jogging in Lexington, KY.

All runners will be cleared from the course by 10 a.m. and the Fourth of July Parade will follow at 12 p.m. | Photo by Lexington Parks & Recreation

Bluegrass 10,000 and Fun Run | Thursday, July 4

Participate in or cheer on the runners in this year’s patriotic races. The 10K starts at 7:25 a.m. at the corner of Main Street and North Limestone (it will finish here as well). The Fun Run will follow with a start time of 8:30 a.m., beginning parallel to the 10K but ending at the same finish line. You still have time to register. Bonus: You might spot some of your favorite city editors running the race.

Fourth of July Festival & Market | Thursday, July 4

Head to the Courthouse Plaza and Tandy Park to enjoy live music, family-friendly activities, food and drink vendors, and an art market from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Plus, the Fourth of July Parade will take place at 12 p.m. on Main Street.

Public Reading of the US Declaration of Independence | Thursday, July 4

Gather at the Old Courthouse at 10 a.m. for a live reading of the Declaration, where attendees can also brave the podium to read a short portion.

Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular | Thursday, July 4

Finish the day of festivities by watching the fireworks on Main Street and Oliver Lewis Way at 10 p.m.

Summer Nights in Suburbia: Red, White & Blues | Friday, July 5

Keep the celebration going at Moondance Amphitheater where local blues legend Tee Dee Young will take the stage at 7 p.m.

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