Fireworks and Fanfare in the Flint Hills


By Alphild Dick, Adult Services Librarian

Get out your sparklers and bottle rockets and start up the grill, the 4th of July is this weekend! The 4th of July is one of the loudest, noisiest, sparkliest holidays around, and there’s no place better to enjoy it than under the big open skies of the Flint Hills. Here are just a handful of fun things to do in our area for Independence Day this year.

  • Wamego Fireworks Show: Wamego may be a little town, but it knows how to celebrate big. The 4th of July is an all-day shindig there, with activities starting at 9am. There’ll be car and tractor shows, ice cream socials, a carnival, musical performances, and a parade. To cap things off, there’ll be a 30-minute and 29-second long firework show at 10pm.
  • Sundown Salute in Junction City:  Junction City will also be putting on a big, splashy 4th of July event this year with their Sundown Salute. Events for Sundown Salute will begin on July 3rd at 1pm with activities for kids, a bicycle stunt show, carnival, and live music in the evening. On Friday, the day will kick off with a 5K race and a 1-mile fun run, followed by a watermelon seed spitting contest in the evening, more live music, and fireworks to end the night at 10:30pm. Tickets for carnival are $25 ($23 with military ID).
  • Manhattan Municipal Band Concert: If the whiz-bang display of fireworks isn’t your speed but you’d still like to enjoy some Independence Day festivities, grab a blanket and head to City Park. There won’t be an official city fireworks display in Manhattan this summer, but there will be a Municipal Band Concert from 6:30-7:30pm on Friday at the Larry Norvell Band Shell.

If you plan , please make sure to observe city safety guidelines for fireworks. According to the City of Manhattan’s website, fireworks can be discharged within city limits from 8am-midnight on July 1-4. It is unlawful to discharge fireworks in streets, alleys, parks, or on public property; to throw or shoot fireworks in the direction of people or vehicles. Aerial luminaries, or sky lanterns, are against city regulations. Finally, make sure to observe safety practices for your friends and family. Always supervise children when using fireworks and keep water nearby for emergencies. Also be sure to respect your neighbors when setting off fireworks.

Don’t forget that Manhattan Public Library will be closed on the 4th of July. We wish everyone a safe and fun holiday–and we’ll see you all on Saturday!

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