City Unveils Plans For Annual Fourth Of July Festival

Lexington, KY – At a time when some communities are contemplating scaling back their 4th of July Festivities, Lexington Mayor Jim Newberry says that's not going to happen in Kentucky's second largest city. In fact, Mayor Newberry says this year's celebration will have a few new offerings. For starters, he promises this year's parade will be decidedly more musical.

"also new in this year's parade will be the inclusion of the Southwind Drum And Bugle Alumni Corps. One of the things we've need to have more in the parade in the past is music. It's difficult to get the high school bands rounded up in the middle of the summer, and so we're very grateful for the drum and bugle alumni corps for joining us".

In response to some in the community who feel that past parade entries have been "too political", Urban County Council member Cheryl Feigel says the city is sponsoring a new contest.

"They've said they wanted something more exciting in the parade. They're accustomed to a lot of political floats and they wanted something a little more exciting. So I'm pleased to announce that some council members have joined with me to create a one thousand dollar prize that will be awarded to the best neighborhood association entry. And I'd like to challenge the neighborhood associations to represent what you believe is most exciting and most unique about your neighborhood to build this float."

The deadline for parade entries has been extended to June 24th. Complete information on the 4th of July Festival is available at