Because July 4th falls on Saturday, some government offices that are normally closed on weekends will also be closed Friday. All federal and state offices will be closed. City offices in Muncie, Hartford City, New Castle, Portland and Winchester will also be closed. County offices and courts in Delaware, Blackford, Henry, Jay and Randolph counties will be closed Friday for the July 4th holiday.
The Fourth of July may not be until Saturday, but you can start celebrating with fireworks now. You can legally shoot off your own fireworks under state law, as long as there are no city or county laws that prevent you from doing so. The State Fire Marshal‘s office says, right now, fireworks can be shot off from 9:00am until two hours after sunset, but on the 4th, the hours are 9am until midnight.
The fireworks show in Muncie Saturday night promises to be extra special this year as the city celebrates its sesquicentennial. Event organizers say the show will be one of the biggest, if not THEE biggest in recent memory. Spectators can gather on the grounds of Muncie Central High School to watch the fireworks -fired from the levee – by renowned specialists Grucci of New York.
Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in Anderson is getting even more festive with this year’s Fourth of July celebrations. A four-day celebration starts Thursday and will include a carnival, nightly fireworks shows, a beer garden and live entertainment. The Independence Day celebration will feature a 30-minute fireworks show beginning at 8:30 p.m. Saturday.
There’s a celebration in Alexandria Friday night. The Alexandria Fireworks and Freedom Concert will take place in the intermediate school parking lot with the Alexandria Community Band kicking off the program at 8pm; fireworks will follow the concert. Be prepared to pull out your wallet; event organizers will take up a collection to help raise funds for next year’s fireworks display.
A big July 4th celebration to be held in Yorktown Saturday night: Morrow’s Meadow will be filled with lawn chairs, blankets and lots of people attending what organizers call one of the area’s best fireworks displays. The festival starts earlier in the day with a four mile run, carnival rides, a hot dog-eating contest, and a cardboard & duct tape boat race. Fireworks will start at dusk.
Planning on traveling over the holiday weekend? You’re not alone. Lower gas prices are expected to result in more July 4th travelers. With gas prices $1 a gallon lower than a year ago, a record number of Hoosiers are expected to hit the road for July 4th weekend.
An Independence Day cookout featuring some of Americans’ favorite summer foods – hot dogs, cheeseburgers, ribs – will be a little bit more expensive this year than it was last year. According to an annual survey from Indiana Farm Bureau, the average cost to feed 10 people is $58.34 – or just over $5.80 per person. This compares to last year’s total of $57.11.
The Cornerstone Center of the Arts in Muncie begins a special engagement tonight. A collection of paintings entitled ‘Roy G. Biv’ by local artist Lindsey Bishop will be featured throughout the month of July. An opening reception will take place from 5:00 to 8:00 tonight. For more information about the show call the Department of Education & Communication at 281-9503, ext. 23.
Want to find out more about Noblesville parks? There’s an app for that! The Noblesville Parks and Recreation Department has released a new mobile app that will provide more communication and information about the parks department. The app can be downloaded from the Apple ITunes store and will be on Google Play for Androids phones shortly. The app is free to download with either service.