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2005 Media Releases


Date:
June 23, 2005
For More Information Contact:
Jerry Shorney, Parks and Recreation, 441-7847
Kirsten Cords, Lincoln Jaycees, 730-8052
Dave Norris, Citizen Information Center, 441-7547


Mayor Invites Area Residents To City's Fourth of July Celebration
Annual event returns to Oak Lake Park for third year

Mayor Coleen J. Seng invites Lincoln area residents to the City’s annual Fourth of July celebration at Oak Lake Park. A full day of events is planned, including a Lincoln Saltdogs baseball game at 6:05 p.m. at Haymarket Park vs. the Edmonton Cracker-Cats. The fireworks show will begin promptly at 10 p.m.

“I want to thank the Lincoln Jaycees, who have partnered with the City for many years on this event, as well as our other sponsors for making this such a fun, family-oriented celebration for all to enjoy,” said Mayor Seng. “We hope individuals and families alike will join us at Oak Lake Park to help celebrate our nation’s freedom. We anticipate big crowds and a lot of red, white and blue to help celebrate our nation’s independence.”

Pepsi-Cola is the major sponsor for this year’s celebration. Zambelli Internationale will again present the fireworks display, with the accompanying musical soundtrack to be carried on all four Broadcast House radio stations – Froggy 98, Kool 105.3, B107.3 and KLIN 1400 AM. Froggy 98 is the official radio station for the Fourth of July celebration, and the station will broadcast live during the celebration at Oak Lake Park.

StarTran will provide free public shuttle bus service from 5 to 11 p.m. The shuttles will run between the main entrance at Oak Lake Park and two downtown locations: the Haymarket Parking Garage at 9th and “Q” streets and the Gold’s bus stop at 11th and “O.” The Haymarket Garage and the Iron Horse parking lot at 7th and “Q” are offering a special $2 event fee for the celebration. Handi-Van service is available for eligible individuals, and reservations should be made no later than Friday, July 1 through StarTran at 441-7109.

A variety of food and concessions will be available from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. The Lincoln Jaycees will operate an information booth, and the Red Cross will have first aid available.

Other events include:

  • Kids activities from 4 to 7 p.m.
  • A 5K fun run/walk at 7:30 a.m. at Haymarket Park. Participants may register on site at 7 a.m.
  • The Good Neighbor Community Center pancake feed from 8 a.m. to noon.
  • Bingo from 2 to 8 p.m.
  • A classic car and motorcycle show from noon to 4 p.m. (registration at 11 a.m.)
  • A free concert from 5 to 9 p.m. featuring local band “Southern Cross.”

Fireworks other than those used in the Zambelli show are prohibited in the park. Alcohol is also prohibited. All pets are required to wear a leash while in the park. Citizens are discouraged from bringing pets to the park during the fireworks display.

In case of inclement weather, the fireworks display will occur at 10 p.m. Tuesday, July 5 at Oak Lake Park. No other events would be rescheduled to the 5th.

More information on the day’s events is available on the City Web site at lincoln.ne.gov. For event registration information, contact the Lincoln Jaycees at 434-8900.


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