Fourth of July events abound in the Wichita area. Here’s where you can celebrate with a bang, whether you’re interested in breakfast, running, swimming, parades or fireworks:
• Central Christian Church, 2900 N. Rock Road, will host its 20th annual Sweet Land of Liberty patriotic celebration at 7 p.m. Sunday. The event will feature a full choir, orchestra, soloists, smoke cannons and confetti cannons. Afterward, everyone will receive a free Dilly Bar and miniature flag. For more information, visit www.ccc.org.
• The Harper County Fourth of July festival kicks off Tuesday with a concert by local band The Goons from 8 to 11 p.m. at the Anthony Municipal Lake. Barbeque will be provided by Hog Heaven. The festival continues Wednesday with a 5K run, volleyball tournament, karaoke and country concert. For more information, visit www.anthonychamber.com.
• A pancake breakfast and children’s parade sponsored by the Riverside Citizens Association will take place from 7 to 11 a.m. in the pagoda building at Central Riverside Park, 720 Nims. Breakfast is $6 for adults and $4 for children 10 years and younger. The parade will start at 10 a.m., and admission is free. For more information, call organizer Kathy Dittmer at 316-262-6165.
• West Wichita neighborhood Country Acres will host its annual Fourth of July children’s parade at 10 a.m., starting at Cottontail and Redbarn streets and going to Hale and Country Acres streets. There is a $1 entry fee. Ribbons will be given out for best wagon and bicycle decorations and patriotic costumes. Refreshments will be served afterward.
• Derby’s Firecracker Run will be at 7:30 a.m. at High Park’s north shelter, 2801 E. James in Derby. The 4-mile run will begin at 7:30 a.m., and a 1-mile run will start at 8:30 a.m.. Registration is $25 for adults, $15 for children 12 and under and free for WWII, Korean War or Vietnam War veterans. Adults wanting to run both races pay $30. Sign up through Monday at www.active.com, or in person at the Derby Recreation Center, 801 E. Market in Derby, or First Gear, 111 N. Mosley.
• The Derby Kiwanis are hosting a pancake and sausage breakfast from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Derby Recreation Center, 801 E. Market in Derby. At the door, tickets are $5 for adults 13 and older and $3 for children 2 to 12 years old.
• The Derby Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion are sponsoring a Fourth of July parade at 10 a.m. beginning at Derby’s Panther Stadium and going down Madison, Georgie and Market streets, ending again at the stadium. To enter a float, contact Cregg Hansen at 316-788-4205.
• The city of El Dorado is hosting a Fourth of July party at 10 a.m. at Forest Park, 900 N. Taylor in El Dorado. Activities include a bean toss and whiffle ball tournament. Hot dogs and chips will be served. Following, there will be a free open swim at the El Dorado Municipal Pool from 1 to 4 p.m.
• In Goddard, people can celebrate the Fourth with free hot dogs, ice cream, moon walks and softball games from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Discovery Intermediate School, 310 S. Main in Goddard. The Stagehands, a local bluegrass/folk band, will perform from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.goddardks.gov.
• Park City will host a variety of Fourth of July events from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at McLean Park, 6801 N. Hydraulic in Park City. Events include a parade, ice cream social, pet show, barbeque competition, senior bingo and BMX races. Admission to the Park City Municipal Pool is free all day. For more information, visit www.parkcityks.com.
• Haysville’s Independence Day Parade will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the senior center, 711 E. Grand, and go to Haysville Middle School, 900 W. Grand. More events are scheduled throughout the day, including a fishing derby, frog races, raft races and live music. For more information, call Haysville City Hall at 316-529-5900.
• Registration for Garden Plain’s 5K Freedom Run in the City Park, 600 N. Section Line Road, begins at 6 a.m. and costs $15. The run begins at 7 a.m. From 7:30 to 11 p.m., Moonlight DJ will emcee a dance in the park. For more information, call Garden Plain City Hall at 316-531-2321.
• The “Red, White and You” blood drive, sponsored by the American Red Cross, kicks off at 8:30 a.m. Thursday at the Sedgwick County Zoo’s Cargill Learning Center, 5555 Zoo Blvd. The drive will last until 3:30 p.m. and continues Friday and Saturday. For more information and to make an appointment, visit www.redcrossblood.org, with the sponsor code RWY.
Contributing: Hallie Wilson of The Eagle