Festivities scheduled for July 4 holiday
The details are finalized, the wrinkles have been ironed out and organizers of the city's annual Fourth of July celebration are ready to light this candle.
PRIDE spokesman Chuck Wilderson said his organization met this week to solidify plans for next Monday evening. Fliers detailing the city's festivities were to be placed in area businesses and offices this week. Other than that, Wilderson said, organizers are all set to go.
Here's a schedule of events:
¢ PRIDE has reached an agreement with an area company to provide inflatable toys such as a moonwalk and slide during the celebration. The toys will be available beginning at 4:30 p.m. at Basehor-Linwood High School.
- The city's annual Fourth of July parade will begin at approximately 5:30 p.m. The parade route will begin at 155th Street and Leavenworth Road and will culminate at 155th Street and Parallel Road. Fred Box, commander of the Basehor Veteran's of Foreign Wars post, will serve as grand marshal.
¢ Box's band, the Gospel Trailblazers, will provide the musical act at the high school following the parade. They will perform from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
¢ The VFW and BLHS Booster Club will serve as food vendors at the high school.
¢ The Basehor Chamber of Commerce will announce its 16th annual Basehor Outstanding Citizen of the Year about 8:30 p.m. Former Basehor City Council president Julian Espinoza will serve as master of ceremonies and will announce the award-winner.
¢ BLHS graduate Hannah Brown will sing the national anthem. Members of the VFW will raise the flag and play taps.
¢ The fireworks display will begin shortly after dark. PRIDE spent more money on this year's display than any other event in year's past.
Contingency plans call for the Fourth of July celebration to occur a week later if inclement weather cancels the regularly scheduled date.