The Wabash Valley celebrates July 4 in a big way this year with fireworks across every county.
Vigo County kicks off the festivities in downtown Terre Haute with the Wabash Valley Horseman’s Association’s 69th Annual Frontier Day Parade. The parade will begin at 9:30 a.m. at Fourth Street and Wabash Avenue (read more on page 7). Then, beginning around dusk, the night sky will light up at Fairbanks Park as fireworks present a beautiful display of light and sound over the Wabash River.
“It is a really good show; the fireworks are set off above the river and it is a beautiful place to see the display,” said Adam Grossman, assistant superintendent of the county parks department. A production by the Terre Haute Community Band will accompany the show (read more on page 6).
Additionally, The Landing at Fort Harrison will be hosting “Light Up the Landing,” a laser and fireworks show at 6 p.m. today on the golf course. There will be live music performed by the Doll Baby, a flag ceremony to honor veterans and fireworks, beginning at dusk. Live music will continue after the fireworks display. Admission will be $3 per person. A VIP dinner is also available at 6:30 p.m. for $35 per person or $200 for a table of eight.
Details on surrounding counties can be found below.
• Sullivan: At dusk on Saturday, Sullivan County Park & Lake, 990 Picnic Road
Sullivan County hosts its annual Lake Freedom Festival Friday through Sunday at Sullivan County Park & Lake featuring food and market vendors, contests, games, dancing and live music. Fireworks will take flight over the lake on Saturday at dusk. Gate admission is $5 per carload until 7 p.m. Donations will be welcome after 7.
• Linton: 10:30 p.m. Friday, Humphrey’s Park, at A Street NE and Park Street
The Linton Freedom Festival continues through Sunday. Events include arts and crafts, a carnival, live bands and fireworks.
• Solsberry: 11 a.m. today, behind the fire station, 4098 N. Indiana 43, free
Solsberry celebrates Independence Day on July 3 this year behind the fire station with loads of entertainment, food and fun including a stage featuring live music. Vendors will be serving up snow cones, barbecue, kettle corn and more. Fireworks will finish off the day and will start at dusk. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets.
• Brazil: 10 p.m. Friday, Forest Park, free
Brazil Rotary Club hosts one of Indiana’s largest Fourth of July celebrations, falling on the last day of a week-long gala and featuring free entertainment, the midway, food vendors, sack races in the park, raffle prizes and a display of color and light over Forest Park. Fireworks will light off at 10 p.m. and are free to guests. Pay-one-price bracelets are available for $20 for rides. Single ride tickets will also be available.
• Montezuma: At noon on Friday, Aztec Park, free
The Covered Bridge Capital of Indiana celebrates July 4 all day long this year beginning with a memorial ceremony at noon at the Veterans Memorial in Aztec Park. Following the ceremony the fire department will host a waterball competition (for more information email: email@example.com). Vendors and family activities will be available in the afternoon including a hog roast conducted by the fire department and a parade will take place on Washington Street in Montezuma at 6 p.m. Fireworks will cap off the night’s events at dusk, illuminating the night sky over Aztec Park.
• Rockville: Saturday at Raccoon State Recreation Area, 1588 S. Raccoon Parkway
Also in Parke County, Raccoon State Recreation Area will have its annual Beach Bash and fireworks display on Saturday. Festivities begin at 10 a.m. with a craft blast for children. Games, including tug of war and a water balloon toss, begin at 1 p.m. At 4 p.m., a live animal show will be at the beach hill. At 6 p.m., the third annual Big Bang Cornhole tournament starts at the beach hill parking lot.
Fireworks begin at dusk and are sponsored by Raccoon SRA, Bellmore Volunteer Fire Department and the Raccoon Lake/Union Township Property Owners Association.
The cost of the fireworks is supported solely by donations from the community and park visitors. Anyone interested in donating to the fireworks display is encouraged to contact Mike Clingerman, property manager, or Ross Plotkin, interpretive naturalist, at 765-344-1412.
• Rockville: At dusk on Saturday, Rockville Lake Park, 828 North Marshall Road
The day’s festivities begin at 2 p.m. with a kids’ inflatable playground, Dreamweaver DJ and food vendors. Live music begins at 6.
Admission is $5 per vehicle for a day pass or a vehicle season permit.
• Marshall: 8 p.m. Friday, Clark County Fairgrounds, free
Marshall, Ill., will be hosting a band concert at the Clark County Fairgrounds Gazebo from 8 to 9 p.m. Fireworks are scheduled to follow the concert.
• West Union: 9:45 a.m. Friday, West Union Park, free
West Union, Ill., hosts a Fourth of July celebration featuring a fireworks display performed by Aerial Arts Fireworks Co. The day will begin at 9:45 a.m. with an American Legion Flag Ceremony, followed by the West Union Pageant, a parade beginning at the Community Building, talent show, auction, corn hole tournament and more. For a full schedule of events visit www.westunion4th.com/schedule.
• Marshall: 9 p.m. today, Mill Creek Park, 20482 N. Park Entrance Road, free
Mill Creek Park’s Fourth of July celebration is scheduled for today. On tap is live music from local bands, a boat parade, bounce house, inflatable slide, climbing wall for kids and fireworks. Bud’s BBQ, Cobblers ’n’ Cream, Pepsi and Big Al’s Lemon Shake-ups will start serving at noon. Guests are encouraged to come early to reserve a spot in the Mud Bog Field.
• Paris: At dusk on Friday, Twin Lakes, free
Fireworks will light up over Twin Lakes in Paris, Ill., this Independence Day in Edgar County. The fireworks will accompany the day-long celebration featuring the grand opening of Splash Park near the Spicer shelter in the west park. The Twin Lakes are located just north of town on Illinois 1.
The Wabash Valley celebrates July 4 in a big way this year with fireworks across every county.
ISU to bring The Color Run to Terre Haute
Indiana State University is planning a colorful kickoff event for the 2014-15 school year.
The university is bringing The Color Run to Terre Haute on Aug. 23. One of the largest event series in the nation, the race douses participants from head to toe in different colors at each kilometer. Billed as the “happiest 5K on the planet,” the event caters to everyone — first-time runners to professional athletes — and has no winners or official times.
Ride With The Governor is set for July 25
On Friday, ABATE of Indiana will present the annual Ride With The Governor.
This event to promote motorcycle awareness is open to all motorcyclists. Donations will benefit the Indiana National Guard Relief Fund.
‘Sound of Music’ this weekend and next at Maple Avenue UMC
Maple Avenue United Methodist Church’s Summer Theatre will present six performances of “The Sound of Music” beginning at 7 p.m. Friday, July 25.
Brazil Concert Band sets ‘German Musikfest’ concert for July 27
The Brazil Concert Band will present “German Musikfest” at 7 p.m. Sunday at Forest Park in Brazil, rain or shine.
Join SPPRAK for photo at Rex game
SPPRAK Night will be 7 p.m. July 25 during the Terre Haute Rex game at Bob Warn Field. Five hundred people, all wearing the same glasses, will get their picture taken.
Adults invited to join New Horizons Band at Community School of Arts
New Horizons Band at the Indiana State University Community School of the Arts welcomes adults, age 25 and older, with little or no musical experience to become a New Horizons Music member.
Gospel soloist to perform July 27 in Brazil
Gospel music soloist Ryan Seaton will be in concert at 6 p.m. on Sunday in First Christian Church at Brazil.
Arrowhead Show July 27 in Sullivan County
An Arrowhead Show featuring Prehistoric First American artifacts is set for Sunday in Sullivan County.
Terre Haute Parks plan National Dance Day event on July 26
The Terre Haute Parks and Recreation Department will be participating in National Dance Day on Saturday.
Gym Bob’s Jamboree July 26 at Boot City Opry
Solos, duets and instrumentals are all part of the great Gym Bob’s Jamboree show set for 7 p.m. Saturday in Boot City Opry at 11800 S. U.S. 41.
Nature Conservancy announces ‘Natural Treasures’ challenge
The Nature Conservancy and Honda of America Mfg. Inc. announce the highly anticipated summer Natural Treasures challenge that gives Hoosiers an opportunity to explore natural sites in Indiana and a chance to win a Honda Civic Hybrid.
Benefit, walk Aug. 2 to support MS Society
The fourth annual Multiple Sclerosis Benefit will take place Aug. 2 at the Rosedale Tavern, 93 W. Middle St., Rosedale.
Arte é Vino for adults planned July 29
Looking for a girls night out or a fun and unique date? Arte é Vino events are fun art-themed events for adults.
Visit musical ‘petting zoo’ at Children’s Museum
The theme for downtown Terre Haute’s First Friday on Aug. 1 will be “Dog Days of Summer.” What better time for children to visit a petting zoo? The Wabash Valley Musicians Hall of Fame is planning a petting zoo of a different kind, though: a musical instrument menagerie.
Celebrate Smokey Bear’s birthday Aug. 2
Visitors to Turkey Run State Park in Parke County can eat cake and ice cream, meet firefighters and see fire engines and other equipment at a birthday party for Smokey Bear on Aug. 2.
Sisters plan annual used book sale
The Sisters of Providence of St. Mary-of-the-Woods are preparing for their annual used book sale.
The event is scheduled for Aug. 2-10 in the Providence Spirituality and Conference Center conference room, across the hall from Linden Leaf Gifts.
Ride Tour de Park Aug. 16 through Vigo parks
The Tour de Park, a set of non-competitive bike rides through Vigo County parks, will begin at 8 p.m. on Aug. 16. Routes of 10 or 50 miles are available, with both starting at Hawthorn Park’s Dogwood Shelter.
River City adds 2 Artist of the Month galleries
River City Art Association Inc. in Terre Haute now has three Artist of the Month galleries to showcase artwork by its members.
Marshall Library announces photo winners
Marshall Public Library announces winners of an animal photography contest staged in conjunction with its recent “PAWS” to Read Summer Reading Program.
Hole-y-One Golf Scramble scheduled
Golfers are invited to mark their calendars for the 12th annual Hole-y-One Golf Scramble, presented by the Sisters of Providence at St. Mary-of-the-Woods. The event will take place on Sept. 12 at the Country Club of Terre Haute, 57 Allendale.
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Habitat Cruise In set for July 26 in Brazil
Habitat for Humanity of Clay County has set its Brazil Kroger Cruise In for 5 to 9 p.m. July 26 on the Kroger parking lot, east of Brazil on U.S. 40.
Scoop up some blueberries, live music
Terre Foods Cooperative Market will present the sixth annual Blueberry Festival from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. today, at Central Presbyterian Church, 125 N. Seventh St.
Blueberry compote sundaes will be available for $5.
‘On the Banks of the Wabash’ band festival set
Seven bands from Indiana and Kentucky will join the Terre Haute Community Band and special guest Gymnasium Heide-Ost Symphonic Band from Heide, Germany, to present the fourth annual “On the Banks of the Wabash” Community Band Festival on Friday and Saturday. Five bands are making their first appearance at the festival. All concerts are at Fairbanks Park and are free.
Crossroads Rep offers a different show each night
Patrons still have time to see all four shows in this summer’s Crossroads Repertory Theatre season at Indiana State University. During the final two weeks of the season, a different play is presented each evening, with a Sunday matinee.
Experience pioneer life July 19 at Turkey Run Heritage Festival
Turkey Run State Park will host the Pioneer Heritage Festival on Saturday, a chance to experience the 19th century.
A variety of hands-on activities will be available for visitors to try and to enjoy.
Concert band to add a little bluegrass July 20
The Brazil Concert Band is scheduled to present “OK! … Yellow Hammer!” on Sunday at the special time of 7 p.m. at Forest Park.
Firefighters plan Aug. 16 fish fry
The Shepardsville Volunteer Fire Department has planned a fish fry fundraiser from 4 to 7 p.m. on Aug. 16 in the Shepardsville firehouse.
Author receives honor for children’s book on Saint Mother Theodore
Mary K. Doyle has written many books. But she had never attempted to write a children’s book.
However, her first one, “Saint Theodora and her Promise to God,” was recently honored by placing fourth in a contest conducted by the Catholic Press Association.
‘Accidental Love’ author at Open Door July 21
Switz City writer Ralph W. Roach, author of “Accidental Love,” will be available to sign copies of his book from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The event will take place at the Open Door Christian Bookstore, 3125 S. Third Place.
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