Expect plenty of fireworks, food, music and more this Fourth of July in the Bluegrass.
Lexington’s celebration starts at noon Monday with the Great American Pie Contest and Ice Cream Social at Cheapside Park. That night, the 202nd Army Band of the Kentucky National Guard will perform the Patriotic Music Concert at 8 p.m. on Morrison Lawn at Transylvania University.
Runners will take to the streets of downtown Lexington at 7 a.m. Tuesday for the Bluegrass 10K. The fun continues with the street festival from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and a parade at 2 p.m. The day closes with a free fireworks show at Kroger Field, formerly Commonwealth Stadium, starting at 10 p.m.
Ready for a road trip? Songwriter Stephen Foster was born on the Fourth of July, and on Tuesday, you can celebrate the 191st anniversary of his birth with a special night at “The Stephen Foster Story” musical in Bardstown. The night will include pre-show activities, cupcakes at intermission, and a fireworks display to cap off the evening.
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Here’s a look at those and other Fourth of July celebrations around the area.
Stamping Ground Old Glory Parade and Celebration
Noon-6 p.m. July 1. Buffalo Springs Park, near Burch Street and Woodlake Road. Food will be served, and there will be family-friendly entertainment. Stampinggroundkentucky.com.
Morehead Freedom Fest
4-11 p.m. July 1. Downtown Morehead. Live music from The Wooks and more, food, cruise-in. Fireworks at 9:45 p.m. Facebook.com/moreheadfreedomfest.
Lights Over Herrington Fireworks Show
9:30-10:30 p.m. July 2. Kamp Kennedy Marina, 4646 Kennedy Bridge Road, Lancaster. Bit.ly/2s2tqQT. Free.
Lexington’s Fourth of July Festival
▪ Great American Pie Contest and Ice Cream Social. Noon July 3. Cheapside Park, 251 West Main Street.
▪ Patriotic Music Concert. 8 p.m. July 3. Morrison Lawn, Transylvania University.
▪ Bluegrass 10K. 7 a.m. July 4. Starts near the corner of Main Street and Eastern Avenue.
▪ Street Festival 9 a.m.-6 p.m. July 4. Downtown Lexington.
▪ Parade 2 p.m. July 4. Starting at Midland Avenue at Main Street.
▪ Fireworks. 10 p.m. July 4. Kroger Field, 1540 University Drive. Kroger Field will be closed, but parking will be available surrounding the stadium. No parking at the Arboretum on Alumni Drive.
Georgetown Fourth of July Parade
▪ Parade. 11 a.m. July 4. Downtown Georgetown. Beginning on Military Street, then west on Main Street.
▪ Fireworks. 7 p.m. July 4. Scott County Park, 1260 U.S. Route 25, Georgetown. Scott-county.kiwanisone.org.
Liberty Hall Old-Fashioned Fourth of July
2-4 p.m. July 4. Liberty Hall Historic Site, 218 Wilkinson Street, Frankfort. Watermelon, lemonade, historical lawn games, live music by the Bourbon Boys Brass Quintet. 502-227-2560. Libertyhall.org. Free.
Berea Fourth of July Spectacular
4-11 p.m. July 4. Berea City Park, 6 Pirate Parkway, Berea. Fireworks, children’s activities, live entertainment. Visitberea.com.
Lake Reba Fourth of July Celebration
5 p.m. July 4. Fireworks 10 p.m. Lake Reba Park, 299 Lake Reba Drive, Richmond. Facebook.com/richmondkyparks. $5 per car.
‘The Stephen Foster Story’ Celebration
Lexington Legends Mega Blast Fireworks Show
R.J. Corman Fourth of July Fireworks
Parking 8-9:30 p.m. July 4. Near the Corman property on Jessamine Station Road, Nicholasville. Facebook.com/rjcormanrailroadgroup.
State Park Celebrations
For a complete list of state park events, go to Parks.ky.gov/fourth-of-july.