The Lincoln Independence Day Parade’s Grand Marshal was Stephanie Tofft, a 7th-generation Lincolnite.
Lincoln’s Independence Day began and ended with large crowds, cheering and celebrating as one community.
The traditional Independence Day parade began at 9:00 a.m. and circled through the downtown Lincoln area.
Thousands of residents and visitors lined the streets, with most of them huddled in the cooler, shaded areas. The parade featured local businesses, non-profit groups, youth sports teams, civic leaders and musical and dance groups. At one point, the parade was halted briefly while the fire department took care of an injured person.
The shaded areas were the most popular spots along the parade route.
The parade judges wait for the parade to begin.
Mike Hobson (left) of the Lincoln 4th of July committee accepts a donation from Bob Romness of the Lincoln Volunteer Center. The “Fat Tire” bicycle in the foreground was raffled off as a fundraiser for both organizations. Justin Holtzinger won the bike.
The Independence Day parade approaches the judging platform.
The Lincoln High School choir prepares to sing the national anthem.
Lincoln Police Chief Rex Marks
City Councilman Paul Joiner waves to the crowd as he rides along 5th Street.
Copper loves a parade!
The Lincoln High School Marching Zebras band.
Plenty of shady spots along F Street.
Still singing….♪ ♫
Colorful dance attire.
Randy Johnson drives the rig for Lincoln Gun Exchange.
The fire trucks signal the end of the parade.
The celebration continued in the afternoon at McBean Park with live music, free swimming at the pool, a horseshoe tournament, food and business vendors. As the evening progressed, thousands of people spread out on the lawns of the park, vying for the best viewing location for the traditional fireworks display, which began after dark.
Tom Jones pitches during the horseshoe tournament. Tom organized the tournament as part of the Independence Day festivities at McBean Park.
The horseshoe tournament continued in the afternoon sun.
The grass areas of McBean Park filled quickly as the darkness neared.
The crowd enjoyed 20 minutes of outstanding fireworks – a loud cheer rose for the grand finale.
The festivities were coordinated by a dedicated group of volunteers. More information is available at the Lincoln 4th of July Celebration website.
View more photos of Lincoln’s Independence Day celebration here.
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