It's time to Celebrate Freedom in Wamego again! The following events are planned for the 4th of July Festivities. The celebration will be highlighted by the July 4th fireworks display at the Rec Complex.
Thru July 3
• 6-10 p.m. City Carnival, City Park. Evans-Midland Empire Shows brings the carnival to town with rides, and a midway.
• 6-10 p.m. Dunk Tank. Come dunk your favorite coach, city official or co-worker. Proceeds benefit the Wamego Fire Department and Auxiliary.
• 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Antique Tractor Show, Ball Diamonds. Dozens of unique farm equipment from all over the U.S. will be showcased at the 34th Annual Kaw Valley Antique Engine, Truck and Tractor Club Show.
• 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. 45th Annual Walter P. Chrysler Car Show, City Park. Contact Verne Claussen (785) 456-4179 for registration information.
• 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Ice Cream & Cake, Historical Museum. Join the Wamego Historical Society in the park for some ice cream churched by an antique John Deere water cooled engine.
• 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Stars Over the Columbian, an artistic celebration honoring 25 years of The Columbian Theatre and 20 years of the Swogger Gallery. Exhibit will be on display at The Columbian Theatre.
• 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Pork Sandwich & Pie, 6th & Lincoln. The First United Methodist Church has pork sandwiches, brats, hotdogs, and homemade pies. The tradition has been going on for 30 years and is a local favorite.
• 12-6 p.m. “Backstage Bar” at The Columbian Theatre, 521 Lincoln. Stop by for a nice cold beer or cocktail while you stroll through the theatre enjoying its artifacts and local art work.
• 1-3 p.m. Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church Watermelon Feed, City Park Shelter. All are welcome to the free Watermelon Feed hosted by Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church.
• 1-1:30 p.m. and 2-2:30 p.m. “BOOMTOWN 2 – Behind the Fence” – First Screening, The Columbian Theatre. Check out the documentary on how the Wamego Fireworks spectacular show is put together.
• 1:30 p.m. Hot Wheels Races, City Park. Hot Wheels available on site for purchase. All ages welcome.
• 2 p.m. Patriotic Vocal Concert, 6th and Lincoln. Cool off inside the First United Methodis Church while listening to the amazing Patriotic Vocal Concert. Free will donations go to Wounded Warriors of Fort Riley.
• 3-10 p.m. Carnival, City Park. Evans-Midland Empire Shows brings the carnival to town with rides, and a midway.
• 4-9 p.m. RED Parking Shuttle Runs, Wamego High School Football Field. Free shuttle, open to the public, going to and from the Wamego Recreation Complex. Stops will be made at the top of the parade route from 4-6 p.m. but pick-ups will only be made at the recreation complex. Return services will be provided after the fireworks show.
• 4-9 p.m. Green Parking Shuttle Runs, Wamego Middle School. Free shuttle, open to the public, going to and from the Wamego Recreation Complex. Stops will be made at the top of the parade route from 4-6 p.m. but pick-ups will only be made at the recreation complex. Return services will be provided after the fireworks show.
• 4-9 p.m. Parade Food Court, Bittmann Mercantile Parking Lot. Stop by for a variety of food vendors in the 500 block of Lincoln.
• 5-6 p.m. Bicycle Parade, Wall Street. Join or watch the bike parade! Bikes decorated with the theme “Sweet Land of Liberty” will be lead from Wall Street North to 6th on Lincoln and back to Wall Street.
• 6-7 p.m. Parade, Main Street. The 148th annual Wamego Independence Day Parade will take place on Lincoln Ave from 4th to 8th street. This year’s theme is “Freedom in the Flint Hills.”
• 7:30-9:30 p.m. Pre-Show Concert, Rec Complex. Groove out to 70’s, 80’s, and other great music from the band, Departure.
• 10-10:35 p.m. Fireworks, Rec Complex. Check out the #1 ranked fireworks show in Kansas and follow along to the live broadcast on B104.7
• 10:35-11 p.m. Post-Show concert, Rec Complex. Avoid the traffic. Stay and enjoy the classic rock band Departure.