Events planned for Independence Day
Celebrations to mark the 125th birthday of the United States are slated on Independence Day for Fort Leavenworth and in the city of Basehor.
The Fort Leavenworth Independence Day celebration kicks off at noon July 4, with a five-gun Salute to the Union in front of Bell Hall at Fort Leavenworth.
The Frontier Army Museum will be open from noon to 4 p.m. and admission is free. Concession stands and children's games start at 4 p.m. by Merritt Lake, site of a concert by the Missouri Southern band at 5 p.m., and a fireworks display will start at dusk.
In case of inclement weather, the fireworks display will be postponed until July 5 or the next clear night. The Salute to the Union will be fired regardless of weather conditions.
The Basehor-Linwood school district campus will have some activity on the Fourth of July.
A food and concession stand, along with a dunk tank will start at 5:30 p.m. At 6:30 p.m. a parade with the theme "Stars and Stripes Forever" will run through Basehor and conclude at BLHS.
Games and activities will run from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Darrel and the Kingpins will be the musical entertainment from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Winning floats in the parade and the Citizen of the Year award will be presented at 8:30 p.m.
The national anthem will be played at 9 p.m., and fireworks will begin at 9:15 p.m. Donations for the fireworks will also be accepted.
Basehor Gold PRIDE president Chuck Wilder said the Lions Club spent roughly $3,000 on the fireworks.
Basehor PRIDE, Gold PRIDE, the Kiwanis Club and Project Grad will have a fireworks booth July 1 through July 5 at Bichelmeyer Brothers Grocery in Basehor.