Hundreds of Fourth of July celebrations will be taking
place across Kansas this weekend as well as next Monday. Celebrations in
northwest, north central, northeast, southwest, south central and southeast Kansas are highlighted below.
4th ofJuly Freedom
Festival – The cattle drive begins at 4 p.m. east of Goodland. Then other
events will start at 6 p.m. at the Sherman County Fairgrounds and will include
carnival rides, live entertainment and food before the fireworks begin at 9:45
p.m. on July 4.
Skyfire! Fireworks Display - A free concert will take place from
7-9 p.m. at the East Crawford Rec Area on July 4. The flag lowering and taps by
the American Legion Riders will be shortly after 9 p.m. Fireworks show
will start at 10 p.m.
Fireworks Show – Lots of events will be happening all day
on July 4 around Wamego with a city carnival, car show, hot wheel races, ice
cream and cake social, vocal and band concerts and parade leading up to the
fireworks at the Recreation Complex at 10 p.m.
Fourth – During the afternoon and
early evening on July 4 at the Boot Hill Museum, there will be a watermelon
feed, a seed spitting contest, a gunfight reenactment and games for the kids
with a concert starting at 6:30 p.m. The fireworks will then be at Memorial
Stadium at 10 p.m.
Independence Day Celebration – During the evening on
July 4, the celebration at High Park in Derby will include music, an ice cream
social and kids’ activities with the fireworks starting at 9:30 p.m.
Scott’s 4th of July – The fireworks will take place at the Fort
Scott Community College about 9 p.m. on Sunday, July 3. Then on Monday, July 4,
there will be a parade and other activities taking place in Fort Scott throughout
This Friday at the South Steps Fridays event at the Kansas Capitol, there will be a heat demonstration, to show how quickly your car can heat up to a deadly level. This video, from the Kansas Department of Children and Families, shows a demonstration from the Kansas Traffic Safety Resource Office from two weeks ago.
This week's event will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the statehouse lawn.
For those born after 1960, U.S. 40 has always been a part of Interstate 70 in Kansas from the Kansas/Missouri state line west to Oakley. Not that long ago U.S. 40 stood alone as a major national highway across the USA. Now the only remaining section of U.S. 40 that's not a county road, is a stretch of former U.S. 40, from Salina to Ellsworth, and goes by the name of K-140.
While the name may have changed the preservation of this length of roadway remains the same. Earlier this spring, work began on a bridge replacement on K-140 within the city of Brookville. The existing bridge will be removed and replaced with a new bridge. Traffic is reduced to one lane controlled by traffic signals and has a lane width restriction of 12 feet. Then beginning in early June, two more bridge replacement projects on the Ellsworth side of the Ellsworth/Saline County line began. These bridge projects follow a number are resurfacing projects conducted in the last five years and are a small but necessary part of preserving the highways here in Kansas.
The next time you are in the area take a drive on K-140 and drive on the last remnant of historical U.S. 40.
Kansas State University professor Jared Hoyle, PhD, along with researchers Jacob Reeves and Evan Alderman, are studying turf grass on a plot of land on U.S. 283 near WaKeeney. The two-year-study is testing the right blend of turf grass that will do well on Kansas roadsides. Please watch the video and let Hoyle explain what they are doing on the side of the road, and how it will be beneficial to all roadsides in Kansas.
The Cimarron National Grassland in Morton and
Stevens counties comprises more than 108,000 acres and features three
ecosystems (shortgrass prairie, sand-sage prairie and wooded riparian). It is
the largest tract of public land in Kansas and is managed by the U.S.
Department of Agriculture, Forest Service.
The Dust Bowl era of the 1930s left the land
in poor condition so in 1938, the federal government purchased the land to
restore it.Now, bird watching, scenic
driving, hunting, picnicking, camping, fishing and experiencing history are
some of the activities people come to enjoy. A 30-mile self-guided auto tour
travels along the Santa Fe National Historic Trail.
The third highest point in Kansas, Point of
Rocks, is on the grassland at 3,540 feet. From here, Colorado and Oklahoma are
visible on clear days.
U.S. 36 in Norton, before the work began this summer.
U.S. 36 through Norton is getting a face lift this summer as
part of the Kansas Department of Transportation’s Geometric Improvement
The project, which began in April, will reconstruct and
widen the existing four-lane roadway from West Ave. to near the U.S. 283
junction. Each lane will be widened from 10 1/2 feet to 12 feet. The expansion
is necessary to improve roadway conditions and accommodate large truck traffic
through the city limits. Smoky Hill LLC is the primary contractor for the
project, which is expected to be completed by the end of October, weather
KDOT is funding approximately 75 percent of the $1.9 million
project, with the city covering the remainder.
$2.7 million preservation project will replace the asphalt pavement with
concrete on U.S. 56 through Copeland. The planned improvements also
include replacing or repairing curb and gutter and storm sewers. Smoky Hill,
LLC, of Salina is the contractor.
is one of 24 projects recently approved in the May 25 construction letting. To
see the rest of the projects, click here.