Independence Day will be a busy holiday throughout Lawrence, with music in South and Burcham parks, a downtown parade, fireworks and an Oregon Trail dramatization scheduled.
The day's activities will kick off between 11:45 a.m. and noon with the third annual July 4 parade in downtown Lawrence, sponsored by the United Veterans Organization of Douglas County. The parade, titled "Lest We Forget," will begin at Seventh and Kentucky, travel east to Massachusetts and then south to South Park.
The parade will include a truck carrying a bamboo cage from "Our Forgotten Brothers," a POW/MIA organization in Johnson County, the 312th Army Reserve Band and the 317th Chapter of the Vietnam Veterans, which will display the colors, said Richard Miller, a parade coordinator.
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, also sponsored by the veterans organizations. Four groups, including the 312th Army Reserve Band, will perform in the park, and food -- including Indian fry bread, funnel cakes, hot dogs and hamburgers -- will be sold, coordinator Dan Robins said.
There also will be games, entertainment and crafts booths, Robins said.
At 2 p.m. Sunday, Kay Kuhlmann will be featured in her original work, "Daughters of Courage," in a special benefit performance for the Douglas County Historical Society and the Elizabeth M. Watkins Community Museum.
Kuhlmann's dramatization brings to life segments from the lives of women who traveled westward 150 years ago on the Oregon Trail.
The performance will be at the museum, and reservations may be made by phoning 841-4109 or 843-8582.
At 6 p.m. Sunday, the holiday festivities will shift to Burcham Park, First and Indiana, for a concert and fireworks show produced by the Lawrence Jaycees and Outloud Productions.
The festival-seating concert will feature Riders In the Sky, playing alternative cowboy music; Kelley Hunt, a Lawrence rhythm and blues singer/songwriter; and Dos Cojones, the rockabilly/roots rock/Tex-Mex duo of Lawrence native Chuck Mead, former front man for the Homestead Grays, and Lawrence drummer Shaw Wilson.
Tickets for adults may be purchased at Wal-Mart, Kmart, Checkers and Music For Less stores in Lawrence or through the Ticketmaster ticket service. Children 12 and younger will be admitted for free.
The park will open at 6 p.m. and feature food and drink vendors.
The Jaycees have purchased $9,000 worth of fireworks, which will be shot off at dusk 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 at dusk July 5.
Proceeds from the concert and fireworks show will go toward next year's fireworks display, organizers said.