Atlantic 4th of July celebration


July 4th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

There’s no shortage of activities taking place on this Independence Day, 2012. Several area communities are celebrating, with parades this morning, and fireworks tonight. Among them, is Atlantic, where the Jaycees are once again sponsoring the fireworks show out at the Atlantic Municipal Airport. Tom Welchens says the same people that put on the display last year, will be in town again this year. The show begins at dusk, there will be a d-j providing patriotic music before and during the show, there will be “bounce houses” for the kids, and the Kiwanis will have a food stand. 

They’ll begin parking cars at 7-p.m. Parking is not allowed along the airport road.  The cost to attend is your free-will donation, which will be accepted at the airport. Welchens says donations from the community throughout the year help to pay for the show, as well. Welchens says the fireworks package costs about $6,000.

The day begins with the annual Flight breakfast, from 7-11am. It costs six-dollars per plate, and is a great time for the family to meet with pilots from all over the Midwest who come to Atlantic for the event. Pancakes will be served by “The Pancake Man,” along with all the fixings and sides. The Jaycees say they are expecting a big crowd this year, because the 4th of July falls in the middle of the week, and many families will likely stay close to home.