Happy 4th of July this Wednesday, Lincoln style

By: Carol Feineman, Editor
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A group of dedicated Lincoln community volunteers make it easy to celebrate our country’s birthday this Wednesday, which is the 4th of July or Independence Day.

The annual holiday commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.

The Lincoln 4th of July committee, Lincoln Area Chamber of Commerce and the Native Sons and Daughters of the Golden West sponsor a full day and night Wednesday of all-ages activities.

“In addition to a spectacular parade, which is presented by the Lincoln Area Chamber of Commerce, we’ll also have an amazing kids’ zone sponsored by Crawford Orthodontics. The kids’ zone will feature some new attractions and a mechanical bull,” said Anthony Bersamin, the Lincoln 4th of July Committee chairman. “Following the four bands that will entertain the crowd until dark will be our spectacular pyrotechnics display. The show by itself costs about $1,000 per minute and the show is roughly 20 minutes in duration.” 

Most of these annual activities are free, with the exception of the pancake breakfast and the Corn-Hole (bean bag) tournament.

The pancake breakfast sponsored by the Native Sons and Daughters from 7 to 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Lincoln Veterans Hall (541 5th St.) is $8 per adult and $5 per child.

The Native Sons of the Golden West – Lincoln Chapter’s fourth annual Corn Hole Tournament fundraiser for men’s singles, women’s singles and teams of two is $20 per person. Check-in is 11 a.m. and the tournament is at noon Wednesday at McBean Park next to the horseshoe pits. To sign up or for more information, call Phyllis Cox at 916-514-6784 or Tom Jones at 916-645-1644.

The annual parade presented by the chamber is from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday on 5th and F streets.

Festivities then move to McBean Park at 65 McBean Drive and include free swim at McBean Pool from noon to 5 p.m., the kids’ zone from 2 to 6 p.m., four bands from 3 to 9 p.m. and fireworks at 9:35 p.m. or about one hour after sunset.

The 4th of July event expenses add up to about $40,000, according to Bersamin.

As of Wednesday, Bersamin said, the committee is short $14,000.

The community can help raise the additional funds by donating this week and/or attending Saturday’s shredding fundraiser.

 “Our website at takes donations and a variety of businesses, Mountain Mike’s, Baskin-Robbins, Sterling Café, 3 Hermanos Taqueria, Simply Nutrition and Siino’s; have donation jars,” Bersamin said. “Saturday is our last fundraiser, which is a shred event at McBean Park from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. We’re asking for people to bring sensitive documents to be shredded on site and we’re asking for an $8 donation per banker’s box.”

In addition, an Independence Day quilt will be raffled off as a committee fundraiser. Tickets can be bought at Cherry Moose Quilt, 603 5th St. in downtown Lincoln before Wednesday or at the 4th of July booth Wednesday at McBean Park. Tickets are one for $3, three tickets for $5 or seven tickets for $10.

For more information on Wednesday’s activities, check