Basehor prepares for July 4th parade
With the Fourth of July on the horizon, the Basehor PRIDE group has finalized plans for a parade and fireworks show that night.
Basehor PRIDE member Chuck Wilderson said this year's festivities will be very similar to last year and everyone is invited.
"I think it is going to be a good Fourth of July," Wilderson said. "I think we'll have more people attend than last year. Anyone from Leavenworth County can come. I think we put on one of the best, if not the best, fireworks display in the county."
The group will kick off the festivities with a parade starting at 6:30 p.m., beginning on 155th Street and Leavenworth Road and ending at Basehor-Linwood High School.
The theme of this year's parade and fireworks display will be "Stars and Stripes Forever". So far, 10 floats have been registered to participate in the parade although more could show up on Wednesday night, Wilderson said.
Wilderson said there will be cash prizes given out to the creators of the floats that best exemplify the theme of the parade. A panel of three judges will make the decision on the winners, Wilderson said.
Following the parade, there will be a host of activities at Basehor-Linwood High School before the fireworks display. Activities include a live band, Basehor Citizen of the Year presentations and announcement of parade winners.
This year, the fireworks display will be much better than last year, Wilderson said. The display should start as soon as the sun goes down.
This year's display is expected to last more than an hour with short pauses in between bursts. Wilderson said the Basehor group spent more than $3,000 on this year's display. Funds for the fireworks came from several local businesses as well as the Leavenworth County Commission.
"It should be a good show," Wilderson said. "It is a free show. We are not charging anything for it, but we are accepting donations at the entry."
The grand finale of the display will be an American flag. Wilderson said the best seats for the display are at the Basehor-Linwood High School football field, although the fireworks can be seen from much farther away.
The Basehor PRIDE group has been coordinating the Fourth of July event since 1995, taking over for the Basehor Park Association which had done it for seven years.
In conjunction with Basehor PRIDE, more than six local businesses contributed to the funding of the Fourth of July event.