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“Nebraska’s Official Fourth of July City” prepares for big celebration

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Published: Jun. 30, 2017 at 10:51 AM CDT
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The Fourth of July is almost here, and the city of Seward is getting ready for its annual Fourth of July celebration.

Seward is recognized as “America’s Small Town 4th of July City” and is also “Nebraska’s Official Fourth of July City” so they take Independence Day very seriously.

Each year, they hold a big celebration featuring hundreds of events—including a grand parade, live entertainment and, of course, fireworks.

“We’re really proud of our celebration in Seward,” said Jessica Kolterman, Fourth of July committee member. “We have a lot of new things going on. A lot of people will be coming out. It’s just a great time to spend the day in Seward.”

The celebration is a tradition that has been going on since 1868. The annual festival attracts up to 40,000 people annually, according to a survey conducted by the Department of Economic Development in the 1980s.

“Throughout the entire morning, people keep coming, and the crowds grow all day. You see all kinds of interesting things going on,” said Kolterman.

This year’s theme is “Deep Roots—High Hopes.” The celebration is listed as an official “Nebraska Statehood 150” event to help celebrate the Nebraska Sesquicentennial.

The fun will start on Sunday, July 2 with events like a ‘1917 Vaudeville Show’ and a youth rodeo; however, most of the events are held on July 4.

“We try to incorporate new things every year and change it up. That way, every year you come back you have a new experience and find something different to do,” said Kolterman.

Everyone is invited to attend those events, which start at 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday. The celebration will culminate with a giant firework show scheduled for 10:00 p.m. at Plum Creek Park.

“It’s all family friendly, and we’d love to have people come out.”

For more information on this year’s event or to see a full list of events, click

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