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A parade of July Fourth events Wichita and nearby communities will be swimming with fun celebrations this weekend.

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Thursday, June 30, 2011, at 3:26 p.m.
  • Updated Friday, July 1, 2011, at 10:41 a.m.

Three-day weekend alert! Three-day weekend alert!

The Fourth of July is on Monday, and all weekend the skies across Kansas will be filled with bursting fireworks that were preceded by parades and hot dogs and ice cream.

Not all communities have their events planned for Monday, so be sure to note which day the celebration you’re planning to attend will happen.

Wichita: For the 36th consecutive year, KAKE, Channel 10, will present Wichita’s Fourth of July fireworks show at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium. This year’s celebration will be on Saturday. The evening starts at 7:05 p.m. with a Wichita Wingnuts baseball game vs. the Kansas City T-Bones.

After the game, KAKE news anchors Jeff Herndon and Susan Peters will host a salute to a hometown heroes. The fireworks show will start at about 9:45 p.m. The public is welcome to sit along the banks of the Arkansas River to watch the fireworks. Those who watch inside the stadium will be charged admission, starting at $5.

Riverside: The Riverside Citizens Association’s annual Fourth of July Pancake Breakfast and Children’s Parade will be Monday in Central Riverside Park at the Pagoda Building. Breakfast will be served from 7 to 11 a.m. Cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children 10 and under. The parade is free, with registration from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. The bicycle/tricycle/walk parade starts at 10 a.m. For more information, call Kathy Ditmer at 316-262-6165.

West Wichita: The Country Acres neighborhood in west Wichita will have its annual Fourth of July parade at 10 a.m. Monday. The parade route will begin at the corner of Redbarn and Cottontail streets. There will be a $1 fee per person for those wishing to be in the parade, and awards will be given. For more information, call 316-721-5920.

Augusta: Augusta’s celebration is scheduled for Monday and will include fireworks over the lake at Garvin Park at 9:45 p.m.

Derby: A pancake and sausage breakfast sponsored by Kiwanis is from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. Monday at the Derby Recreation Center, 801 E. Market. Tickets purchased at the door are $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 2 to 12. The city’s Fourth of July parade is at 10 a.m. Monday. It begins at Panther Stadium, proceeds west on Madison to Georgie, south on Georgie to Market and east on Market back to Panther Stadium. An Independence Day celebration will start at 7 p.m. at High Park, 2700 E. Madison, and will include an ice cream social, music and a fireworks show at 9:40 p.m.

Goddard: Goddard’s Independence Day activities will start at 7 p.m. Saturday and will include free watermelon, hot dogs, ice cream, a live band and fireworks at 9:45 p.m. Everything is at Discovery Intermediate School, 301 S. Main, and a free swimming party will follow at the Goddard public pool. For more information, call 316-794-2441.

Haysville: Fourth of July celebrations will include a parade at 9 a.m. Monday along Grand Avenue. Free swimming will take place from 1 to 6 p.m. at the city pool. Fireworks will be launched at 9:45 p.m.

Park City: Park City’s celebration will be on Saturday and will include a parade at 9 a.m., followed by an ice cream social, horseshoe contest, live music, free swim and fireworks beginning at about 10 p.m. Saturday. Everything happens at Hap McLean Park, 6801 N. Hydraulic in Park City. A block party also is planned for Saturday afternoon in Park City with swimming and grilling at 3 p.m. and a street dance at 7 p.m. It’s at 6414 N. E. Parkview.

City pools: Wichita swimming pools will be open Monday. The pools are usually closed on Mondays, but they’ll be open this week because it’s the Fourth of July, the city’s park and recreation department said. The city’s 11 pools will be open from 1:30 to 5 p.m., except for the College Hill pool, which will be open until 7 p.m.

Find more events — and submit yours — on Kansas.com

Visit our searchable online GO! Events calendar at events.kansas.com to find more fun or to submit information about your organization, community or church’s Fourth of July events. Events must be open to the public.

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