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2009 Media Releases

June 25, 2009
For More Information Contact:
David Norris, Citizen Information Center, 441-7547
Uncle Sam Jam:
Jerry Shorney, Parks and Recreation, 441-8259
Barbara Zach, Lincoln's Symphony Orchestra, 476-2211
Steve Albertsen, Broadcast House, 475-4567
Larry the Cable Guy:
Capt. Bob Kawamoto, Lincoln Police Department, 441-7751
Scott Opfer, Public Works and Utilities, 441-7851


Lincoln Mayor Chris Beutler said the City is ready to welcome visitors from throughout the region coming to town for the long Independence Day weekend which includes:

  • The City's free Uncle Sam Jam at Oak Lake Park Friday, July 3 featuring Lincoln's Symphony Orchestra;
  • Larry the Cable Guy's comedy show at Memorial Stadium Saturday, July 4; and
  • Lincoln Saltdogs baseball at Haymarket Park on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.

"Lincoln is the place to spend your Independence Day weekend and we look forward to welcoming our guests from throughout the state and region," said Mayor Beutler. "We hope people have an enjoyable, safe holiday weekend full of patriotism and fun for the whole family. We hope our guests will have the time to enjoy all that Lincoln has to offer with a variety of dining, shopping and entertainment options."

For the fourth consecutive year, the Uncle Sam Jam celebration will include a free performance by Lincoln's Symphony Orchestra (LSO) beginning at 9:15 p.m. At 10 p.m., the 22-minute fireworks show will be choreographed to the live patriotic music from LSO.

The Mayor thanked the City's partners in the celebration, including LSO, the Lincoln Journal Star and the Broadcast House/NRG Media radio stations. The concert will be aired live exclusively on radio stations B107.3 FM, KLIN 1400AM and 105.3 WOW FM beginning at 9 p.m. At 10 p.m., Froggy 98.1 FM will join the broadcast. Pepsi-Cola is the sponsor for the fireworks, presented again by Zambelli Internationale.

The Uncle Sam Jam concerts kick-off LSO's 83rd season. "We are so grateful to the City for its support of this event," said Barbara Zach, LSO Executive Director. "The positive response from previous Uncle Sam Jam concerts has led us to dream even bigger about this year's performance. Last year, we reached an estimated 30,000 people in the park and through the live broadcasts. It is our hope that having the event on the Friday night preceding July 4 will allow people to kick off their holiday weekend in style."

Zach said LSO enjoys strong support from the community. The Symphony performance is sponsored in part by Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Nebraska, BNSF Foundation, Farmers Mutual Insurance Company of Nebraska, Lincoln Parks Foundation, the Nebraska Lottery and Nelnet. (Click here for the LSO repertoire.)

"It's an absolute honor for the Broadcast House radio stations to team with the City and the Symphony once again for Uncle Sam Jam," said Steve Albertsen, Operations Manager for NRG Media/Broadcast House of Lincoln. "To have the ability to entertain everyone gathered in the park, and to showcase the incredible talents of the Symphony to our radio listeners right here in Lincoln and a wide surrounding area - that makes the evening special for everyone."

The City Recreation Division of the Parks and Rec Department will team-up with the Lincoln Jaycees to provide family activities and kids games for park patrons. Among the attractions will be an inflatable slide, obstacle course and bounce house provided by All-Star Amusements. The Ashanti Band will perform from 5:30 to 7 p.m. (A complete schedule is here.)

The Larry the Cable Guy show begins at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 4 at Memorial Stadium and will include fireworks. Also scheduled is a weekend home series for the Lincoln Saltdogs at Haymarket Park against the Wichita Wingnuts. First pitch for the Friday, Saturday and Sunday games is scheduled for 7:05 p.m., 6:05 p.m. and 7:05 p.m. respectively, with fireworks displays planned after the games on Saturday and Sunday. At the July 3 game, LSO Maestro Edward Polochick is scheduled to throw out the first pitch.

In case of inclement weather, Friday's LSO's concert, the radio broadcasts and the fireworks display will be rescheduled to Sunday, July 5. No other Uncle Sam Jam events will be rescheduled. The rain date for the Saturday show also is Sunday, July 5.

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  • Fireworks other than those used in the Zambelli show are prohibited in the park.
  • Alcohol is prohibited in the park.
  • Swimming is not allowed at Oak Lake.
  • All pets are required to wear a leash in the park. Residents are discouraged from bringing pets to the park during the fireworks display.


Uncle Sam Jam, July 3
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:

  • Haymarket Parking Garage, 9th and "Q"
  • Gold's bus stop, 11th and "O"
  • County-City complex - northeast corner of 9th and "H" and southeast corner of 9th and "K" (free parking in City lot bounded by 9th, 10th, "H" and "G" streets)
  • State Fairgrounds lot #9 (west of Devaney, enter off Court Street between 14th and 15th
  • State Fairgrounds lot #6 (west of Devaney, enter off of North Antelope Valley Parkway just north of Military Road)

Special $3 event parking is available beginning at 4 p.m. at these garages:

  • Haymarket Garage, 9th and "Q"
  • Iron Horse lot, 7th and "Q"
  • Que Place Garage, 11th and "Q"
  • Market Place Garage, 10th and "Q"

Handi-Van service is available for eligible individuals, and reservations can be made through the normal procedure by calling StarTran at 441-7109.

Larry the Cable Guy show July 4

Special $4 pre-paid event parking can be purchased through and for these garages:

  • Haymarket Parking Garage, 9th and "Q"
  • Market Place Garage, 10th and "Q"
  • Que Place Garage, 11th and "Q"

Online, pre-paid parking will be honored on Sunday, July 5 if the Saturday night Larry the Cable Guy show is rained out. On-street meter parking will be free of charge on Saturday, July 5.

The City will offer $5 parking on the day of the show Saturday beginning at 3 p.m. at the following garages and lots:

  • Que Place - 11th and "Q"
  • Market Place - 10th and "Q"
  • Haymarket Garage - 9th and "Q"
  • Iron Horse lot - 7th and "Q"
  • 14th and "Q" lot
  • 13th and "P" lot
  • University Square Garage - 101 N. 14th St.
  • Lumber works lot - 711 "O" St.

The Lincoln Police Department (LPD) will have increased enforcement efforts in and around the downtown and Haymarket areas focusing on illegal tailgating and liquor violations. LPD also recommends that fans arrive at the stadium by 6 p.m. to avoid traffic congestion.

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