Archive for Monday, July 4, 2005

Rain shouldn’t interrupt fireworks

July 4, 2005

There's a 30 percent chance of rain on this July 4 afternoon, but city officials say the chance of tonight's Fourth of July fireworks celebration is about nil.

City officials said Friday there were no rain contingencies for the show, which is slated for dusk this evening, or about 9:30 p.m., at Lansing Middle School. Instead, they indicated the fireworks would go on if rain materializes.

Sunday, the area received about a third of an inch of precipitation, according to the National Weather Service. The forecast for this evening calls for cloudy skies with calm winds out of the north/northeast at less than 5 mph. There is a chance for scattered showers.

Tonight's fireworks show, the fifth sponsored by the city, will feature music set to classic Disney movie songs for the theme "Fantasy in the Sky," and the music is scripted to enhance the fireworks experience. In all, the fireworks will last about 22 minutes.

To view the show, seating will be on the Middle School football field and the grassy area north of the school. Parking will be available on multiple side streets adjacent to the school. Parking for people with disabilities will be available on the east side of the Middle School.

At the Middle School football field, the Lansing Historical Society and Lansing Alumni Association will be running a concession stand.

City officials said that beginning at 8 p.m. Monday, they'll close Mary Street from Lansing Heights to DeSoto Road, and from Kay Street to J Street, until the fireworks show is over. The street closing is being taken as a safety precaution.

For those who enjoy more of a military flavor to their fireworks shows, Fort Leavenworth is sponsoring a display that also begins at dusk Monday.

Independence Day activities at the fort are scheduled to begin at noon Monday with a 50-gun Salute to the Union in front of Bell Hall on Reynolds Avenue.

A news release from the fort said carnival-type games and rides, a petting zoo, and food and beverage concessions stands open at 4 p.m. by Merritt Lake, site of a rock 'n' roll concert by "Backfire" at 5 p.m.

The extended forecast for Monday evening calls for partly cloudy skies and warm temperatures.

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