The Fourth of July just wouldn't be the same without thundering explosions and brilliant bursts of fireworks flaming in the night sky.
This year, the Lawrence Jaycees plan to ignite more than $9,000 worth of explosives on the levee across the Kansas River from Burcham Park, at their 37th annual fireworks extravaganza.
Gates to Burcham Park will open at 6 p.m. on July 4 for a celebration that Jaycees hope will offer enough entertainment to please everyone.
Activities are scheduled to begin at 6:30.
Last year's musical guest, Prairie Fire, a Kansas band, is again scheduled to play country-western music in the park. Children's games and contests also are scheduled before the fireworks display.
"We're going to try some non-competitive games this year, ones where everyone's a winner," said Gary Saathoff, chairman of the Lawrence Jaycees Fourth of July Fireworks Committee.
Shortly after 9:45 p.m., the first of a barrage of aerial fireworks is scheduled to detonate over the Kansas River.
Advance tickets for the event will be availiable at local businesses including Checkers Foods and Dillon Stores. Tickets also can be purchased at the gate.