Archive for Thursday, June 28, 2007

Splash might join bang on Fourth

June 28, 2007

The fireworks will be ready to go for the Fourth, but watery fun at the city pool may have to wait until two days later.

That means the city's Independence Day celebration will be much like years past with a fireworks display set for about 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Eudora Middle School parking lot, 2635 Church St. Those planning to attend are asked to bring lawn chairs.

The festivities will begin before the first shells explode. A private vendor will begin selling concessions at 7 p.m. Starting at 7:30 p.m., the parking lot will be filled with music played by disc jockey Rex Burkhardt.

Eudora Parks and Recreation Director Tammy Hodges said Burkhardt's repertoire will contain everything from Johnny Cash to the Beach Boys. Burkhardt will also take requests.

Wednesday's celebration will be topped off with a fireworks show. As in years past, Jimmy Hoover will create the pyrotechnics display. The city purchases the fireworks and lets Hoover design the show, Hodges said.

In addition to the fireworks display, Hodges had originally planned an extravaganza to celebrate the grand opening of the Eudora Aquatic Center but construction delays caused by wet weather pushed it back.

The pool is scheduled to be filled Friday and opening day is tentatively set for a week later.

Hodges said, however, there is a slight possibility the pool could open Wednesday. If so, news of the opening would be through word of mouth.

We want to make sure we're having no problems with the pool facility, and on July 4 that's not giving enough time to check things out," Hodges said. "We wanted to try to push the date over to the sixth just in case. That leaves three or four days to get out any kinks or anything we might have."

Grand opening festivities will take place from 1 to 7 p.m. July 6. There will be free admission all day and free hot dogs at 5 p.m. as well as games and prizes throughout the day. The opening is also contingent on weather and construction delays.

Hodges said she's full of ideas for next year's Fourth of July celebration.

"Next year it will definitely be bigger and better and we'll be able to offer a full scale of Fourth of July events when the pool opens up," Hodges said.

"This year we're kind of going with the display itself and carrying on with stuff like in the past, but next year I want to make it bigger and better."

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