Lexington’s Independence Day Celebration schedule: What you need to know

Forget the Thanksgiving Turkey, Christmas carols and even opening day at Keeneland — Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton says the Fourth of July is the city’s favorite holiday.

“From the patriotic concert and the Bluegrass 10,000, all the way to the parade, the fireworks (and) all the festivities that go on, it’s going to be another great week of events this year,” Gorton said.

Gorton announced this year’s Fourth of July celebration schedule. The Lexington Parks and Recreation Department has packed a week’s-worth of events to celebrate the holiday.

“There will be something for everyone at these programs, which are carefully crafted and curated with musical talent, local food and drinks, activities, and, of course, dazzling fireworks,” said Adrienne Thakur, deputy director of the department.

“We hope to see you, your family and friends at these events that are sure to add a spark to your week.”

Here are the key dates and times you need to know:

Monday, July 1

Ice Cream Social

  • Henry A. Tandy Centennial Park, 251 W. Main St., 5:30-8 p.m.

Tuesday, July 2

Lexington Summer Concert Band at Moondance Amphitheater

  • 1152 Monarch St., 7-8:30 p.m.

Wednesday, July 3

Patriotic Concert

  • Transylvania University and Gratz Park, W. Third St. Pre-show at 5 p.m. — Young at Heart Big Band. Main Show at 7:30 p.m. — Lexington Philharmonic

Thursday, July 4

Bluegrass 10,000 and Fun Run

  • At the corner of Main St. and Limestone St.

  • BG10k at 7:25 a.m. (wheelchair users), 7:30 a.m. (rest of participants)

  • Fun Run at 8:30 a.m.

Fourth of July Festival and Market

  • Robert F. Stephens Courthouse Plaza, 120 N. Limestone St.

  • 5/3 Pavilion at Henry A. Tandy Centennial Park, 251 W. Main St.

  • Both locations operate from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.

Public Reading of the U.S. Declaration of Independence

  • Historic Lexington Courthouse, 215 W. Main St., 10 a.m.

Fourth of July Parade

  • Main St. (the parade will process through downtown Lexington), noon

Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular

  • Launched from the R.J. Corman Rail Yard near Main St. and Oliver Lewis Way, 10 p.m.

Friday, July 5

Summer Nights — Red, White and Blues

  • Moondance Amphitheater, 1152 Monarch St., 7 p.m.