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Music, street festival, and fireworks all part of Lexington's July 4th Celebration

Plans for Lexington's annual July 4th Celebration were announced Monday morning.

Most of the events will actually take place a day early, on Saturday, July 3.

"We're celebrating the 4th on the 3rd and we have moved several events over one block, but we haven't changed a thing about how much fun it is to celebrate the red, white and blue in downtown Lexington," said Lexington Mayor Jim Newberry during a news conference Monday.

The festival kicks off at noon on Wednesday, June 30 with the Great American Pie Contest and Ice Cream Social in Cheapside Park.

On Thursday, July 1, a special "Thursday Night Live", from 5:30 p.m. until 8 p.m., will feature classic rock group Track 3.

The annual Patriotic Music Concert, featuring the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra and The Lexington Singers, is set for 8 p.m. Friday, July 2 on the lawn in front of Transylvania University's Old Morrison Hall. The Young At Heart jazz band will perform in Gratz Park before the concert.

Saturday, July 3 begins with the annual Bluegrass 10,000 at 7:30 a.m. The city says the race will be run on the same route as in past years.

Booths, featuring food, arts, crafts, and other vendors, will be open during a street fair between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. in the Courthouse Plaza along Limestone, and in Cheapside Park along Short Street.

A Kids Zone and free craft activities is being set up at Short and Limestone, and Brik City will be set up in Phoenix Park.

The CentrePointe block will feature a petting zoo and pony rides.

Between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., free entertainment, featuring various types of music, will take place at six sites downtown.

A reading of the Declaration of Independence will take place at 11:15 a.m. in front of the Historic Courthouse on Main Street.

The annual parade begins at 2 p.m. Lexington native and actress Laura Bell Bundy will be the grand marshal.

The parade route will be different than in years past. City officials say units will line up on Midland Avenue as usual, then march down Main Street to Broadway, where the parade will end.

The Red, White and Boom Concert begins at 4 p.m. in the Cox Street parking lot.

The annual fireworks show begins at 10 p.m.

For more information on the celebration, click on the link attached to this story.

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