4th of July with the Kansas State Parks

It’s been awhile since our last post – we’ve been hard at work out on the trails in this (relatively) balmy weather. We’ve been on the trails in south central and south east Kansas from El Dorado Lake to Cross Timbers State Park.

One of this year's cutest baby contestants enjoying watermelon in 2012

One of this year’s cutest baby contestants enjoying watermelon at the 2012 Old Fashioned 4th of July

But we’re taking a break to celebrate the 4th of July in Sterling with its Old Fashioned 4th of July. From an early morning run, to watching the turtle races, to rooting for our favorite in the cutest baby contest, and, of course, fireworks and lots of yummy food, it’s going to be a great day to relax and recharge to get ready to get back on the trails.

As for Kansas state parks, there’s only one that allows fireworks: Elk City State Park: July 1-4, 6:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. Designated area only.

But there are plenty of fun and free events for the 4th at the parks. (If you don’t have an annual park pass, you’ll likely need to get a $5 day pass for any and all vehicles coming into the park.) From the KDWPT website:


Eisenhower State ParkSplash of Color (Tie Dye T-shirts) from 3 to 5pm.

El Dorado State Park – Fireworks Display

Friends of El Dorado Lake – Parade

Friends of Pomona State Park – Free Movie Night/Coffee and Donuts

Pomona State Park – Fireworks Display


Eisenhower State Park – “Wreck-It Ralph” Movie Night

Toronto Point/City of Toronto – Toronto Days


Cross Timbers State ParkToronto Days

Eisenhower State Park – Sand Castle Contest

Glen Elder State Park – Fireworks display

Kanopolis State Park – Fireworks display

Perry State Park – Fireworks display

Wilson State ParkLake Wilson Area Association Poker Run


Toronto Point/City of Toronto – Toronto Days


How are you going to be celebrating the 4th?



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