The Journal-World will provide free transportation for those heading to Burcham Park for Fourth of July festivities.
If you're heading to Burcham Park for the Lawrence Jaycees Free Fourth of July fun, games and fireworks, you might consider parking downtown and taking the bus.
Parking near Second and Indiana streets will be scarce.
The Journal-World is providing free bus transportation for the event. The first 1,000 riders also will receive a U.S. flag.
Those attending the holiday celebration are encouraged to park in the downtown city parking lots on Vermont and New Hampshire streets and take the shuttle buses to the park. The buses will complete the circle between the downtown parking lots and Burcham Park every 15 minutes.
The bus service will begin at 3 p.m. Thursday and will operate until the fireworks begin at dusk, about 9:30 p.m.
The Jaycees Fourth of July celebration will begin with live music at 3 p.m. in the park, and United Way member agencies will host family-style games that include a Ping-Pong toss, giant soap bubbles, face painting and cookie decorating. The Alfred Packer Band will play from 7:30 p.m. until dusk.
After the 45-minute fireworks display, participants can reboard the buses, which will be parked facing north at Second and Indiana streets. They will depart for the downtown lots as they fill with passengers and will shuttle between downtown and Burcham Park as they did earlier in the afternoon.
There will be 16 passenger pickup points, and all but one will be at the city parking lots on Vermont and New Hampshire streets. Each bus stop will be marked with a yellow sign attached to a utility pole.
Buses will travel south on Vermont and north on New Hampshire. All stops on Vermont will be on the west side of the street. Buses will stop on the south side of 11th Street at the Community Building. All stops on New Hampshire will be on the east side of the street.
Public parking lots on Vermont are: on the east side of Vermont at Seventh Street; next to the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt.; on the east side of Vermont at Eighth Street; on the east side of Vermont between Eighth and Ninth streets; on the east side of Vermont between Ninth and 10th streets; on the east side of Vermont between 10th and 11th; and on the west side of the Community Building, 11th and Vermont.
Public parking lots on New Hampshire are: on the west side of New Hampshire between Ninth and 10th streets; at the southwest corner of Ninth and New Hampshire; at the northeast corner of Ninth and New Hampshire; on the east and west sides of New Hampshire between Eighth and Ninth streets; on the west side of New Hampshire between Seventh and Eighth Streets; on the west side at Sixth and New Hampshire.