This Just Happened, a weekly roundup (Almost Independence Day)

Fireworks over Lexington
Central Kentucky's Fourth of July Celebrations are awesome. Celebrate!! [H-L]

Best road-trip in America is Kentucky's Bourbon Trail. [USA Today]

Louisville eyes expanding along Ohio River waterfront with a Waterfront West Park [Courier-Journal]

Preservation effort at Choctaw Indian Academy in Scott County? [facebook]

Idea on replacing Lexington's aging senior citizen center includes YMCA proposal to partner for each of its four locations [Herald-Leader]

Northern Kentucky TIF projects []

The Kentucky Historical Society and the Smithsonian soon to be affiliates. [H-L]

Incredible opportunity to see collection of baroque and classical paintings in Lexington at UK Art Museum [H-L]

LexTran plots a new headquarters, abandoning ca. 1928 Loudon Street HQ. [LEX18]

Coca-Cola is sponsoring America's Favorite Park contest with up to $100,000 in money going to the victors in the online poll. So, go support Kentucky State Parks (or your favorite other Kentucky park) [KYForward]

A 100+ year old Cynthiana restaurant went up in flames; two of three stories of historic building destroyed. [Cynthiana Democrat]

Francophiles rejoice and bonjour to La Petite Creperie, opening a brick-and-mortar near Woodland Park in Lexington. [BizLex]

Nicholasville Road traffic to worsen with new mega-development. [H-L]

UPDATE: Valley View Ferry Authority has hired a new captain to replace the retiring one. Once training is complete, normal operating hours for the Valley View Ferry will resume. [Jessamine Journal]