WAMEGO, Kan. (KSNT News) – Once a year, the small community of Wamego welcomes the world, as both residents and visitors from around the globe experience the Best Fireworks Display in Kansas, voted number one in the Kansas Best 150 ranking. Wamego, home to one of the longest running Independence Day celebrations in Kansas, attracts over 60,000 spectators each year to experience 30 minutes and 29 seconds of non-stop finale. This award winning pyro-musical production saturates the sky with sparks of color and dazzles all ages, yet its uniqueness lies in its citizen-led efforts and high caliber of production. The fireworks soundtrack is simulcast live on B104.7 with event coverage beginning approximately 9:50pm.
What many people find most inspiring about the Wamego Fireworks Show is the community-wide effort that takes place year round to make the production a reality every 4th of July. “Citizen volunteers contribute thousands of hours to produce the show, while hundreds of community members donate funds to make the fireworks show possible,” according to Chris Hupe, Chairman of the Wamego Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) and member of the PYRO crew. Hupe continues:
“What Wamego has is unique. Today, it’s rare to find a fireworks production that is 100 percent volunteer-led and on par with the best fireworks shows in the nation.”
Since 1999, the PYRO crew has banded together to create a community-wide celebration. Throughout the year, community members of diverse backgrounds join forces to prep for the show, as they all share a vested interest in providing unforgettable joy to those who view their artwork in the sky.
To provide the inside scoop on the best place to view this unique production, Lance White, CVB board member and PYRO crew technician shares, “The ideal viewing location is the Recreation Complex. There, viewers sit back and experience 360 degrees of non-stop fireworks. Hundreds of three, four, and five inch shells are burned per minute and are shot from the four corners of the baseball diamond across four acres of land.” White continues, “You just can’t beat the experience. Visitors get to view the fireworks from the low to mid-level at 100 feet in the air, as well as at the mid to high-level at around 600 feet in the air.”
The ignition of each firework is magically coordinated to the sounds of celebratory music honoring patriotism and freedom. Not only do spectators experience one of the brightest and loudest shows in the Midwest, but they indulge in a fireworks production that is brilliantly coordinated to music. Referencing the visitor experience overall, Neil Ebert, a local home builder and PYRO technician, shares “Even as spectators await the beginning of the show, the musical entertainment provided by Fort Riley adds a special feature to the experience overall.” The 1st Infantry Division Band performs for spectators each year at 7:30pm until just prior to the start of the show.
Interested in attending? KSNT news will be on-site leading up to the event and the day of to bring you more information. Make sure to arrive between 4:00pm and 8:00pm in order to find a good spot to enjoy the show. Visitors are highly encouraged to arrive early, sit back and relax while the sun sets. Due to the popularity of this event, arriving on-site later than 9:00pm could result in missing the show. The saying “Arrive after 8? You are late!” has been the slogan year after year. There is a lot happening and it is an all-day affair. For more information regarding parking and other associated Independence Day activities in Wamego, visit www.VisitWamego.com or www.KSNT.com