Thursday may be known as the Fourth of July – complete with fireworks and barbecues – but it’s really all about Independence Day.
Local military veterans hope to remind the public of that fact as part of an open house they are holding at Wichita’s Veterans Memorial Park from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday.
“You don’t talk about the 25th of December,” said Bryson Allen, board chairman of the Veterans Memorial Park of Wichita Inc. “It’s Christmas.”
To help remind people that the day is about celebrating the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, a presentation on the historic document will be made as part of an opening ceremony at 2 p.m.
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A self-conducted tour of the park’s memorials will follow. Veterans from various wars will be at the park to answer questions.
“It would be a great chance for kids to learn about history,” Allen said.
The park is at 339 N. Veterans Parkway, a short, winding road by the Arkansas River northwest of downtown that connects Central and Second Street.
More than 15 memorials – including for World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, Pearl Harbor Survivors, USS Wichita and Gold Star Mothers – are at the park.