Area fireworks displays plus the Sundown Salute

By Ben Hopper

Happy birthday, America! You don’t look a day over 200.

To honor 237 years of freedom, check out these area events.

The Manhattan Municipal Band will put on a toe-tapping, patriotic show at 6:30 p.m. tonight at the Larry Norvell Band Shell in City Park.

Then head out to CiCo Park for the annual Thunder Over Manhattan at 10 p.m. More than 30 minutes of explosions and booms will light up the town.

The 142nd Annual Wamego Independence Day Parade, “Glory to the Red, White, and Blue,” will be at 6 p.m. The evening also features a car show and Ottaway Amusements rides. Wamego’s fireworks show is scheduled for 10 p.m.

Junction City’s annual Sundown Salute is also this weekend. Its fireworks are also at 10 p.m. tonight. The event concludes with American Idol finalist and country superstar Josh Gracin at 9 p.m. Saturday in Heritage Park. For a complete list of events during Kansas’ largest free Independence Day celebration, visit

Have a safe Fourth of July and a great weekend!


Sundown Salute presents Journeyman: The Eric Clapton Experience at 6:30 p.m., The Brothers, a Tribute to the Allman Brothers at 7:45 p.m. and 4&20;: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Tribute at 9 p.m. Heritage Park, Junction City.

Open Acoustic Jam on the Patio, 9 p.m. Aggie Central Station.



Free Kids’ Movie: “Hoot,” 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Public Library.

Sundown Salute presents Funk Syndicate at 6:30 p.m., Satisfaction: The Rolling Stones Tribute Band at 7:45 p.m. and Little River Band at 9 p.m. Heritage Park, Junction City.

Parallel Path, Eli Redeker and Noah Schmidt, 9:30 p.m. Aggie Central Station.



Sundown Salute presents Noe Palma at 6:30 p.m., Special Forces: The Tribute to .38 Special at 7:45 p.m. and Josh Gracin at 9 p.m. Heritage Park, Junction City.

Not a Planet, 10 p.m. Aggie Central Station.



Jazz Brunch, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Bluestem Bistro.

Read to Dogs, 2-4 p.m. Read to a certified therapy dog. The dogs have been trained to listen, and they help children relax while reading. Avid readers welcome also. No sign up required. Manhattan Public Library Storytime Room.

Jazz Trio, 6-8 p.m. dellaVoce.

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