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June 3, 1995


A day of family activities and an evening fireworks show are being planned for July 4 at Burcham Park.

The Lawrence Jaycees are still seeking donations for their Fourth of July celebration at Burcham Park.

"We have covered a lot of expenses for the fireworks, but we need donations for shuttle buses and for providing musical entertainment for that afternoon and evening," said Sherri Cannon, who is organizing the project for the Jaycees.

The park will open at 11 a.m. July 4 to the public, with no admission charge.

The day's activities will include music, arts and crafts booths, food booths and the annual fireworks show.

"There will be family activities during the day provided by the United Way of Douglas County and their member agencies, which will be free," Cannon said.

She said organizers are now accepting applications for arts and crafts booths and food booths from nonprofit groups. Those interested can contact Cannon at 842-6514.

The Jaycees will also accept donations for raffle tickets to win a hog that will be processed to the winner's specifications.

The fireworks show, which begins at dusk, features $9,000 worth of fireworks, which is $3,000 more than last year's show, she said.

She said she was trying to arrange for shuttle bus transportation to bring people into the park, which will be closed to traffic.

Cannon said Lawrence has also been selected as one of the sites for the "World's Largest Picnic" on July 4, which is being organized through a federal grant designed to promote tourism through 50 cities in nine Midwestern states that experienced flooding in 1993.

Judy Billings, director of the Lawrence Convention and Visitors Bureau, said the overriding theme is to "Touch the Heart of the U.S., Visit Mid-America."

Other cities in Kansas that are part of the promotion are Wichita, Wamego, Leavenworth and Junction City.

Billings said Lawrence applied to be part of the promotion because Burcham Park was flooded in 1993.

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