Independence Day celebrations promise patriotic holiday fun

Freedom will be celebrated across Osage County on Independence Day, giving citizens opportunity to enjoy old-fashioned fun during all-day celebrations and plenty of fireworks displays.

Lyndon

The city of Lyndon has revived the type of Fourth of July celebrations the town was known for in years past, starting the day at 7:30 a.m. with a pancake feed, sponsored by the Lyndon Lions, at Lyndon Community Center. That is also the starting time for the Firecracker 5K run and walk, which also begins at the community center. Proceeds from the 5K will benefit the Lyndon High School cross country team and Lyndon Pride.

The pancake feed ends at 10 a.m., giving late breakfasters time to get downtown for the Patriotic Parade, which begins at 10:30 a.m. Line-up is on Sixth Street and the parade will run down Topeka Avenue to the city park. The parade is open to anyone, including those on bicycles, cars, tractors, horses or wagons. Awards will be given for multiple categories.

At the park, free watermelon will be served and flying discs will be given away to the first 50 people who show up.

From 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Masons will be serving lunch in the park for the community picnic. Families are also invited to bring a picnic lunch if they would like to. Starting at 11:45 a.m. will be contests with prizes and giveaways for all ages. A nail driving contest, egg toss, and splash race are some of the planned events. Everybody who plays a game gets a patriotic wrist band.

Also in the afternoon, 1-6 p.m., everyone is invited to enjoy the city swimming pool, with no admission charge.

At about dark, the community will congregate at or near Lyndon Saddle Club arena, north of town, to watch fireworks. Planned start time of the fireworks is 9:45 p.m.

Overbrook

Overbrook began its Fourth of July celebration on July 3, with a community picnic at Grace Community Church, followed by fireworks.

On the Fourth, the children’s bike parade starts at 10:30 a.m. Cyclists are to meet at the parking lot under the water tower at 10:20 a.m. The parade will go west on Market Street, then north on Maple Street, east on Santa Fe Trail Street to the park by the ball diamonds.

Parade participants and their families are invited to the Rotary Shelter House by the lake after the parade for a hotdog lunch. Everyone is asked to bring a plate of cookies to share.

The afternoon will be filled with free swimming for all ages at the Overbrook pool.

In the evening, the Kansas National Guard 35th Division Band will present its free “A Home Front Concert” series, at 7:30 p.m. at Brookside Manor’s Fourth of July celebration, 700 W. Seventh St., Overbrook. Fireworks will follow the concert at dark.

On Friday, July 5, the town’s celebration will continue with Overbrook Pride hosting another fireworks display at Overbrook City Park. The evening will include food and music beginning at 7 p.m.

Pomona State Park

Visitors to Pomona State Park will enjoy the Fourth of July evening with a free concert. Jeremy McComb will be performing live starting at 8 p.m. in the parking lot located above Lighthouse Bay Marina. Although the concert is free, a vehicle park permit is required and can be purchased at the park entrance.

At dusk, the fireworks display will start. Fireworks will be displayed from boat ramp No. 1 in the state park.

On Friday evening, at 8:30 the movie The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader will be shown at the Southwind Shelter House. The movie is recommended for ages 10 and up. Popcorn, pop and water will be available.

Saturday morning the holiday celebration continues at the state park with the Friends of Pomona State Park hosting donuts and coffee in three locations: In Kansa Campground at the mushroom shelter; Burning Heart Campground at site 130; and the Osage Campground between the bathhouse and playground.

In the afternoon, at 4 p.m., will be the annual Lighthouse Bay Marina Boat Parade.

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