In celebration of Independence Day, the Fabulous Fourth fireworks show will take place at approximately 9:45 p.m. on Sunday, July 3, at the Shenk Sports Complex, located at 23rd and Iowa streets.

The Dole Institute of Politics, 2350 Petefish Drive, will be hosting family-friendly activities from 5:30-9:30 p.m. ahead of the fireworks show.

The Lied Center of Kansas, 1600 Stewart Drive, will be available as a viewing spot and will have free live music beginning at 6 p.m. Music acts include:

  • 6 p.m. – Tyler Gregory
  • 7:15 p.m. – The Black Creatures
  • 8:30 p.m. – Ellie LeBar, singer/songwriter

Guests will be able to purchase concessions provided by the KU Memorial Union and food trucks will be available outside of the Lied Center. Please clean up and dispose of all trash and items you bring with you to the parking/viewing areas.

Barricades will restrict access to the fireworks area on Crestline Drive north of 23rd Street. Access will also be restricted on a portion of Becker Drive, around the restricted area. There will also be no on-street parking along Constant Avenue from the Shenk Sports Complex to the Lied Center parking lot to avoid congestion before and after the show. Parking at the Shenk Sports Complex will not be available due to the safety radius needed for fireworks. Please see the linked map, showing the restricted area, as well as defined areas for gathering near the blast site. Parking is recommended at the areas highlighted in green for public viewing.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas is presenting the Lawrence Jaycees community fireworks display in conjunction with the City of Lawrence, University of Kansas, the Dole Institute of Politics, the Lied Center of Kansas, and eXplore Lawrence.

For event map and more information about the Fabulous Fourth, please visit

The City of Lawrence would like to remind all residents that Lawrence is a fireworks-free city. The possession, sale, and handling of fireworks has been prohibited since 2002 — with novelty items being the only things permitted for residents within city limits.

Contact: Porter Arneill, Director of Communications and Creative Resources, [email protected].