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July 4 celebrations planned around area

By Joseph Slacian

Fourth of July celebrations are planned this weekend in three Wabash County communities.

Manchester University is collaborating with Manchester Community Schools and the town of North Manchester to present the 2020 Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks Display on Saturday, July 4.

The rain date is July 5.

“We had to move the fireworks from Manchester University this year, in large part because the new stadium area is still a construction zone,” said Alexis Young, who coordinates the event for the university. “We are happy to work with Jeremy Markham at Manchester Community Schools and Adam Penrod with the town to make this patriotic event happen for our community.”

The free celebration kicks off at 9 p.m. with the Manchester Civic Band. Families and individuals are encouraged to come early to find a spot, maintaining social distancing with those not in their own households, and have a great time. Lawn chairs or blankets will make viewing more comfortable.

Parking is available at Manchester High School, Manchester Administrative Building and Manchester Recreation Association.

The Rotary Club of North Manchester will sell food, water and soft drinks.

The North Manchester Fire Department will light up the sky over the high school baseball field at 10 p.m. with fireworks.

For the safety of guests, no alcohol, sparklers or personal fireworks are permitted.

Those taking pictures or posting to social media can use #MUJuly4 to share their pictures.

There will be no speakers or children’s activities this year.

In Roann, town wide rummage sales will be July 2nd - 4th.

July 4th from 7:00-10:00 a.m. will be The Roann Festival Fundraiser breakfast. It is all you can eat pancake and sausage breakfast at the Community Building. Adults - $7.00, children 4-12 - $4.00 and children under 4 will eat free.

A garden tractor pull with the Indiana Garden Tractor Pullers will begin at 11 a.m., followed by an antique tractor pull at 2 p.m. No money involved in the antique tractor pull, as it is a "pull for fun"!

Fireworks will begin at dusk at the pulling field.

The City of Wabash’s fireworks display will be at dusk July 4. The rain date is July 5. No other activities are planned by the city.

The fireworks will be launched in the field behind the Wabash Street Department.

The Field of Dreams will be open to allow those wanting to view the fireworks from there to do so.

Officials remind the public that there is no parking on the football or soccer fields at Field of Dreams. They also urge the public not to set off personal fireworks or sparklers at the site as it is still very dry and there is a fire risk due to lack of rain.
Capt. Matt Benson, the Wabash Police Department’s Public Information Officer, reminds residents of what the laws are related to private fireworks.

Under Indiana law, A person may use fireworks on their own property or having received permission from the property owner.  A person must be at least 18 years of age to possess or use fireworks unless a responsible adult is present.

Fireworks are not permitted on city property.

Times for legal consumer fireworks discharges are as follows:

Holidays (Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, New Year’s Eve) 9 a.m. to midnight.

Fireworks may be discharged between 9 a.m. and 11 p.m. on all other days.

The Wabash City Police urge citizens to use extreme caution when discharging fireworks.  Reckless behavior causing serious injury to someone else could lead to criminal prosecution.

The Wabash City Police are asking all citizens be considerate of their neighbor’s property when discharging fireworks. 

Close supervision of all children around fireworks will help prevent subsequent injury.

Posted on 2020 Jun 30