Sparks will fly in Elkhart County July 4

A list of local 4th of July events

Posted on June 27, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on June 27, 2013 at 11:17 a.m.

Fireworks will light up the sky as Elkhart County and surrounding areas put their patriotism on display July 4, 2013.

The following is a guide to area red, white and blue celebrations across northern Indiana and southern Michigan.



Fireworks: 7 to 11 p.m. July 3 at Central High School’s Rice Field, 1 Blazer Blvd. Live music and concessions will be available. Fireworks will begin at 10:20 p.m. or dark. Those interested in sitting in the end field this year may do so. People are welcome to bring blankets or a picnic.

Flotilla: Boaters interested in participating must be present at 1 p.m. July 4 at 6 Span. This year’s theme is “Whatever Floats Your Boat,” meaning participants can decorate their boat however they wish. Live music starts at 1 p.m. with bleachers set up at Martin’s Landing, 1500 E. Jackson Blvd. Cash prizes will be awarded for the best decorated boats, and the Jim Pettit Most Patriotic Award will be given to the boater that decorates most patriotically. For more information visit www.sjrainc.com.


Celebrate America: 6:30 p.m. July 7 at the Black Squirrel Golf Course, 1017 Larimer Drive. Live music and concessions will be available. Fireworks are at 10 p.m. or dark.


Fireworks: Dusk, July 4 at Beutter Park, 400 N. Spring St.


Big Cup Golf Tournament — 8 a.m. July 4 at McCormick Creek Golf Course, 1300 North N. Oakland Ave.

Digital Scavenger Hunt: 5:45 p.m. July 4 at Stauffer Park, Derksen Drive. Teams need a camera and up to five people. For more information call Rocki Stillson at 253-2869 or visit www.facebook.com/TheNappTownHuntDown.

Face Painting and Bake Sale: NorthWood High School cheerleaders will paint faces and sell baked good froms 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. July 4 at Stauffer Park, Derksen Drive.

Fireworks: Entertainment on the stage begins at 6 p.m., with fireworks at 10 p.m. or dark July 4 at Stauffer Park, Derksen Drive.

Food vendors will be available throughout the day July 4 at Stauffer Park, Derksen Drive. Horseshoe pits, sand volleyball court and skate park will still be available. Bring your own equipment.

Free Swim: Noon to 4 p.m. July 4 at Nappanee Community Pool, 707 Derksen Drive.

Junior Olympics: 8 a.m. July 4 at Stauffer Park, Derksen Drive, sponsored by the Nappanee Rotary Club.

Nappanee’s Got Talent: 3 p.m. July 4 at Stauffer Park, Derksen Drive. Sponsored by Downie Auto Sales, all ages and all talents can register from 11:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. at the stage.

Parade: 11 a.m. July 4 from City Hall to Stauffer Park. Those participating will line up at 10 a.m. on W. Lincoln St.

Tailgate Toss Tournament: 2 p.m. July 4 at Stauffer Park, sponsored by the American Legion. Preregister at the legion, 201 W. Lincoln St., or from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. the day of.

Waterball Contest: 1 p.m. July 4 at Stauffer Park, Derken Drive, sponsored by the Nappanee Fire Department

Youth Triathlon: 9 a.m. July 4 at Stauffer Park, Derksen Drive. Ages 9-13 may participate. Participants must be pre-registered. Information is available at the city pool.

South Bend

Fireworks: 10 p.m. June 30 at St. Joseph County 4-H Fairgrounds, 5117 Ironwood Road; After the Silverhawks game July 2 and 3 at Coveleski Stadium, 501 W South St.; 10 p.m. July 5 at Century Center Island, 120 S. St. Joseph St.


Celebrate Syracuse Parade: 10 a.m. July 6 from the corner of Main and 13 Streets to Medusa St. along S.R. 13.

Fireworks: Live music begins at 7 p.m. July 4 at Lakeside Park before fireworks are displayed at dusk. Concessions will be available; dusk, July 6 at Lake Wawasee,

Flotilla: Boats meet at 1 p.m., with the flotilla beginning at 1:30 p.m., July 6 on Lake Wawasee.

Wawasee Flotilla Road Race: 8 a.m. July 4 at Lakeside Park. People may choose to participate in a 3.3 mile walk, 3.3 mile run or 8 mile run. Preregister for $12 by calling 260-894-4638, or register at 7 a.m. the day of the race for $15.


Fireworks: Dusk ,July 5 at Winona Lake.


Fireworks: Fireworks at Lake James in Angola are viewable from the Pokagon State Park Potawatomi Inn beach at dusk, July 6. Sponsored by the Lake James Association, park visitors should arrive early for parking near the beach. A shuttle will run between the inn and various parking lots within the park.


Fireworks: Indiana Dunes State Park, the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and the town of Porter will host Fireworks on the Lakefront at around 9 p.m. July 2. Fireworks will be launched from a barge on Lake Michigan in front of the park’s beach pavilion. Live music starts at 6 p.m., local food vendors will be available and swimming hours will be extended to 8 p.m. A free shuttle will be provided from Yost Elementary School in Porter and Westchester Intermediate School in Chesterton. Those hoping to park inside the state park should arrive before 6 p.m. and expect long admission lines.


Fireworks: Dusk, July 4 at the LaPorte County Fairgrounds, 2581 W. S.R. 2



Fireworks: Dusk July 4 at Wells Field/Constantine Little League, Meadow Lane.

Pancake and French Toast Breakfast: 7 to 10 a.m. July 4 at Constantine United Methodist Church, 285 White Pigeon St.

Parade: 11 a.m. July 4, begins at E. 2nd St. and ends at Riverview Park. The citizen of the year award presentation will follow from noon to 12:30 p.m. at Riverview Park Pavilion.


Fireworks: Dusk ,July 4 at Eagle Lake.

New Buffalo

Fireworks: Dusk, July 3 at New Buffalo Beach, 200 Marquette Dr.


Fireworks: Dusk, July 3 at the Apple Festival Grounds, corner of Lake and 17th St.

St. Joseph

Fireworks: Dusk, July 4 at Silver Beach, Lake St.

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