It has been several years since Newton has hosted a fireworks show — first, the Chisholm Trail Festival folded. The Newton Lions Club took over the show, but was not able to continue it and the City of Newton eliminated funding for the display from its budget.
There are, however, places to go in the area for an Independence Day tradition. Thanks to Independence day falling on a Tuesday this year, shows will be performed on multiple days in the area — Burrton will host a festival and show on Saturday, with others coming on Tuesday.
The Peabody fireworks show, which concludes the annual “Peabody Fourth Fest,” was recently listed fourth in a list of top Kansas fireworks shows by onlyinyourstate.com.
This year the show will be at dusk July 4.
The place to be for the show is in the city park at the high school football field, where you can see a ground show in addition to the aerial display. Each year the show concludes with “The Battle of New Orleans.”
For admission to a the park, a $3 button is required. Buttons are available at the gate. They can also be purchased in advance. Area locations with buttons include:
Peabody: City Office, Vintage Bank, Manestreet Beautique, Flint Hills Gypsies, Peabody Hardware, CK Pharmacy, Sausage House, Scissor Cottage, Coneburg Inn, Pops Diner, and Peabody Market
Goessel: City Office
Walton: Hilltop Convenience
The community is invited to the newest fireworks tradition in the area, July 4 at the Fireworks Extravaganza at Kidron Bethel Village in North Newton.
This year the event gets underway at 8 p.m. July 4, at Kidron Bethel Village, 3001 Ivy Drive in North Newton.
The fireworks show begins at dusk. Hot dogs, drinks and snacks will be available. The evening includes kids’ games, an opportunity quilt drawing, a bake sale and ice cream sundae sales. Lawn chairs are recommended.
Flashlights may be helpful for navigating to and from parking areas. There is no admission charge. For more information, call 316-836-4863.
Burrton will celebrate Independence Day early this year, with a festival starting tonight and running throughout Saturday.
While there is a cost with the events held tonight — a $1 family swim at the city pool, $5 home run derby in the park and a fund-raising dinner — all activities July 1 will be free.
Options include a three-on-three basketball tournament, beach volleyball, co-ed softball, kids races and swimming contest.
No pre-registration is required and individuals can sign up for competition all the way up to the day of the events. Prizes will also be awarded to many of the contest winners, while a prize drawing will be held at 8:15 p.m. For the drawing, individuals will be required to purchase buttons. Button cost $4 on July 1 (outside the Flickinger Building).
The fireworks show begins at dusk.
The Sedgwick Recreation Commission hosts a fireworks show each year. This year, gates will open at 8:30 p.m. at Sedgwick High School's football stadium for the celebration. There will be music, free glow necklaces for children and prize drawings for free fireworks from the SRC.
Admission to the fireworks show is free. The fireworks show will begin at dusk.