Archive for Thursday, July 2, 1992


July 2, 1992


A traditional Fourth of July, complete with a parade, live music and fireworks, is slated for Lawrence on Saturday.

The United Veterans Organization of Douglas County will hold its second annual parade and concert with the theme, "An Old-fashioned 4th of July."

The parade will get rolling at 10 a.m., traveling down Massachusetts Street from Eighth Street to South Park, where a variety of bands and entertainers will perform until 5 p.m.

The concert will feature the 621 Illinois Blues Band, Erich Timkar, Harmony, the Haverty Dancers, Celebrity Jazz, comedian Mike Whalen, Cimarron, Renegade Driver, Poetic Justice. Danny Robins will emcee the event with guest host Barry Barnes.

In case of rain, the concert will take place at the Lawrence Riverfront Plaza.

When the South Park festivities come to a close, visitors can move the celebration to Burcham Park, where the Lawrence Jaycees will provide a band and the 37th annual fireworks extravaganza.

Mark Lehmann, president of the Jaycees, said the band "Prairie Fire" will perform in the park from 6 p.m. until the fireworks start lighting up the sky over the Kansas River around 9:20 p.m.

Although the show will feature a 250-round grand finale, "it will be primarily a low-level display so it will be best seen from the park," said Lehmann.

Advance tickets for admission to the park during the fireworks display are available at any of the Dillon stores in Lawrence, Alvin's IGA or Bum Steer Barbecue. Tickets also will be available at the park Saturday evening.

Children's games will be held prior to the fireworks show.

Local residents can shoot off fireworks legally in Lawrence until 10 p.m. today, from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, and from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday.

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