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Lexington prepares for annual, weeklong Fourth of July festival

(From left to right) RJ Corman President and CEO Ed Quinn, Lexington Deputy Director for Parks and Recration Adrienne Thakur, Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton and Lexington councilmember Jennifer Reynolds announce this year's Lexington Fourth of July celebration at the RJ Corman rail yard.
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(From left to right) RJ Corman President and CEO Ed Quinn, Lexington Deputy Director for Parks and Recration Adrienne Thakur, Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton and Lexington councilmember Jennifer Reynolds announce this year's Lexington Fourth of July celebration at the RJ Corman rail yard.

Lexington is once again preparing for its annual Fourth of July celebration. Over the years, it's become the city’s biggest summer festival spanning the entire first week of July.

Events include concerts from local jazz bands, a 10k race and an ice cream social.

The event’s return was headed up by a press conference from Mayor Linda Gorton.

“We have so many really fun activities for adults, for children, for grandparents,” Gorton said. “And it's there's kind of something for everyone, and we encourage people to come out and enjoy as much as they can.”

Gorton says the celebrations have become a local tradition for the city.

“It's been extremely popular,” Gorton said. “There will be lots of people downtown, so you just need to prepare for that and kind of get your mind set around lots of people and crowds.”

A parade is scheduled through downtown Lexington at noon on the Fourth. That evening at 10 p.m., the city’s fireworks show will begin at the RJ Corman rail yard.

A full schedule for the festival is available online.

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Shepherd joined WEKU in June 2023 as a staff reporter. He most recently worked for West Virginia Public Broadcasting as General Assignment Reporter. In that role, he collected interviews and captured photos in the northern region of West Virginia. Shepherd holds a master’s degree in Digital Marketing Communication and a bachelor’s in music from West Virginia University.
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