A parade, music and fireworks are in store for Lawrence residents during Independence Day festivities July 4.
The United Veterans Organization of Douglas County will hold its third annual parade and concert with the theme "Lest We Forget" on July 4.
The parade will begin between 11:45 a.m. and noon at Seventh and Kentucky streets. The parade will travel east on Seventh to Massachusetts, and then south to South Park.
The parade will include the 312th Army Reserve Band, which also will play in the park following the parade.
Massachusetts Street will be closed along South Park from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., when residents can take part in several activities being held in conjunction with the parade.
Organizers hope to have eight food booths and about 20 craft booths in the park.
Other attractions will be a dunking tank, games, a raffle and live entertainment, said Richard Miller, service officer for the veterans groups.
United Veterans Organizations of Douglas County comprises local Disabled American Veterans Chapter 22, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 852, and Dorsey-Liberty Post No. 15 of the American Legion.
The parade, being held to commemorate the 50th anniversary of World War II, will have about 20 entries, Miller said.
He said he hoped the entertainment in South Park would attract many visitors.
"Last year we didn't have anything to keep them but food," he said. "This time with the craft booths we may be able to hold them longer."
Anyone interested in participating in the parade may call Miller at 843-8317 or Fran Hewitt at 749-5026.
The parade will be held rain or shine, Miller said.
In another set of events, the Lawrence Jaycees are hoping their Fourth of July activities this year go off with a bigger bang than last year, when rain postponed the annual fireworks show.
"We really need everybody's support if we are to have a successful year this year," said Doyle Merz, Jaycees member and "pit chief" for the local fireworks lighting crew.
The Jaycees have sponsored an annual Independence Day fireworks show for several years.
Last year, the organization was left with a funding shortfall for the show after a low number of people turned out to watch fireworks that were delayed a night because of a storm.
Merz said the Jaycees purchased about $9,000 worth of fireworks, about the same amount that was used in last year's show.
The fireworks will be shot off at dusk July 4 on the north side of the Kansas River on the levee, across from Burcham Park.
In case of rain, the fireworks will be shot off the night of July 5.
The Jaycees will charge an admission fee for entrance to the park to cover the cost of the fireworks. Also, members will be selling neon "glow necklaces" to raise money for the show.
Jaycees President Stacy Guerrero said several details of the fireworks activities will be announced later, including possible live entertainment and vendors in Burcham Park.
"We're working on some things that haven't been finalized yet," she said.
The fireworks show is expected to last about 45 minutes -- about as long as last year's display.