The annual Independence Day fireworks show in Lawrence will begin after sunset today in Burcham Park, Second and Indiana.
The show, sponsored by the Lawrence Jaycees, will feature about $11,000 worth of fireworks -- about $1,000 more than was spent on last year's show. The display should last about 45 minutes.
Bus rides sponsored by the Journal-World will be provided from 4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. from the Lawrence Riverfront Plaza Factory Outlets to the park. Buses also will be available to return fireworks watchers to the outlet mall after the display.
People may bring lawn chairs, blankets and coolers to the show, but organizers are asking that residents not bring outdoor grills or alcohol, said Dallas Hughes, a member of the Lawrence Jaycees.
Before the fireworks begin, crafts, food and music will be available all day in the park, Hughes said.
Craft booths will open at 9:30 a.m. and food booths will be open throughout the day, he said.
The fireworks will be lighted from the north side of the Kansas River, across from the park.
In case of rain, the city's fireworks show will be postponed to Sunday night, Hughes said.
Residents who buy their own fireworks can legally set them off in the city between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. today.
People who shoot off fireworks outside of the legal hours could be cited for violating city code and fined $100 to $200, said fire marshal Rich Barr.
``Lawrence-Douglas County Fire and Medical strongly urges residents to attend a professional fireworks display ... rather than taking a risk and purchasing the consumer fireworks,'' he said.
``We're concerned with injuries now, and fires.''