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Old 06-30-2008, 07:08 AM
 
Location: Sandhills
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The wife and I have had the pleasure of attending many 4th of July celebrations across the state. I am not sure what one specifically stands out in my mind since they all have been enjoyable. Perhaps you have one that stands out for you and would like to share it with us. Who knows maybe some of us need a new place to go or try this year.

Some that stand out in my mind.

Gretna, we spent it down there last year with wife's brother celebrating his new home, what a fireworks display they had and will be back there on July 18 of this year for it again.

Rising City, for such a small city they put on a show. The person who used to be in charge of it passed away a couple years back but pretty sure it continues on each year.

Seward, what can you say.

Neligh, nice get together there in past years, nice little parade.

Valentine, oh yea, get together with friends and have a great time.

There has been many more, but will stop there.
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Old 06-30-2008, 07:18 AM
 
Location: Papillion
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Ralston is probably my favorite one, but you mentioned some I have not gone to...
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Old 06-30-2008, 07:38 AM
 
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Every year we go to the Sumner parade, such a fun parade to go to, the kids come home with bags and bags of candy. Then we go back to Lexington to my parents house and have a large celebration all day. They live close to the park that has festivities through out the day. There are cake walks, dunk tanks, food booths, small games for kids. Then at supper time we grill and have my moms home made chocolate cake, people show up at the house on 4th of July for they know the cake has been made, and there are several types of homemade ice cream on hand.. They started making the ice cream this past weekend. I think what makes it so special every year is that we all come home on that day, cousins, brothers aunts and uncles. It just seems like every year it grows and gets a more special memory each year.
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Old 07-01-2008, 09:51 AM
 
Location: Papillion
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Here is a list of the places that have commercial permits for firework displays (from today thru the end of July). The list covers the entire state.

NE State Fire Marshall 2008 Firework Displays
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Old 07-02-2008, 10:14 AM
 
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Ogallala puts on an amazing display for such a small town. They spend over $30,000 on the show each year.
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Old 07-02-2008, 11:49 AM
 
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Not sure what Lexington spends on the one they have there. Every once in a awhile the volunteer fire department will have water fights and those are so fun to get involved with.
So between the parade in sumner, the park activities in Lexington, my moms homemade chocolate cake, the bbq at night, then the fireworks, it just makes for one great day in Nebraska!
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Old 07-02-2008, 07:04 PM
 
Location: Western Nebraskansas
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Honestly?
My favorite has got to be Haigler, NE.

There's no official display. (we're talking a town of less than 200, afterall). But it's a close-knit community, so people tend to just end up piling their loot together and setting it off to impress everyone's kids.

There'll be some in front of the bar. A few just up the street by the park and a few more a couple blocks over by Co-Op's parking lot. The observers tend to gather in a centralized location and sit in their lawn chairs.
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Old 07-02-2008, 09:28 PM
 
Location: Central Nebraska
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I don't know if you watch NTV at itsMeFred, but the Road Less Traveled is coming to Haigler next week!
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Old 07-02-2008, 10:14 PM
 
Location: Western Nebraskansas
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Oh rats!
Because we're on satellite, our "local" stations are in Kansas! Including PBS. I'll have to have someone tape it for me when it's on.
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Old 07-04-2008, 06:48 PM
 
Location: Central Nebraska
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Every year we go to the Sumner parade, such a fun parade to go to, the kids come home with bags and bags of candy. Then we go back to Lexington to my parents house and have a large celebration all day. They live close to the park that has festivities through out the day. There are cake walks, dunk tanks, food booths, small games for kids. Then at supper time we grill and have my moms home made chocolate cake, people show up at the house on 4th of July for they know the cake has been made, and there are several types of homemade ice cream on hand.. They started making the ice cream this past weekend. I think what makes it so special every year is that we all come home on that day, cousins, brothers aunts and uncles. It just seems like every year it grows and gets a more special memory each year.
I'm guessing you went to the Sumner parade? I ended up going with my family and I knew the amount of candy they would get, but I was suprised when that guy gave out stuffed animals!
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