Things will be popping across the area for the Fourth of July.
Several fireworks shows are planned, including Emporia's Friday night at Emporia State University. Police Sergeant Lisa Sage and ESU Police and Safety Capt. Chris Hoover will join KVOE's Newsmaker segment Thursday with details on the show, which will be live audio and video streamed on KVOE-TV at KVOE.com.
Several area towns are combining fireworks with town festivals. Admire's on the list with activities Thursday night including a pot luck meal, games and tours of the North Lyon County Museum. Mayor Rich Gould says there is something special about a small-town Fourth of July.
Lebo is also having its fireworks show Friday night near the start of its annual Stars and Stripes Extravaganza as part of a full weekend. Pony rides, parades and a magic show are on tap Friday. Dodge ball and volleyball tournaments are Saturday, along with a transportation show and horseshoes. Sunday has a truck and tractor pull. Spokesperson Carrie Sloan says the whole community pulls together for the weekend.
Other area towns are waiting until Saturday to hold their fireworks shows. Gridley has its fireworks show at City Lake during the town's two-day Independence Day Celebration. Organizer Gennifer Birk says Gridley is also planning several fundraisers for a 2016 Honor Flight, including a gravel grinder bike ride Saturday and a 5-K glow run Friday night.
A movie is planned for Friday night, with a farmers market, fun run, fishing derby, car show and baby contest on the Saturday schedule.
Cottonwood Falls and Strong City will have fireworks Saturday at Cottonwood Falls Swope Park.
Lyndon is also celebrating on the holiday. Besides fireworks, there will be a 5-K run-walk, picnic, parade and free swimming at Lyndon Pool.
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