What to expect for Red White and Boom on July 4

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

KAKE News is sponsoring red white and boom this July 4 in downtown Wichita for the public to come have food and watch fireworks.

Brent Thomas, chairman of the Wichita Parks Foundation board of directors and one of the leaders of the event, said setting it all up starts at 7 a.m. on the morning of July 4, so residents can expect road closures.

"McLean Boulevard, between Maple Street and Douglas Avenue will close and that will be for the whole day," he said.

The fifth annual red white and boom event won't start until around 5 p.m. according to Thomas. The schedule at that time has food trucks and music being the main events taking place. At 7 p.m. a local band takes the stage for live music and at around 10 p.m. the fireworks show takes place over the Arkansas River. Thomas said there is parking around the area near Century II, the Hyatt Regency hotel, along with other surface lots. However, even with those options Thomas said it's best to get there early.

"We ask folks, especially since Lawrence-Dumont parking isn't available in that area this year," he said. "Ask they get here a little bit earlier than they have in the past and park east of the event area down the Waterman corridor."

According to Thomas, people can also bring coolers in. However, there are limitations as to what can be inside.

"We just ask that you don't bring in alcohol and we don't let you bring in glass containers," Thomas said. "We will have people searching bags and coolers when you get here."

At the event will be the food trucks and the beer garden for people to make purchases. He said in attendance will be EMS, Wichita Police and other private security with a plan in case of emergency. Leaving the only thing left to do for the public is sit and celebrate the USA.

"It's open seating, so make sure you bring down your lawn chairs, your blankets, whatever you need to enjoy the evening," Thomas said.

KAKE News will live broadcast their shows from the event starting at 4 p.m.. This will include their 4, 5, 6 and 10 p.m. shows throughout the evening.

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