Uncle Sam Jam 2012 Comes to Lincoln

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Mayor Chris Beutler today invited area residents to the City’s annual Uncle Sam Jam Independence Day celebration at Oak Lake Park Tuesday, July 3.

Activities will begin at 3 p.m., and the fireworks show will begin at 10 p.m.

The City Parks and Recreation Department will provide free family activities beginning at 3 p.m. The activities include canoeing, disc golf, volleyball, bocce ball, horseshoes, carnival games, bingo, three-legged and gunny sack races, box hockey and the “NEOS” interactive game.

Food and concessions will be available beginning at 3 p.m. in the main parking lot. VFW Post 3606 will conduct a flag-lowering ceremony at 8:30 p.m.

Parking is available at Oak Lake Park and in the Pfizer grass field at N.W. 4th and Cornhusker.

No baseball games are scheduled, so parking also is available in the Haymarket Park lots, which can be accessed from 10th and Charleston.

Attendees are encouraged to arrive early to avoid traffic delays.

A special $3 event fee will be offered beginning at 1 p.m. at Haymarket Garage, 9th and “Q” streets. StarTran will provide free public shuttle bus service from 5 to 11 p.m. between the main entrance at Oak Lake Park and these locations:
• Haymarket Parking Garage, 9th and “Q”
• Gold’s bus stop, 11th and “O”
• County-City building complex - northeast corner of 9th
and “H” and southeast corner of 9th and “K” (Free parking is available in two lots – one bounded by 9th, 10th, “G” and “H” and one bounded by 9th, 10th, “K” and “L”.)

Handi-Van service is available for those eligible, and reservations can be made through the normal procedure by calling StarTran at 402-441-7109.

In case of inclement weather, the fireworks display and the accompanying radio broadcasts will be rescheduled to Thursday, July 5, and food vendors will be available. No other events or activities will be rescheduled.

Fireworks other than those used in the Zambelli show are prohibited in the park during the celebration.

City ordinance allows the sale and use of permissible fireworks in the City only from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. July 3 and from 8 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. July 4 of each year.

The Red Cross will have first aid available. Alcohol and personal water craft are prohibited in the park. All pets are required to wear a leash in the park, and residents are discouraged from bringing pets to the park during the fireworks display.

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