Get ready for some fireworks in your mouth.
City officials gave the green light Monday for an Iron Chef-style competition and party to be hosted by downtown restaurant Teller’s at this year’s Fourth of July celebration in Watson Park.
Parks and Recreation officials met with restaurant owner Tom Wilson on Monday to hash out concerns over the footprint the extravaganza could leave on the park.
“Ultimately we just want to make sure the park looks the same when they leave as it did when they arrived,” said Tim Laurent, the city’s facilities operations supervisor.
Wilson agreed to find parking spaces on the street for a large refrigerated truck containing food products instead of driving it into the park, Laurent said. The 2,000-square-foot enclosure will also hold stadium seating for viewing the fireworks show put on by the Lawrence Jaycees.
The Teller’s event, featuring an attendee-judged competition among the restaurant’s three chefs, is part of an attempt to make the annual celebration bigger and better.
The Lawrence Originals, a group of 21 locally owned restaurants, will host the festival in Watson Park for the third straight year from 2 p.m. until the fireworks display at 9:45 p.m., including food booths, family activities and live music.