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Archive for Sunday, June 29, 1997

FOURTH OF JULY FIREWORKS PROGRAM PLANNED

June 29, 1997

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A Fourth of July fireworks program is being planned at Burcham Park.

Needs some sparkle for your Fourth of July?

The Lawrence Jaycees plan to offer the public a free Independence Day celebration, featuring live music, children's activities and a major fireworks display at Lawrence's Burcham Park. The evening program will begin at 5 p.m.

"The Lawrence Jaycees are once again happy to provide this quality family activity for our community," said Lanaea Heine, one of the planners for the event.

Parking will be scarce near the park entrance at Second and Indiana streets.

However, the Journal-World is sponsoring free shuttle bus service to the park from downtown city lots on Vermont and New Hampshire streets.

The fireworks show, featuring $10,000 worth of pyrotechnics, will begin at dusk, between 9:30 p.m. to 9:45 p.m., Heine said. "We're really excited about the fact that we've been able to purchase some different shells than we've had in the past," she said.

The fireworks will be shot from the north levee of the Kansas River, across from Burcham Park.

"The best place to see them is at Burcham Park, where they reflect beautifully on the river," Heine said.

The park will be open at 5 p.m. "We're going to have concessions and a few family activities at the park," she said. "The closing act will be Jo Jo Bones."

Mark Coch will sing the national anthem, with the first fireworks being set off when he sings the words "bombs bursting in air," Heine said.

The J-W bus service will begin at 5 p.m. and will operate until the fireworks begin. Buses will return people to their cars after the fireworks show.

There will be 16 passenger pickup points and all but one will be at city parking lots on Vermont and New Hampshire streets. Buses will also stop on the south side of 11th Street at the Community Building.

Each bus stop will be marked with a yellow sign attached to a utility pole.

Buses will make a loop from the lots to the park. They will travel south on Vermont and north on New Hampshire.

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 west side of New Hampshire between Seventh and Eighth streets, and on the west side at Sixth and New Hampshire.

During the fireworks show, radio station KLWN 1320 AM will play patriotic music, Heine said.

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