From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for July 5, 1986:
- The Independence Days festival had gotten underway on the previous night, with an estimated 7,000 to 10,000 people packed into Burcham Park for a wide variety of music including bluegrass, swing, folk and jazz. The evening had peaked with the Lawrence Symphony Orchestra playing in conjunction with the annual fireworks display sponsored by the Lawrence Jaycees.
- Kansas agriculture officials were searching for families across the state who had owned and operated the same farm for 100 years or more. Representatives from the State Board of Agriculture were assembling a project called "Kansas Tradition Farms" as part of the state's 125th anniversary celebration.
- A new interchange opened at El Dorado on the 235-mile Kansas Turnpike. The interchange, the 17th on the roadway, had cost $1.8 million and had been completed a month ahead of schedule.