Following is a list of Independence Day activities in and around Lawrence:
Lawrence fireworks display
The fireworks will begin at dusk at Burcham Park, Second and Indiana streets. The park opens at 6:30 p.m. for the celebration. A band will play at 7:30 p.m. There will be children's activities and concessions. Outdoor grills and fireworks are not allowed at the park, but spectators can bring lawn chairs, coolers and blankets. The Journal-World and Lawrence Bus Co. will provide free shuttle buses to the park from downtown parking lots. The Veterans of Foreign Wars will provide paid parking in a field west of the park for $3 per car. The show is free.
The Old West Lawrence Neighborhood Assn. will have a children's parade, beginning at 10 a.m. at Seventh and Ohio streets. Participants will parade east on Seventh, with the procession ending at Buford M. Watson Jr. Park, where Popsicles will be available for children. Children and parents are encouraged to wear red, white and blue and decorate their bicycles and wagons. Parents should accompany their children in the parade.
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 852
The VFW will display an "avenue of flags" along the sidewalk at its post home, 138 Ala. A family dinner and cookout will begin at 5 p.m. for VFW members and their guests. After the city fireworks display, VFW members will light sparklers in honor of POWs and MIAs. The post also will be parking cars for the city fireworks display.
Lake Perry fireworks display
Fireworks at Perry Lake will be launched two days earlier than in most area towns. They'll begin at 10 p.m. today and be set to music from Topeka FM radio stations V-100 and 107.7 KMAJ. Parking is $5 per car.
A boat parade will leave the marina harbor at 4 p.m., and a band will begin playing at 7 p.m. A skydiving exhibition will be held at 8 p.m. Family Olympics will be held during the day, and food and craft booths will be available
Country music singer Julie Ann Schroeder will give a concert beginning at 6:15 p.m., and the Heartland Band will take the stage from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. A Kansas Air National Guard B-1 Bomber will do a flyover at 8 p.m.
For more information, contact the Perry Lake marina at (785) 597-5555.
Spirit of Kansas 2000
Lake Shawnee's Fourth of July celebration is already under way with an arts and crafts fair. The fair which runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today will have craft vendors, antique dealers, antique cars, kids activities, food vendors and information booths.
A water ski show will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Tuesday. Sponsored by the Pomona Lake Ski Club and the Shawnee Boat and Ski Club, the show will feature pyramids, water ski jumping, trick skiing, bare-foot skiing and wake board flip skiing.
A concert with country music singer Shannon Smith will begin at 8 p.m. at Reynolds Lodge. Organizers recommend that spectators bring blankets, lawn chairs and bug spray.
A 7 p.m. baseball game at the SCABA ball diamonds will pit the Topeka Capitals against the Hays Larks.
The fireworks display is set for 10 p.m. Parking is free, but organizers say it gets crowded quickly. Shuttles will provide transportation beginning at 5 p.m. from the White Lakes Mall, 37th Street and South Topeka Boulevard. The display will be simulcast on WIBW- TV13 and 97 FM.
Call the Lake Shawnee administrative office at (785) 267-1156 for more information.
Baldwin fireworks display
The Fourth's festivities will begin at 5 p.m. with games and entertainment. Fireworks will start at dusk at the Baldwin High School baseball fields. Concessions will be available. The show is free.
Eudora fireworks display
Fireworks will begin at dusk Tuesday at Eudora High School, 1235 E. 2200 Road. Parking will be available at the school.
DeSoto fireworks display
Fireworks will begin at dusk Tuesday at Lexington Trails Middle School, 8800 Penner Ave. There are no personal fireworks allowed. Seating will be available in the football stadium, but spectators may bring blankets and lawn chairs if they want to sit on the field. Refreshments and concessions will be available. The show is free.
Garnett Libertyfest Celebration
The Garnett Area Chamber of Commerce will have its annual Libertyfest Celebration Tuesday at Lake Garnett Park. Fireworks will start at dusk. A highlight will be the flyover of a Kansas Air National Guard B-1 Bomber at 8:11 p.m. The rain date will be July 5. For weather-related updates, call (785) 448-2500, and press code number 2541.