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Lyndon invites everyone for daylong patriotic celebration of Fourth of July

062814-lyndon-run-walkIt’s going to be hard to sleep late with all of the firecrackers going off, so you might as well start celebrating Fourth of July first thing in the morning at Lyndon.

The community is hosting its 2014 citywide Fourth of July celebration with a parade, picnic in the park, games and prizes, free swimming, and finishing the day with a spectacular fireworks display at the Lyndon Saddle Club arena north of town.

The Firecracker 5k Walk/Run starts the day’s fun at 7:30 a.m. at Lyndon Community Center. The run is hosted by the Lyndon High School Cross Country team and Lyndon Pride, with proceeds benefiting both groups. For more information, contact Julie Stutzman, city clerk, at Lyndon City Hall, 785-828-3146, or email: [email protected].

The community center will also be a good place to grab breakfast, as the Lyndon Lions Club will be serving up a pancake feed beginning at 7:30 a.m. until 10 a.m.

The parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. Preregistration is requested, but anyone who wants to be in the parade should gather at the Lyndon High School parking lot at 9:45 a.m. To register, contact Lyndon City Hall.

All types of entries are welcomed: Horses, bikes, cars, floats, businesses, organizations, tractors, walkers. Awards will be given for best musical act/band, best overall float/group, best walking entry, best business entry, best single equestrian entry, best group equestrian entry, best antique/classic car, best tractor, best police/fire, and mayor’s choice- most spirited.

During the parade, the Lyndon United Methodist Church will be collecting canned goods for Help House. Spectators are asked to bring items to donate to Help House and church members will collect them in wagons as they walk the parade route.

The parade route will start at Lyndon High School, then west on Sixth Street to Topeka Avenue/U.S. 75, then north to City Park, east on 10th Street back to the school. For best viewing, spectators should gather along U.S. 75 or Sixth Street.

After the parade, everyone is invited to have a picnic at City Park, beginning around 11:30 a.m. Free watermelon will be served, along with free Frisbees for the first 50 kids. Families are invited to bring picnic lunches, but lunch will also be available from the Masons from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Around noon, games such as nail driving, egg toss and splash races will begin; prizes will be presented. Also at noon, the city swimming pool opens for a day of free swimming. The pool will be open until 8 p.m.

After cooling off at the pool and as night falls, north of town at the Lyndon Saddle Club will be the best place to view a fireworks display. Everyone is invited. Fireworks are scheduled to begin at dark or around 9:45 p.m.

Lyndon’s Fourth of July Schedule

  • 7:30 a.m. Firecracker 5k Walk/Run at Lyndon Community Center; proceeds to benefit LHS Cross Country and Lyndon Pride.
  • 7:30-10 a.m. Lyndon Lions Club Pancake Feed at Lyndon Community Center.
  • 10:30 a.m. Patriotic parade on Sixth Street to Main Street to City Park. Open to all from bicycles to cars to tractors! Awards for best musical act/band, best overall float/group, best walking entry, best business entry, best single equestrian entry, best group equestrian entry, best antique/classic car, best tractor, best police/fire, mayor’s choice- most spirited.
  • 11:30-2 p.m. Picnic at City Park; free watermelon; free Frisbees for first 50.
  • 11:30-1 p.m. Lunch available by Masons.
  • 11:45-2 p.m. Games and prizes; nail driving, egg toss, splash race and more.
  • 12-8 p.m. Free swimming at Lyndon Pool.
  • 9:45 p.m. Fireworks at Lyndon Saddle Club.
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