Today in Lawrence: Fireworks, film anniversary and the visual arts

Spectators line the banks of the Kansas River to watch fireworks.

Spectators line the banks of the Kansas River to watch fireworks.

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Tweet of the Day: July 4


'Hard Day's Night' trailer

Holiday closings

If you're looking to conduct business today, you'll probably have to reschedule for next week. City offices will be closed today for the Fourth of July holiday. One service not affected: trash collection. The holiday will not affect residential or commercial trash collection routes. Residential and commercial trash collections scheduled for Fridays will be completed today as usual. Find out more about holiday closings at

Independence party

Celebrate the Fourth with a Lawrence-style party at Party in the Park, 4:30-midnight at Watson Park, Seventh and Kentucky streets. The event is free to enter, and restaurants that are part of the Lawrence Originals organization will be on hand to serve food for a fee. Five bands will play throughout the night, and there will be a children's play area.

Go boom

It wouldn't be the Fourth without a show of lights and noise. So make your Independence Day official with the Lawrence Jaycees Fireworks Display, which starts about 9:45 p.m. The pyrotechnics will be shot from the Kansas Levee and visible from Watson Park and surrounding areas. Some choice places from which to watch: Abe & Jake's Landing, the Kansas River bridge and Campanile Hill on the KU campus. Get more information about watching fireworks at

Beatlemania on film

Liberty Hall is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Beatles in "A Hard Day’s Night," 4:30 and 7 p.m. today, Saturday and Sunday and continuing through July 10. The film, released in 1964 at the height of Beatlemania, was directed by Richard Lester and stars the Fab Four. Liberty Hall is at 644 Massachusetts St.; regular ticket prices apply.

Drawing an audience

You have two more days to check out the M(i)(A)cro: A Contemporary Drawing Exhibition at the Lawrence Arts Center. The exhibit runs through Saturday and features five artists working to capture the unknown through abstracted natural forms in the medium of drawing. Participating artists are David Mazure, Greg Fuqua, Basil El Halwagy, Doug Russell and Sara Schneckloth. The Lawrence Arts Center is at 904 New Hampshire St.

Family fun

If you're not quite ready to stop celebrating the Fourth, there's one more place to get your red, white and blue on. On Sunday, the American Legion welcomes everyone to the Family Celebration of the Fourth of July from 3 to 7 p.m. at American Legion Post 14, 3408 W. Sixth St. Hot dogs, hamburgers and drinks will be served, and admission is donation only.

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More July 4 events

City and county offices are closed today.

Cemetery walking tour highlighting U.S. military veterans, 10 a.m.-noon, Oak Hill Cemetery, 1605 Oak Hill Ave.

Mike Shurtz Trio, 10:15-11:15 a.m., Signs of Life, 722 Massachusetts St.

Perry Lecompton Farmers’ Market, 4-6:30 p.m., U.S. Highway 24 and Ferguson Road (in FastTrax parking lot), Perry.

Eudora Farmers Market, 5-7 p.m., Nottingham parking lot, 1428 Church St., Eudora.

Bingo night, doors 5:30 p.m., refreshments 6 p.m., bingo starts 7 p.m., Eagles Lodge, 1803 W. Sixth St.

Fourth of July Fireworks Viewing Party, 5:30-10 p.m., Abe & Jake’s Landing, 8 E. Sixth St.

More July 5 events

Lawrence Farmers Market, 7-11 a.m., 824 New Hampshire St.

League of Women Voters of Lawrence-Douglas County voter registration and info booth, 7-11 a.m., Lawrence Farmers Market, 824 New Hampshire St.

Lawrence Flea, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., paved lot at Ninth and Delaware streets.

St. John Catholic Church Rummage Sale, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 1246 Kentucky St.

Yard Waste Drop-Off and Compost/Woodchip Sale, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Wood Recovery and Compost Facility, 1420 E. 11th St.

Kansas Appleknocker Classic Ragtime Duo, 2-4 p.m., Watkins Community Museum, 1047 Massachusetts St.

Great Books Discusses Euripedes: Medea and Aristophanes: Lysistrata, 2-4 p.m., Lawrence Public Library, 700 New Hampshire St.

Americana Music Academy Saturday Jam, 3 p.m., Americana Music Academy, 1419 Massachusetts St.

Headpin Challenge, 6-9 p.m., Royal Crest Lanes, 933 Iowa St.

Dance: Arnie Johnson and the Midnight Special, 8-11:30 p.m., Columbus Hall, 2206 E. 23rd St.

More July 6 events

League of Women Voters of Lawrence-Douglas County voter registration and info booth, 2-5 p.m., Lawrence Public Library, 700 New Hampshire St.

Irish Traditional Music Session, 5:30-8 p.m., upstairs Henry’s on Eighth, 11 E. Eighth St.

O.U.R.S. (Oldsters United for Responsible Service) dance, 6-9 p.m., Columbus Hall, 2206 E. 23rd St.

Smackdown! trivia, 7 p.m., The Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire St.


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