June 29--It's going to be a very patriotic -- and noisy -- Fourth of July.
Bloomington's fireworks are back after a year's absence. Eastern Greene County's show is expected to double in participation. And this year marks the 200th anniversary of "The Star-Spangled Banner."
From Thursday through Saturday, area residents can attend a variety of fireworks shows. Day-by-day details are listed below.
The Southside Christian Church will have a free fireworks show. Festivities will begin at 6 p.m. with live music, including the Ralph Eads band and a performance by the Indiana Dance Conservatory. There will be a dunk tank, games and face painting. Fireworks begin at dusk at the church, located at 500 E. Empire Mill Road.
The Eastern Greene County Fire Department will have its annual fireworks show, but this year they expect attendance to double, Capt. Greg Doane said. The fire department has been providing this fireworks show for 26 years at the Eastern Fire Station in Solsberry. Participation in the past couple of years has been at around 6,000 people, but additional advertising provided by a country radio station could boost participation to 12,000 or 15,000 people, Doane said. Melrose Pyrotechnics will set the show to music provided by Hoosier Country 105, Doane said. Food and live music will begin at 6 p.m.Reece Tanner will perform, along with Sheila Stephen and the Rodeo Monkeys. Hoosier Country will broadcast the show's soundtrack live and over the air. "It's a good chance to celebrate our country," Doane said. The event is free.
The Bloomington Speedway will have a fireworks show on the 4th. The fireworks will begin at dusk, during racing, around 10 p.m. General admission for racing is $14 a person. The Speedway is located at 5185 S. Fairfax Road
There will be an Independence Day fireworks show at 10 p.m.July 4 at Jimmy Nash City Park on North Home Avenue. Music, food vendors and other entertainment will be available before the pyrotechnics.
Mooresville'sFourth of July celebration, dubbed the biggest event in town, will begin at 6 p.m.July 4 at Pioneer Park, 1101 Indianapolis Road, Mooresville. Live music and concessions begin at 6, and skydivers will deliver the American flag along with the POW flag between 8 and 8:30 p.m., at which time veterans will be recognized. Fireworks will begin at dark. The rain date is July 5.
Brown County will have a fireworks show at dusk at the Brown County High School football field in Nashville, Indiana. Brown County Lions Club is sponsoring the free show, but donations are welcomed.
Fireworks are returning to the Monroe County Fairgrounds. Gates will open at 3 p.m. and will close at 9:30 p.m. so that the show can begin at 10 p.m. Entertainment will include Reese Tanner, Sheila Stephen and the Rodeo Monkeys and the All Access Band. Entrance will be gates 1, 3 and 4. Leaving the show, Bunger Road will be closed both ways, except for emergency vehicles. Endwright Road will be closed between Airport Road and Wendy's Way starting 9 p.m.Karst Farm Park will close at 8 p.m. and Grandview Elementary School will have parking lots blocked off. Donations are encouraged, Fair Board secretary Tonya Clark said.
The Ellettsville Fire Department will have its annual fireworks show at the Edgewood High School football field. The show is funded by donations to EFD by area businesses and residents, but donations before and during the show are encouraged. "The community comes out and supports us, and we're very happy," said Ellettsville Fire Chief Mike Cornman. "We hope we haven't disappointed them with our fireworks show."
Residents can enjoy lakeside fireworks at the Fairfax State Recreation Area at dusk Saturday. This is the annual fireworks display sponsored by the Fourwinds Resort & Marina. With clear skies, fireworks should be visible from multiple locations around the lake. Parking at Fairfax SRA itself will be scarce during the hours leading up to the fireworks; once parking fills, additional vehicles will be turned away. Cost is $5 for in-state vehicles and $7 for out-of-state.
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