Fireworks, July 4th events back on schedule

Lexington will celebrate the Fourth of July with a bang this year, Mayor Linda Gorton said.

All celebrations and fireworks are back, in pre-COVID-19 style. This year’s events include an Ice Cream Social, a Patriotic Concert, Bluegrass 10,000, a Fourth of July festival and parade, and a spectacular fireworks display.

“After two years of public health and safety precautions related to COVID-19, we can now return to four days of Independence Day celebrations,” Mayor Gorton said. “And thanks to our continued partnership with the RJ Corman Railroad Group, the celebration will conclude with a fireworks display on July 4th.”

Beginning with a new partnership in 2019, the RJ Corman Railroad Group has hosted the launch site of Lexington’s Fourth of July fireworks display each year. “RJ Corman Railroad Company is pleased to continue working with the Office of Mayor Gorton, the City of Lexington and the Parks & Recreation Department for another year to provide our facilities to host the 2022 Independence Day fireworks display,” said Ed Quinn, President and CEO. RJ Corman Railroad Group. “We are honored to serve our community in this way, and we look forward to this year’s celebration of our country’s independence and the freedoms we enjoy.”

The fireworks display begins at 10:00 p.m. on Monday, July 4th. Residents are encouraged to come downtown to watch the fireworks.

The Department of Parks and Recreation is overseeing programming for this year’s July 4th events. “We look forward to celebrating all weekend long and offering a full program of events for the first time in three years,” said Adrienne Thakur, Associate Director of Recreation at Parks & Recreation. “Last year we were able to bring back the Bluegrass 10,000 and fireworks, but this year our Parks & Recreation team looks forward to returning to our full celebration program of parade, festival, races, concerts and other fun events! ”

Visit for more details. The department also manages and develops over 100 city parks and natural areas, six swimming pools, five golf courses, community centers, recreational programs and three arts sites.


Friday July 1st

ice cream social
Henry A. Tandy Centennial Park, 251 W. Main St.
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m

Saturday July 2nd

Red, White & Blue
Moondance Amphitheater, 1152 Monarch St.
5 p.m. – 9 p.m

Sunday 3rd July

Patriotic Concert
Transylvania University and Gratz Park, W. Third St.
Preshow: 5-6:30pm – Young at Heart Big Band
Main Show: 7:30pm – 9:00pm – Lexington Philharmonic

Monday 4th July

Bluegrass 10,000 and fun run
Corner of Main St. and N. Limestone St.
7:25 a.m

Feast of July 4th
Robert F. Stephens Courthouse Plaza, 120 N. Limestone St.
10 a.m. – 2 p.m

4th of July parade
main street (Downtown)
11:30 a.m

Fireworks spectacle on July 4th
Started at Main St and Oliver Lewis Way
22 O `clock

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