By Jessie Wagoner
Last year, Fourth of July activities may have been limited, but this year, they are back, and there is something for everyone to enjoy in McPherson County.
The McPherson Convention and Visitors Bureau, along with CHS, will be hosting a Fourth of July celebration beginning at 7 p.m. July 4 at Wall Park. A concert by King Midas and the Mufflers will kick off the evening. Following the concert, attendees are invited to stay to watch the fireworks display.
While not officially Independence Day activities, there are other events occurring over the holiday weekend in McPherson. The summer kids movie series at the McPherson Opera House is showing “The Emoji Movie” at 10 a.m. July 1 and at 2 p.m. July 2. Admission is $4, or attendees can save 50% with a summer movie pass for $10.
The Pink Flamingo is hosting a sidewalk chalk competition from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 3 in the 300 block of North Main in McPherson, around the Pink Flamingo. To participate in the event, register at the Pink Flamingo. It is a free contest, divided into five age categories. There will be prizes awarded, just bring your chalk and creativity.
If you are looking for an old-fashioned Fourth of July, then Lindsborg is the place to visit on July 4. Festivities begin with a patriotic parade, which will include all ages. Those participating should meet at the gazebo in Swenson Park on the 400 block of North Main Street at 5 p.m to decorate. Decorate strollers, bikes, wagons or even yourself to parade through the park. Entertainment starts at 6 p.m. in the bandshell and includes local and regional performers, from twirlers to dancers to musicians. In conclusion, the Lindsborg Community Band plays ending festivities by 8:30 p.m. The Lindsborg Lions Club will sell concessions beginning at 5 p.m.
Galva is hosting the 10th Annual Firecracker 5K and Festival at Lynn Baldwin Memorial Park on July 3. The day is packed with activities for the whole family. 5K registration begins at 6:30 a.m. Registration is $30 the day of the event. The 5K race begins at 7:30 a.m. Head over to the softball field from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. to participate in the Home Run Derby. It will cost $10 to participate in the derby.
After working up an appetite, you won’t want to miss dinner, which will be served from 5 to 8 p.m. The meal includes one meat and two sides with a bottle of water. The hamburger meal costs $7, and the hot dog meal costs $6.
Bounce houses will be in operation from 5 to 8 p.m. Raffles and a 50/50 drawing will take place from 5 to 8:30 p.m. If you feel up to trying your hand at cornhole, you can register for the tournament from 5:15 to 5:45 p.m. The tournament will run from 6 to 8 p.m. Registration is $40 a team, and cash prizes will be awarded to the top three teams. The evening will conclude with a fireworks display at dark.
Operation Celebration begins at 8 a.m. July 3 at the Marquette Community Park and Swimming Pool. The public is invited to come enjoy a fun filled day in Marquette. There will be events for all ages throughout the day. At dark, the third annual fireworks show will take place at Eisenhower Park.
Canton, Moundridge and Inman have no official Fourth of July activities planned; however, private individuals have expressed they will be setting off a large amount of fireworks for the community to enjoy.
Fireworks ordinance for the City of McPherson
McPherson residents should familiarize themselves with the city’s fireworks ordinance prior to purchasing or discharging fireworks. The full ordinance can be viewed at www.mcpcity.com, but the ordinance clearly states no person shall sell or discharge fireworks within McPherson, except between July 2 and July 4 between the hours of 10 a.m. and 10:30 p.m, except that fireworks can be discharged from 10 a.m. to midnight on July 4.
The following types of fireworks should not be sold or used within the city limits unless part of an authorized pyrotechnical display:
- Bottle rocket fireworks;
- Lanterns, sky lanterns or any other uninhabited free floating device which includes a flame or other heating device to heat air as a lifting mechanism;
- Metal sparklers or other hand-held firework that burn slowly while emitting flames, sparks, and other effects that also contain a stiff metal wire covered in part by a dried slow-burning pyrotechnic composition. Bamboo sparklers shall be permitted.