Independence Day happenings Fourth of July parades and fireworks in NW Indiana

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Published on July 03, 2019 with No Comments

Ready to march and light up the night for freedom? Here is a listing of Fourth of July parades and fireworks in the area.

CHESTERTON– Fireworks on the Lakefront take place Monday, July 1 at Indiana Dunes State Park. Food vendors open at 6:15 p.m., with fireworks at dusk. There are fees to enter the state park. Call 219-926-5513 or visit www.dunelandchamber.comfor details.

CROWN POINT– The parade kicks off Thursday, July 4 at 2:00 p.m. from Taft Middle School, proceeding to the Veterans Triangle at N. Main St. Fireworks are that night at 9:30 p.m. at the Lake County Fairgrounds. Visit www.cpJULY4.comfor details.

HEBRON – The parade begins July 4 at 10:00 a.m. from Hebron High School. Fireworks will take place Wednesday, July 3 in the evening. Call 219-996-6010 or 996-5634 for details.

HOBART – The parade starts at 10:00 a.m. July 4 from the Hobart Middle School. The Festival at the Park follows at 6:00 p.m. at Festival Park on the lakefront, featuring food, vendors, and music. Fireworks are at dusk. Call 219-942-4511 or 942-5774 for details.

LAKE STATION– The parade is July 3 at 5:00 p.m., with lineup beginning at 4:00 p.m. at Columbus Park. Fireworks are held July 4 at dusk from Riverview Park. Call 219-962-1700 or 962-2081 for details.

MICHIGAN CITY– The community’s Patriotic Parade is Saturday, June 29, with registration that day at noon at 4th and Washington streets. Fireworks are July 4 at dusk from Washington Park. Call 219-873-1510 or visit www.michigancityparks.comfor details.

MERRILLVILLE – The parade starts at noon on July 4, with lineup beginning at 10:00 a.m. at Geisen Funeral Home, proceeding down Broadway to Merrillville High School. Call 219-908-5911 or visit www.merrillville.govfor details. Fireworks are July 3 from Hidden Lake Park, with an Independence Day Celebration starting at 1:00 p.m., featuring food and entertainment. Fireworks are that day night at 9:00 p.m. There are gate fees to the park. Call 219-769-2111 for details.

PORTAGE – The parade begins July 4 at 11:00 a.m. from Willowcreek Middle School. A holiday festival begins at 5:00 p.m. at Founders Square Park, with fireworks at dusk. Visit www.inportageparks.comfor details.

SOUTH HAVEN– The community parade begins at 4:00 p.m. from Saylor Elementary School, with lineup starting at 3:00 p.m. Refreshments and awards will be available from the American Legion hall following the parade. Visit www.portagetrustee.orgfor details and parade entry forms.

VALPARAISO– This city’s 4th of July Blast Celebration has been moved to Covington Square at Vale Park Road and Valparaiso Street. Starting at 6:30 p.m., Urschel Field along Vale Park will feature a bandstand for entertainment, along with seating. The Vale Park area will also host food trucks, concessions, and portable restrooms. Fireworks from Urschel Field begin at 9:15 p.m. Call 219-462-5144 for details.


Fireworks safety tips


It’s time for Fourth of July celebrations – fireworks, a backyard barbecue, maybe a trip to the beach. Whatever people have planned, the American Red Cross wants them to enjoy their holiday and has steps they can follow to be safe.

The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public fireworks show put on by professionals. Stay at least 500 feet away from the show. If someone is setting fireworks off at home, they should follow these safety steps:

• Never give fireworks to small children, and always follow the instructions on the packaging.

• Keep a supply of water close by as a precaution.

• Make sure the person lighting fireworks always wears eye protection.

• Light only one firework at a time and never attempt to relight “a dud.”

• Store fireworks in a cool, dry place away from children and pets.

• Never throw or point a firework toward people, animals, vehicles, structures or flammable materials.

• Leave any area immediately where untrained amateurs are using fireworks.

For more safety tips visit www.redcross.org

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