The main celebration for the city of Wichita is “Red, White and BOOM!”
The nonprofit Wichita Parks Foundation is hosting this event again this year, sponsored by Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers. It starts at 6 p.m. with food trucks and a beer garden on the Hyatt lawn, 400 W. Waterman, and The Astronauts, a local ’80s dance band, will play from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. The fireworks show, which will last about 24 minutes, will begin about 9:45 p.m. The fireworks will be set to music, which can he heard throughout the festival area.
▪ Park City will host a “Salute to Freedom” with a parade, live music, games and more starting at 8 a.m. at 6801 N. Hydraulic. Fireworks start at 10 p.m. Free.
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▪ Derby’s Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks, starting at 7 p.m. in High Park, 2801 E. James, will include a parade, eight food trucks, games and a fireworks display. Admission is free. For a full list of events, visit www.derbyweb.com.
▪ Clearwater, partnered with TLC Enterprises, will hold a free fireworks show starting 15 to 30 minutes after sunset. The show can be viewed from the Clearwater High School football stadium or the parking lots of Clearwater Middle School or the Clearwater Intermediate Center.
▪ Haysville’s Independence Day Celebration will kick off with a parade at 8:30 a.m. on Grand Avenue. Carnival, games and swimming throughout the day at Riggs Park, 706 Sarah Lane. The celebration wraps up with a concert at 7:30 p.m. and a fireworks show at 9:45 p.m. Admission is free.
▪ El Dorado’s free Independence Day Celebration starts at 9 a.m. at East Park, 100 S. Woodland, with games, free lunch, swimming. At 7 p.m., there will be an El Dorado Broncos baseball game at McDonald Stadium with a fireworks show after the last inning.
▪ North Newton kicks off its free Independence Day celebration at 8 a.m. at Kidron Bethel Village, 3001 Ivy Drive, with a bake sale, quilt auction and games, and fireworks start at dusk.
Riverside Citizens Association Pancake Breakfast and Children’s Parade
7-11 a.m., Central Riverside Park, 720 N. Nims
This annual tradition is back for a 26th year. A pancake breakfast by Chris Cakes will be served near the Pagoda Building at Central Riverside Park. Adults are $8, ages 10 and under are $5. There will be a children’s parade at 10 a.m., and anyone can participate for free. Registration for that parade is from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.
Wingnuts barbecue cook-off
Noon, Lawrence-Dumont Stadium, 300 S. Sycamore
There will be plenty of food and fireworks at the Wichita Wingnuts Fourth of July barbecue cook-off. Prior to the game from noon to 5 p.m., there will be a barbecue cook-off and DJ booth set up. Food is included in the price of a ticket: $12 upper deck and $15 lower deck. The Army National Guard will do the game ball delivery as a part of Hometown Heroes day. The game starts at 6:05 p.m., with a fireworks display following the game. Tickets can be purchased online at www.wichitawingnuts.com or at the stadium.
Fourth of July barbecue at O.J. Watson Park
Noon-3 p.m., O.J. Watson Park, 3022 S. McLean
The Wichita Area Family Foundation, a new nonprofit in town, is hosting its first event on July 4, a free barbecue in O.J. Watson Park. The event, at the park’s Shelter No. 5, will have free food while supplies last. For more information about the group organizing it, visit www.wichitaareafamilyfoundation.org.
6-8:30 p.m., Sedgwick County Zoo, 5555 W. Zoo Blvd.
Every Tuesday night in July, the Sedgwick County Zoo stays open late for its annual Twilight Tuesdays series. Admission to the zoo is free after 6 p.m. with a voucher from select local Cox Solutions stores or a zoo membership. The zoo stays open until 8:30 p.m. – perfect for late-night fun with the animals.
Concert in the park
7:30 p.m., Andover Central Park, 1607 E. Central, Andover
The Andover Community Band will perform. Free. Bring lawn chairs or blankets.
▪ Derby Firecracker, 7:30 a.m., High Park, 1112 N. High Park Drive, Derby – 36th annual 4-mile run through Derby All participants get a finisher’s medal, and the first 150 to register receive a dry-release T-shirt. Registration for the 4-mile run is $35 for adults, $25 for ages 12 and under. www.runsignup.com.
▪ Stars and Stripes 5K, 7:30 a.m., Cessna Stadium, 1845 E. 21st St. North – 5K course that runs through the campus of Wichita State University All finishers receive a medal. Registration is $40. www.starsandstripes5k.com/wichita-ks
▪ Headin’ for Home 5K, 8 a.m., Centennial Park, 601 Centennial Park Drive, Newton – This 5K course runs through the campus of Bethel College, with runners finishing the race crossing home plate at Kenny Williams Field. There is also a 1-mile fun run. Registration is $35. www.headinforhome5k.weebly.com