The Independence Day holiday will be celebrated this weekend in Nebraska City with a carnival, an ice cream social, some baseball and, of course, fireworks.
The Nebraska City Jaycees will begin setting up the ground displays for the fireworks show at 8 a.m. Saturday, July 1. Public access to the park will be restricted and the road through the park will be closed throughout the day Saturday, said Nebraska City Parks and Recreation Commissioner Patrick Wehling.
The public will have access to the parking lot west of the Steinhart Aquatic Center, he said.
The carnival will return to Nebraska City today (June 30), said Amy Allgood, executive director of Nebraska City Tourism and Commerce.
The rides were set to be assembled and tested yesterday (June 29) with carnival hours from 5 to 10 p.m. today, noon to dusk Saturday, and 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday, said Allgood.
Allgood said the carnival operator, River City Carnival, will be bringing its brand-new Ferris wheel to Nebraska City, along with other rides.
A new feature this year will be the Horn T Zoo, which will bring a collection of exotic animals from 1 to 8 p.m. Saturday.
NCTC is sponsoring the zoo so that children can see the animals for free, said Allgood.
Another new feature this year will be the opportunity to rent poolside chairs to watch the fireworks, said Wehling.
Cost is $10 per chair, and proceeds will go to the Jaycees to offset the cost of the fireworks show, he said. Doors will open at the aquatic center at 8 p.m. Saturday. Swimming will not be allowed, said Wehling.
Other weekend entertainment in Steinhart Park will include:
The Jaycee Concession Stand from noon until the start of the fireworks show Saturday night;
Josh the Otter will be on hand on the main baseball field from 5 to 9 p.m. to give children a chance to learn about water safety;
A free ice cream social from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday in Steinhart Lodge;
Face painting in Steinhart Park from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday;
The Southeast Community Band from 7 to 8 p.m. Saturday in Steinhart Lodge;
The Nebraska City Jazz Band from 8 to 8:45 p.m. Saturday in Steinhart Lodge; and
The fireworks show, which is scheduled to start about 9:45 p.m. Saturday.
The Steinhart Aquatic Center will be open from 1 to 8 p.m. today and Sunday.
The Aquatic Center will be open from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday to accommodate the fireworks show.