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Archive for Wednesday, July 4, 2001

Fuse to be lit on area celebrations

July 4, 2001

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The Lawrence Jaycees' Fourth of July extravaganza will begin at 10 p.m. and last about 30 minutes, capping an afternoon and evening of entertainment at Burcham Park, Second and Indiana streets.

Doyl Merz, a coordinator for the Lawrence display, said everything was ready to go. Ten people are to start setting up the display about 5 p.m.

"It looks very good," he said. "If we can just keep the rain away, we'll be set."

Organizers say that 5,000 to 8,000 people usually fill the park, line the Kansas River Bridge and sit on the levee.

The Lawrence City Band will present an "All-American Fourth of July Concert" at 8 p.m. in South Park, 12th and Massachusetts streets.

In Lawrence, fireworks may be discharged on private property from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. today. Igniting fireworks on public roads or rights of way or within 1,000 feet of a hospital is illegal.

In Baldwin, the second annual Fourth of July festival will be at the Baldwin High School football field. Games and festivities start at 5 p.m. with fireworks after dark.

DeSoto will have 20 to 30 minutes of fireworks at Lexington Trails Middle School starting about 9:50 p.m. Officials ask that people park at the high school because the parking lot at the middle school is being renovated.

Eudora festivities start about 7 p.m. with a concert by the Eudora Community Band. There will be food vendors and a fireworks display.

In McLouth, fireworks start about 9:50 p.m. with seating to the northwest of the high school football field.

Ottawa fireworks will be at Forest Park after dark.

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