Fireworks display to feature patriotic theme this Fourth
The parade will have come to an end and the games, cookout and live music show all packed away when the sun sets on the Basehor Fourth of July celebration Thursday night.
Yet, it won't be the end of the independence celebration.
After everything winds down, spectators will look toward a night sky bursting with bright colors and loud noises.
The same crew of pyro-technicians as last year will conduct the fireworks display one of the few available in Leavenworth County. And onlookers can thank Danny and Chris Dearinger, Ron Owen, Mike McDowell and John Matthews for this year's spectacle as well as for the previous years since the celebration started 15 years ago.
"We've been doing it for Basehor ever since the celebration started," Danny Dearinger said.
And while the crew may be the same, the display won't be.
Dearinger said this year's display is more patriotic than past years with bursts of the American Flag and the Statue of Liberty planned for Thursday night.
The display is scheduled to start at 9:15 p.m. or as Dearinger said "as soon as it gets dark enough to see the colors," and should last approximately 45 minutes.
Although the fireworks aren't lighted until dark, preparation for the display starts weeks in advance with purchasing the fireworks.
This year, the fireworks cost approximately $3,000.
On the day of the event, the crew will start getting ready around 8:30 a.m. by checking and testing equipment. The morning hours are pretty relaxed, Dearinger said.
In the afternoon, however, things start to get hectic.
"Towards one or two o'clock we're pretty busy," Dearinger said.
Equipment is checked and re-checked, and variables such as wind and crowd location are always on the minds of the technicians.
It all makes for a better display and for a better grand finale.
This year, the grand finale is expected to last five minutes.
"Basically, it's a lot of noise and a lot of color," Dearinger said. "The last five minutes of the display is pretty noisy."
The schedule of events for the Thursday night's celebration is as follows:
6:30 p.m. Parade down 155th Street. The parade will begin at 155th Street and Leavenworth Road and end near BLHS. Those entering the parade should be at the Holy Angels parking lot no later than 6 p.m.
7 to 9 p.m. Games and activities at BLHS.
7 to 8:30 p.m. Live entertainment provided by the country, jazz and rock band Soul Shakers.
8:30 p.m. Announcement of the Citizen of the Year award and parade winners.
9 p.m. Singing of the national anthem and raising of the flag.
9:15 p.m. Fireworks display. The display is free of charge but donations are welcome.
Two fireworks stands will be open in Basehor on July 4 and 5.
They are both located along 155th Street.