Baldwin City pool will be open July 4; No community fireworks show
For the second-straight year, Baldwin City will not have a fireworks show for the city’s residents, but there will be free swimming on July 4.
The 2011 Independence Day celebration in Baldwin City will be very similar to the 2010 version. There won’t be a fireworks show for the public. Instead, local residents will have to create their own fireworks shows.
“There are no community fireworks that I know of,” said Steve Friend, Baldwin City Recreation Commission director. “We’re not involved with it. I put my money into Bulldog Days. We’re sponsoring that, which is a three-month deal for hundreds of people and it keeps it free from them. The commission thought that was a better way to spend our funds.
“There was a lot of labor involved with it. They wanted six to eight people to work from noon to close. It was a lot of work to get everything set up and ready and we didn’t the manpower.”
Although there won’t be a fireworks show, Baldwin City residents will still be able to swim and eat free hot dogs for five hours on July 4. The Baldwin City Municipal Pool will be open from noon to 5 p.m.
There will be an inflatable bouncer outside the pool for children. Inside the complex, there will be a disc jockey, games and free hot dogs.
“We’re still doing the same activities down at the pool,” Friend said. “We’ve extended the time by one hour. There will still be free hot dogs and games as usual.”