Mayor Chris Beutler today invited area residents to the City's annual Uncle Sam Jam Independence Day celebration at Oak Lake Park, Sunday, July 3. Activities will begin at 1 p.m., and the fireworks display will begin at 10 p.m.
Soul Dawg, a horn-driven, funk rock band will perform from 6:15 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The group's seven-piece lineup of area music veterans plays high-energy hits from bands such as Earth, Wind and Fire, Parliament, James Brown and Stevie Wonder. Visit Souldawg.com for more band information.
The fireworks are sponsored by Pepsi-Cola and presented by Zambelli Fireworks. The show will be set to music provided by NRG Media/Broadcast House and aired on its four radio stations - B107.3 FM, Froggy 98.1 FM, 105.3 Wow FM and KLIN 1400 AM. The Lincoln Journal Star also is a partner in the celebration.
The City Parks and Recreation Department will provide free family activities beginning at 1 p.m. with canoeing, disc golf, horseshoes and youth stage performances. More activities and kids' games begin at 3 and 5 p.m. including, carnival games, bingo, box hockey, a gaga pit and the NEOS interactive playground game. The Kurdish hip-hop band Golden Studio will perform mid-afternoon. Food and concessions will be available beginning at 1 p.m. in the main parking lot. VFW Post 3606 will conduct the flag-lowering ceremony at 8:25 p.m.
In case of inclement weather, the musical performance, food vendors, fireworks display and radio broadcasts will be rescheduled to the same location and times on Monday, July 4. Many of the family activities and kids' games also would be rescheduled.
Ample free parking is available at Oak Lake Park and the surrounding area. More parking can be found at the festival space north of Pinnacle Bank Arena. Only those with tickets to the baseball game may park in the Haymarket Park lots. The public is encouraged to arrive early to avoid traffic delays.
A $3 event parking fee will be offered beginning at 1 p.m. at Haymarket Garage, 9th and "Q" streets. StarTran will provide free public shuttle bus service from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. between the main entrance at Oak Lake Park and these locations:
Handi-Van service is available for those eligible, and reservations can be made by calling StarTran at 402-441-7109.
Fireworks other than those used in the Zambelli show are prohibited in the park during the celebration. Fireworks are prohibited in all City parks at all times. 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.
Attendees are reminded that Lincoln City parks are now tobacco-free. City policy prohibits use of any form of tobacco products, including cigarettes, cigars, pipes and chew or dip, in any park areas or facilities designated as tobacco-free.
The Red Cross will have first aid available. Alcohol and personal water craft are 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.
Please visit lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: uncle sam jam) for more information.