Lexington turns out in full force for July 4 festival downtown

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - The heat didn’t stop the crowd from showing out in full force at today’s Fourth of July street festival in Downtown Lexington.

5-year-old Maxwell Willoughby was just one of the festival-goers who busted a move during today’s festivities. He didn’t seem too deterred by what he called “super-hot” temperatures.

Maxwell and his dad, Don Willoughby, live in Lexington but chose to stay in a hotel downtown so they could partake in all the day’s fun.

"Shade, water and just roll with it,” Don Willoughby said are the keys to a successful Fourth of July festival. “Sometimes with enough sunblock we just got to enjoy the sunshine a little bit.”

Don said he’s been attending the annual festival for years.

Folks marked the streets carrying handheld fans and filling their cups up with ice cold water.

A lot of people attended the afternoon’s parade portion of the festival, including several members of our WKYT team.

Ellie McBroom has been attending the festival since she was a little girl. Now she’s making memories with her 3-year-old son Asher.

"We're going to definitely be splashing in the fountain, and we might have to get some things to cool off like a snow cone, or Mom is going to get a big lemonade,” McBroom said.

Tonight, July Fourth Live, the "pre-firework concert", will take place at Cheapside Park. Then the main event, the firework display, will be launched at 10 p.m.

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