Mayor Chris Beutler today invited area residents to the City's annual Uncle Sam Jam Independence Day celebration at Oak Lake Park Saturday, July 2. Activities will begin at 1 p.m., and the fireworks show will begin promptly at 10 p.m.
The fireworks are again sponsored by Pepsi-Cola and presented by Zambelli Internationale. The show will be choreographed to music provided by Broadcast House/NRG Media. and broadcast on its four radio stations — B107.3 FM, Froggy 98.1 FM, 105.3 Wow FM and KLIN 1400 AM. Music in the park will be provided by the FROGGY 98.1 FM boom box. The Lincoln Journal Star also is a partner in the celebration.
"We have a great day planned, and I want to thank our sponsors as well as City staff for keeping this annual tradition alive in Lincoln," said Mayor Beutler. "Moving the Uncle Sam Jam from July 4th to the 2nd holds down City expenses and allows families to enjoy the public event Saturday as well as private family celebrations on Monday."
The City Parks and Recreation Department will provide free family activities from 1 to 8 p.m., including canoeing, disc golf, volleyball, bocce ball, croquet, horseshoes, carnival games, bingo, three-legged and potato races, box hockey and the "NEOS" interactive game. Food and concessions will be available beginning at 1 p.m. in the main parking lot. VFW Post 3606 will conduct a flag-lowering ceremony at 8:30 p.m.
Parking is available at Oak Lake Park and in the Pfizer grass field at N.W. 4th and Cornhusker. No baseball games are scheduled, so parking also is available in the Haymarket Park lots, which can be accessed from 10th and Charleston. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early to avoid traffic delays.
A special $3 event fee will be offered beginning at 1 p.m. at two downtown garages — Haymarket Garage at 9th and "Q" streets and Que Place Garage at 11th and "Q" streets. Handi-Van service is available for those eligible, and reservations can be made through the normal procedure by calling StarTran at 441-7109.
StarTran will provide free public shuttle bus service from 5 to 11 p.m. between the main entrance at Oak Lake Park and these locations:
In case of inclement weather, the fireworks display and the accompanying radio broadcasts will be rescheduled to Sunday, July 3. If family activities also are cancelled on Saturday, most of them will be rescheduled to Sunday as well.
Fireworks other than those used in the Zambelli show are prohibited in the park during the celebration. City ordinance allows the sale and use of permissible fireworks in the City only from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. July 3 and from 8 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. July 4 of each year. The City has a permit for its display on July 2.
The Red Cross will have first aid available. Alcohol is prohibited in the park. All pets are required to wear a leash in the park, and residents are discouraged from bringing pets to the park during the fireworks display.
More information on the day's events is available on the City website at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: uncle sam jam).