County Executive to Light
Truman Courthouse for the Holidays

November 21, 2013 (KANSAS CITY, MO) – Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders and Independence Mayor Don Reimal will flip the switch to light the Historic Truman Courthouse and Independence Square for the holiday season on Saturday, November 23 at 6:00 p.m.  

The lighting ceremony is the grand finale of several events scheduled to take place Saturday on the square. A Kids Winter Wonderland will be open from 3:00-5:00 p.m. and will include sleigh rides, strolling carolers as well as a visit from Santa Claus.  

“This is one of the great holiday traditions in Jackson County,” said County Executive Sanders. “This year’s ceremony will be especially meaningful, since the county was able to reopen the Historic Truman Courthouse to the citizens of Jackson County this past September.”

Those attending Saturday’s festivities can be a part of history by signing a commemorative holiday banner that will be placed inside the Truman Courthouse Time Capsule. The time capsule will be sealed in 2014 and will not be re-opened for 80 years.

Emcee Dale Carter of 94.1 KFKF will kick-off the official holiday lighting program at 5:00 p.m., which will include performances by the American Legion Band of Greater Kansas City Brass Ensemble, Independence Bryant Elementary School and Studio 3V. County Executive Sanders will read Twas the Night before Christmas, which will be followed by a holiday laser light show, set to the sounds of classic Christmas music. The program will culminate at 6:00 p.m. with the lighting of the Truman Courthouse.

Saturday’s event is free and open to the public.

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