Its Independence Day on Friday, and if you dont want to stay home, theres plenty to do. All events are Friday, unless otherwise noted:
• The Riverside Citizens Associations annual Fourth of July Pancake Breakfast and Childrens Parade will be held at the Pagoda Building in Central Riverside Park. Pancakes will be served from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., and the cost is $6, or $4 for ages 10 and under. A childrens parade featuring tricycles and bicycles begins at 10 a.m.
• The Stars & Stripes 5K is scheduled for 7:30 a.m. at Cessna Stadium. The event will also feature free face painting, free photos, an event shirt and medals for all participants. Individual registration cost is $40; $35 for teams of four or more; and $15 for the Kids Fun Run. Children under age 10 can participate in the Kids Fun Run, which will start about an hour after the 5K begins. Go to www.starsandstripes5k.com for more information.
A childrens parade begins at 10 a.m., starting at Seventh and State streets in downtown Augusta. Children can ride tricycles, bicycles, scooters and wagons. For more info, call 316-775-6226.
A fireworks show will begin at the Augusta City Lake at dusk.
• The 33rd annual Derby Firecracker Run will take place at High Park, 2801 E. James St. A four-mile is at 7:30 a.m., followed by the one-mile run at 8:30 a.m. It costs $25 for ages 13 and older and $15 for ages 12 and under.
• The Independence Day Parade starts at 10 a.m. at the Panther Football Stadium, 925 E. Madison Ave. The parade begins at Panther stadium, proceeds west on Madison to Georgie, south on Georgie to Market and east on Market back to Panther Stadium.
• Derbys Independence Celebration and Fireworks is scheduled for 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at High Park. Entertainers include the Derby Community Choir and Senior Center Readers Theater, who will perform patriotic songs and readings on the main stage. Children activities include a bounce house. B.S. Sandwich Press will be selling food, and free ice cream will be available from Hiland Dairy.
For more information, visit www.derbyweb.com/july4.
The Fourth of July Celebration in East Park kicks off at 9 a.m. with a whiffle ball tournament. Other activities including face painting, games, and sand art start at 10 a.m. Free food (hot dogs and chips) is available from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. A free swim is offered at Municipal Pool from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Fireworks start at dusk at El Dorado Lake Dam. Call 316-321-9100 for more information.
The Craft and Flea market takes place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday-Sunday at the Train Depot, 430 N. Main.
The Fourth of July celebration begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Goddard Ball Complex, 201 S. Main St. The softball fields will be available to anyone who brings their own gear. Other activities include moonwalks and music by the Pina Brothers. Hot dogs, watermelon, ice cream and water will be available for free until they are gone. The fireworks show begins at dusk followed by a free pool party at the Goddard City Pool. More info is at www.goddardks.gov.
A rain date is scheduled for Sunday.
The Haysville Independence Day parade begins at 8:30 a.m. The parade will begin at Haysville Middle School, 900 W. Grand Ave. and end at the Haysville True Value, 325 N. Main St.
Activities include an all-American fishing derby at 9 a.m., a frog race at 11 a.m., a raft race at the pool at 11:45 a.m., a water carnival at the pool from 1 to 6 p.m., and a youth firecracker parade at 6:45 p.m. Annie Up will perform from 7:30 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.
The citizen of the year will be announced around 8:30 p.m., and fireworks will begin about 9:45 p.m. at Riggs Park, 706 Sarah Lane.
For more information, visit HelloHaysville.com.
HutchFest begins with the Annual Patriots Parade on Main Street at 10 a.m. A community picnic is from 2 to 7 p.m. with food, craft vendors, and inflatables and more at Hutchinson Community College Sports Arena (west lot).
The park-and-watch fireworks show begins at 9:45 p.m. at the Kansas State Fairgrounds. Park in lots A, B, and C. Lots open at 8 p.m.
Saturday events include a kids carnival, motorcycle rally, eating contests, sidewalk sale, water slide, and live entertainment. Free family swim night is from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday at Salt City Splash. Free food for the first 300 guests.
For a more complete schedule, visit hutchfest.com.
Park City will hold its Salute to Freedom celebration from 8 a.m. until its fireworks display, which is scheduled for 10 p.m. Events include a car show, a Great American Skate Jam, disc golf, an ice cream social, a pet show, a horseshoe tournament, a watermelon feed, Bingo, karaoke and more.
The parade is scheduled for 9 a.m., beginning at 61st St. from Spangles to Hydraulic to Hap McLean Park. It will include a flyover by the Commemorative Air Force and the McConnell Air Force Base Color Guard. Registration begins at 8 a.m.
For the complete schedule, go to www.parkcityks4th.com.
An ice cream social is scheduled at 8 p.m. Friday at Shorty Cox Park, 600 E. School St. The fireworks display will begin at dark. For more info, www.rosehillrec.com.