Archive for Thursday, June 29, 2006

Basehor plans holiday blast

Event to include parade, fireworks

June 29, 2006

As Hannah Brown, a recent graduate of Basehor-Linwood High School, spends her summer preparing for college, she is also preparing for her annual performance of the national anthem at Basehor's Independence Day celebration.

Brown agreed to the performance when a member of her church's congregation approached her about it.

"This is my third year to sing the national anthem," Brown said. "I started taking voice lessons when I was 10, so I've been singing for about eight years."

As a soprano in the choir and a participant in the school musicals and theater department, Brown definitely has a passion for performing. She plans to pursue a dance major at Oklahoma City University this fall.

To hear Brown's performance of the national anthem and enjoy games, food, a fireworks display and much more, come to Basehor's annual Independence Day parade and celebration at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 4.

Basehor Pride has been sponsoring these activities since 1986 with the help of several other local organizations.

"Basehor Pride coordinates it, but it is a communitywide effort," Pride member Chuck Wilderson said.

The Boy Scouts will be leading the parade, which will assemble at Holy Angels Catholic Church at 5:30 p.m. Pride members would like as many children as possible in the parade to coincide with this year's theme, "Celebrating America's Youth."

The parade will head south down 155th Street at 6 p.m. to Basehor-Linwood High School, where there will be activities and entertainment. Those will include a cake walk and live music, concessions run by the Lion's Club and the Veteran's of Foreign Wars, and Brown's singing of the national anthem with a 21-gun salute by the color guard.

A fireworks display will begin around 9:15 p.m. Pride members encourages attendees to make a donation to help finance the show. They would also like patrons to stop by the fireworks stand. All proceeds will go towards Project Grad, Kiwanis and the Pride for local student scholarships.

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