The following Fourth of July events will take place in local cities and towns today (Sunday) and Monday:
Goshen’s annual Celebrate America festival with fireworks begins at 8 p.m. today (Sunday).
Doug Moore, of the WFRN radio station, will act as master of ceremonies for the first time. Goshen’s Jackie Jerlecki, who was chosen Miss Indiana last weekend, will take the stage at 8 p.m. Sunday.
The Backyard Brass will play for 45 minutes and there will be a patriotic musical program, "A God and Country" program from 9:30 p.m. to the 10:15 start of fireworks.
Gates open for the celebration at Elkhart Central’s Rice Field today (Sunday) at 6 p.m. The band Unfinished Business will play from 7-8:30 p.m., followed by Peach Tree Otis, from 9-10:30 p.m. Fireworks will be launched when it is dark.
The rain date will be Monday, but will feature only the fireworks show.
A free concert will be given by Lake Area Community Band at 7 p.m. at Lakeside Park Monday, where a group of food vendors will be available all day for a get-together before the concert. A fireworks show on Syracuse Lake will begin around 10 p.m.
The flea market will be extended through Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
The annual July 4 celebration, will begin at 8 a.m. Monday with a road run and continue with children’s events, tractor and pony pulls, Big Wheel and buggy pull races, a concert at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. and fireworks at 10 p.m.
Nappanee, at Stauffer Park
The city’s annual Fourth of July celebration Monday will include a golf tournament at McCormick Creek at 7:30 a.m., followed by Junior Olympics at 8 a.m. then face painting, bounce houses and a parade at 11 a.m.; free swimming at the city pool noon to p.m.; many contests at 1 p.m.; tailgate toss at 3 p.m.; 4 p.m. concert; 5 p.m. talent show; baseball; a teen dance at 8 p.m. and fireworks around 10 p.m.
The big event, the flotilla, takes place today. This year’s theme is "Wawapalooza: Celebrating 50 Years of Music."
Approximate times the flotilla will pass certain areas include: 4:10 p.m., the sand bar; 4:30 p.m., Waco Point; 4:40 p.m., Oakwood Center; 4:50 p.m., Kale Island; 5:05 p.m. Spinks Condominiums; 5:15 p.m., Ogden Island; 5:25 p.m., Johnson Bay; 5:35 p.m., Cedar Point; and 5:50 p.m., Morrison Island.
Note: LaGrange, Ligonier, Bristol, Millersburg, Milford, Middlebury — no July 4th activities