While patriotism is the main theme for the Independence Day holiday, many are also on the lookout for other activities to engage in during their day off. The following is a local guide for those interested in what is available to them locally.
The Elkhart Public Library, 300 S. Second St., is closed Thursday, July 4. The library will reopen at 9 a.m. Friday, July 5. The film “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” will be shown for free from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, July 5, in the library basement. Refreshments will be provided. For more information call 522-2665.
The McNaughton Spray Park, 701 Arcade Ave., will be open from 1 to 6 p.m. Thursday, July 4. The park will also be open from 1 to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 5 and 6, and from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, July 7. Admission is $4, $2 for senior citizens 55 and older, $1 for children 2 and younger. The park features a large bucket spill, spray loops, team sprays, cannons, power volcanoes, aqua domes, spray nozzles, jets, valves and water guns. A concession stand, picnic area, loungers and shade umbrellas are also available. For more information call 970-5947 or visit www.elkhartindiana.org/department/division.asp?fDD=79-342.
The Pierre Moran Pool, 200 W. Lusher Ave., is open from 1 to 7 p.m. July 4-6, 1 to 6 p.m. July 7. Two pools, a waterslide, shade umbrellas and loungers are available. Admission is $4, $1 for children 2 and younger. For more information call 293-7946 or visit www.elkhartindiana.org/department/division.asp?fDD=79-341.
Ruthmere Museum, 302 E. Beardsley Ave., is closed Thursday, July 4, but will observe the holiday during regular hours on July 5 when guided tours are offered at 10 and 11 a.m., noon, and 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Those that take the tour will receive a free souvenir flag. The regularly scheduled Coffee On the Piazza is from 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 6. Sunday, July 7, is Free Family Sunday, in which self-guided tours of Ruthmere and the Havilah Beardsley House are free the first Sunday of each month. Ruthmere tours are $10 adults, $4 students, free for children younger than 5 admitted with an adult. Havilah Beardsley House tours are $5 adults, $2 students, free for children younger than 5 admitted with an adult. Ruthmere is a Blue Star Museum, allowing free admission to all active duty servicemen and women, along with their families. For more information,call 264-0330 or visit www.ruthmere.org. The Havilah Beardsley House is at Main Street and Beardsley Avenue.
Time Was Museum, 125 N. Main St., will be open from 9:30 a.m. to noon Friday and Saturday, July 5-6. Those looking to learn about Elkhart’s interesting past can do so from none other than historian Paul Thomas. For more information call 293-6005.
The Shipshewana Flea Market and Auction, 345 S. Van Buren St., is featuring extended hours this week. Visit the market from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, July 4.
The South Bend Farmer’s Market, 1105 Northside Blvd., will be open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 4 and 5, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 6. The market features vendors selling local produce, cheeses and meats, and a restaurant is located in the center. For more information call 282-1259 or visit www.southbendfarmersmarket.com.
Warren Dunes State Park, 12032 Red Arrow Highway, will be open during regular hours from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, July 4. The park features a beach, hiking trails and dunes. For more information call 269-426-4013 or visit www.michigan.org/property/warren-dunes-state-park.