Salute to Summer 2021 is the official kickoff to summer, the time when we can finally get outside, stretch our legs and see our neighbors. Salute to Summer has always been a celebration of the community spirit found here in La Vista.
It is a celebration of the place we call, Home Sweet Home.
Our 2021 celebration will not look like anything we’ve done before and it will likely look different than what other communities will do later this summer. While the pandemic has lessened and some have received their vaccine, Memorial Day weekend falls at a time when the end of the pandemic seems possible, but we aren’t quite out of it yet. By the end of May, thousands in our community will have received their vaccine, but there will be many others who will have not received it yet and public health officials are recommending caution with regard to medium to large sized public gatherings.
So, for La Vista’s 2021 annual celebration we made the choice to take a different approach and provide it for our community from a different perspective.
On Thursday, May 27, at 6 p.m., the City will host its annual Hometown Heroes event at the Blue Star Memorial on the City Hall Campus. This event will take place outdoors and seats will be placed a safe distance apart. The event will also be live broadcast on the City’s Facebook page for those who can’t attend the ceremony. In the event of inclement weather, a live indoor broadcast would take place but without any in-person participation.
On Friday, May 28, enjoy the traditional fireworks display over Central Park (formerly Civic Center Park). We ask that you gather with your immediate family only and continue to observe COVID safety practices. Be on the lookout for City staff who will be out and about in the park with some special giveaways.
On Saturday, May 29, instead of you traveling to the parade, the Salute to Summer Express will come to you! Grab your lawn chair and enjoy this annual tradition from a different perspective! Using a route similar to what we use for Santa’s Sleigh Ride, an entourage of entertainment and other goodies will travel throughout La Vista spreading summer cheer!
Before or after the Salute to Summer Express visits your neighborhood, you and your family are invited to visit one of several ice cream vendors located throughout the city, who will distribute a free ice cream treat for each member of your family. The ice cream trucks will be open 1-5 p.m. and will be in the following locations:
G. Stanley Hall Elementary south parking lot
Central Park west roundabout (near the playground)
La Vista Public Library west parking lot
Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church south parking lot