La Vista's Salute to Summer Festival set to begin May 23rd

LA VISTA, Neb. (WOWT) -- La Vista’s annual celebration, the Salute to Summer Festival, is scheduled for Memorial Day weekend May 23-26.

The festival honors active-duty military and veterans, as well providing a launchpad to summer.

The festival will begin with the Hometown Heroes Event on Thursday, May 23 at 6 p.m. This event is held at the Blue Star Memorial in the southeast corner of the City Hall parking lot. It will include a special speaker from Offutt Air Force Base, musical performances from students from Papillion-La Vista High School, and a ROTC demonstration from Papillion-La Vista South High School. In the event of inclement weather, this event will be held inside the City Council Chambers at City Hall.

The Carnival and Vendor Booths will open Thursday, May 23, at 5 p.m. in Central Park. The Hot Wheels races will take place at 6 p.m. that evening in the Community Center Gym.

The annual Community Cookout, Car Show, Concert, and Fireworks display will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, May 24, at the City Hall Complex, 8116 Park View Blvd., and La Vista Keno, 7101 S. 84th St. This event is sponsored by the La Vista Community Foundation, ACCESSbank, La Vista Keno, and Bellino Fireworks.

This event will feature:

  • Free hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, and drinks beginning at 6 p.m., while supplies last. Those who attend the Community Cookout are asked to bring a non-perishable food item for the Tri-City Food Pantry and a lawn chair for watching the concert and fireworks.
  • Activities for the whole family; including fun games, climbing wall, bounce houses, fun with chalk art, and free books.
  • The band “Pink Kadillac” will give a free concert from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • The car show will take place in the La Vista Keno parking lot and is open to all makes, models, and classes. Advance registration is not required.
  • Fireworks display, provided by Bellino Fireworks, over Civic Center Park at dusk.

The Beer Garden will be open Friday and Saturday night at the Central Park Tennis Courts. DJ K DuB will play music on Friday, and “Johnny Knucklehead” and “Bad Habit” will be playing on Saturday.

The Parade, sponsored by ACCESSbank, will begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday, at 87th Street and Park View Boulevard, proceed across 84th Street on Park View, and end at 75th Street. The grand marshals of the parade will be Jim and Nancy Thompson, who are being honored for their decades of service to the community as elected officials and members of numerous non-profit organizations.

The City will also be honoring a Military Family of Year, Dave and Ann Guy. Military service is a deep tradition for this family. Dave’s grandfather served in the Navy, his father served in World War II, and Dave served in the Marines. Ann served in the Nebraska National Guard for 24 years and their son has served in the Marines. Dave and Ann are both active in American Legion Post 32, showing the highest respect, dignity, and honor that our heroes desire.

The Friend of La Vista will be the family of Joe Barmettler, who was the City Attorney from 1963 to 2003. Over the course of those 40 years, Joe contributed to the growth and stability of La Vista through his advice and legal expertise. Representing the family will be his wife, their seven children, and many grandchildren.

The City will also be dedicating a new street in honor of Mr. Barmettler. The new right-in/right-out intersection at 84th Street in La Vista City Centre will be named Barmettler Drive. The City will host a ceremony at the site on Sunday at 1 p.m. You may access the area from 84th Street and Brentwood Drive near McDonald’s and First National Bank.

The festival will close with the Family Pool Party Sunday, 1p.m.-4 p.m., at the La Vista Municipal Pool. Come for a free afternoon at the pool and enjoy a live DJ and music.

For more information about the Salute to Summer Festival, visit the Festival’s website.