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KSAL Staff - July 5, 2014 7:26 am

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From fun in the park, to fireworks and fellowship, Salina let freedom ring on Friday.

For the 39th year in a row Salina celebrated an old fashioned 4th of July in the park. Oakdale Park was the place to be on Friday for an afternoon of fun and games at the Parks and Recreation Department’s 39th annual Play Day in the Park. 

There were old fashioned games and activities like sack races, tug of war, tic tac toe, parachute, and much more. There was also face painting for the kids.

A favorite for many was the free food. Free hot dogs, watermelon, ice cream, and soft drinks were served.  

Play Day in the Park also featured continuous live entertainment on the Eric Stein Stage.

The fun moved in the evening to the East Crawford Recreation Area for the Skyfire fireworks spectacular. Salina favorites the Soul Preachers performed a free concert prior to the fireworks show. 

For the fourth year in a row most fireworks were legal in Salina. Many people took advantage of beautiful weather both Thursday and Friday nights. Numeous fireworks could be heard, and seen lighting up the sky both nights. 

Family and friends gathered in lawns and neighborhoods throughout town enjoying fellowship and fireworks. There were several block parties, including at least one in which a live band performed. The Soul Preachers performed at a large block party Thursday night.

There was at least one fireworks related fire. Careless disposal of fireworks is cited as the cause of a fire that badly damaged a home on Shalimar Drive late Thursday night.

City of Salina