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July 2, 2014

’BASH: Fireworks to light up Wabash Valley

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: 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

• 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.

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