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Sunday, June 12, 2011

Lexington Fourth July

As the Fourth of July approaches, Americans think of ways to celebrate their freedom and independence –– from cookouts, picnics and family gatherings to parades, fireworks and fun.  Lexington, Virginia, is gearing up for a full weekend just like that …. and more!
The exciting lineup of activities for this year’s Fourth begins on Friday, July 1 with “Friday’s Alive”.  The band for the free summer concert, hosted by the Lexington-Rockbridge Jaycees, is Fatty Lumpkin, and will be held in Davidson Park. 
The 15th Annual Rotary BB&T Fourth of July Balloon Rally will kick off on Saturday, July 2, at 6:30pm, with hot air balloon rides and continue until the last balloon ride departs on Tuesday, July 5 at 6:30am. As usual there will be activities for children and families, craft vendors, food, music, hot air balloons and, of course, fireworks.  The events will be held on Virginia Military Institute's Parade Ground. 
The country’s founding will be celebrated with a reading of the Declaration of Independence, Monday, July 4, by Mayor Mimi Elrod and a group of citizens.  This event begins at 9:30am at the Veteran’s Memorial in Downtown Lexington.
Later on Monday, July 4 the 26th Annual Children’s Bicycle Parade will make you smile and cheer with its old-fashioned appeal as hundreds of children decorate their bikes, wagons, tricycles for a parade.  Red, white and blue crepe paper, patriotic garland, balloons, pinwheels and American flags are on display as they roll down Main Street Lexington led by Uncle Sam on a unicycle. Decorating begins at 10am and then Uncle Sam rolls at 11am. 
For more information about top events in Virginia take a look at the Top Events USA selection of the annual main festivals and events in Virginia
For more information on Lexington visit www.downtownlexington.com