There will be picnics, barbecues and even a parade on the Fourth of July -- not to mention lots of fireworks.
The Lawrence Jaycees annual fireworks display at Burcham Park, a $10,000 extravaganza, will start at dusk Sunday. Outdoor grills and alcohol aren't allowed at the park, but spectators can bring lawn chairs, blankets and coolers.
Buses provided by the Journal-World will shuttle people between downtown public parking lots and the park. Free rides begin at 5:30 p.m. and will continue after the display. Buses will run along 11th, New Hampshire and Vermont streets.
For those who would rather put on their own shows, fireworks may be sold legally until midnight on the Fourth. Residents may legally set fireworks off in the city between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. Sunday.
For Fourth of July fun prior to the evening fireworks displays, residents can watch a children's parade in Old West Lawrence or head to the municipal pool.
The children's parade will begin at 10 a.m. Sunday at Seventh and Ohio streets. It will proceed east on Seventh Street, ending in Buford M. Watson Jr. Park.
The Lawrence Aquatic Center, 727 Ky., will be open from 1:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, but the Carl Knox Natatorium and city recreation centers will be closed.
There are several other firework displays scheduled in the area:
- Clinton Lake, fireworks start 30 minutes after dark.
- Perry Lake, display planned from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m.
- Lake Shawnee, "Spirit of Kansas '99" celebration, fireworks begin at 10 p.m.
- Ottawa, Chautauqua Days fireworks begin at 9:45 p.m.