Experts estimate a record-breaking 49 million Americans are planning Independence Day getaways this week. According to AAA, 41.1 million will take to the highways, with Wednesday expected to be the worst travel day. So, we ask, why bother traveling when there are plenty of local events planned to honor the red, white and blue?

Bring lawn chairs and blankets for an Independence Day celebration, featuring the Good Shepherd Musical Ensemble and No Tools Loaned, starting at 5 p.m. Wednesday on the Old Capitol lawn. Glitterbugs and Women’s Suffrage dance ensembles will also perform.

Start the Fourth of July off on the right foot Thursday at the 18th annual Great Buffalo Chase 5K. While the prize money attracts some of the top racers in the country, runners and walkers of all ages and abilities are welcome to compete in the event, which also awards those with the most patriotic attire.

The Franklin County Farmers Market, which is open from 7 a.m. to noon on Thursday, will offer fresh produce — including sweet corn — for July 4th cookouts.

For those wanting to take to the links this holiday, Juniper Hill Golf Course will be host to two tournaments — the Juniper Hill Golf Association Classic and the Juniper Hill Ladies’ Golf Club’s “Red, White and Blue.”

Liberty Hall Historic Site’s free community event, “An Old-Fashioned Fourth of July,” is slated from 2-4 p.m. The Diamond Brass from the 202nd Army Band of the Kentucky National Guard will perform. Folks can participate in lawn games and sack races. There will also be children’s activities and the sprinklers will be on for those wanting to cool off. Free watermelon and lemonade will also be served.

No Fourth of July celebration is complete without fireworks. Starting at 7 p.m. at Capitol View Park, Passport Radio 103.7 will be giving away free popsicles, American flags and glow bracelets. There will be a live countdown until the fireworks show after dark, and listeners can tune in to hear patriotic music throughout the show.

With a plethora of local patriotic activities this week, opt for a “staycation” and celebrate this All-American holiday here in the capital city.

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