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June 27, 2002
For More Information Contact:
Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831
Brad Cornelius, Lincoln Jaycees, 450-5505

Mayor Invites Lincoln Area Residents to Celebrate the Fourth of July at Holmes Lake

Mayor Don Wesely is inviting everyone in the Lincoln area to the city’s annual Fourth of July celebration at Holmes Lake. A day full of activities, food and music for all ages will culminate with the traditional fireworks display set to music.

"With the renewed sense of patriotism that our country has experienced this year, this will be a very special Independence Day celebration," said Wesely. "We’re happy to again be partnering with the Lincoln Jaycees to help make Holmes Lake the perfect setting for family and friends to gather and celebrate our nation’s freedom."

Pepsi-Cola is a major sponsor for the event. Zambelli Internationale will present the fireworks display at 10 p.m., with the accompanying music broadcast on KTGL-FM, 92.9 The Eagle. The Eagle is the official radio station for the Fourth of July celebration, and the station will broadcast live during the celebration from Holmes Lake near the old marina.

StarTran will again provide free public shuttle bus service from 3 to 11 p.m. between Seacrest Field (72nd and "A"streets) and Holmes Park (Normal and Van Dorn intersection). The last bus will leave Seacrest for Holmes Lake at 8:15 p.m. Handi-Van service is also available for eligible individuals, and reservations should be made through StarTran at 441-7109. For those unable to make it to Holmes Park, 5 CITY-TV, Time Warner Cable channel 5, will carry the fireworks display live.

Six bands will perform throughout the day and evening in lot #3. Bands performing from 9:30 a.m. through approximately 9:45 p.m. are, in order, Paisty Jenny, Kick the Dog, Victims, Wishpool, Bossphilly and Three Day Meat Sale.

A variety of food will be available at lot #4 on the north shore throughout the day. The Jaycees will operate an information booth near the old marina, and the Red Cross will have first aid available.

Other events include:

  • A 5K fun run/walk at 7:30 a.m. will begin near lot #3. Participants may register on site at 7 a.m. North Shore Drive will be closed from 7:30 to 9 a.m. for the run.

  • A co-ed sand volleyball tournament is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Pre-registration is required, and there are limited entry slots for teams. Registration will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • A classic car show runs from 12:30 to 5 p.m. in lot #5 on the north shore.

  • A kite flying show by the Prairie Winds Kite Club is set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the south shore. (This location may change due to the wind direction.)

  • Free carnival-type kids games will be available from 2 to 4 p.m. near the playground.

  • The "Kickers Cup Youth Soccer Skills" competition for kids ages six to 13 runs from 5 to 7 p.m.

  • A dunking booth from 3 to 8 p.m. will feature members of the Jaycees and 92.9-The Eagle staff. Proceeds will go to the Friends of Foster Children.
For event registration information, contact the Jaycees at 434-8900 or through e-mail at

Fireworks other than those used in the Zambelli show are prohibited in the park. Alcohol is also prohibited. All pets are required to wear a leash while in the park. Citizens are discouraged from bringing pets to the park during the fireworks display.

In case of bad weather, the fireworks display will occur on July 5th at Holmes Lake beginning at dusk. No other events would be rescheduled to the 5th.

map of Holmes lake 4th of July celebration
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