PRIDE decides to have fireworks on July 4 after all
Independence Day actually will be celebrated on July 4 this year in Basehor, despite previous reports to the contrary.
Representatives from Basehor PRIDE, Gold PRIDE and Youth PRIDE decided during their meeting Monday night that the city's annual Fourth of July celebration will take place on the first Sunday in July and not July 3.
"There are a lot of other things going on, and it is hard not to have a conflict," PRIDE spokesman Chuck Wilderson said. "We decided to go ahead and do it on the fourth."
This year's celebration will have a similar flavor to the events of years past. A parade will run down 155th Street from Leavenworth Road to Basehor-Linwood High School at 6 p.m. Games and refreshments will follow at the high school.
The Basehor Chamber of Commerce will announce the citizen of the year and a live band will perform. The celebration will peak shortly after 9 p.m. with the national anthem and a flag-raising ceremony that will immediately precede the 9:15 fireworks display.
Appropriately enough, Sheryl Turner will serve as the grand marshal for this year's event, which is being billed as "West With Lewis and Clark." Turner is a direct descendent of John Colter, an explorer who accompanied Meriwether Lewis and William Clark on their famous expedition in 1804.
Wilderson said the traditional date was selected partially to avoid a conflict with a July 3 Falcon Lakes fireworks display. PRIDE will finalize the details of the celebration when it meets again June 21 at the Basehor VFW post.