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2008 Media Releases

February 20, 2008
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Jerry Shorney, Parks and Recreation, 441-7847
Greg Topil, Public Works and Utilities, 441-7711
Dave Norris, Citizen Information Center, 441-7547
Barbara Zach, Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra, 476-2211


Mayor Chris Beutler today announced that for the third consecutive year, the City’s official 4th of July celebration – Uncle Sam Jam 2008 – will feature a live performance by Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra (LSO) at Oak Lake Park, 1st and Charleston streets.

LSO Executive Director Barbara Zach anticipates a festive holiday evening as Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra kicks off its 82nd year with another free patriotic show for the citizens of Lincoln.

“Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra is proud to be a part of a celebration that brings together all segments of our community,” said Zach. “We look forward to this year’s Uncle Sam Jam with great anticipation.”

Mayor Beutler said the closing of the Harris Overpass was considered in the decision to keep the event at Oak Lake Park, where the event has been held since 2003. He said the established detour routes are functioning well, and the City may add more shuttles for those attending the 4th of July activities.

“Oak Lake Park has proven to be an excellent site for the 4th in terms of accessibility, parking and traffic flow,” said Beutler. “Those attending have a number of options, such as parking downtown and using the free shuttle buses. The adjacent neighborhoods and property owners have really embraced this event. And we’ve all seen what a great place it is to watch a performance by Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra.”

Specific plans and activities for the Uncle Sam Jam celebration will be announced in June.

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