Community Fourth celebration offers activities, fireworks
Those wanting to celebrate the Fourth of July in Baldwin don't have to wait for the sun to set.
Citizens for Baldwin City is sponsoring Thursday's free community Fourth of July celebration beginning at 5 p.m. at the ball fields next to Baldwin High School.
"We're trying to make ours bigger and better every year," Dana Robertson, CFBC president, said. "We're trying to make it a community event like it was 25 years ago. This is a get together for family and friends."
Games, music and food are included in the evening's activities followed by the community fireworks display.
Robertson said there will be a variety of food those in attendance can buy for dinner including smoked meats, buffalo burgers and hamburgers and food from the ballpark concession stand.
Several community members and businesses will have booths set up around the site and the Baldwin City Fire Department will be in attendance with a fire truck. A balloon artist will also be on site until 8 p.m.
Throughout the night, Robertson said an activity area, featuring a giant water slide and smaller activities and games, will be open. Both adults and children can participate in a variety of games in the activity area between 6 and 7 p.m.
Raffle tickets will also be available Thursday evening.
"We have quite a bit of things to raffle off," she said.
Some of the items to be raffled off include an American flag, gift certificates, children's items and other prizes donated by local businesses.
Robertson said live music will begin at 7:30 p.m. The band Krazy Kats will perform until the fireworks display begins.
"They play a big variety of music," she said. "It's music for the whole family."
The evening of activities will conclude with the traditional fireworks display that will last about 45 minutes. Robertson said the display will begin between 9:15 and 9:30 p.m.
She said she encourages everyone to attend the Fourth of July celebration.
"We want to try to get the community involved," she said. "We have a lot to do. It's not just sitting and watching fireworks."
Prior to the celebration, the Baldwin City Recreation Commission is sponsoring a "Blowout" at the city pool, starting at noon and lasting until 4 p.m. No admission will be charged and there will be games, prizes and food. There will also be a dunk tank with Supt. James White, Paul Vander Tuig, Frank Foye and Mayor Ken Hayes available to take the plunge.