Changes in annual Lexington 4th of July Celebration

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A different parade route, a free concert and changing the date are just the highlights of the changes in store for this year's holiday celebration.

Nearly a month away from the annual July fourth celebration in downtown Lexington and anyone whose traveled downtown has likely seen a different kind of fireworks... the construction kind.

It hasn't gone unnoticed by those in charge of planning the holiday festivities.

Penny Ebel, the Lexington Special Events Director says, "That's the reason for some changes this year."

For instance the parade route will be shorter. Ebel says, "The parade will only be on main street this year."

To compensate for the people expected to line up along the route, the event's director says extra bleachers will be brought in.

The construction impact will also impact where vendors set up, Vine Street is out of play but the CenterPointe block is in and so is the new Cheapside street fifth third pavilion.

Ebel says the construction will be temporarily halted that day.

"They're going to stop work a day before and clean-up the work site," she says.

But arguably the biggest change is; July 4Th will be celebrated a day early.

Ebel says, "Many years ago they tried on Sunday and realized that having a huge festival closing streets was not a good idea on Sunday."

The director says Saturday is also expected to draw a bigger crowd, for the fireworks, the parade, and the concert.

But a real incentive to listen to music, says Ebel, is the price.

"The good news this year the concert is free 2 stages from 4 to 10 then fireworks."

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