LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) – Our weekend is shaping up to be pretty perfect for the 4th of July celebrations, and some of those events kicked off on Friday night.

One event attendee said she couldn’t wait to hear a big boom, and after the fireworks display in Winchester, we think it’s safe to say that she got her wish.

“I really like the boom. This is the best part for me, ”said Melissa Haddix.

Since most of the events of July 4 were canceled last year, Haddix did not hear any booms or see any fireworks light up the sky. But she does not miss this opportunity this year.

“Just for fun, to be around people. We haven’t been around people for almost two years. This is the first celebration we have been able to attend since the corona hit, ”said Haddix.

Winchester kicked off the weekend with a Friday night celebration, complete with a DJ, foam party, food trucks and of course, fireworks.

“I enjoy seeing it. You know I’m a social person, I love being with people, ”Haddix said.

In Lexington, over 1,000 people filled the Moondance Amphitheater for the Big Band and the Patriotic Jazz Concert.

“You don’t know how good it feels. Last year has been very difficult not to be in public and to be in places like this. You can watch it all day on TV, but if you’re not there it won’t be the same, ”said Tom Mattingly.

Planning to spend the weekend attending as many events as he can, Mattingly says the sense of community he feels is even more important after the year of isolation.

“I like the crowd. I draw energy from crowds. I can be there and never talk to anyone and still draw energy from it. You can feel it. You can feel it in the atmosphere, ”Mattingly said.

Both events were full of people who expressed their gratitude for being able to celebrate the Fourth as a community once again.

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