Here's a sampling of Independence Day-related festivities in Central Kentucky.
Lexington activities include: ■ Bluegrass 10,000 race, 7:30 a.m. ■ Downtown Street Festival 9 a.m.-6 p.m. ■ Entertainment sites: Cheapside Park, Lexington History Museum on Short Street, CentrePointe lot, Phoenix Park, Robert F. Stephens Courthouse Plaza ■ Kids Zone in parking lot at E. Short St. and N. Limestone. Free craft activities 10 a.m.-2 p.m. ■ Reading of the Declaration of Independence at Main Street and Fifth Third Bank after the Bluegrass 10,000 awards ceremony ■ Parade from Midland Avenue down Main Street to Broadway, 2 p.m. ■ July 4th Live! Band and Location TBA, 7:00-9:30pm ■ Downtown fireworks, 10 p.m. Downtownlex.com
Note: Because of the dry weather, some organizers might cancel fireworks displays. Keep an eye out for news on that front as the Fourth draws closer.
Fort Boonesborough State Park. Through July 8. Patriotic activities, contests, crafts, bingo, free tours, hayrides, parade. Fort Boonesborough State Park, 4375 Boonesboro Rd., Richmond. Free with camping registration. (859) 527-331, Ext. 234. Parks.ky.gov.
Liberty Hall Historic Site Old-Fashioned Family Fourth of July. 2-4 p.m. July 4. Patriotic music, drinks, watermelon, games, dessert contest, kids activities. Liberty Hall Historic Site, 202 Wilkinson St., Frankfort. Free. (502) 227-2560. www.libertyhall.org.
Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park. July 4. Fireworks, live entertainment, food. Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park, 4441 Ky. 1833, Buckhorn. (606) 398-7510. Parks.ky.gov.
Georgetown and Scott County. July 4. Parade at 11 a.m. on Main St., Georgetown. Events throughout day at Brooking Park, including fireworks at 9 p.m. Georgetownky.com.
Richmond. July 4. Music, kids' activities 2-10 p.m., fireworks at 10. Lake Reba Park, Richmond. Parking: $5. (859) 626-8474. Richmondkytourism.com.
Versailles and Woodford County. July 4. Beach party at 4:30 p.m., entertainment at 6, fireworks at dusk. Woodford County Fairgrounds, Versailles. $3, $12 per carload, free for ages 6 and younger. (859) 873-5122. Woodfordcountyinfo.com.
Berea. July 4. Activities at 5 p.m., free swimming 6-8 p.m., fireworks about 10. Berea Community Park, Berea. (859) 986-9402. Berea.com.
Paris and Bourbon County. July 4. Vendors, activities and entertainment at 6 p.m. Fireworks at 9:30. Bourbon County Fairgrounds, Legion Dr., Paris. (859) 987-2149.
Red, White and Boom. July 7. Live music beginning at 3 p.m. (Josh Turner, Darryl Worley, Lauren Mink, more), fireworks at dusk. Whitaker Bank Ballpark, 207 Legends Ln., Lexington. $7, free for ages 12 and younger. 1-866-698-4253. Lexingtonlegends.com, WBUL.com.