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Fireworks will light up the sky this weekend at communities across the state to celebrate the Fourth of July. While many shows take place on Monday, including in Lexington, you’ll find plenty of events throughout the weekend.

This year, Lexington’s fireworks are on the move from downtown to a location near Commonwealth Stadium, 1540 University Drive. Fireworks will be launched from Alumni Drive over the stadium at 10 p.m on Monday.

The stadium and University of Kentucky Arboretum will be closed to pedestrian and vehicular traffic at 8 p.m. on Monday. Alumni Drive between University Drive and Tates Creek Road will be closed from 9:30 to 11 p.m. College Way will be closed from 9:30 to 11 p.m. Parking and viewing areas will be available around Commonwealth Stadium. Don’t forget a blanket or chair. There will be no vendors selling food and drink. Also, there will be no tailgating. Lextran will run shuttles from the downtown Transit Center to the stadium, with departures at 8:30 p.m. to the stadium and return shuttles after the fireworks. Fare is $1 each way.

Other shows

Lexington Legends games: The Legends take on the Rome Braves at 6:35 p.m. Sunday at Whitaker Bank Ballpark, 207 Legends Ln. Following the games, the crowd can enjoy a fireworks show. Sunday’s event is Megablast, the biggest fireworks show in the 16-year history of the ballpark. Most tickets are $11 at the gate, $10 in advance for the Saturday game, $9 in advance for the Sunday game. 859-422-7867.

Herrington Lites Fireworks Show: Near Kennedy Bridge on Ky. 152 between Mercer and Garrard counties. Begins at dark on Saturday.

My Old Kentucky Home State Park, Bardstown: The Stephen Foster Story performance starts at 8 p.m. Saturday. 411 E. Stephen Foster Ave., Bardstown. Cupcakes at intermission. Fireworks after the show. Show tickets $11-$25. 502-348-5971.

Pineville Star Spangled Boom: 10 p.m. Sunday. The best viewing spots will be on Pine Street at the Pineville Water Co./Bell-Whitley parking lot and the Pic Pac lot.

Lake Reba, Richmond: Festivities starts at 5 p.m. Monday at Lake Reba, Lake Reba Drive, Richmond. Fireworks at 10 p.m. Presented by the City of Richmond and Richmond Parks and Recreation. $5 parking fee per car.

Paris: Bourbon County Fairgrounds, 30 Legion Road. Festivities begin at 6 p.m., followed by fireworks at 10 p.m. on Monday.

R. J. Corman Railroad Group, Nicholasville: Fireworks display 10 p.m. Monday near the Corman property on Jessamine Station Road in Nicholasville. A community viewing area will be set up. Gates open for parking at 8 p.m.

Georgetown: At dark on Monday at Brooking Park, U.S. Route 25 North.

Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park, Buckhorn: Traditional firework show starts at dark on Monday at the park, located at 4441 Kentucky Highway 1833.

For a list of Fourth of July events at all Kentucky state parks, go to

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