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2006 Media Releases


Date:
May 23, 2006
For More Information Contact:
Dave Norris, Citizen Information Center, 441-7547
Jerry Shorney, Park and Recreation, 441-8259
Barbara Zach, Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra, 476-2211
Chris Peters, Lincoln Jaycees, 525-8869
J. Pat Miller, Broadcast House, 479-1408


"UNCLE SAM JAM" TO FEATURE LIVE SYMPHONY CONCERT ON JULY 4

Mayor Coleen J. Seng today announced that the City’s annual Fourth of July celebration will feature a 22-minute fireworks display choreographed to a free live concert by Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra. Mayor Seng was joined by representatives from the Symphony, the Lincoln Jaycees and B107.3/Broadcast House in announcing plans for the “Uncle Sam Jam” at Oak Lake Park on Tuesday, July 4. The Symphony also will present a free concert starting at 9:10 p.m. The concert and the fireworks music will be carried live exclusively on radio station B107.3.

“Presenting the fireworks to live music is a first for Lincoln, and I feel this will be the greatest Fourth of July celebration that our City has ever seen,” said Mayor Seng. “We are thrilled to offer Lincoln residents an outstanding free concert by Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra. We also are very pleased to be working with the Lincoln Jaycees – our longtime partner in this event – and Broadcast House. We have planned a full day of events, so we anticipate a big crowd and lots of red, white and blue. It’s a traditional family event with some spectacular new twists.”

Pepsi-Cola is the fireworks sponsor for this year’s celebration, and Zambelli Internationale will again present the fireworks display. The Symphony performances are being made possible by the generous support of the Joe and Ruth Seacrest Fund at the Lincoln Community Foundation and the James and Rhonda Seacrest Foundation. The concerts are part of the Symphony’s 80th season.

“Lincoln's Symphony Orchestra is so excited to be a part of this celebration,” said Barbara Zach, the Symphony’s Executive Director. “Music director Edward Polochick has selected a fantastic program, and he will conduct a concert of everyone's favorite patriotic music, including ‘Fanfare for the Common Man,’ ‘1812 Overture’ and ‘Stars and Stripes Forever.’ We look at this concert as a great way to reach new audiences and to embrace our community.”

“B107.3 is thrilled to be the broadcast partner for the City’s Uncle Sam Jam featuring Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra,” said Mark Halverson, Broadcast House General Manager. “We are honored to be selected by the City to carry this one-of-a-kind event.”

StarTran will provide free public shuttle bus service from 5 to 11 p.m. 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” streets 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 Monday, July 3 through Star Tran at 441-7109.

A variety of food and concessions will be available from 2 to 9 p.m. The Lincoln Jaycees will operate an information booth, and the Red Cross will have first aid available.

“The Lincoln Jaycees are excited to work once again with the City of Lincoln to put on a low-cost, fun-filled day of family friendly activities,” said Chris Peters, Lincoln Jaycees President. “We look forward to ‘co-hosting’ about 30,000 of our fellow Lincoln citizens at Oak Lake Park and the surrounding area. It promises to be a night of brilliant music and fireworks!”

Other events include:

  • Kids activities from 4 to 7 p.m.
  • A 5K fun run/walk at 7 a.m. at Haymarket Park. Participants may register on site at 6:30 a.m.
  • Bingo from 2 to 8 p.m.
  • A “Kicker’s Cup” youth soccer competition from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
  • A free concert featuring a variety of bands from 2 to 7:30 p.m.

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 be rescheduled to 10 p.m. Wednesday, July 5 along with accompaniment by Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra and the corresponding radio coverage on B107.3. 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 (keyword: 4th). For event registration information, contact the Lincoln Jaycees at 434-8900. Information on Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra is available at or by calling 476-2211.


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