Independence Day Celebrations Planned For Area Communities

Fireworks in Waterville Monday July 3 will be at the ball field at 10, with free swimming Monday evening at the city pool from 6-9, Blue Rapids will host a photo hunt/scavenger hunt Tuesday afternoon beginning at 2:30, with registration at 2 on the square, Firemen’s BBQ serving 5-7 pm at the 4H Achievement Center, the annual duck race is at 7 pm, get yours at Blue Rapids Auto and Hardware or First Commerce Bank, with gift card and chamber bucks for the top three winners.

Suzy and the Reckless will perform free Tuesday from 7-10 pm at the fairgrounds, with fireworks to follow, and the ball field concession stand will also be open. Details on Facebook at the City of Blue Rapids Kansas.

Washington’s fireworks display will begin at 10 pm on July 4 at the fairgrounds. The fireworks will be shot just south of the racetrack in the old baseball field. If the event is rained out on the 4th, it will be rescheduled for July 7. The historic Union Pacific Depot in Marysville will bring back the road rally Tuesday July 4, with departures from the depot beginning at 10 am as a fundraiser, and Marysville fireworks this year will be in conjunction with the Skyfest activities Saturday, July 8.

Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2020 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.


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