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2008 Media Releases

June 19, 2008
For More Information Contact:
Dave Norris, Citizen Information Center, 441-7547
Jerry Shorney, Parks and Recreation, 441-8259
Barbara Zach, Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra, 476-2211
Chris Peters, Lincoln Jaycees, 525-8869
Steve Albertsen, Broadcast House, 475-4567

Live Symphony concert and radio broadcasts planned for July 4th celebration

Mayor Chris Beutler today invited area residents to celebrate the 4th of July at the City’s “Uncle Sam Jam 2008,” a free event at Oak Lake Park. For the third year, the celebration will include a free performance by Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra (LSO) beginning at 9 p.m. At 10 p.m., the 22-minute fireworks show will be choreographed to the live patriotic music from LSO.

The Mayor thanked the City’s partners in the celebration, including LSO, the Lincoln Jaycees, TierOne Bank, the Lincoln Journal Star and the Broadcast House radio stations. The concert will be aired live exclusively on radio stations B107.3 FM and KLIN 1400AM beginning at 9 p.m. At 10 p.m., 105.3 Wow-FM and Froggy 98 will join the broadcast. Pepsi-Cola is the sponsor for the fireworks, presented again by Zambelli Internationale.

“The Symphony is one of our City’s premier arts organizations, and we are delighted to have them perform again at this celebration,” said Mayor Beutler. “Watching the fireworks accompanied by live music is an experience not to be missed! We encourage families to come to the park early to enjoy the other fun events and activities being offered.”

The Uncle Sam Jam concerts kick-off LSO’s 82nd season. “The positive response from previous Uncle Sam Jam concerts has led us to dream even bigger about this year’s event,” said Barbara Zach, LSO Executive Director. “Last year, we reached an estimated 30,000 people in the park and through the live broadcasts. We expect record attendance this year, and LSO is thrilled to be part of such an exciting celebration for a third year.”

Zach said LSO enjoys strong support from the community. The Symphony performance is sponsored by TierOne Bank Foundation, with support from Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Nebraska, BNSF Railway, Ted and Anabeth Cox, Farmers Mutual Insurance Company of Nebraska, the Nebraska Lottery, Nelnet, Time Warner Cable and Diana Warner.

“It is our dream that the Uncle Sam Jam continues to be an annual Lincoln Independence Day tradition, one worthy of drawing crowds from throughout the Midwest region,” Zach said. LSO Music Director Edward Polochick has selected a program that includes patriotic favorites as well as the Symphony’s rendition of “There is No Place Like Nebraska.” (Click here for the LSO repertoire.)

“The radio stations of Broadcast House are excited and proud to once again be a part of Uncle Sam Jam and the City’s Fourth of July celebration,” said Steve Albertsen, Operations Manager for NRG Media/Broadcast House of Lincoln. “We’re expanding our entertainment with music for the crowd starting at 6 p.m. along with some fun and games from the Lincoln Jaycees. It’s a fantastic family atmosphere!”

“The Lincoln Jaycees are excited to again be a part of this community tradition,” said Jane Gustafson, Lincoln Jaycee President. “We look forward to providing activities that bring Lincoln’s citizens together to celebrate the 4th of July.” (Click here for a complete schedule.)

StarTran will provide free public shuttle bus service from 5 to 11 p.m. between the main entrance at Oak Lake Park and these locations:

  • Haymarket Parking Garage, 9th and “Q” streets
  • Gold’s bus stop, 11th and “O” streets
  • County-City building complex - northeast corner of 9th and “H” streets and southeast corner of 9th and “K” streets (free parking available in City lot bounded by 9th, 10th, “H” and “G” streets)
  • State Fairgrounds lot #9 (west of Devaney, enter off of Court Street between 14th and 15th streets)
  • State Fairgrounds lot #6 (west of Devaney, enter off of North Antelope Valley Parkway just north of Military Road)

The Haymarket Garage and the Iron Horse parking lot at 7th and “Q” streets are offering a special $2 event fee. Handi-Van service is available for eligible individuals, and reservations can be made through the normal procedure by calling StarTran at 441-7109.

In case of inclement weather, LSO’s concert, the radio broadcasts and the fireworks display will be rescheduled to Saturday, July 5. No other events will be rescheduled.

More information on the day’s events is available on the City Web site at (keyword: 4th). For event registration information, contact the Lincoln Jaycees at 434-8900. Information on LSO is available at or by calling 476-2211.

Uncle Sam Jam, Oak Lake Park, Friday, July 4, 2008

Star-Spangled Banner
Fanfare for the Common Man (Copland)
South Pacific Overture (Rodgers and Hammerstein)
An American Salute (Gould)
Armed Forces Salute (Lowden)
“Seventy-six Trombones” (Willson, arranged for orchestra by Ricketts)
1812 Overture (Tchaikovsky) Fireworks will begin during this song.
National Emblem March (Bagley)
Hoe-down from Rodeo (Copland)
March from Superman (Williams)
America the Beautiful (arranged for orchestra by Dragon)
There is No Place Like Nebraska
Stars and Stripes Forever (Sousa)

Oak Lake Park, 1st and Charleston
Schedule of Events

Food and concessions will be available from noon to 10 p.m. in the main parking lot. The Jaycees will operate an information booth, and the Red Cross will have first aid available.

7 a.m. - Registration for Lincoln Jaycees 5K Fun Run, Haymarket Park

8 a.m. - Fun Run begins

noon to 4 p.m. - Social chess games open to the public, park shelter (Sponsored by the Nebraska State Chess Association.)

4 to 7 p.m. - Bingo, park shelter

7:30 to 9 p.m. - Food eating contests, near Symphony stage

Dusk - Sale of glow necklaces/novelty items throughout the park

9 to 10 p.m. - Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra (LSO) concert (Broadcast live on B107.3 FM and KLIN 1400 AM)

10 p.m. - Fireworks by Zambelli Internationale (Sponsored by Pepsi-Cola) with live music by LSO (Broadcast live on your favorite Uncle Sam Jam radio station - B107.3 FM, Froggy 98.1 FM, 105.3 Wow FM and KLIN 1400 AM)

Fireworks other than those used in the Zambelli show are prohibited in the park.
Alcohol is prohibited in the park.
All pets are required to wear a leash in the park. Residents are discouraged from bringing pets to the park during the fireworks display.

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