Basehor was booming July 4 with fireworks and a parade through downtown. Spectators lined 155th Street to get a view of the parade. Sponsored by Basehor PRIDE, the evening’s celebration culminated with a 21-gun salute and the singing of the national anthem prior to the fireworks display. 

The parade was led by VFW Post 11499’s color guard and included several firetrucks and rescue vehicles from area townships. Representatives of local businesses rode in the parade. A local Boy Scout troop and the Bobcat cheer team participated to raise awareness about their Wreaths Across America project. VFW Post 11499 also had a truck filled with veterans – all waving flags.

Blake Water, vice-president of 1st State Bank and past president of the Basehor Chamber of Commerce, served as the parade’s grand marshal.  Basehor’s current Citizen of the Year, Dave Gunn, also had a place of honor in one of the parade’s convertibles. 

While the annual parade was on hiatus last year, Mayor Dave Breuer wanted to make sure it took place this year. He made a personal call to PRIDE president Lew Lewis, asking him to ensure that the parade happened.

“This year’s parade was the best we’ve had,” Lewis said. “It’s tough to put on a Fourth of July parade and of course we never know about the weather. This year, attendance was great.”

The Basehor Fourth of July parade has been a mainstay of the community since 1989 when the city’s centennial celebration was held. Plans are already in the beginning stages for next year’s parade.

This was the 13th year that Dan Dearinger and his crew were responsible for the fireworks display in Basehor. Dearinger seems to have come by his fascination of pyrotechnics genetically since his grandfather acted as a “powder monkey” as he handled dynamite while Hoover Dam was being built.

Donations were collected at the gate to be used as seed money for next year’s fireworks display.

Beth Kornegay is a freelance writer covering news and events in the city of Basehor. If you have a story idea, email her at gabi_kansas@yahoo.com