Archive for Thursday, July 3, 2008

Fun Fourth of July just ahead

An exploding aerial firework lit up the Baldwin City sky during a past Fourth of July show. It looks like there won't be a community fireworks display this year.

An exploding aerial firework lit up the Baldwin City sky during a past Fourth of July show. It looks like there won't be a community fireworks display this year.

July 3, 2008, 1:00 a.m.

Updated: July 4, 2008, 3:14 a.m.

Baldwin City will be ringing in the holiday with its usual array of flags, swimming, free hot dogs and, of course, fireworks.

A Fourth of July celebration wouldn't be the same without a fireworks show. Once again Baldwin City will be having one, which will be starting at dusk Friday. The festivities will be held at the ball fields north of Baldwin High School, but visitors are welcome to watch from the parking lot and surrounding grassy areas.

"We are very excited about this year's show," said Sheri Caldwell, who heads up the community fireworks display effort. "Everything is ready to go and we are excited about the Fourth. It should be a great event."

The celebration will go on as planned, but the group in charge is again looking for donations. Caldwell said they are usually looking for donations up until the show, but this year they only have about half of the funds. Donations can be given at Baldwin State Bank or at the gate Friday night.

"We need donations badly," Caldwell said. "We are in desperate need of donations from people this year. We are running about half of what we need, so we hope the community will help support this year's show."

Friday's Fourth of July celebration isn't all about fireworks, though. There will also be festivities at the ball fields before the show and the Baldwin City Municipal Pool will be open free to the public.

Beginning at 7 p.m. Friday, the festivities near BHS will start. The disc jockey will begin playing music and the inflatable slides will be available to use at that time. The Baldwin City Recreation Commission is also working with the community group to help host the Fourth of July event.

"We're working very closely with (BCRC director) Steve Friend and the recreation department," Caldwell said. "He's been great to work with and he's a great asset to the community."

The day's fun begins at the Baldwin City Municipal Pool. There will be a free lap swim from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. The open swim starts at noon and goes until 4 p.m.

Activities will include a DJ providing music, free hot dogs, games and races for children, a diving board ball toss, relay races, change pick up, greased watermelon and adult races and competitions.

"I know the lifeguards and managers are looking forward to the Fourth," said Friend, the BCRC director. "It's nice that this community has a celebration and it's nice that we can be a part of it. It will be nice for people to stay at home and not have to travel anywhere for the holiday."

As with every year, American Flags will be placed in the yards of Baldwin City homes. Boy Scout Troop 65 will distribute the flags Friday morning. The sponsors of the flags are Reece and Nichols, Timberidge Construction, Baldwin State Bank, Mid-America Bank, Hilco Mortgage and the Baldwin City Signal.

The Fourth of July is the primary show for the community fireworks group, but the patrons involved are hoping to be more involved in other community events. Caldwell said the group wants to maybe shoot fireworks or be involved at activities such as football games.

"We want to be able to do stuff at different events throughout the community," Caldwell said. "It's a way we can raise funds during the year and be more involved in the community."

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