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UPDATED: Fourth of July holiday events in the Wichita area and across Kansas

  • Published Wednesday, July 2, 2014, at 8 p.m.
  • Updated Tuesday, July 8, 2014, at 8:06 a.m.


Clarification: Bradley Fair’s fireworks display on Thursday is part of its summer concert series. A previous version of this story was unclear about the city’s involvement.

Wichita fireworks

Bradley Fair is having a fireworks display Thursday evening following its summer concert from 7 to 9:30 p.m. near 21st and Rock Road. If you are looking for a fireworks show on the Fourth, head to one of the surrounding towns or shoot them off yourself. Here’s a list of holiday events in the area.



Celebrate America, Bradley Fair Summer Concert Series, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Bradley Fair, 2000 N. Rock Rd. Professional jazz performances on Bradley Fair Plaza followed by a fireworks display. Free. Bring a chair or blanket. 316-630-9990.

1776 by the WSR Signature Theatre about the signing of the Declaration of Independence. 7 p.m., Wichita Scottish Rite Center, 332 E. First St. in Wichita. Tickets: $10 for adults; $7 for students, military and senior citizens. Children 3 and under admitted free.

“Home on the Range” Workshop, 2 p.m., Wichita Sedgwick County Historical Museum, 204 S. Main St. Free. Tour the “House & Home” exhibit and write new verses to an old song on the spot with the help of live musicians. 316-265-9314

Bloomfield Carillon Concert, noon, Wichita Sedgwick County Historical Museum, 204 S. Main. Free Patriotic music played on bells from the tower for outdoor listeners by David Childs.

Donate blood. Do a good deed and get free admission to the Sedgwick County Zoo. The American Red Cross is sponsoring a “Red, White and You” blood drive from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the Cargill Learning Center at the zoo, 5555 W. Zoo in Wichita.

To make an appointment to give blood, go to www.redcrossblood.org and use code RWY. Donors will get free admission to the zoo and a $5.25 per-person admission for family members ages 3 and up.



Stars & Stripes 5K 7:30 a.m., Cessna Stadium, 21st and Hillside. Individual registration cost is $40; $35 for teams of four or more; and $15 for the Kids Fun Run which is for children younger than 10 and will start about an hour after the 5K begins. www.starsandstripes5k.com

Riverside Citizens Association’s Fourth of July Pancake Breakfast and Children’s Parade Central Riverside Park at the Pagoda Building. Breakfast by Chris Cakes is from 7 to 11 a.m. Cost $6; ages 10 and under, $4. The children’s parade is free with registration from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. The bicycle, tricycle or walk parade is at 10 a.m.

Veterans picnic, The Arthur Gossett Post 273 and American Legion Posts from the 5th District are hosting a Fourth of July picnic for veterans at the Robert J. Dole Veterans Administration Center. The picnic, which is from noon to 2 p.m. will be in the VA’s Transitional Living Center. There will be music and entertainment by Wichita Dynamic Steppers. For more information, contact Post 273 Finance and Public Information Officer Al Hill at 316-264-3752.

Independence Day Service 1 p.m., Veterans Memorial Park, 339 N. Veterans Parkway. An open house will follow the 30-minute service, allowing those attending to ask veterans questions about the park’s memorials.

Fourth of July Dance, 8 p.m., Dancing In Paradise, 2841 S. Hydraulic $10 B.Y.O.B. with free set-ups. 316-871-9202

Cedar Park Chateau Parade, northwest corner of 119th and 13th Street West. The neighborhood’s 25th annual July Fourth Parade begins at 10 a.m. In years past the parade has featured wagons, floats, tractors, mowers, strollers, bicycles and costumed dogs.


Children’s parade, 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.


Derby Firecracker Run, 33rd annual, 7:30 a.m., High Park, 2801 E. James St., Derby. $25 for 13 and older, $15 for 12 and younger. The 4-Mile begins at 7:30 a.m. followed by the 1-Mile at 8:30 a.m. sponsored by the Derby Running Club.

Independence Day Parade, 10 a.m., Derby Panther Football Stadium, 925 E. Madison Ave., sponsored by Derby VFW Post 7253 and American Legion Post 408. The parade begins at Panther Football Stadium, proceeds west on Madison to Georgie, south on Georgie to Market and east on Market back to Panther Stadium. 316-788-8400

Independence Day Celebration & Fireworks, 7 p.m., High Park, 2801 E. James St., Derby. Free (food available for purchase) Bring a blanket or lawn chair. Derby Community Choir and Senior Center Readers Theater will perform patriotic songs and readings. Free ice cream from Hiland Dairy, bounce house and other children’s activities. 316-788-1519



Fourth of July celebration, 6:30 p.m. at the Goddard Ball Complex, 201 S. Main St. Softball (bring your own equipment), moonwalks and music by the Pina Brothers. The fireworks show begins at dusk followed by a free pool party at the Goddard City Pool. www.goddardks.gov.


Haysville Independence Day parade, 8:30 a.m. beginning at Haysville Middle School, 900 W. Grand Ave. and ending 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. Fireworks will begin about 9:45 p.m. at Riggs Park, 706 Sarah Lane. www.HelloHaysville.com.

Park City

Salute to Freedom celebration and fireworks display, 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Car show, a Great American Skate Jam, disc golf, an ice cream social, a pet show, a horseshoe tournament, a watermelon feed, Bingo and karaoke. The parade begins at 9 a.m. at 61st Street from Spangles to Hydraulic to Hap McLean Park and includes a flyover by the Commemorative Air Force and the McConnell Air Force Base Color Guard. Fireworks begin at 10 p.m. www.parkcityks4th.com.


Fireworks 93rd annual fireworks extravaganza at 9 p.m. Buttons are $3 and may be purchased at gate. https://www.facebook.com/events/258498851019204/

Rose Hill

Ice cream social, 8 p.m. at Shorty Cox Park, 600 E. School St. followed by a fireworks display. www.rosehillrec.com.



“Fourth of July, John Wayne, & Apple Pie,” 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Augusta Historic Theatre, 523 State St., Augusta. $4 per person. Doors open 30 minutes prior to the movie. Get a slice of apple pie with admission while supplies last. 316-775-3661

Weekend events


Fort Larned National Historic Site The Fourth of July weekend includes a series of events from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily. The national historic site is six miles west of Larned on K-156 highway.

Fort Scott

Fort Scott National Historic Site Activities include a canon firing at dusk on Saturday, musical entertainment, childrens games and free ice cream. The park is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Chase County

Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve all-day special event on Saturday includes tours of the ranch headquarters, pastel art demonstrations, wool spinning, music and historic children’s games. Events start at 9 a.m. at the Lower Fox Creek Schoolhouse. Children will learn historic Spencerian penmanship using ink and pens. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., visitors can watch ongoing Flint Hills prairie art at the Visitor Center. Games include a potato sack race, foot races, hop and stick and tug-of-war. The Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve is two miles north of Strong City on K-177 highway.

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