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Article Submitted By Nicky Hughes

IMG_7915There will be plenty of “rockets’ red glare” and “bombs bursting in air” over Frankfort on the evening of July 4th as the annual fireworks display takes place over Capitol View Park.  As usual, VFW Post 4075 will partner with the City of Frankfort, the Frankfort-Franklin County Tourist Commission, Buffalo Trace Distillery, and a small army of sponsors to mount this noisy and colorful celebration of Independence Day.

The day will get underway with the annual Buffalo Chase 5k Run at Buffalo Trace distillery on Wilkinson Boulevard.  Offering more lucrative prizes than ever before, Buffalo Trace event managers expect more participants than ever before.  The field will be limited to 1000 runners, and 800 to 900 are likely to make the run.  The top overall man and woman will receive $3000, and an additional $1000 is being offered to anyone who breaks the previous fastest speed record over this course – in addition to other cash prizes.  Pre-registration and a participant fee are required.  Participants can pre-register at the Buffalo Trace distillery gift shop.  The run begins at 8AM on July 4th.  For particulars, contact Sarah Webb at sarahwebb@buffalotrace.com.  Money raised is an essential part of the funding for the VFW fireworks display.  The Frankfort-Franklin County Tourist Commission is also a generous donor, and helps with pre-event publicity.

Another annual highlight of Frankfort’s Independence Day observances will be the barbeque dinner for veterans and their families at Capitol View Park.  Hosted by the City of Frankfort’s Department of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Sites and the VFW, this bountiful dinner is free, but pre-registration is required.  Capitol View Park will open at 5PM, and dinner will be served at 7PM.  To make reservations for this meal and to learn details about access to the park, contact Post 4075 at 502-227-2483.

Shooting of the fireworks display is expected to begin around 9:30PM.  This year, STAR 103.7 radio will add a new dimension to this celebration.  Broadcasting from Capitol View Park, they will play patriotic music to enhance the visual spectacle.

As usual, large crowds are expected to form at various vantage points around Frankfort as the time for the fireworks show nears late on July 4th.  The Frankfort Police Department reminds everyone that in the interest of safety and smooth flow of traffic no parking will be allowed on the East-West Connector or on Glens Creek Road.

On this Independence Day, people viewing the fireworks may recall that this week marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and the surrender of Vicksburg, Mississippi – two critical turning points in the War Between the States.  2013 is the third year of Civil War Sesquicentennial observances nationwide.