The area around Steinhart Park promises to be a busy place over the July 4th weekend, thanks to a dance marathon at the Nebraska City High School football field, and a carnival and concession stand in the park itself.
At its June 6 meeting, the Nebraska City City Council approved the dance marathon fundraiser at the high school on July 2. Funds raised will go toward the Weekend Lunch Program.
Before the council approved the dance marathon, Mayor Bryan Bequette asked that the people in charge of selecting the music use discretion in the music choices to avoid complaints about potentially questionable lyrics that could be broadcast loud enough for the surrounding neighborhood to hear.
Steinhart Park is scheduled to host a carnival and the Jaycees concession stand on July 1 and 2, barring any blockage of the proposed carnival area by construction equipment that may be brought in for the bridge work that’s part of the Steinhart Trail project.
Amy Allgood, executive director of Nebraska City Tourism and Commerce, told the council she and Parks and Recreation Commissioner Jeff Krunk are scheduled to meet with representatives of the company in charge of the carnival rides closer to the July 2 date too see where the rides will be set up.
“We’re doing the best we can to work with NCTC and have a carnival for the kids,” said Krunk, while also keeping the bridge project moving forward.
The Nebraska City Independence Day celebration is set to close with an ice cream social from 7 to 9 p.m. at Steinhart Lodge, a performance by the Southeast Community Band in Steinhart Park at 7 p.m., and the Jaycees fireworks show at dusk. All events will take place on July 2. In the event of rain, the fireworks show will take place on July 3.