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Area 4th of July Celebrations
June 26, 2014The long holiday weekend offers many local opportunities to enjoy fireworks and small town America fun. Start off on Wednesday, July 2, in Wamego with the carnival and dunk tank; end up in Alma or Wheaton with fireworks on Saturday, July 5.
"Celebrate Freedom" beginning on Wednesday when the Midland Empire Shows Carnival rolls into town. This is a new carnival for Wamego, but will be set up in the city park as usual. The Wamego Fire Department dunk tank will begin operations next to the carnival. Hours for both are 6-10 p.m. through July 5.
The majority of activities get underway bright and early on July 4 with the 40th Annual Walter P. Chrysler Car Show and the 29th Annual Kaw Valley Antique Engine, Truck and Tractor Club Show. The car show will be in the city park and the engine show at the ball diamonds east of the park, 4th and Locust. Both shows run 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
From 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., the Wamego Historical Society will host its Ice Cream and Cake Social at the Historical Museum in the city park.
For a meal, try the First United Methodist Church Pork Sandwich and Homemade Pie Dinner from 11 a.m.- 8 p.m.
Cool off after lunch with the free Wamego Community Band Concert at 1:30 in the Columbian Theatre. (Check the band out later in the parade too!)
For the kids, Hot Wheels races run in the park at 1:30.
Another chance for great music is the Patriotic Vocal Concert, 4 p.m., First United Methodist Church.
The 143rd Annual Wamego Independence Day Parade will wind its way down Lincoln Avenue from 8th to 4th Street, beginning at 6 p.m.
After the parade, it's time to head up to the Rec Complex at the intersection of Highway 24 and Balderson Blvd. After its appearance in the parade, the 1st Infantry Division Band will perform at 8:30 p.m. That leads up to the finale – the big fireworks display.
Ranked as the best fireworks display in Kansas, it will be broadcast on B104.7 live.
Satellite parking will be available at the Wamego Sports Complex (football field), Highway 24 and Columbian Rd. There will be a free shuttle service from 4-9 p.m. and after the fireworks.
Any changes to the July 4 show will be posted online at www.WamegoFireworks.com and on their Facebook page. Rain date is Saturday, July 5.
St. Marys will celebrate "The Best Little Independence Day" on July 3 and July 4.
Activities on Thursday, July 3, kick off with the community BBQ at 6 p.m. It features pulled pork sandwiches and all the sides, with hot dogs for the kids.
Also beginning at 6 p.m., the Literary Club will be selling homemade pie to fund its scholarship program; the "Some like it Hot" Salsas Contest*; and the Sand Volleyball Tournament* begins. Running for both days, the Kristen D. Muford Slow-Pitch Softball Tournament* also begins at 6 p.m.
At 6:30 p.m., horseshoe enthusiasts can enter the "Flyin' Irons Tournament*."
The Home Run Derby* will begin at 7 p.m., and music lovers are invited to enjoy the Aaron Woods band at the Gazebo.
Things start early on July 4 with the Trail Run** at 8 a.m.
The other scheduled activity is the Cardboard Boat Race at 6 p.m.
The pool will be open all afternoon for a free swim.
The evening activities begin with a "drop in" from the KSU Parachute Team (weather permitting) at 8 p.m. followed by fireworks at 9:45.
(All registrations due by June 26, forms at www.saintmarys.com, *St. Marys State Bank, or ** Kaw Valley State Bank.)
A portion of the proceeds from most events will benefit the local VFW Avenue of Flags replacement and maintenance funds.
The City of Alma will celebrate its "Old Fashion 4th of July" on July 5 at the ball fields. Enjoy homemade ice cream and fireworks. Festivities run from 4-10 p.m. Rain date will be July 6.
Join in Independence day fun as Wheaton will have a parade with line-up at 5:30 at the Wheaton School and start time at 6 p.m. There will be a potluck supper in the park around 7 p.m. with hamburgers and hotdogs, water and tableware provided. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. Fireworks will follow at dark on the ball diamond.