Lawrence's red, white and blue holiday weekend hits its high point Monday with a morning parade and an evening fireworks show.
Led by the 312th U.S. Army Band, the United Veterans Organization of Douglas County will hold its annual parade at 10 a.m. Monday.
The parade begins at Seventh and Massachusetts and travels south to South Park. Parade participants will line up between 9 a.m. and 9:45 a.m. at Seventh and Kentucky.
Following the parade, entertainment will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the South Park gazebo with music by Excalibur, a country and rock group. So What?, a jazz group, will perform from noon to 1:30 p.m. and Az One, a reggae band, will perform from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
There also will be food, games, prizes and special guest appearances at 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. by Daisy "The Wonder Dog."
Douglas County's Democrats will hold their 16th annual Old-Fashioned Democratic Family Picnic Monday. The event will take place from 4:30 p.m. until dark at the home of former state Rep. John Solbach, 3.5 miles west of the intersection of U.S. 40 Highway and County Road 442.
Hamburgers, hot dogs and beverages will be provided. Attendees should bring a covered dish to share and their own table service. The buffet line will start at 5:30 p.m.
Democratic candidates for local and state offices will attend. There will be hayrack rides, nature trail walks and fun for the children.
The highlight of the holiday evening will be the annual Lawrence Jaycees's Fireworks Extravaganza, which starts about 9:20 p.m. Monday at Lawrence's Park.
The Jaycees will have concession stands set up in Burcham Park and will take donations to raise funds to pay off last year's fireworks debt of $6,400.
If you're looking for an event today, you might attend "Ride Into History" a performance featuring portrayals of Calamity Jane and a suffragette.
The performance will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Watkins Community Museum, 1047 Mass.