Mayor Chris Beutler today invited area residents to the City's annual Uncle Sam Jam Independence Day celebration at Oak Lake Park Thursday, July 3. Activities will begin at 1 p.m., and the fireworks show will begin at 10 p.m.
The Wheezetones, a popular local classic rock and roll band, will perform from 6:15 to 9:30 p.m. The fireworks are sponsored by Pepsi-Cola and presented by Zambelli Fireworks. The show will be set to music provided by NRG Media/Broadcast House and broadcast on its five 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 City Parks and Recreation Department will provide free family activities beginning at 1 p.m. The activities include canoeing, disc golf, volleyball, bocce ball, horseshoes, carnival games, Bingo, box hockey and the "NEOS" interactive game. Youth stage performances are from 1 to 3 p.m. with a finale provided by the Parks and Recreation Summer Day Camp. Food and concessions will be available beginning at 1 p.m. in the main parking lot. VFW Post 3606 will conduct a flag-lowering ceremony at 8:25 p.m.
Ample free parking is available at Oak Lake Park and the surrounding area. No Saltdogs baseball games are scheduled, so parking also is available in the Haymarket Park lots, which can be accessed from 10th and Charleston. More parking can be found at the festival space lot north of Pinnacle Bank Arena. 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 by calling StarTran at 402-441-7109.
In case of inclement weather, the musical performances, fireworks display and radio broadcasts will be rescheduled to Saturday, July 5, and food vendors will be available. Many of the family activities and kids' games also would be rescheduled.
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).