A week's worth of Fourth of July festivities and fun - Omaha.com
Published Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 6:00 pm / Updated at 5:05 pm
A week's worth of Fourth of July festivities and fun
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Baseball and fireworks are a traditional combination, and this year is no exception.

College baseball's top sluggers will compete, starting at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, in the TD Ameritrade College Home Run Derby.

Preceding the derby, at 7:15 p.m., will be a special salute to veterans.

The evening will be capped by The World-Herald's 29th annual fireworks display, starting about 10:15 p.m.

The 22-minute fireworks show by J&M Displays will be the largest in Omaha, said Joel Long, director of communications for The World-Herald.

Tickets can be purchased in person at the CenturyLink Center box office, by calling Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000 or via collegehomerunderby.com.

METRO AREA

Here's a sampling of some of the many other events planned in the metro area — including the granddaddy Ralston Independence Day celebration — to mark the nation's birthday:

Tuesday

Storm Chasers: Fireworks after the 7:05 p.m. game at Werner Park, 12356 Ballpark Way in Papillion.

Wednesday

Fremont (Neb.) Fireworks Committee: 10 p.m. free fireworks display at Christensen Field, West Linden Ave. and Ridge Road in Fremont.

City of Ralston: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Frank and Velma Johnson Ralston Archives Museum open house with 5 p.m. free patriotic music at the museum, 5615 Woodlawn Ave. in Ralston; 4:30 p.m. pie-baking contest followed by 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. picnic, pie and ice cream social and music, all at Ralston Park, 80th Street and Park Drive; 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. free square dance at 72nd and Main Streets.

Storm Chasers: Fireworks after the 7:05 p.m. game at Werner Park, 12356 Ballpark Way in Papillion.

Wednesday fireworks:

Thursday

Let Freedom Ring: 1 p.m. ceremony at the football field adjacent to the Badger Bell in Valentine. The Valentine members of the American Legion family will ring bells in honor of The Signers of the Declaration of Independence.

American Indian Artist Carol Snow : Snow will be working in the visitor center from July 4-7 at Agate Fossil Beds National Monument. She is bringing materials with a patriotic theme for visitors to fashion their own metal-embossed bookmarks.

A Salute to Our Nation: 7:30 p.m. free concert of patriotic music by Air Force Heartland of America Band at Sumtur Amphitheater, 11691 S. 108th St. in Papillion. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. Food available.

Armbrust Acres Homeowners Association Parade: 10:30 a.m. starting near 2756 S. 167th St. Residents decorate strollers, bikes, trucks and cars in patriotic themes.

Blair, Neb.: 10 p.m. free fireworks outside the South Creek Conference Center (formerly the Blair Bowling Center).

Boys Town: Fireworks about 10 p.m. on the Boys Town campus. Rain date: Saturday.

Champions Run: 10 p.m. fireworks at the golf course, 13800 Eagle Run Drive. Only members and their guests can be on the grounds, but the display is visible from afar.

J.E. George Boulevard Fourth of July Parade: 10 a.m. 63rd annual parade starting at Nicholas Street and J.E. George Boulevard in Omaha. Children and families walk or ride decorated bikes, big wheels, wagons, strollers and homemade floats.

Huntington Park Homeowners Association Parade: Begins at 10 a.m. at the Huntington Park tennis courts and ends at the pavilion with decorated bikes, wagons, scooters and strollers.

Nebraska Wind Symphony: 6 p.m. free patriotic outdoor concert at Chalco Hills Recreation Area, 158th Street and West Giles Road in Sarpy County. Rain location: University of Nebraska at Omaha's Strauss Performing Arts Center.

Ralston Independence Day Parade & Celebration: 10 a.m. to noon quilt show at Baright Library, 5555 S. 77th St. in Ralston; 10 a.m. children's parade; 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. live music at Independence Square, 77th and Main Streets in Ralston; 1 p.m. parade starts at 80th and Highland Streets and ends at 75th and Main Streets in Ralston; 9:30 p.m. fireworks at Ralston Arena, 73nd and Q Streets. Information: ralstonareachamber.org.

Ralston Optimists' 2013 Independence Day Fun Run/Walk: 7:50 a.m. one-mile Fun Run/Walk and 8 a.m. three-mile race in Ralston. To register: cityofralston.com or 402-680-1023 or 402-990-4154.

Red, White and Zoo!: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium, 3701 S. 10th St. Special animal presentations, face-painting and music. Activities are free to zoo members or with paid zoo admission.

Skylark/Cryer Neighborhood: 10 a.m. parade starts at Cryer Pool, 11783 Cryer Ave. Old cars, bikes, strollers, floats, etc., are in the parade. A block party at 118th and Cedar Streets will follow with food, games, bounce house, clowns, face painting and jugglers. Events are open to the public.

South Omaha Salutes the American Flag: 2 p.m. at Plaza de la Raza, 24th and N Streets. Jose F. Garcia, trustee on the Nebraska State Historical Society and board member of Nebraska 150, and the South Omaha Business Association invite the public to assemble in respect of the flag and the people who have served to protect the freedom of our nation. A wreath will be installed at the Plaza de la Raza monument site.

Stone Creek Homeowners Association: 11 a.m. parade with decorated bikes, trikes, wagons, strollers and more. Parade will begin in Bauman Circle between 163rd and 165 Streets and end in Stone Creek Park.

Tekamah (Neb.) Chamber of Commerce: 10 a.m. parade, Burt County Museum open after the parade until 3 p.m., lunch in the park, 2 p.m. horseshoes tournament, 7 p.m. concert at Northridge Country Club followed by fireworks.

Tiburon Golf Club: Fireworks at the club, 10302 S. 168th St., at dusk.

University of Nebraska at Omaha: 9 a.m. free carillon concert on the UNO Henningson Memorial Campanile on Dodge Street near 64th Street.

Veterans Plaza 10th Anniversary Program: 9 a.m. at Veterans Plaza in Bayliss Park, Pearl Street and Willow Avenue in Council Bluffs.

Thursday fireworks:

Friday

Red, White and Zoo!: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium, 3701 S. 10th St. Special animal presentations, face-painting and music. Activities are free to zoo members or with paid zoo admission.

South Omaha Neighborhood Alliance: Fireworks at dusk at the Field Club of Omaha, 3615 Woolworth Ave. Fireworks will be set off on the golf course near the No. 10 hole.

Friday fireworks:

Saturday

Fort Atkinson State Historical Park: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. living history military and civilian interpretations of Independence Day at park near Fort Calhoun, Neb. A Nebraska state parks parking sticker, available there, is required.

Red, White and Zoo!: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium, 3701 S. 10th St. Special animal presentations, face-painting and music. Activities are free to zoo members or with paid zoo admission.

Soundz of Freedom: Activities, including live music, start at noon with fireworks at 9 p.m. at Werner Park, 12356 Ballpark Way in Papillion; $10 donation asked to support military personnel wounded in Iraq.

July 7

Fort Atkinson State Historical Park: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. living history military and civilian interpretations of Independence Day at park near Fort Calhoun, Neb. A Nebraska state parks parking sticker, available there, is required.

AROUND THE REGION

Wednesday


Denison, Iowa, Red, White and Boom: 5 p.m. cardboard boat races, sand castle building contest, food vendors, kids carnival and more before fireworks at dusk, all at Yellow Smoke Park.

Discover Geneva, Neb., Summer Celebration: Events include 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. flea market and craft show, basketball tournament, pie baking contest and more.

Exira, Iowa, Fourth of July Celebration: Dance and barbecue.

Kearney, Neb., Chamber of Commerce Fireworks Show: Activities start at 6 p.m. with concert at 7:30 p.m. and fireworks at 9:45 p.m. at Viaero Event Center in Kearney.

Lyons, Neb., Fourth of July Festival: 7 p.m. farmers and merchants softball game at the ballfields, 9 p.m. firefighters street dance.

New Market, Iowa: 1:30 p.m. pitch and cribbage tournament; 2 p.m. pie contest; 6 p.m. potluck in the park (barbecued meat and drinks provided); 7 p.m. draft horse pull, pie auction and ice cream social; 8 p.m. Jim Jobe Memorial Dodgeball Tournament.

Uncle Sam Jam 2013 in Lincoln: 3 p.m. free family activities at Oak Lake Park put on by Lincoln City Parks and Recreation Department. VFW Post 3606 flag-lowering ceremony at 8:30 p.m. Trinkle Brass Works' concerts from 7:30 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. and from 9 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and live accompaniment with the 10 p.m. fireworks.

York Firecracker Frenzy '13 in York, Neb.: Fireworks display at York County Fairgrounds. Gates open at 8 p.m., program begins about 15 minutes before dusk. There will be numerous food vendors on hand — plus you can see The World's Largest Idaho Potato. Sponsored by York Area Chamber of Commerce.

Thursday


Seward, Neb.: Seward, which boasts it is “America's Small Town 4th of July City,” is widely known for its old-fashioned family celebration each Fourth of July. Events begin at 6 a.m. and finish with the 10 p.m. fireworks show at Plum Creek Park. Some highlights: aerobatic air show, 11 a.m. at Seward Municipal Airport; 4 p.m. Grand Parade; 8 p.m. concert with Tuna Fish Jones Band in Plum Creek Park. The day also features contests, games, carnival, patriotic pageant, food and more. Park at the high school and ride the free shuttle. Full schedule: julyfourthseward.com

1893 Independence Day Celebration in Grand Island, Neb.: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Stuhr Museum, 311 W. U.S. Highway 34. Railroad Town parade, Silver Cornet Band concert, patriotic program, pie eating contests and games on the green. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for children and free for Stuhr Museum members. For more information, call 308-385-5316.

Ashland, Neb., July 4th Celebration: 8 p.m. to dusk at Memorial Stadium in Ashland, Neb. Games, face-painting, costume contest, concession stand and patriotic music. Day concludes with the fireworks display sponsored by the Ashland Community Medical Clinic Foundation and the Ashland Chamber of Commerce.

Big Igloo Freedom Fest in Kearney, Neb.: 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. free event at 4305 19th Ave. Water park, free food, horse rides, carnival games, toddler train and 10 p.m. fireworks.

City of Tecumseh, Neb., Fireworks Display: At dusk on the Johnson County Fairgrounds on the west edge of town. Bring a picnic and lawn chairs. Rain date: July 5.

Corning, Iowa: Friends of the Lake 4th of July Celebration, Lake Icaria. Kids' fishing tournament, sand volleyball tournament, breakfast at the beach, pontoon rides, cattlemen's barbecue, kids scavenger hunt and fireworks.

Discover Geneva, Neb., Summer Celebration: Events include co-ed sand volleyball, concerts, antique tractors, show and shine, free afternoon swimming and fireworks at dusk.

Exira, Iowa, Fourth of July Celebration: Parade, food, kids tractor pull, fun and games, carnival, rodeo at 1:30 p.m. and fireworks at the Exira-EHK school.

Fort Kearny State Historical Park & Recreation Area: 2 p.m. re-enactors will fire the big cannon at the park, 1020 V Road in Kearney, Neb. A Nebraska State Park vehicle sticker, available onsite, is required.

Fourth of July Celebration in Hooper, Neb.: Events will include fun run, car show, dog show, softball tournament, kiddie water fights, family games, 5 p.m. parade, pie and ice cream social, FFA labor auction, karaoke and, at dusk, fireworks.

Freedom Day Celebration in Brownville, Neb.: 5K, 10K and half-marathon run, children's activities, dog show, 10 a.m. parade on Main Street followed by patriotic program in Boettner Park, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. museums open with no admission fee, 2 p.m. free horse and buggy rides, river boat cruises, concerts and free fireworks at 9 p.m. over the Missouri River.

Grand Island fireworks: Free public display at Fonner Park at 10 p.m. The fireworks will be synced with patriotic music and can be viewed for free from the race track's infield.

Hastings, Neb.: Independence Day concert and fireworks featuring The Rumbles, at Brickyard Park Homestead National Monument of America Living History Activities: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Heritage and Education Centers at Homestead National Monument of America near Beatrice, Neb. Learn about life as a pioneer by making butter and a cornhusk doll.

Independence Day Celebration in Fullerton, Neb.: Activities throughout the day with free fireworks at dusk. Kearney, Neb., Adult Community Band: Concert at 7:30 p.m., Harmon Park

Kimball, Neb.: Events begin at 10 a.m. with free fire truck rides; water fights from 11 a.m. to noon.; a giant slide and other bounce rides for the kids in the afternoon. Fireworks display on Horseshoe Hill at dusk; public viewing from the high school football stadium.

Lexington, Neb.: Community barbecue, 6 p.m., at Heartland Museum of Military Vehicles; freewill offering. Fireworks display at dusk at Kirkpatrick Memorial Park.

Lincoln County Historical Museum 5th Annual Anvil Shoot: 2 p.m. at the North Platte, Neb., museum.

Lincoln Saltdogs: Fireworks after 7:05 p.m. game at Haymarket Park in Lincoln.

Logan, Iowa: Celebration runs Wednesday through Saturday. Carnival in the city park all four days. Parade at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, and fireworks at dusk at the athletic field.

Lyons, Neb., Fourth of July Festival: Activities include a pancake breakfast, fun run, kids fishing tournament, free throw contest, volleyball and horseshoe tournaments, 1 p.m. kids parade, children's activities, 5 p.m. parade, 8 p.m. live music at the ballfields and 10 p.m. fireworks at the ballfields.

Murdock, Neb.: Events include a 7:30 a.m. run, 11 a.m. parade on Main Street, pie and ice cream social, fire department water fight, ballgames and fireworks at dusk.

New Market, Iowa: Events begin at 7 a.m. with breakfast in the community building, free-will donation; 8 a.m. Miner 5K run; 9 a.m. ATV horseshoe drag racing. 1 p.m. community parade; 2 p.m. tractor pull; 3:30 p.m. kids' water fight; 7 p.m. Swingin' Cajun Style with the Landrys in the park. Fireworks show at 10 p.m.

Shenandoah, Iowa: 10 a.m. parade; Honorary Grand Marshals are the Gold Star families of Spc. James Kearney, 22, of Emerson, who died Nov. 1, 2004; Marine Cpl. Jarrod Maher, 21, of Imogene, who died Nov. 12, 2004; Sgt. Brent Maher, 31, a Farragut native, who died April 11, 2011; Sgt. James Skalberg, 25, an Emerson native, who died June 27, 2012; and PFC Brandon Buttry, a Shenandoah native, who died Nov. 5, 2012. Events at Sportsmans Park: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., food vendors, kiddie games, tractor show and more; 1 p.m. Slow-pitch softball game; 5:30 p.m. Bill Riley Talent Search; 7 p.m. Country Gospel Singers (Sons family) of Shenandoah; 10 p.m. fireworks.

Underwood, Iowa: Day features Jack Link's Runderwood 5K walk/run at 7 a.m.; a pancake breakfast; 10:30 a.m. parade; carnival and games; car show; beer garden; bingo; teen dance; food stands; and grand finale fireworks show at 10 p.m.

Wahoo, Neb., Old-Fashioned Fourth of July: Noon kiddie parade, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. games at the Wahoo Aquatic Center, 1 p.m. old-fashioned games for kids (sack race, tile races, balloon hop races and foot races) and adults (egg toss) at Smith Park, 7:30 p.m. 1860s-style baseball game, 10 p.m. fireworks at Hackberry Park. The Wahoo Chamber of Commerce and area businesses sponsor the show, put on by Divis Pyrotechnics in Wahoo.

Waverlyfest in Waverly, Neb.: Features a 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. pancake feed, an 11 a.m. parade, ice cream social, kid games, money toss, sand volleyball, beer garden, street dance and swimming (including a money dive at 1:30 p.m.). After the parade, Peace Lutheran Church will have a family barbecue and First United Methodist Church will hold an ice cream social. Concludes with a fireworks display at Lawson Park at dusk.

Friday


Lincoln Saltdogs: Fireworks after 7:05 p.m. game at Haymarket Park in Lincoln.

Johnson Lake: Fireworks display, 10 p.m. at the lake in south-central Nebraska.

Saturday


Exira, Iowa, Fourth of July Celebration: Road Run.

Fort Kearny State Historical Park & Recreation Area: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. wood carving demonstrations; 2 p.m. re-enactors will fire the big cannon at the park, 1020 V Road in Kearney, Neb. A Nebraska State Park vehicle sticker, available onsite, is required.

Logan, Iowa: Celebration runs through Saturday. Carnival in the city park all four days. Fire Department Street Dance on Saturday in front of the fire hall.

Malvern, Iowa, Independence Day Celebration: Spread across downtown and the city fairgrounds, it runs from 7 a.m. to a fireworks show at 10 p.m. Activities include 11 a.m. parade, flea market, kids entertainment, splash tunnel and splash slide, petting zoo and pony rides, kids water fight, and dinner at 5 p.m. At 7:30 p.m., it's Auto Pushball – Ford Model A cars rolling around a field, playing soccer with a six-foot canvas ball.

July 7


Fort Kearny State Historical Park & Recreation Area: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. wood carving demonstrations; 2 p.m. re-enactors will fire the big cannon at the park, 1020 V Road in Kearney, Neb. A Nebraska State Park vehicle sticker, available onsite, is required.

Contact the writer: Sue Story Truax

sue.truax@owh.com    |   402-444-1165

Sue writes obituaries and covers community news and schools for Omaha.com's Living section, primarily Community Connection.

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