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KSAL Staff - July 4, 2015 10:22 pm


It started with a flag ceremony and welcome from Salina Mayor Jon Blanchard, and it ended with a spectacular fireworks display. In between, Bill Fekas prepared 5,000 hotdogs.

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

For the 40th year in a row Salina celebrated an old fashioned 4th of July in the park. Oakdale Park was the place to be for an afternoon of fun and gamesĀ at the Parks and Recreation Department’s 40th 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 Salina Municpal Band got things started, and then everything from jugglers to dancers entertained.

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

Family and friends gathered on lawns and in neighborhoods throughout town enjoying fellowship, fun, and fireworks.