America’s Fourth of July City prepares for their 150th celebration

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SEWARD, Neb (KOLN) -- Ahead of the Fourth of July celebrations in Seward, Reporter Walter Murphy took 10/11 This Morning on a tour around Seward. Walter visited the Bandshell, The National Guard Museum, Courthouse Square, and Bottle Rocket Brewing. Check out the videos to see Walter's tour of the Fourth of July City.

Here is the schedule of events for Seward on July 4, 2018


VFW Auxiliary Community Buffet Breakfast, VFW Club, serving 7 am-11 am – FEE
Community Breakfast – Pancake Feed, sponsored by St. John Lutheran Church Music Ministry, Civic Center Basement, serving 7-10 am – FEE
2 Mile & 10K Freedom Runs, Seward Optimist Club, 14th & Seward Streets., park entrance, ENTRY FEE
Registration for July 4 Car Show, FEE – 7-10:30 am, on Seward St. between 6th & 8th Streets.
Lincoln’s Great Plains Bicycling Club’s Family Day, bicycle to Brainard/Dwight and back or a shorter route, registration at The Living Word Lutheran Church. Approved bike helmets required – OPEN TO ALL – FREE


Anvil Firing, Colonial Custom, Seward Volunteer Fire Dept., Zabka Park behind Bandshell, before and after Prayer Service!
Flag Raising: Bandshell, Scouts USA, Troop 256
Community Prayer Service, Seward Ministerial Association, speaker Rev. Scott Krohn, Living Word Lutheran Church, Special Music featuring United Methodist Praise Band – Bandshell.
Free juice, donuts. United Methodist Church Witness Committee, Seward. Bandshell/Zabka Funeral Home.
Self guided Volkswalk “Seward’s Historic Sites” – All Day – Starts at Fast Mart, 5k (3.1 miles) or 10k (6.2 miles) – Free


Exhibits Open, FREE – open to the public, 8 am-3 pm

Camp Creek Threshers and SYA Antique Tractors & Farm Machinery, Corner of Jackson and 6th Street.
Protective Fire and Casualty Historic Exhibit, Civic Center
Nebraska National Guard Vehicles and Aircraft – 8am-6pm. In front of National Guard Museum
Bottle Rocket Brewing. Brew and food truck. Beer Garden. Root Beer Floats.
“Images of Independence,” timeless photo documentary exhibit of the community’s July 4th Celebrations, Civic Center
Seward’s Original Homemade American Flag, July 4, 1886, on display at Civic Center. Sponsored by the Seward County Historical Society.
“Family Fun, Freedom and Fireworks!” Art Show, sponsored by the Lincoln Art Guild. Vote for “People’s Choice” award. Langworthy Gallery, Civic Center.
Nebraska National Guard Museum, Exhibits and Open House – FREE
Nebraska National Guard Museum Open House, ee new rooms and exhibits for 2018. Goal is 10,000 patrons to visit on the day! 8 am – 6:30 pm – 7th & 9th on Jackson Ave. – FREE
Nebraska National Guard “Family Fest” FREE – Pedal cars and things for kids to do – at Nebraska National Guard Museum.
“Red, White Blue” Food Drive, Civic Center Porch. Donate canned goods. Sponsored by GFWC Seward Women’s Club.
American Girl Doll Exhibit. Featuring Seward area American Girl Dolls, plus “toys of the past.” Seward Civic Center. West Fireplace Room. Sponsored by GFWC Seward Womn’s Club.


Seward County Geneological Society Historial Display – “Homesteading in Seward County!” – Discussions with representatives – Joan Shurtliff. 9am-Noon – Civic Center.
Friends of the Library – Book Sale, 9:00 am-12:00 Noon, Memorial Library Meeting Room, use West entrance.
Red Path Gallery & Tasting Room – R. Marxhausen Liturgical Art Collection Exhibit “Come Unto Me” – a collection of crosses and liturgical pieces by renowned Seward artist Reinhold Marxhausen. 9 am-7 pm
Best Decorated Bike/Trike Contest “For the Young at Heart,” Bandshell, RIDE YOUR BIKE IN THE GRAND PARADE!
– awards/prizes, all ages welcome to decorate their bike/trike, sponsored by SHS FCCLA – FREE
Food Alley Opens, 5th St. between Seward & Jackson Streets, food booths
”Crafts on the Square” Craft Show Opens, Courthouse Lawn, “Best in the State”
Antique Market, opens at Liberty House
Miscellaneous Market Opens, 5th St. between Seward & South St.
28th Annual Street Pole Vault Competition, all ages, 5th St. between Main & South, contact Jason Berry, 402-643-9278
Horseshoe Pitching, Herb Downing Memorial Tourney, Co. Fairgrounds horseshoe pits – ENTRY FEE
Andrew Malan, “Mr. Magic,” Family show, Civic Center Auditorium.
Special Postal Station Opens – Pictorial Cancellation for Seward’s July 4th. U.S. Post Office Lobby, Free Post Cards! July 4 Only! Open 9-11am
Concordia University “Cooling Station” by pole vault on 5th St. Stop by and take a break with water and icy pops (while supplies last.)
Red Path Gallery and Tasting Room Art Show – “Sky, Earth and Fire,” A collection of Nebraska landscapes and pottery inspired by nature, created by artists Amy Tomasevicz and Jerene Kruse. 9 am-7 pm.
Seward Vol. Fire Dept. Water Fight Tournament, on Jackson St. between 3rd & 4th Streets, spon. SVFD-VFD, women & mixed teams welcome!
Nebraska National Guard Museum Dedication of New Exhibits including the virtual “I Am the Guard” room. Come celebrate with us as we dedicate a new room and exhibits recognizing the 25th anniversary of the Czech Republic Partnership. Open to the public. Limited seating. Modern restrooms available. FREE.
Red Path Gallery and Tasting Room Art Show – “Elders Caricatures Over Time,” by Nebraska artist Charles P. “Chuck” Schroeder in the Cardinal Gallery. 9 am – 7 pm, Red Path Gallery, 514 Seward St.


Special United States Birthday Cake Giveaway, SHS FCCLA – Bandshell
Pet Parade/Pet Contest, SHS FFA, Bandshell, Bring your pets. Free.


Barely Legal Distilling – Grand Opening. 310 N 5th St. Tasting room and Whiskey Garden.
Capital City Dance Shack. Bandshell
Children’s Big Wheel/Hot Cycle Races, in front of Zabka Funeral Home, spon. Seward Youth & Community Club – No “rubber wheels” please!
Auto Show Opens, Seward St. between 6th & 8th streets
Walking Tour of Seward’s Historic Square, Seward Co. Historical Society, begins at Info. Booth, 5th & Seward Streets, (tour takes 1 hour) FREE
“Moolah’s” Giant 18 ft. Inflated Slide, Cattle Nat’l Bank & Trust Co. parking lot, sponsored by Cattle Nat’l Bank & Trust Co., 10am-2 pm
Travelogue – Dr. Louis Reith, “The Czech Republic Celebrates its 100th Birthday (1918-2018)” Civic Center, AV Room
Red Path Gallery and Tasting Room – OPEN – Featured Arists – 10 am-2 pm
Mighty Fortress Lutheran Church Hot Dog Feed, 6th & Bradford, Proceeds to Blue Valley
Dana Nottingham – Patriotic Piano Presentation “We Are America” – Civic Center Auditorium
Red Path Gallery & Tasting Room Art Show – Exhibit, Cigar Box Guitar artist, Stan Luebbe, 10 am-1 pm in front of Red Path Gallery, 514 Seward St.
Nicodemus, The Comfort Dog “Meet and Greet” – Civic Center, Room #3. Sponsored by The Rock Lutheran Church.
Skin Cancer Screenings. 10am-Noon. FREE. Civic Center. Sponsored by Rejuvenate Skin Studio.
Dr. Brent Royuk: “142 Seward Street: Story of a House!” Civic Center, East Room


Nebraska Youth Honor Choir Concert. Civic Center Auditorium. Directed by Julia Marble.


Seward Municipal Airport Air Show, FREE, Municipal Airport, south Hwy 15, bring lawn chairs, featuring Lincoln Aerobatic Club and well known air show pilots. Sponsored by Seward Airport Authority & Whisler Aviation.
St. John PTL Food Booth, Airport
Red Path Gallery and Tasting Room Art Show – Lois Smith, Plein Air artist and member artist of Red Path Gallery. Watch Lois while she paints in natural outdoor light. 11 am – 2 pm.
Quilt Talk – “Captured Memories in Quilting”, presented by Becky Wallroff, Cattle Nat’l Bank & Trust Co. meeting room, 2nd floor (elevator available)
Lecture “Patriotic Songs” by Clifford Lowell with Dana Nottingham, Civic Center, AV Room.
Dowding Memorial Pool, open 11 am-2 pm, 167 N 14th St.
Lecture “Early Crimes in Seward County” by Dr. Jerald Pfabe. , Upstairs East Room
Pie Festival, homemade pie & ice cream, 11am-2pm, Civic Center Basement, West Room, spons. by Living Word Lutheran Church
Sloppy Joe/Yum Yum Feed, Civic Center lower level, serving 11 am-1:30 pm, SHS Band Boosters Fundraiser
Seward County High School Summer Chamber Choir Directed by Dr. Kurt Von Kampen, Civic Center Auditorium
“The Tradition” in Traditional Family Folk Music by David Seay, Olde Glory Theatre, sponsored by Seward Arts Council/Humanities Nebraska
Junto Winery – open until 4 pm
Bubble Gum/Apple Pie Eating Contest, Bandshell, sponsored by Seward Rotary Club, FREE – State Championships! No Pre-Registration


“Abbey VanVelson & Her Violin Presents” – Civic Center Auditorium
Butterfly Release – Zabka Park – Release a butterfly in memory of someone special who has gone from your life too soon. Free will donation, all proceeds benefit the Children’s Memorial. Sponsored by Heartfelt, Inc. and Zabka Funeral Home
Military Vehicle Show – Jackson Avenue in front of National Guard Museum.


Capitol City Dance Shack, Bandshell. Sponsor: Suhr & Lichty Insurance, Seward
Junto Winery – Free Tours. 1356 182nd Rd., Seward
FREE Movie “The Greatest Showman” (both theaters), at Historic Rivoli Theater, spon. by Wisehart Family and Seward Arts Council, PG, Run time 2 hours and 7 minutes
Seward Kiwanis KiTones – Musical Favorites & Patriotic Song Fest, Civic Center Auditorium
Harmonica Festival/Contest. Free to all ages. Register at door. Prizes. Olde Glory Theater. Sponsor: Seward Arts Council/SHS Band.
Ice Cream Social – Olde Glory (12pm-3 pm)
Talk, “The Making of the Seward Statue” with sculptors David and Judy Rubin of New York. Civic Center, East Room


“James Whitcomb Riley – The Fiddling Children’s Poet,” Deborah Greenblatt, Olde Glory, sponsored by Humanities Nebraska – FREE
The Todd Sisters present “Favorites and Surprises! A Musical Tribute!” Civic Center Auditorium
“A Century of Fashion” mini fashion show & talk by Sue McLain, GFWC Seward Women’s Club & Humanities Nebraska, Civic Center, Upstairs East Room
Avenue of Flags in Seward Presentation – Marv Taylor. Seward Civic Center, AV Room
Demonstration by Gold Star Martial Arts – Team Velocity, 7th & Seward Streets
City Municipal Band Concert “Salute to Sousa,” Honoring “The Greatest Generation” – Bandshell
Quilt Talk – “Captured Memories in Quilting”, presented by Becky Wallroff, Cattle Nat’l Bank & Trust Co. meeting room, 2nd floor (elevator available)
Nicodemus, The Comfort Dog “Meet and Greet” – Civic Center, Room #3. Sponsored by The Rock Lutheran Church.


Sally Jost, Piano Concert, Civic Center Auditorium


Marble Music presents “Best of the Best” musical presentations, Bandshell
Wissmann Family Singers, Civic Center Auditorium
Lecture – “The Meaning of the Pledge – July 4, 1800’s” by Clifford Lowell, Civic Center, AV Room
Lecture – “Willa Cather’s My Antonia at 100!” (1918-2018) A century of Czechs in Nebraska – Dr. Louis Reith, Civic Center East Room


Governor’s Community Reception honoring Clark Kolterman- Mr. Fourth of July, Nebraska’s Friend Award Winner, hosted by SHS FCCLA & GFWC Seward Woman’s Club, St. John Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall


Andrew Malan, “Mr. Magic,” FREE magic show, Bandshell.
Seward Jazzercise Exhibition/Demo. Front of Courthouse on the bricks.


GRAND PARADE, begins at 1st & Bradford Ave. and goes west on Seward Street to City Park. “Family Fun, Freedom and Fireworks on the 4th of July!”
Cooling Station at Nebraska National Guard Museum. Open until 6:30 pm


Beef Bar-B-Que Meal/Buffet, Olde Glory (inside), advance tickets at Seward banks, can buy on-site as well! Also serving desserts! CK Catering – Olde Glory Volunteers
VFW Hamburger/Hot Dog Basket Feed, 5-8 pm, VFW Post 4755 Club


Mayor’s Welcome – Crowning Miss Independence and Mr. Firecracker, sponsored by Seward Rotary, Seward County Community Service Award, Nebraska’s Friend Award. Bandshell
Rotary Raffle Drawing – To benefit community youth projects. Bandshell
Concession stand, Plum Creek Park


Free Movie “Wonder” – Seward’s Historic Rivoli Theater. Sponsored by Wisehart family and Seward Arts Council.


Concert, Bandshell – Sponsored by Seward Arts Council


Concert in the Park featuring Wissmann Family Singers, Plum Creek Park, FREE
Parachute Jump, Plum Creek Park (weather permitting), sponsored by Tenneco Automotive


GIANT FIREWORKS SALUTE – A FIREWORKS EXTRAVAGANZA, Plum Creek Park, sponsored by Custom Concrete Specialists, Seward, the July 4th Committee, coordinator Curt Coddington & Company, bring a blanket & chair, walk into the park. Stage by Daws Trucking. NO PRIVATE FIREWORKS ALLOWED.
Downtown Seward’s “Operation Silhouette,” Holiday lights around the Square featuring lights on the Courthouse!
View the Local Homes Decorated with Red, White & Blue Lights, home lighting contests spon. by Seward Rotary Club & SHS FBLA
View the Beautiful “Red, White & Blue” Plantings throughout the community, GFWC Seward Woman’s Club/Keep Seward Beautiful Committee

July 5

“Clean Up” – City of Seward, Seward Boy, Cub & Girl Scouts, SHS FFA, FBLA, SkillsUSA, FCCLA & Key Club, 4-H Clubs, Community Volunteers, meet on north side of square, city-wide throughout morning – a “Litter-Free” event – Keep Seward Beautiful!