City of Lincoln
2007 Media Releases
Mayor Chris Beutler announced today 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 at 10 p.m. Mayor Beutler was joined by representatives from the Symphony, the Lincoln Jaycees and B107.3/Broadcast House in announcing plans for “Uncle Sam Jam 2007” at Oak Lake Park on Wednesday, July 4.
The Symphony also will present a free “pre-fireworks” concert starting at 9:22 p.m. The “pre-fireworks” concert will be carried live exclusively on radio stations B107.3 FM and KLIN 1400AM beginning at about 9 p.m. Broadcast House’s two other Lincoln stations, 105.3 LINC-FM and Froggy 98, will join the broadcast for the Symphony’s 10 p.m. performance that will be choreographed to the fireworks.
"We are delighted that our City’s annual Independence Day celebration once again will feature a spectacular live performance by Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra," Mayor Beutler said. "The reviews of last year’s Uncle Sam Jam concert were exceptional, making us all look forward with great anticipation to this year’s encore performance." The City again will collaborate on the planning and coordination of the event with the Lincoln Jaycees, Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra, Broadcast House, Pepsi-Cola and – new to the partnership this year – the Lincoln Journal Star.
Pepsi-Cola is the fireworks sponsor for this year’s celebration, and Zambelli Internationale again will present the fireworks display. The Symphony performances are sponsored by TierOne Charitable Foundation and Sampson Construction Company Inc., with support from BNSF Railway, Nebraska Lottery, Nelnet and Donna W. Woods. The Uncle Sam Jam concerts kick-off the Symphony’s 81st season.
"The overwhelmingly positive response from our community after Uncle Sam Jam 2006 has led us to dream even bigger about this year’s event," said Barbara Zach, Executive Director for Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra. "We estimate that last year we reached more than 30,000 people, both in the park itself and through the live radio broadcast. We are expecting record attendance this year, and LSO is thrilled to be a part of such an exciting celebration."
"In talking with other symphonies, I have realized that our partnership with the City of Lincoln is truly unique," said Zach. "We are blessed to have such strong support from our community. This support has led to the planning of an even bigger celebration this year, and it is our dream that this grows into an annual Lincoln Independence Day tradition, one worthy of drawing crowds from throughout the Midwest region."
LSO Music Director Ed Polochick has selected a program that includes patriotic favorites as well as the symphony’s rendition of “There is No Place Like Nebraska.” (see Symphony repertoire below).
"The Broadcast House stations of KBBK, KLIN, KFGE and KLNC once again are very excited to be a part of the Uncle Sam Jam celebration," said Steve Albertsen, Broadcast House Operations Manager. "It was a thrilling experience last year to broadcast the live music from Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra and treat our listeners to the performance while fireworks exploded overhead. In the days following the broadcast, we received numerous phone calls complimenting everyone on a spectacular event. Once again this year, we will spend considerable time in advance promoting the activities at Oak Lake Park, culminating with a live broadcast of the Symphony’s fireworks performance. It is our distinct pleasure to promote the events of the city, and to celebrate another Uncle Sam Jam at Oak Lake Park."
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" streets. 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 can be made through the normal procedure by calling Star Tran at 441-7109.
A variety of food and concessions will be available from noon to 10 p.m. The Lincoln Jaycees will operate an information booth, and the Red Cross will have first aid available.
"For the 25th year, the Lincoln Jaycees are ready to provide a day full of family-oriented activities at Uncle Sam Jam 2007," said Chris Peters, Lincoln Jaycees President. "We have several new activities, and many of the standards from years past (see Uncle Sam Jam Web site). Our partnership with the City has been one that has grown and flourished, including the last five years at Oak Lake Park. And to again have the Symphony perform is another great benefit for the citizens of Lincoln. We invite everyone to spend the day with us at the park."
Fireworks other than those used in the Zambelli show are prohibited in the park. Alcohol also is 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. Thursday, July 5 along with accompaniment by Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra and the corresponding radio coverage on the four Lincoln Broadcast House stations. The 9 p.m. "pre-fireworks" Symphony performance also would be held on July 5 and carried live by B107.3 and KLIN. 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 www.lincolnsymphony.com or by calling 476-2211.
Uncle Sam Jam 2007
Oak Lake Park