The Omaha World-Herald will sponsor its 28th annual fireworks display Tuesday after the 7:30 p.m. TD Ameritrade College Home Run Derby.
The evening will begin with a 5:15 p.m. parade that salutes veterans from the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Cold War and the former Strategic Air Command. The parade will head north from 10th and Cass Streets for three blocks to parking lot C behind TD Ameritrade Park.
A brief 7 p.m. program inside the park will precede the derby. After the home runs, a short concert by Cowboy Mouth will lead up to the 10 p.m. fireworks.
The Omaha World-Herald Fireworks show is the metro area’s largest. It’s produced by J & M Displays and will be simulcast on the radio by Z-92 (92.3 FM).
Here is a sampling of other traditional Independence Day celebrations. All are for Wednesday and free, unless otherwise noted. The fireworks shows listed are ones the Nebraska Fire Marshal’s Office or the sponsor has labeled as open to the public.
The City of Ashland, Neb., will have a fireworks show at 10 p.m. in the football field at 10th and Clay.
The City of Blair will shoot off fireworks at 10 p.m. at 715 Grant.
The Red, White & Blue Fireworks Celebration will be Tuesday at the Base Lake in Bellevue. From 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. there will kids games followed by family entertainment and a concert at 8 p.m. by the Heartland of America Band group Raptor. Fireworks will start at dusk.
Boys Town will have a fireworks display at 9:45 p.m.
The Cass County (Neb.) Fourth of July fireworks will begin at 10 p.m. at Young Memorial Park in Murray, Neb. A day full of activities will begin at 10 a.m. in the park. They include games, contests, food, 7 p.m. parade and 9 a.m. coronation of Miss Murray. Fireworks rain date: July 7.
Champions Run, 13800 Eagle Run Drive in Omaha, will shoot off fireworks from its driving range at 10 p.m.
Red, White & Boom will be today at Yellow Smoke Park in Denison, Iowa. Expect a run/walk in the morning, beanbag toss tournament, sand volleyball tournament and more throughout the day.
The Field Club Homeowners League will have a Fourth of July parade beginning at 10:30 a.m. on Woolworth Avenue between Turner Boulevard and 36th Street.
Fort Kearny State Historical Park in Nebraska will offer special events Wednesday and July 7-8. Among them are cannon firing at 2 p.m. each day; and the 1860s Soldiers Living History Camp and wood carving and pine needle basket displays and demonstrations from the Central Nebraska Woodcarvers Association from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 7-8. A park entry permit is required per vehicle.
The City of Fremont will have a fireworks show at 10 p.m. Tuesday at Christiansen Field.
Fullerton, Neb., will have a Fourth of July Festival and Fireworks Show from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Fullerton High School Stadium. Admission is free, but some activities may have a nominal cost. Fireworks will begin at 9 p.m., accompanied by live music.
Geneva, Neb., will have activities all day Tuesday and Wednesday. Tuesday will include volleyball and basketball competitions, live music and 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. free street dance. Wednesday’s events will include various fundraisers, flea market, craft fair, art show, 10 a.m. parade, firetruck and train rides, free swimming pool admission, live music and after-dark fireworks at the Fillmore County Fairgrounds.
Harrah’s Council Bluffs will put on its fireworks show at 10 p.m.
Independence Day will bring Red, White and Zoo! to the Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. Look for wild entertainment and special animal presentations. Free to members or with paid admission.
The 62nd annual J.E. George Boulevard Parade will begin at 10 a.m. where Nicholas Street intersects the boulevard. The Police Mounted Patrol will lead the parade, which includes children with decorated bikes, the J.E. George Navy Band, politicians and more. The parade moves south along the boulevard into Memorial Park, where prizes will be awarded. Willy Theisen will be the grand marshal and Patricia Addision, who has lived the longest on the boulevard, will be the honored guest.
The City of Lincoln will have a fireworks show at 10 p.m. Tuesday at Oak Lake Park.
The Kearney Chamber of Commerce will have a fireworks show at 10 p.m. Tuesday at the Kearney Event Center.
The Old-Fashioned Independence Day Celebration in Malvern, Iowa, will be July 7. Daylong events will include a parade, 5K run/walk, bounce houses, water slide, fishing contest, carnival games, pedal tractor pull, auto push ball and more. Fireworks will begin at 10 p.m. Admission to the fairgrounds activities, which includes the fireworks show, will be $5 for adults and $3 for ages 5 to 12.
Murdock, Neb., has a day full of events planned. The parade will start at 11 a.m. followed by fun on Main Street with free watermelon, a bounce house, kids games and more.
Omaha Storm Chasers will provide fireworks at 10 p.m. Monday and Tuesday after the baseball games at Werner Park in Papillion.
Ralston’s 52nd annual Independence Day celebration will be a co-celebration of the town’s 100th anniversary. Tuesday activities will include 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. picnic, live music, and ice cream and pie social in Ralston Park; 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. square dance; and 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. family street dance. These events are among those scheduled Wednesday: 10 a.m. children’s parade, 1 p.m. Independence Day parade and 9:30 p.m. fireworks at 72nd and Q Streets, synchronized to music over KAT 103 (103.7 FM).
The 144th annual Old-Fashioned, Small Town Fourth of July Celebration in Seward, Neb., will include the 10 p.m. fireworks at the city’s Plum Creek Park. Other activities throughout the day will include a parade, live music, book talk, craft show, freedom run, holiday lights and more.
Tiburon Golf Course in Gretna will shoot off fireworks at 10 p.m.
The bells on the University of Nebraska at Omaha campus will sound at 9 a.m. with a “Let Freedom Ring” outdoor carillon concert. UNO carillonneur James Johnson will perform a 40-minute concert of patriotic and American folk music. Attendees are invited to bring lawn chairs and sit on the grassy area between Criss Library and the Strauss Performing Arts Center. The concert will occur rain or shine.
Compiled by Sue Story Truax with World-Herald News Service