Events

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

2018 Full Schedule PDF

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Car Show
Craft Show/Misc. Market
Firecracker 50 Bike Tour
Fireworks
Freedom Run
Grand Parade
Pole Vault
Volkswalk
3 on 3 Basketball Tourney (cancelled for 2018)

Click on a day to see the list of the 2018 events and times!

July 1 - Pre-Party
7:00a

  • Self guided Volkswalk “Seward’s Historic Sites” – All Day – Starts at Fast Mart, 5k (3.1 miles) or 10k (6.2 miles) – Free

9:00a

11:00a

12:00p

1:00p

6:00p

  • Free Hot Dog Feed – while they last. Courthouse square.

6:30p

7:30p

8:30p

  • Reception “Artist Comments” – FREE Red Path Gallery. SAC sponsor. No host reception. Following band concert.
July 2 - Pre-Party
7:00a

  • Self guided Volkswalk “Seward’s Historic Sites” – All Day – Starts at Fast Mart, 5k (3.1 miles) or 10k (6.2 miles) – Free

9:00a

12:00p

1:00p

7:00p

July 3 - Pre-Party
7:00a

  • Self guided Volkswalk “Seward’s Historic Sites” – All Day – Starts at Fast Mart, 5k (3.1 miles) or 10k (6.2 miles) – Free

9:00a

10:00a

11:00a

12:00p

1:00p

1:30p

  • Presentation: “The Making of the Seward Statue” with sculptors David & Judith Rubin of New York. Seward Memorial Library, lower level

3:00p

6:00p

7:00p

  • Wissmann Family Singers – Seward Bandshell – FREE
  • 1918 Vaudeville Show “Welcome Home” Featuring acts creating a World War I style show. The show features period songs from the war and entertainment. Open to public. Free. Sponsored by Nebraska National Guard Museum. Location: Hillcrest Evangelical Free Church

8:30p

  • Canada’s “Steel City Rovers” Concert – Seward Community Golf Course, Par 15 Lounge. 8:30-11 pm. Sponsored by Olde Glory Foundation.

10:00p

  • Chicken Drop. 10 & 11 pm. Sparetime Lounge. 123 S. 4th. Sponsored by Seward Youth and Community Club.
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. Scott Krohn, Living Word Lutheran Church, Special Music featuring United Methodist Praise Band – Bandshell.
  • Free juice, donuts. United Methodist Church Witness Committee, Seward. Bandshell/Zabka Funeral Home.
  • Self guided Volkswalk “Seward’s Historic Sites” – All Day – Starts at Fast Mart, 5k (3.1 miles) or 10k (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-6pm. In front of National Guard Museum
    • Bottle Rocket Brewing. Brew and food truck. Beer Garden. Root Beer Floats.
    • “Images of Independence,” timeless photo documentary exhibit of the community’s July 4th Celebrations, Civic Center
    • Seward’s Original Homemade American Flag, July 4, 1886, on display at Civic Center. Sponsored by the Seward County Historical Society.
    • “Family Fun, Freedom and Fireworks!” Art Show, sponsored by the Lincoln Art Guild. Vote for “People’s Choice” award. Langworthy Gallery, Civic Center.
    • Nebraska National Guard Museum, Exhibits and Open House – FREE
    • Nebraska National Guard Museum Open House, ee new rooms and exhibits for 2018. 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.
    • “Red, White Blue” Food Drive, Civic Center Porch. Donate canned goods. Sponsored by GFWC Seward Women’s Club.
    • American Girl Doll Exhibit. Featuring Seward area American Girl Dolls, plus “toys of the past.” Seward Civic Center. West Fireplace Room. Sponsored by GFWC Seward Womn’s Club.

9:00a

  • Seward County Geneological Society Historial Display – “Homesteading in Seward County!” – Discussions with representatives – 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 Liturgical Art Collection Exhibit “Come Unto Me” – a collection of crosses and liturgical 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.
  • 28th Annual Street Pole Vault Competition, all ages, 5th St. between Main & South, contact Jason Berry, 402-643-9278
  • Horseshoe Pitching, Herb Downing Memorial Tourney, Co. Fairgrounds horseshoe pits – ENTRY FEE
  • 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 9-11am
  • Concordia University “Cooling Station” by pole vault on 5th St. Stop by and take a break with water and icy pops (while supplies last.)
  • Red Path Gallery and Tasting Room Art Show – “Sky, Earth and Fire,” A collection of Nebraska landscapes and pottery inspired by nature, created by artists Amy Tomasevicz and Jerene Kruse. 9 am-7 pm.
  • 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 Exhibits including the virtual “I Am the Guard” room. Come celebrate with us as we dedicate a new room and exhibits recognizing the 25th anniversary of the Czech Republic Partnership. Open to the public. Limited seating. Modern restrooms available. FREE.
  • Red Path Gallery and Tasting Room Art Show – “Elders Caricatures Over Time,” by Nebraska artist Charles P. “Chuck” Schroeder in the Cardinal Gallery. 9 am – 7 pm, Red Path Gallery, 514 Seward St.

9:30a

10:00a

  • Barely Legal Distilling – Grand Opening. 310 N 5th St. Tasting room and Whiskey Garden.
  • Capital City Dance Shack. Bandshell
  • Children’s Big Wheel/Hot Cycle Races, in front of Zabka 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 Nat’l Bank & Trust Co. parking lot, sponsored by Cattle Nat’l Bank & Trust Co., 10am-2 pm
  • Travelogue – Dr. Louis Reith, “The Czech Republic Celebrates its 100th Birthday (1918-2018)” 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 “We Are America” – Civic Center Auditorium
  • 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.
  • 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

10:30a

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
  • 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 – “Captured Memories in Quilting”, presented by Becky Wallroff, Cattle Nat’l Bank & Trust Co. meeting room, 2nd floor (elevator available)
  • Lecture “Patriotic Songs” by Clifford Lowell with Dana Nottingham, Civic Center, AV Room.
  • Dowding Memorial Pool, open 11 am-2 pm, 167 N 14th St.
  • Lecture “Early Crimes in Seward County” by Dr. Jerald Pfabe. , Upstairs East Room
  • 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
  • Seward County High School Summer Chamber Choir Directed by Dr. Kurt Von Kampen, Civic Center Auditorium
  • “The Tradition” in Traditional Family Folk Music by David Seay, Olde Glory Theatre, sponsored by Seward Arts Council/Humanities Nebraska
  • Junto Winery – open until 4 pm
  • Bubble Gum/Apple Pie Eating Contest, Bandshell, sponsored by Seward Rotary Club, FREE – State Championships! No Pre-Registration

11:30a

  • “Abbey VanVelson & Her Violin Presents” – Civic Center Auditorium
  • Butterfly Release – Zabka Park – Release a butterfly in memory of someone special who has gone from your life too soon. Free will donation, all proceeds benefit the Children’s Memorial. Sponsored by Heartfelt, Inc. and Zabka Funeral Home
  • Military Vehicle Show – Jackson Avenue in front of National Guard Museum.

12:00p

  • Capitol City Dance Shack, Bandshell. Sponsor: Suhr & Lichty Insurance, Seward
  • Junto Winery – Free Tours. 1356 182nd Rd., 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
  • Seward Kiwanis KiTones – Musical Favorites & Patriotic Song Fest, Civic Center Auditorium
  • Harmonica Festival/Contest. Free to all ages. Register at door. Prizes. Olde Glory Theater. Sponsor: Seward Arts Council/SHS Band.
  • Ice Cream Social – Olde Glory (12pm-3 pm)
  • Talk, “The Making of the Seward Statue” with sculptors David and Judy Rubin of New York. Civic Center, East Room

1:00p

  • “James Whitcomb Riley – The Fiddling Children’s Poet,” Deborah Greenblatt, Olde Glory, sponsored by Humanities Nebraska – FREE
  • 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 Room
  • Avenue of Flags in Seward Presentation – Marv Taylor. Seward Civic Center, AV Room
  • Demonstration by Gold Star Martial Arts –  Team Velocity, 7th & Seward Streets
  • City Municipal Band Concert “Salute to Sousa,” Honoring “The Greatest Generation” – Bandshell
  • Quilt Talk – “Captured Memories in Quilting”, presented by Becky Wallroff, Cattle Nat’l Bank & Trust Co. meeting room, 2nd floor (elevator available)
  • Nicodemus, The Comfort Dog “Meet and Greet” – Civic Center, Room #3. Sponsored by The Rock Lutheran Church.

1:30p

2:00p

  • Marble Music presents “Best of the Best” musical presentations, Bandshell
  • Wissmann Family Singers, Civic Center Auditorium
  • Lecture – “The Meaning of the Pledge – July 4, 1800’s” by Clifford Lowell, Civic Center, AV Room
  • Lecture – “Willa Cather’s My Antonia at 100!” (1918-2018) A century of Czechs in Nebraska – Dr. Louis Reith, Civic Center East Room

2:30p

  • Governor’s Community Reception honoring Clark Kolterman- Mr. Fourth of July, Nebraska’s Friend Award Winner, hosted by SHS FCCLA & GFWC Seward Woman’s Club, St. John Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall

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

6:30p

  • Free Movie “Wonder” – Seward’s Historic Rivoli Theater. Sponsored by Wisehart family and Seward Arts Council.

7:00p

  • Concert, Bandshell – Sponsored by Seward Arts Council

8:00p

  • Concert in the Park featuring Wissmann Family Singers, Plum Creek Park, FREE
  • Parachute Jump, Plum Creek Park (weather permitting), sponsored by Tenneco Automotive

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. 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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