Archive for Thursday, June 30, 2005

City ready for Fourth

Fireworks show to begin at dusk at Middle School

June 30, 2005, 12:01 a.m.

Updated: June 30, 2005, 12:09 p.m.

The way Jamie Miller figures it, he'll have put in almost an entire day's work - about 22 hours - so that Lansing residents can enjoy Monday's Fourth of July fireworks show.

Miller, assistant director of Leavenworth County Emergency Medical Services, is also a licensed pyrotechnician who has been in charge of the city's fireworks show the past two years.

This year's Fourth of July show is slated to begin at dusk, around 9:30 p.m., Monday at Lansing Middle School. The show's music will be 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.

"For each minute of the shows, I spend an hour preparing the script," Miller said.

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 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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