Basehor sets Fourth of July celebration
It'll be all things American on the evening of July 4 in Basehor.
A parade will run down 155th Street that will be lined with dozens of American flags.
The national anthem will be sung and a local war veteran will symbolically raise the American flag before spectators.
Even this year's theme, "United We Stand, Let's Roll," rings with patriotism for the red, white and blue.
The schedule of events for this year's annual Basehor Fourth of July celebration is:
6:30 p.m. Parade down 155th Street. The parade will begin at 155th Street and Leavenworth Road. Those entering the parade are asked to meet at the Holy Angels parking lot no later than 6 p.m. A change to this year's parade is that dirt bikes will not be allowed to enter, organizers said.
7 to 9 p.m. Games and activities at Basehor-Linwood High School.
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. National anthem will be sung by Basehor native Debbie Kemler and local veteran Wilbur Grisham will raise the American flag.
9: 15 p.m. Fireworks display at the BLHS football field. The display is free of charge but donations are accepted.
The Basehor Pride and Gold Pride groups organized the celebration. Pride president Chuck Wilderson said the group has been coordinating the event since 1995.
In past years, the event has been well attended, he said.
"It always seems like the parking lot is packed," Wilderson said.
Basehor is one of the few Leavenworth County cities that have a Fourth of July celebration, so some county residents usually attend, he said.
The task of organizing this year's event began in May, but details for the occasion weren't ironed out until recently.
Wilderson said this year's grand marshals would be long-time Basehor residents Bob and Edith Gravatt.
The grand marshals were selected by the Basehor Dreams Come True foundation.
"They thought (the Gravatts) would be very deserving," Wilderson said.
Following the parade, the local band Soul Shakers will perform at BLHS.
The band has years of experience and have performed at local venues such as Bichelmeyer's Steakhouse and Helen's Hilltop in Tonganoxie, Wilderson said.
The band is performing free of charge.
"That's a big plus for us," he said. "It usually takes part of the proceeds to pay for live entertainment."
Later in the evening, the Citizen of the Year will be announced by the Basehor Chamber of Commerce. The recipient of this year's award will not be announced until that night, Wilderson said.
Approximately 19 local businesses and organizations helped sponsor this year's event. That number is an increase from recent years, Wilderson said.
"The businesses and the community have really picked up the slack," Wilderson said.