Twelve and six will be the numbers to remember this Fourth for Lawrence residents.
The third annual July 4 parade in downtown Lawrence is scheduled to kick off shortly before noon today. The parade, sponsored by the United Veterans Organization of Douglas County, will begin at Seventh and Kentucky, travel east of Massachusetts and then south to South Park.
Massachusetts Street will be closed between North Park and South Park streets from noon to 5 p.m. for post-parade activities in South Park.
Four groups will perform in the park, and food will be sold. There also will be games, entertainment and crafts booths.
Richard Miller, a parade organizer, said organizers tentatively planned to cancel post-parade activities if it rains early today.
He said organizers had no contingency plans for the parade.
At 6 p.m., festivities will shift to Burcham Park, Second and Indiana, for a concert and fireworks show produced by the Lawrence Jaycees and Outloud Productions.
Al Berman, Outloud Productions, said three bands, Riders in the Sky, the Kelley Hunt Band and Dos Cojones, were scheduled to play. Food and beverages would be available at eight concession stands in the park.
Tickets will be available at the Burcham Park gate, from Wal-Mart, Kmart, Checkers and Music for Less stores. Stacy Guerrero, Jaycees president, said anyone who planned to attend in the park would have to pay full admission, regardless of whether they wanted to see the entire program. There is no cost for children under age 12.
If it rains, Guerrero said, organizers had tentatively planned to hold the program at 6 p.m. Monday.
"As long as it doesn't rain again, the park is in beautiful shape. It's bone dry," Berman said Saturday night.
Shuttle buses will run from Lawrence RIverfront Plaza and Constant Park, where patrons can park and ride free to and from Burcham Park. The buses begin running at 6 p.m. and will run every 20 minutes until 11 p.m.