Archive for Thursday, May 20, 2004

Basehor Fourth of July a day early

May 20, 2004

The city of Basehor will host its annual Fourth of July celebration on a peculiar day this year -- July 3.

Basehor PRIDE, a local civic group responsible for organizing the annual festivities, decided attendance would be better if events took place on July 3, a Saturday, said group spokesman Chuck Wilderson said.

"The main reason is our display and activities have not been quite as well attended as we would have liked in the past couple of years," Wilderson said. "We felt like there would be a little better turnout on (July 3) because it's a Saturday and it wouldn't interfere with church or family activities."

The theme of this year's parade is "West with Lewis and Clark," and it will begin at 6:30 p.m. Saturday evening. The parade route along 155th Street will run between Leavenworth and Parallel roads.

There is no registration necessary for parade entries. Those wishing to participate should arrive at a staging area at the Holy Angels Catholic Church at approximately 6 p.m., Wilderson said.

A grand marshal for the parade has not been chosen yet. Wilderson said PRIDE members are reviewing nominations and would make a decision early next month.

Following the parade, activities and food vendors will be available to the public at Basehor-Linwood High School. The annual fireworks display will begin at 9:30 p.m. at the football field.

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