Omaha crews prepare for Friday’s Memorial Park concert and fireworks | national news

OMAHA — Over the next few days, people who live near Memorial Park will hear and see workers set up for the free Omaha City Celebrates America concert and fireworks on Friday.

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The event begins at 6 p.m. Friday. The concert will feature singer Sheryl Crow with special guest Dave Mason. It will open with the local Da Crabby Blues Band. The fireworks must start at 10 p.m.

Videos featuring local talent will be shown throughout the day on Friday on large screens erected at the sides of the stage.

Crews will be bringing equipment and assembling the stage throughout the week, according to a press release from marketing firm Vic Gutman & Associates, which manages the event. Audio, lighting and video testing will be conducted throughout the day on Thursday and Friday.

Memorial Park will open at 5 a.m. Friday for people who want to drop off blankets and chairs to reserve their spots. Tarps, tents, awnings, umbrellas, anything planted on the ground, drones and glass bottles are not permitted. All items entering the park are subject to inspection.

Street restrictions and one-way traffic enforcement will begin Friday morning. Free event parking is available on the University of Nebraska Omaha campus. Paid parking is available at both St. Margaret Mary’s School and Brownell-Talbot. Free shuttles are available from Dundee to Memorial Park between noon and 6 p.m.

The event is sponsored by the Omaha Parks Foundation, Douglas County and Baxter Volkswagen, with media sponsors Star 104.5 and Classic Rock 105.9 and support from the City of Omaha and Security National Bank. For more information, visit

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