Independence Day celebrations kick off in the Wichita area Saturday with the annual Salute to America’s Heroes and fireworks display at the Wingnuts game. The game begins at 7 p.m. at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium, 300 S. Sycamore. General admission tickets are $6. The fireworks will begin about 20 minutes after the conclusion of the game.
The WSU Signature Theatre will present “1776,” a musical celebration of the founding of the United States, at 7 p.m. Sunday and Monday at the Wichita Scottish Rite Center, 332 E. First St. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students and are available at the door.
Patriotic music can be heard throughout downtown starting at noon Wednesday, as organist David Childs presents an Independence Day Carillon Concert from the tower of the Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum, 204 S. Main.
But the main show in Wichita is Thursday, when jazz saxophonist Joseph Vincelli headlines the Celebrate America party at Bradley Fair followed by a fireworks display over the lake.
Here are some of the events planned for the Wichita area on Thursday:
Celebrate America is a free jazz concert and fireworks display at Bradley Fair Plaza, on Rock Road south of 21st Street. People will begin staking out their spots with lawn chairs near the fountain and the plaza area as early as 6 a.m. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m., followed by the fireworks display set to music at about 9:30 p.m.
The Riverside Citizens Association’s annual Fourth of July Pancake Breakfast and Children’s Parade will be held at the Pagoda building in Central Riverside Park. Pancakes will be served from 7 to 11 a.m. Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for children 10 and under. The bicycle/tricycle/walk parade begins at 10 a.m.
The city’s Fourth of July children’s parade begins at 10 a.m. at Seventh and State streets in downtown Augusta. Children riding tricycles, bikes, scooters and wagons are welcome. For more information, call 316-775-6226.
A fireworks display begins at dusk at Augusta City Lake, 1900 N. Washington Lane. Bring your own refreshments, lawn chairs and blankets.
The city of Derby’s Fourth of July celebration will begin with the Firecracker Run at High Park, 2801 E. James St. Runners participating in the 4-mile race will take off at 7:30 a.m., and those running in the 1-mile race will begin at 8:30 a.m. Age group awards will be given in five-year increments. Entry fee is $25; $20 for members of the Derby Running Club; $15 for children 12 and under. World War II, Korean and Vietnam veterans may run for free if preregistered at active.com. For more information, e-mail email@example.com.
The “Thank Your Veterans” Parade is at 10 a.m. and will begin and end at Panther Stadium, 925 E. Madison Ave.
The day will close with a free evening celebration at 7 p.m. in High Park. The Derby Community Choir and Senior Center Readers Theatre will perform patriotic songs and readings. Food, a bounce house and other children’s activities will be provided. Fireworks will begin around 9:40 p.m.
The 2013 Goddard Fourth of July Celebration begins at 7 p.m. at the baseball diamonds west of Discovery Intermediate School, 333 S. Main. Free hot dogs, chips, ice cream and watermelon will be served to the first 400 people. Bring your own ball, bat and glove to participate in softball games. Inflatables will be available. Bring your own lawn chairs and blankets for a fireworks show beginning at dusk.
The city of Haysville’s Fourth of July Parade will begin at 8:30 a.m. along Grand Avenue.
The free celebration continues at 9 a.m. at Riggs Park, 706 Sarah Lane, and includes a sand volleyball tournament, youth fishing derby, frog race, raft race and water carnival, ending with a concert by the Jake Gill Band at 7:45 p.m. Fireworks begin at 9:45 p.m. at the park. For a full list of events, visit www.haysville-ks.com.
Fourth of July celebrations will begin with a parade at 9 a.m. at 61st Street North, ending at McLean Park, 6801 N. Hydraulic. Festivities at the park include a barbeque competition for kids, inflatables, a water slide, games, a pet show and a car show. The celebration ends with a concert by James Wesley at 8:15 p.m. and a fireworks display about 10 p.m. Admission to the concert is free with a ticket available from the Wholesale Fireworks stand on 61st Street North, one block east of Hydraulic.
For more information or a full list of events, visit parkcitykansas.com.
A free ice cream social begins at 8 p.m. at Shorty Cox Park, 600 E. School St., followed by a fireworks display at dusk. Bring lawn chairs.