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2004 Media Releases

June 24, 2004
For More Information Contact:
Dave Norris, Citizen Information Center, 441-7547
Jerry Shorney, Parks and Recreation, 441-8259
Kirsten Cords, Lincoln Jaycees, 730-8052

Mayor Invutes Area Residents To City's Fourth Of July Celebration
Annual event returns to Oak Lake Park for second year

Mayor Coleen J. Seng invites Lincoln area residents to the City’s annual Fourth of July celebration at Oak Lake Park. A full day of events is planned, including a Saltdogs baseball game at 6:05 p.m. at Haymarket Park and the spectacular fireworks show at 10 p.m. For the first time last year, the celebration was moved from Holmes Lake Park to Oak Lake Park due to the ongoing restoration project at Holmes.

“With the events going on around the world, Americans are reminded of the high price of our freedom,” said Mayor Seng. “I want to thank the Jaycees, who have partnered with the City for many years on this event, as well as the other sponsors for making this family-oriented celebration possible. Last year, we discovered that Oak Lake Park was a terrific location to celebrate our nation’s independence. We hope to again see big crowds and lots of patriotism!”

Pepsi-Cola is the major sponsor for this year’s celebration. Zambelli Internationale will again present the fireworks display, with the accompanying musical soundtrack to be 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 at Oak Lake Park.

StarTran will provide free public shuttle bus service from 3 to 11 p.m. The shuttles will run between the main entrance of Oak Lake Park and two downtown locations: the INS lot on North 8th Street near the pedestrian overpass and the Gold’s bus stop at 11th and “O.” Handi-Van service is also available for eligible individuals, and reservations should be made through StarTran at 441-7109.

A variety of food and concessions will be available from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. The Lincoln Jaycees will operate an information booth, and the Red Cross will have first aid available.

Other events include:

  • a 5K fun run/walk at 7:30 a.m. at Haymarket Park. Participants may register on site at 7 a.m.
  • A pancake feed from 8 a.m. to noon.
  • Bingo from noon to 8 p.m.
  • The Hobby Town 4th of July Trophy Race with remote control cars from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • A classic car and motorcycle show from noon to 4 p.m.
  • A dunking booth from 2 to 6 p.m.
  • A free concert from 8 to 10 p.m. with local band “Groove Puppet”

In conjunction with the celebration, Star City BMX races are scheduled from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. from Thursday, July 1 through Sunday, July 4 at Oak Lake Park. Holmes Lake Park will host sand volleyball and softball tournaments from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, July 3.

A kids carnival was booked for the event, but is unable to attend. The Jaycees are instead planning free activities for children 12 and under from 2 to 6 p.m. Those wishing to help can contact Kirsten Cords of the Jaycees at 730-8052.

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 at 10 p.m. Monday, July 5 at Oak Lake Park. No other events would be rescheduled to the 5th.

Those wanting to see more information on the day’s events can visit the city website at For event registration information, contact the Lincoln Jaycees at 434-8900.

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