Mayor Chris Beutler today announced that live music is returning to the City's annual Uncle Sam Jam Independence Day celebration at Oak Lake Park Wednesday, July 3. The 10 p.m. fireworks show will be choreographed to music from the Trinkle Brass Works. The fireworks are again sponsored by Pepsi-Cola and presented by Zambelli Fireworks. The music will air live on the Broadcast House/NRG Media. radio stations - B107.3 FM, Froggy 98.1 FM, 105.3 Wow FM and KLIN 1400 AM/94.5 FM. The Lincoln Journal Star also is a partner in the celebration.
The 14-member Trinkle Brass Works is made up of local, regional and national musicians. The group also will present short concerts from 7:30 to 8:15 and from 9 to 9:30 p.m. The group will accompany the fireworks display with Handel's Royal Fireworks Music and Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture. The performances are part of the annual Meadowlark Music Festival.
The City Parks and Recreation Department will again provide free family activities beginning at 3 p.m. The activities include canoeing, disc golf, volleyball, bocce ball, horseshoes, carnival games, Bingo, three-legged and potato sack races, box hockey and the "NEOS" interactive game. Food and concessions will be available beginning at 3 p.m. in the main parking lot. VFW Post 3606 will conduct a flag-lowering ceremony at 8:30 p.m.
The Lincoln Saltdogs will play the Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks at Haymarket Park at 6:05 p.m. July 3. The Saltdogs and Redhawks also will play the next two nights at 7:05 p.m. with post-game fireworks displays. Limited Uncle Sam Jam parking will be available at the Haymarket Park complex after 8:30 p.m. on July 3.
Ample parking is available at Oak Lake Park. The public is encouraged to arrive early to avoid traffic delays. A $3 event parking fee will be offered beginning at 1 p.m. at Haymarket Garage, 9th and "Q" streets. StarTran will provide free public shuttle bus service from 5 to 11 p.m. between the main entrance at Oak Lake Park and these locations:
Handi-Van service is available for those eligible, and reservations can be made through the normal procedure by calling StarTran at 402-441-7109.
In case of inclement weather, the fireworks display, musical performances and the accompanying radio broadcasts will be rescheduled to Friday, July 5, and food vendors will be available. No other events or activities will be rescheduled.
The Trinkle Brass Works is a brass and percussion ensemble led by Steven Trinkle, one of the greatest classical trumpeters in the U.S. He has performed as a member of the Kansas City Symphony, Houston Symphony and Turin (Italy) Radio Symphony and is the founder of an international trumpet festival. He also has directed orchestras throughout the U.S., South America and Europe and is currently on the faculty of UNLV in Las Vegas, Nevada. The group's Uncle Sam Jam appearance is sponsored by Farmer's Mutual of Nebraska. The Meadowlark Music Festival includes two other events:
More information is available at meadowlarkmusicfestival.com.
Fireworks other than those used in the Zambelli show are prohibited in the park during the celebration. Fireworks are prohibited in all City parks at all times. City ordinance allows the sale and use of permissible fireworks in the City only from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. July 3 and from 8 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. July 4 of each year.
Attendees are reminded that Lincoln City parks are now tobacco-free. City policy prohibits use of any form of tobacco products including cigarettes, cigars, pipes and chew or dip in any park areas or facilities designated as tobacco-free.
The Red Cross will have first aid available. Alcohol and personal water craft are prohibited in the park. All pets are required to wear a leash in the park, and residents are discouraged from bringing pets to the park during the fireworks display.
More information is available on the City website at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: uncle sam jam).