Tighter Security at This Year's Red, White and Boom Fourth of July Event

With the expected large attendance of more than 50,000 people it is Lexington's largest summer event and Red, White and Boom coordinators are tightening the reigns.

The annual fourth of July celebration will still be held downtown at Rupp Arena's Cox Street parking lot, festivities beginning at three.

Country Superstar Gary Allan will be headlining the event with performances by George Molton, Scott Said and Bo Allen.

But if you're planning to go, prepare for some changes this year.
Instead of this being an open event like in years past the Cox Street lot will be fenced in this year.

You will see more security personal in all areas. People coming to the event will be searched at all entrances and there will be security sweeps of vehicles entering the lot.

You can still bring your camera's, binoculars, chairs and blankets but there are a few things you need to leave behind like food and drinks of any kind.

That means no coolers, no grills, no umbrellas and no backpacks allowed.

There will be a concession stand this year located under the bridge.

For more information on the event you can click onto www.redwhiteandboom.com.


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  • by Henry Location: Clay City on Jun 24, 2007 at 05:02 PM
    I agree with both of you all. I'm not going this year either.
  • by Gary Lexington on Jun 24, 2007 at 05:58 AM
    It sounds like the fourth is turning in to another scam so somebody can make money off of our american freedom celibration but for some reason I just don't feal so free anymore they are taking our freedoms one by one and the fist thing you know our constitution will be all forgotten about I think I'll just stay home t6his year
  • by JR Location: Lexingtom on Jun 23, 2007 at 05:47 PM
    Not in the name of secrity, but just a money grab. Take your (edited) free concert and cram it.
  • by HB Location: Clay City on Jun 23, 2007 at 04:20 PM
    Rodney, I agree with you 100 percent. I too am making other plans.
  • by Rodney Location: Lexington on Jun 23, 2007 at 08:17 AM
    No Coolers! No Food! No Drinks! This sounds less about security changes and more about economics. Someone is trying to sell more overpriced hot dogs and drinks. This "free" event just got expensive. I'll make other plans this year.
  • by HB Location: Clay City on Jun 22, 2007 at 09:31 PM
    I think it's more than just a security concern it's just a way for Rupp to gouge the patrons this year. If it was such a security concern they should have been doing it from the start. I was planning on going but I've changed my mind as I don't feel like standing in long lines waiting to get in or long lines waiting to get something to drink.
  • by Jim Location: Lexington on Jun 22, 2007 at 07:44 PM
    Private industry has convinced our government entities that allowing them to sell us all our food and drinks instead of searching what we bring is safer. Do you honestly think those vendors care about safety or security? They care about making money, and they will make plenty. Reasonably priced, you must think I'm crazy to believe that. 4.00 for a sandwich, 5.00 for a beer, and $3-$5 for a soft drink isn't reasonably priced, but it's what we pay everytime there's any kind of street festival. I can make a sandwich at home for less than a dollar, a can of beer is about 25 cents, and soft drinks are actually about 50 cents (higher than beer, go figure). Now tell me how reasonable that is, that someone with a family now has to stay home because they can't cough up 150 dollars to pay for food and drinks to go to Red, White and Boom anymore. It's always hot so you can either let your kids dehydrate or pay the price. I'll just stay home instead or go somewhere else.
  • by Dena on Jun 22, 2007 at 03:55 PM
    they've needed better security for a long time, no place for children with all the drunks around!
  • by Debbie Location: Somerset on Jun 22, 2007 at 03:52 PM
    Made the drive up to Lexington last year and got to see Sara Evans.. glad the concert is free but the new rules suck.
  • by Brett P. on Jun 22, 2007 at 03:47 PM
    Read about this in the newspaper this morning, I don't like the changes but I guess it's better to be safe than sorry.
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