From a morning parade to evening fireworks, with an afternoon of food and music sandwiched in between, Lawrence will have a full menu of Fourth of July festivities Thursday.
The celebration begins at 9:30 a.m. with a parade to honor local servicemen and women, including troops who served in Operation Desert Storm. The parade is sponsored by the United Veterans of Douglas County and the Vietnam Veterans Assn., Chapter 317, Kansas City, Mo. Other veterans' groups participating are the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Disabled American Veterans.
Richard Miller of United Veterans said the parade's route starts at Seventh and Kentucky streets and heads east on Seventh Street for a block. The parade then will turn south on Vermont Street, he said, and will end at 11th and Vermont streets.
Miller has arranged for 39 entries in the parade, including eight floats. Each veterans organization will ride on a float, he said, except the Vietnam Veterans Assn., which will present colors.
OTHER PARADE highlights include the Patriotism Queen, Med. Spec. E-4 Cyndee Klopfenstein, a U.S. Navy Reservist who served in a Naval hospital unit in the Persian Gulf, Lawrence Mayor Bob Walters escorted in a surrey, a Combat Museum entry from Forbes Air Force Base and antique cars and several horse entries.
Miller estimated the parade would last 1 hours.
The United Veterans also are sponsoring an afternoon billed as "music, food and fun" from noon to 5 p.m. at South Park. Food booths will set up shop in the park and seven music acts will perform. The musical entertainment features soloist Erich Timkar, Indigo Jazz, accordionist Alta Lee, Renegade Drivers, Poetic Justice, Jerry Bever and the Haverty Dancers.
AT 6 P.M. the holiday's action will shift from South Park to Burcham Park. Burcham's gates will open at that time for the annual Lawrence Jaycees fireworks show. Admission will be $3 for adults, while children 12 and younger will be admitted free.
The musical group Prairie Fire will entertain the crowd before the fireworks show and a concession stand will be open.
The fireworks show should start about 9:20 p.m. and last about half an hour.
Rick Bellinger, Jaycees fireworks coordinator, said a $5,000 contribution by Bank IV enabled the group to allow children into the park at no cost. However, he said, the Jaycees still need donations to offset their $14,000 budget.
Anyone interested in donating to the fireworks fund should mail checks to the Jaycees at P.O. Box 22, Lawrence 66044.