Events

Children dancing on the Bandshell stage on July 4th in Seward, Nebraska
Schedule of Events

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Car Show
Craft Show/Misc. Market
Firecracker 50 Bike Tour
Fireworks
Freedom Run
Grand Parade
Pole Vault
Volkswalk – 5K10K
3 on 3 Basketball Tourney (cancelled for 2019)

Click on a day to see the list of the 2019 events and times!

July 3 - Pre-Party
7:00a

  • Self guided Volkswalk “Look Up – Don’t Trip” – Highlight sites of the area – All Day – Starts at Fast Mart, 5k  Volkswalk (3.1 miles) or 10k Volkswalk (6.2 miles) – Free

9:00a

  • Antique Market opens, Liberty House Bed and Breakfast
  • Immersion Art Installation by Transformational Artist Jeanne Hain Wiemer – Session for a fee –  Calibrate body through mind and spirit through sound, light, fragrance – Red Path Gallery – Appointment Only

10:00a

11:00a

12:00p

1:00p

2:00p

6:00p

7:00p

  • Movie “World War II,” FREE, Rivoli Theater – Meet Churchill and Roosevelt – Sponsored by Nebraska National Guard Museum

7:30p

  • Wissmann Family Singers – Seward Bandshell – FREE – featuring Wissmanns & Frazier family from Bemidge, Minnesota

8:00p

  • Chicken Drop. 10 & 11 pm. Sparetime Lounge. 123 S. 4th. Sponsored by Seward Youth and Community Club.

9:00p

July 4 - Rain or Shine!
7:00a

7:30a

  • Anvil Firing, Colonial Custom, Seward Volunteer Fire Dept., Zabka Park behind Bandshell, before and after Prayer Service!
  • Flag Raising: Bandshell, Scouts USA, Troop 256
  • Community Prayer Service, Seward Ministerial Association, speaker Rev. Robert Perry, UMC, Special Music featuring United Methodist Praise Band – Bandshell.
  • Free juice, donuts, United Methodist Church Witness Committee, Seward. Bandshell/Zabka-Perdue Funeral Home.
  • Self guided Volkswalk “Seward’s Historic Sites” – All Day – Starts at Fast Mart, 5k  Volkswalk (3.1 miles) or 10k Volkswalk (6.2 miles) – Free

8:00a

  • Exhibits Open, FREE – open to the public, 8 am-3 pm
    EXHIBITS INCLUDE:

    • Camp Creek Threshers and SYA Antique Tractors & Farm Machinery, Corner of Jackson and 6th Street.
    • Protective Fire and Casualty Historic Exhibit, Civic Center
    • Nebraska National Guard Vehicles and Aircraft – 8am-3pm. In front of National Guard Museum
    • Bottle Rocket Brewing. Brew and food truck. Beer Garden. Root Beer Floats.
    • “Celebrate Nebraska” Art Quilt Show by Fiber Works, Civic Center
    • “Explosion of Color” Art Show, sponsored by the Lincoln Art Guild. Vote for People’s Choice award, Langworthy Gallery, Civic Center
    • Nebraska National Guard Museum Open House, see new rooms and exhibits for 2019. Goal is 10,000 patrons to visit on the day! 8 am – 6:30 pm – 7th & 9th on Jackson Ave. – FREE
    • Nebraska National Guard “Family Fest” FREE – Pedal cars and things for kids to do – at Nebraska National Guard Museum, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    • Concordia University’s Koenig Fine China Collection, from Marxhausen Gallery Collection, Civic Center, West Fireplace Room. Sponsored by GFWC Seward Woman’s Club.

9:00a

  • Seward County Geneological Society Historial Display – “Education in Seward County!” – Discussions with representative – Joan Shurtliff. 9am-Noon – Civic Center.
  • Friends of the Library – Book Sale, 9:00 am-12:00 Noon, Memorial Library Meeting Room, use West entrance.
  • Red Path Gallery & Tasting Room – R. Marxhausen Watercolor Art Collection Exhibit, a collection of pieces by renowned Seward artist Reinhold Marxhausen. 9 am-7 pm
  • Best Decorated Bike/Trike Contest “For the Young at Heart,” Bandshell, RIDE YOUR BIKE IN THE GRAND PARADE! – awards/prizes, all ages welcome to decorate their bike/trike, sponsored by SHS FCCLA – FREE
  • Food Alley Opens, 5th St. between Seward & Jackson Streets, food booths
  • ”Crafts on the Square” Craft Show Opens, Courthouse Lawn, “Best in the State”
  • Antique Market, opens at Liberty House
  • Miscellaneous Market Opens, 5th St. between Seward & South St.
  • 29th Annual Street Pole Vault Competition, all ages, 5th St. between Main & South, contact Jason Berry, 402-641-4615
  • Horseshoe Pitching, Herb Downing Memorial Tourney, Co. Fairgrounds horseshoe pits – ENTRY FEE
  • Immersion Art Installation by Transformational Artist Jeanne Hain Wiemer – Session for a fee –  Calibrate body through mind and spirit through sound, light, fragrance – Red Path Gallery – Appointment Only
  • Andrew Malan, “Mr. Magic,” Family show, Civic Center Auditorium.
  • Special Postal Station Opens – Pictorial Cancellation for Seward’s July 4th. U.S. Post Office Lobby, Free Post Cards! July 4 Only! Open 9-11 am
  • Concordia University “Cooling Station” by pole vault on 5th St. Stop by and take a break with water and icy pops (while supplies last.)
  • Seward Vol. Fire Dept. Water Fight Tournament, on Jackson St. between 3rd & 4th Streets, spon. SVFD-VFD, women & mixed teams welcome!
  • Nebraska National Guard Museum Dedication of new “St. Lo Exhibit” and “Cornrow to Hedgerow.” Come celebrate with us as we dedicate a new room and exhibits recognizing the 75th anniversary of the Liberation of St. Lo, France. Open to the public. Limited seating. Modern restrooms available. FREE.

9:30a

10:00a

  • Capital City Dance Shack, Cloggers 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. Bandshell
  • Children’s Big Wheel/Hot Cycle Races, in front of Zabka-Perdue Funeral Home, spon. Seward Youth & Community Club – No “rubber wheels” please!
  • Auto Show Opens, Seward St. between 6th & 8th streets
  • Walking Tour of Seward’s Historic Square, Seward Co. Historical Society, begins at Info. Booth, 5th & Seward Streets, (tour takes 1 hour) FREE
  • “Moolah’s” Giant 18 ft. Inflated Slide, Cattle Bank & Trust Co. parking lot, sponsored by Cattle Bank & Trust Co., 10 am-2 pm
  • Travelogue – Dr. Louis Reith, “Lifestyles of Rich and Famous – Russian Tsars and Danish Royalty” Civic Center, AV Room
  • Red Path Gallery and Tasting Room – OPEN – Featured Arists – 10 am-2 pm
  • Mighty Fortress Lutheran Church Hot Dog Feed, 6th & Bradford, Proceeds to Blue Valley
  • Dana Nottingham – Patriotic Piano Presentation “The United States – A Shining City Upon a Hill” – Civic Center Auditorium
  • Book Talk – “Finding St. Lo” – Ted Neill – Jones Bank Theater, Nebraska National Guard Museum
  • Red Path Gallery & Tasting Room Art Show – Exhibit, Cigar Box Guitar artist, Stan Luebbe, 10 am-1 pm in front of Red Path Gallery, 514 Seward St.
  • “Smash Mental Illness” Corner of 7th and Jackson – Smash a car with a sledge hammer – Donation
  • Lecture – “Uncle Sam – Origin and Evolution of an Idea” by Don Hickey – Wayne State – Bottle Rocket Brewing Co. – Humanities Nebraska
  • Lecture – “The History of Schools in Seward County” – Joan Shurtliff – Room 3 Civic Center
  • Dr. Brent Royuk – “142 Seward Street: Story of a House” Civic Center, East Fireplace Room
  • Nicodemus, The Comfort Dog “Meet and Greet” – Civic Center, Room #3. Sponsored by The Rock Lutheran Church.
  • Skin Cancer Screenings. 10am-Noon. FREE. Civic Center. Sponsored by Rejuvenate Skin Studio.
  • Dr. Brent Royuk: “142 Seward Street: Story of a House!” Civic Center, East Room
  • Apple Pie Making Demonstration – “Della’s Famous Apple Pie” – Made by daughter Kathy Hartmann and family. Civic Center, West Fireplace Room – FREE

10:30a

  • Concert: Marble Music PResents – Folk and Patriotic Music – Civic Center Auditorium. Directed by Julia Marble.

11:00a

  • Seward Municipal Airport Air Show, FREE, Municipal Airport, south Hwy 15, bring lawn chairs, featuring Lincoln Aerobatic Club and well-known air show pilots. Sponsored by Seward Airport Authority & Whisler Aviation.
  • St. John PTL Food Booth, Airport
  • Photo OP – Meet Churchill and Roosevelt – Nebraska National Guard Museum
  • Red Path Gallery and Tasting Room Art Show – Lois Smith, Plein Air artist and member artist of Red Path Gallery. Watch Lois while she paints in natural outdoor light. 11 am – 2 pm.
  • Quilt Talk – “Trunkshow – A Quilter’s Journey”, presented by Shelia Beins, Cattle Bank & Trust Co. meeting room, 2nd floor (elevator available), sponsored by Blue Valley Quilt Guild
  • Dowding Memorial Pool, open 11 am-2 pm, 167 N 14th St.
  • Book Talk “Concordia University 125 Years – Break Forth and Sing Concordia Nebraska Song for 125 Years” by Dr. Jerald Pfabe, Upstairs East Room, Civic Center
  • Lecture “Ben Karoki: Nebraska Japanese American Who Fought in WWII” – Civic Center, Cliff Lowell
  • Seward County High School Summer Chamber Choir Directed by Dr. Kurt Von Kampen, Civic Center Auditorium
  • Chuck Schroeder – NE Artist – Sketching Demonstration – 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Red Path Gallery
  • Pie Festival, homemade pie & ice cream, 11am-2pm, Civic Center Basement, West Room, spons. by Living Word Lutheran Church
  • Sloppy Joe/Yum Yum Feed, Civic Center lower level, serving 11 am-1:30 pm, SHS Band Boosters Fundraiser
  • Mexican Folkloric Dancers, Bandshell
  • Junto Winery – open until 4 pm
  • “James Whitcomb Riley – The Fiddling Children’s Poet” – Deborah Greenblatt – Olde Glory, sponsored by Humanities Nebraska – FREE

11:30a

  • Bubble Gum/Apple Pie Eating Contest, Bandshell, sponsored by Seward Rotary Club, FREE – State Championships! No Pre-Registration
  • Paul Soulek’s Piano Presents ” A Bit of Patriotism” – Civic Center Auditorium
  • Military Vehicle Show – Jackson Avenue in front of National Guard Museum.

12:00p

  • Pause for “Pledge of Allegiance” National Anthem, All over celebration grounds
  • Capitol City Dance Shack, Bandshell. Sponsor: Suhr & Lichty Insurance, Seward
  • FREE Movie “The Greatest Showman” (both theaters), at Historic Rivoli Theater, spon. by Wisehart Family and Seward Arts Council, PG, Run time 2 hours and 7 minutes. Celebrating 100 years – Rivoli Theatre Centennial
  • Seward Kiwanis KiTones – Musical Favorites & Patriotic Song Fest, Civic Center Auditorium
  • Harmonica Festival/Contest. Free to all ages. Register at door. Prizes. Olde Glory Theatre. Sponsor: Seward Arts Council/SHS Band.
  • North Platte Canteen, Charlotte Endorf, Civic Center AV Room, Humanities Nebraska
  • Quilt Talk “Celebrate Nebraska” – Cynthia Lewis, Civic Center Room 3
  • Book Talk – “Spirit of Nebraska” – Debra Kleve White, Civic Center East Fireplace Room

1:00p

  • Quilt Talk – “Trunkshow – A Quilter’s Journey”, presented by Shelia Beins, Cattle Bank & Trust Co. meeting room, 2nd floor (elevator available), sponsored by Blue Valley Quilt Guild
  • Haiti Travelogue, the Rv. Scott Krohn, Living Word Lutheran Church, Civic Center AV Room
  • “The Tradition in Traditional Family Folk Music” by David Seay, Olde Glory Theatre, sponsored by Seward Arts Council/Humanities Nebraska
  • The Todd Sisters present “Favorites and Surprises! A Musical Tribute” Civic Center Auditorium
  • “A Century of Fashion” mini fashion show & talk by Sue McLain, GFWC Seward Women’s Club & Humanities Nebraska, Civic Center, Upstairs East Fireplace Room
  • Demonstration by Gold Star Martial Arts –  Team Velocity, 5th & Seward Streets
  • City Municipal Band Concert “Salute to Sousa,” Honoring “The Greatest Generation” – Bandshell

1:30p

2:00p

  • Wissmann Family Singers, Civic Center Auditorium
  • Ukulele Jam Session – Olde Glory Theatre – FREE – Bring your ukulele
  • Lecture – “Space and 50th Anniversary of Man’s Walk on the Moon” by Clifford Lowell, Civic Center, AV Room
  • Mexican Folkloric Dancers – Bandshell
  • Book Review: Joe Starita’s “Susan La Flesche – A Warrior of the People” – Dr. Louis Reith, Civic Center East Fireplace Room
  • “Whirlwind” Mid Eastern Dancers – North side of square – on the bricks

2:30p

3:00p

  • Andrew Malan, “Mr. Magic,” FREE magic show, Bandshell.
  • Seward Jazzercise Exhibition/Demo. Front of Courthouse on the bricks.

4:00p

  • GRAND PARADE, begins at 1st & Bradford Ave. and goes west on Seward Street to City Park. “Family Fun, Freedom and Fireworks on the 4th of July!”
  • Cooling Station at Nebraska National Guard Museum. Open until 6:30 pm

5:00p

  • Beef Bar-B-Que Meal/Buffet, Olde Glory (inside), advance tickets at Seward banks, can buy on-site as well! Also serving desserts! CK Catering – Olde Glory Volunteers
  • VFW Hamburger/Hot Dog Basket Feed, 5-8 pm, VFW Post 4755 Club

6:00p

7:00p

  • Concert, Bandshell – Sponsored by Seward Arts Council

8:00p

  • Concert in the Park featuring Columbus Jazz Orchestra, Plum Creek Park, FREE, sponsored by Jones Bank
  • Parachute Jump, Plum Creek Park (weather permitting), sponsored by Tenneco Automotive

9:00p

10:00p

  • GIANT FIREWORKS SALUTE – A FIREWORKS EXTRAVAGANZA, Plum Creek Park, sponsored by Custom Concrete Specialists, Seward, the July 4th Committee, coordinator Curt Coddington & Company, bring a blanket & chair, walk into the park. Stage by Daws Trucking. Sponsored by Cattle Bank & Trust, Concordia University, Jones Bank – Seward – Milford and Hughes Brothers. NO PRIVATE FIREWORKS ALLOWED.
  • Downtown Seward’s “Operation Silhouette,” Holiday lights around the Square featuring lights on the Courthouse!
  • View the Local Homes Decorated with Red, White & Blue Lights, home lighting contests spon. by Seward Rotary Club & SHS FBLA
  • View the Beautiful “Red, White & Blue” Plantings throughout the community, GFWC Seward Woman’s Club/Keep Seward Beautiful Committee
July 5

6:00a

  • “Clean Up” – City of Seward, Seward Boy, Cub & Girl Scouts, SHS FFA, FBLA, SkillsUSA, FCCLA & Key Club, 4-H Clubs, Community Volunteers, meet on north side of square, city-wide throughout morning – a “Litter-Free” event – Keep Seward Beautiful!

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