Lawrence is fortunate to have such a spectacular and well-organized fireworks display as part of its July 4th festivities.
Congratulations and thanks to the Lawrence Jaycees for carrying on their long tradition of providing an annual July 4th fireworks display for local residents.
Saturday night's display again was centered in Burcham Park on the Kansas River, but the spectators who gathered in the park were, by no means, the only ones who enjoyed the event. In the last few years, the Jaycees have dropped any admission charge for the show, but many people still find it more convenient to set up their lawn chairs or spread their blankets elsewhere within viewing distance. Hundreds of people come to the park to enjoy the craft and food booths and listen to the music and commentary that accompany the fireworks, but the display really is a gift to the whole community, no matter where they choose to view the display.
The Jaycees spent $11,000 to present a spectacular 45-minute show on the Kansas River levee. Their displays include all the latest pyrotechnics, are professionally put together and compare favorably to shows at far larger venues. It's a no-cost family event that everyone can enjoy.
There's no more appropriate way to celebrate the nation's independence than a fireworks display on July 4th. Providing such an event at no cost to viewers also is a wonderful way to draw the community together. The Jaycees deserve the community's thanks for preserving such a worthwhile tradition.