The Fourth of July celebration in London will expand this year with a second night of spectacular lights, music, food and fun.

To be held on Friday night prior to Red, White and Boom, the just-announced Lights Over London Lantern Festival will have a more reflective atmosphere and give everyone a chance to participate.

The night sky over the Wellness Park/College Park Grounds will glow during the Lantern Festival, which will be held on Friday, June 28, the night before Red, White and Boom.

After listening to live music and visiting food and merchandise vendors, attendees will release lanterns full of dreams, goals and wishes into the atmosphere.

The Lights Over London Lantern Festival is a unique illuminating event that you don’t want to miss.

The festival is hosted by City of London Tourism and Somerset Community College. Kentucky Farm Bureau, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, is the presenting sponsor.

Proceeds from the event will benefit United Aid of Laurel County Summer Feeding Program.

Admission to the festival is free. Lanterns can be purchased at the festival for $10. A limited number will be available, so one per family is recommended.

Live music will begin at 7 p.m. and the lanterns will be released at 10 p.m. The musical lineup features a variety of genres—rock, bluegrass, jazz and blues—that will make everyone happy.

Magnolia Boulevard is a five-piece band built in Lexington, Ky. With a variety of musical backgrounds, the group has come together seamlessly on a common sound: balancing the line between blues and rock n’ roll. This group has their own unique story to tell.

Tee Dee Young, a native of Lexington as well, has been performing and playing for audiences for years. Young, a blues legend in his own time. He has definitely got the blues and he loves “firing down on that guitar”. While playing his own unique style of the blues, his dynamic stage presence, exciting harmony and energy will put you in the mood for dancing.

Old Salt Union has the groove and the chops of a great string band, balanced with infectious rock and roll energy. Their music occupies that sweet space between Old Crow folk and Yonder Mountain jam.

Assorted food trucks will be at the festival, along with Dreaming Creek Brewery.

For people who may be worried about dozens of flaming lanterns floating into the countryside, there’s no need to be concerned. The lanterns won’t be released if winds are over 10 mph and the event will be rescheduled for the next night at Red, White and Boom, or at a later date.

The lanterns are not like hot air balloons. They are designed to float into the air for a distance and come down. If any get stuck in a tree or bush, don’t worry because they are 100% biodegradable.

Red, White, and Boom will be held the following day on Saturday, June 29. Festivities for RWB will begin at College Park, the same location, at 4 p.m.

Additional sponsors are welcomed to join the exciting Lights Over London Lantern Festival. For more information contact City of London Tourism at londonkytourism@gmail.com or call 606-330-0501

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