City outlines children's activities for 4th of July festival

Lexington outlined Tuesday morning what will be available for children at Lexington’s Fourth of July Festival this year. A petting zoo and pony rides, inflatables, crafts and entertainment – much of it free – will be provided from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, July 3, in downtown Lexington.

A free Kids Zone will be set up in the Billboard parking lot on the corner of Short and Limestone Streets with inflatables and games. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Fayette Cooperation Nursery School and Kindergarten, Inc., will offer free craft activities in the Billboard lot.
Meanwhile, BRIK City, an activity that teaches building skills, will be set up in Phoenix Park from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. It is sponsored by the American Institute of Architects’ East Kentucky Chapter.

In the Billboard lot, entertainment aimed at youngsters will be featured from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The free entertainment includes a magician and Disney Princess songs. Carnival games, a swinging ship ride, pony rides and a petting zoo will all be in the Centrepointe block surrounded by Main, Vine, Limestone and Upper streets.

The city says there will be a multitude of vendors this year selling kid crafts, toys and food in Phoenix Park, Courthouse Plaza, the Centrepointe block, along Short Street, and at Cheapside Park. Wares range from t-shirts and balloons to silly bands and child-size UK clothing.

Most of the entertainment will break at 2 p.m. for the parade, which this year will go down Main Street from Midland Avenue to Broadway. The entertainment will resume about 3:30 p.m. at six different downtown locations: Upper Courthouse Plaza, Billboard lot, Centrepointe lot, Main Street side of Cheapside Park, History Museum on Short Street, and Phoenix Park.

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