Get ready to paint the night sky with a burst of colors and a symphony of lights! The Fabulous Fourth fireworks show is set to illuminate the Lawrence skyline on Sunday, July 3, at approximately 9:45 p.m. The Shenk Sports Complex, nestled at the intersection of 23rd and Iowa streets, will play host to this dazzling display of patriotic fervor.
Pre-Fireworks Festivities: A Family-Friendly Affair
The celebration doesn’t just start with the fireworks; it begins much earlier at the Dole Institute of Politics, located at 2350 Petefish Drive. From 5:30-9:30 p.m., families can engage in a range of delightful activities, setting the stage for an evening of togetherness and fun.
Live Music Extravaganza at the Lied Center
As the sun begins its descent, the Lied Center of Kansas, situated at 1600 Stewart Drive, transforms into a music haven. The tunes will kick off at 6 p.m. with the soulful sounds of Tyler Gregory, followed by The Black Creatures at 7:15 p.m. The evening crescendos with the enchanting melodies of Ellie LeBar, a talented singer/songwriter, taking the stage at 8:30 p.m. These performances promise to add a melodic layer to the festivities.
Delightful Eats and Refreshments
No celebration is complete without delicious treats. Guests can indulge in concessions provided by the KU Memorial Union, and food trucks stationed outside the Lied Center will offer a variety of culinary delights. It’s a feast for the senses as you bask in the rhythm of music and the burst of flavors from the array of food options.
Parking and Access Information
To ensure a smooth and safe experience, some areas will have restricted access. Barricades will limit entry to the fireworks area on Crestline Drive north of 23rd Street, as well as a section of Becker Drive. On-street parking along Constant Avenue, from the Shenk Sports Complex to the Lied Center parking lot, will be restricted to avoid congestion. Parking at the Shenk Sports Complex won’t be available due to the safety radius required for the fireworks. Refer to the provided map for a visual guide on restricted areas and recommended parking zones highlighted in green for optimal public viewing.
This spectacular community fireworks display is made possible by the collaborative efforts of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas, the Lawrence Jaycees, the City of Lawrence, the University of Kansas, the Dole Institute of Politics, the Lied Center of Kansas, and eXplore Lawrence.
While the Fabulous Fourth promises a sky adorned with fireworks, the City of Lawrence emphasizes its commitment to being a fireworks-free city. Since 2002, the possession, sale, and handling of fireworks within city limits have been strictly prohibited, with only novelty items permitted.
Join the Extravaganza: Plan Your Visit
For a detailed event map and additional information about the Fabulous Fourth, visit lawrenceks.org/lprd/fireworks. Let the Fabulous Fourth fireworks celebration be your gateway to a memorable Independence Day experience in Lawrence.