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Fireworks will be back in Lexington this year; no festival, parade again

Updated: May. 21, 2021 at 9:45 AM EDT
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - We have learned more about this year’s Fourth of July celebrations in Lexington.

Mayor Linda Gorton announced Friday morning that the fireworks will back this year:

Fireworks are a Fourth of July tradition in Lexington. They continued last year during the pandemic, but spectators were asked to stay in their cars. So, of course, they’re back again this year.

The celebrations won’t be as big as they usually are, but bigger than in 2020.

The fireworks will once again be launched from the RJ Corman site at the corner of West Main St. and Oliver Lewis Way.

The good thing about fireworks, they can be enjoyed from a distance so people won’t be crowded in one area. The mayor is inviting people to park downtown to watch.

Thanks to the vaccine, the city will also have some larger celebrations again.

The 45th annual Bluegrass 10,000 Run will have in-person racing this year.

The Bryan Station and Frederick Douglass marching bands will perform at the finish line.

However, things that won’t happen this year, the festival and parade.

“It will not happen this year. It is way too late to get that planned and executed,” Mayor Gorton said. “That is something that I think we start working on like last year. About a year ago we would’ve been working on this year’s.”

Since the Fourth of July is on a Sunday this year, the fireworks and Bluegrass 10,000 will be held the day before, on Saturday, July 3.

The fireworks are scheduled to begin at 10 o’clock on Saturday, July 3.

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