Jaycees Expect To Feel The Heat At This Year’s Fireworks Show

NEBRASKA CITY – No matter what the air temperature at Steinhart Park, the Nebraska City Jaycee firework show volunteers know they’ll be feeling the heat this year.

The Jaycees’ Laura Liesemeyer told Rotarians Wednesday that ground displays are her personal favorite for the annual show.

Liesemeyer: “It’s always fun to see them light up and then kind of fall apart and see what they come up with.”

The ground displays of the past have had Snoopy fighting the Red Baron, Purple People Eaters and Great Balls of Fire. This year there are five sets of three fiery balls.

Liesemeyer: “Those are probably Gail and Randy and Duane’s favorites because down at the concession stand you can really feel the heat from those.”

The show, which features over 5,000 shells and 14 ground displays is scheduled at dusk on Saturday, June 30, at Steinhart Park. Aerials have grown by about 20 percent over the past three years.

Nebraska City Tourism and  Commerce has also scheduled a carnival Friday through Sunday and the “
Freedom Festival” on Saturday.

Events include a family freedom run at the Old Stone Cabin, Yoga in the Park, family  yard games and corn hole tournament. A beer garden is scheduled noon to midnight.

The Jaycees Ice Cream Social starts at Steinhart Lodge at 6:30 p.m.

The Jaycees are serving hot dog meals and free Henna tattoos at Wild Willy’s Fireworks from 5 to 7 p.m. on June 27.

The city collects firework vendor permits and 75 percent of those funds go to support the fireworks show. The city expects vendor permits to provide $2,400 to the show this year.

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