It’s that time again – July 4th! A time for food, fun and spectacular fireworks. Fireworks have been a part of Independence Day since the first celebration in 1777. This year that will be no different as we proudly celebrate our nation’s 235th Birthday.
No matter what your age, we all look forward to a great weekend filled with fun and amazing fireworks. This year Wichitans are in for great times and a full weekend of excitement. Wichita has an assortment of great activities and events to help add a special spark of excitement to you weekend.
Start your Independence Day celebrations early on July 1st . Bring the whole family and begin at the Sedgwick County Zoo with Wet-N-Wild days! Enjoy the animals, join in the games, have a picnic and keep cool by playing in the cascading water sprinkler towers.
July 2nd there is a whole line up of activities that are sure to add fun to your day. First off, the Wichita Botanical Gardens kicks off it’s grand opening celebration for their Children’s Garden. Next, you could join in Cowtown’s Celebrate American fun with a watermelon seed spitting contest, pie eating contests, magic demonstrations, and sack races; or you could join a cow pie tossing contest! If that’s not enough fun for you then there is also Music and Dancing shows by the Dixie lee Saloon Girls, Belly dancers, Gypsies, and others! Cowtown also has a lot of great food and beverages to enjoy as well a beer garden so it is sure to be a great time for the whole family. In addition to the fun to be found at Cowtown you can add to your day by heading over to Wichita’s Old Town district and paying a visit to the Old Town Farm and Art market where there is something for everyone! Enjoy the live entertainment, delicious food, fresh produce, cooking demonstrations, as well as children’s activities, and wonderful hand-made crafts.
Finally, Wichita has fun as the sun goes down! In the evening hours of July 2nd you will find a spectacular fireworks display. Bring an end your fun filled day with Wichita Wingnut’s Baseball, Hometown hero’s and a blast of fireworks at Lawrence Dumont Stadium who will be celebrating its 36th consecutive year fireworks show. The celebration begins at 7:05 PM with the Wingnut’s baseball game, followed at 9:00 PM by a Salute to Hometown Heroes hosted by KAKE News which is then concluded by a Fireworks finale that begins at approximately 9:45 PM.
If you are looking for additional things to do this July 4th Weekend in Wichita and surrounding areas, then check out the list below and look online for your local community event calendars as new events are added daily.
July 01, 2011 – Wet-n-Wild Days at the Zoo!
Times: 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Location: Sedgwick County Zoo 5555 Zoo Blvd., Wichita, KS 67212
Admission: Regular admission applies.
July 02, 2011 – Wichita Botanical Children’s Garden Grand Opening
Wichita Gardens kick off the grand opening celebration for their Children’s Garden today from ! Head out to play fun games and great tunes!
Times: 1 9:00 to 5:00pm
Location: 701 N Amidon Wichita, KS 67203
Phone: (316) 264-0448
July 02, 2011– Celebrate America
Times: 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Location: 1865 West Museum Boulevard Wichita, KS
Admission: Adults – $7.75
Senior Citizens (62 and older) – $6.50
Youth (12 to 17) – $6.00
Children (4 to 11) – $5.50 (No charge for children under 4 and Old Cowtown Museum Members.)
July 02, 2011 – Old Town Farmer Market
Time: 7:00am – 12:00pm
Location: Farm & Art Market Plaza, 150 N. Mosley St., Wichita, Kansas 67202
July 02, 2011 Kake: Annual fireworks show and salute to hometown heroes
Times: 7:00 a.m. – Noon
Location: Lawrence Dumont Stadium
Admission: start at $5.00 and children under 2 are free.
The fireworks finale will begin at approximately 9:45 PM.
July 04 2011- Freedom Safari-Rolling Hills Wildlife Adventure
Kids get a free pass on Independence Day.
Special activities throughout the park, including an inflatable obstacle course, bounce house, giraffe feeding,
Times:10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
Location: Salina Ks
Admission: Free admission to kids age 12 and under to both the Zoo and Wildlife Museum with a paid adult.