Northwest Indiana Celebrates July 4th

        This year, some events have been cancelled. Below are the July 4th Celebrations in Northwest Indiana, and we will update this page periodically.  
2020 CELEBRATIONS are in Red, 2021 Celebrations are in Blue

     DYER INDIANA:  Summerfest: June 10th – June 13th, 2021 over 800 acts, 1,000 performances, 12 stages, food, interactive activities, festival! Bike Parade: Wednesday June 9th 2021 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm, part of Dyer Summerfest! 219-865-2505. FIREWORKS on Sunday!  Click here for Full Schedule.
     East Chicago – Friday, July 3rd, 2020 5:00 – 10pm, East Chicago, residents are invited to view fireworks from the safety of their homes. free

     GaryFriday, July 3rd and Sat. July 4th – Family Night at the Railcats Stadium, Both nights will feature food, fireworks and live music by NAWTY (July 3) and The Muddsharks (July 4). All You Can Eat, Suite Level, Duggout and Tailgate Viewing options are available! This show will be a socially distanced Red, White and BOOM celebration! Limited tickets are available. More info here.

     GRIFFITH: JULY 4TH PARADE,  Saturday, July 3rd, 2021, Noon, starts at Ash St, and goes south on Broad St to Main, 924-7500. Celebration that evening at Central park with Fireworks 

     Hammond: July 4th Fireworks! Hammond will have 4 shows simultaneously, one at Gavit, one at Clark (located in Whiting), one at Morton and one at Eggers. This will keep everyone from joining at 1 location. Residents are invited to view these from the safety of their own back yards. People are not allowed to visit these locations. These shows will be on July 4th – Click HERE!

     HIGHLAND, June 30th – July 4th 2021, Carnival rides, vendors, live music, food, much more. For FULL Entertainment Schedule, and  more info Click here

     HOBART:   Parade! Festival and Fireworks Sat. July 4th, 2021 10am – 11am, Hobart Boat Launch. Click here.

    VALPARAISO July 4th Parade: 4th of  July, 2020, The City of Valparaiso is hosting a 4th of July Celebration, including a 5K and 2K Run/Walk (with a staggered start for social distancing), a Lift Up Valpo Parade featuring first responders and local businesses, the Valparaiso Market, a FREE (but ticketed) Concert at Central park Visit Here

   VALPARAISO: JULY 4th Fireworks,  4th of  July, 2020, Officials have announced the 4th of July Blast Celebration  Fireworks, at Cumberland Drive, Free, but ticketed for social distancing. Click Here

    SOUTH HAVEN JULY 4TH PARADE: The parade will take place on  July 4th at Noon.  Entrants will line-up at Saylor Elementary School (331 Midway Dr., Valparaiso IN  46385) at 11am. The parade route will begin at Saylor Elementary School and head west on Midway Drive to McCool Road, north on McCool Road to 750 N. and west on 750 N. to the American Legion Post (479 W. 750 N, Valparaiso, IN  46385).  The review stand will be located at South Haven Elementary School (395 Midway Dr., Valparaiso, IN  46385).  Refreshments will be served and awards will be presented in the Legion Hall immediately following the parade. Call the Legion at 219-759-2121 and Download the parade entry form at

    WHITING:  July 4th Fireworks, The city of Hammond is hosting a fireworks display at Clark High School on July 4th at dusk. Residents are invited to view these from the safety of their own back yards. People are not allowed to visit these locations. Click Here

    MICHIGAN CITY: Visit Barker Mansion,  FREE Admittance to the popular Barker Mansion on July 4th only from 11am – 3pm, first floor only. Also watch a video about the self-guided tour of all 3 floors. Read about Barker Mansion here.

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     Cedar Lake Summerfest, July 3rd- July 7th, Cancelled free admission, ($5 parking fee) town complex, Boat parade (Sat ), bingo, carnival, entertainment, cardboard boat race, beer garden, food, talent show, car show (Sunday),  Fireworks on July 3rd 2019 – 9pm, For more. Town Complex, 7408 Constitution Ave., Cedar Lake IN 46303, For Information: 374-4444; Click here for more
    CHESTERTON – Fireworks On The Lakefront, Wed., July 1 2020, Indiana Dunes State Park, Chesterton. Local Food, Live Music And A Festive Celebration. Food Vendors Open At 6pm, and Fireworks begin at 9:15pm. Music and fresh food merchants will begin at 6:00 pm, and the fireworks will begin at 9:15 pm. $7 Indiana residents; $10 out of state vehicles. phone: 926-5513 or
       GARY JULY 4th Parade, Cancelled 9am, begins at 15th and Broadway, to 6th Ave, Turning West on 6th Ave to Buffington Park, 881-1314 881-1300.

   CROWN POINT: JULY 4th, 2020 CANCELLED– Crown Point 4th Of JULY Parade, 2 pm, Floats And Musical Shows. Taft Middle School To Veteran’s Triangle, N. Main St. Fireworks At Lake County Fairgrounds, 9:30pm. Information:
    HAMMOND: JULY 4TH, Hammond 4th of  July at Wolf Lake Pavilion, Naturalization Ceremony (Cancelled) at 5:30 pm, with Bill Porter Orchestra, Fireworks at 9pm, bring lawn chairs,  2324 Calumet Ave., Hammond, 46320,  659-7678. click here
    HEBRON: JULY 4TH PARADE, Cancelled, starts at 10am, begins at Hebron H.S. entrance on Main Street, proceeds North to Country Square Plaza Parking lot, Fireworks are on July 3rd in the evening, Call 219-996-6010 or 219-996-5634. click here
   HOBART: Fireworks – Re-Scheduled for August 22nd 2020,,  Festival at the Park, 6:00 pm, Enjoy food vendors and music while waiting for our fabulous fireworks display, Hobart, 942-4511 or 942-5774.
   LAPORTE JAYCEES, 4th of JULY Fireworks, Cancelled, JULY 3rd, Parade is on Thursday, July 4th : 10am downtown LaPorte, One of the Largest parades in the stat of Indiana, lasts 2-3 hours for 2.5 miles. JULY 4th Fireworks & Festival: 6pm, $5 per car load. Fireworks: 9:30pm,  Arts And Crafts, Beer Barns, Food Vendors,  LaPorte County Fairgrounds 2581 W St Rd 2 LaPorte, IN , 413.0644,
    LAKE STATION: Parade: Cancelled, July 3rd –  5pm; Parade lineup is at 4pm at Columbus Park; goes down 29th Ave to Clay St. then East on DeKalb to North on Central Ave, then East to Central Center, Trophies Awarded, Fireworks on July 4th at Dusk at Riverview Park.Lake Station Fireworks,  Fireworks at dusk at Riverview park,  Lake Station,  Riverview Park, State Rd 51, 962-1700 or 962-2081.
   MICHIGAN CITY PATRIOTIC PARADE: TBD June 27th, Cancelled! 2020 Registration is that day at Noon at 4th and Washington Street. Always the Last Saturday in June. The parade route will begin at 11:00 with Judging at 1:00 at 7th and Franklin, hosted by the Michigan City Parks & Recreation Dept, 873.1506,
    MICHIGAN CITY FOURTH of JULY 4th FIREWORKS Possibly Re-Scheduled at 11am – 1pm.  Come out and enjoy all of the 4th of JULY, 2020, with  festivities in beautiful  Washington Park, Michigan City Parks & Recreation, dusk, 873.1506,
   MERRILLVILLE, JULY 4TH parade, JUNE 29th, Cancelled, Noon, line up Begins at 10am at Geisen Funeral Home and Travels North on Broadway to Merrillville H. S. .  219-908-5911.
    MERRILLVILLE: –  JULY 3rd, Cancelled, Hidden Lake Park Independence Day Celebration, Park opens at 6pm, Beer Garden and Food Vendors open at 1pm, Live Entertainment by “Mud Sharks  Band” from 6:30 – 10:30pm. Spectacular Fireworks at 9pm, $5 per car, Hidden Lake Park, 6355 Broadway, Merrillville, for more info call 219-769-2111. Click Here
     PORTAGE: JULY 4th, Cancelled,  Portage July 4th Parade & Festival, This year’s theme, Parade will begin at 11:00 am. Festival will be at Founders Square and will begin at 5:00pm. Food vendors will be there and bands will begin at 6:00 pm and will play until 10:00 pm. Parade starts at Willowcreek Middle school, 6pm, food, live music and fireworks at dusk, free.
    MUNSTER: JULY 4TH PARADE: Cancelled Big Parade is at 2pm ,Begins at Fisher and Calumet, proceeds north to Ridge Road and East to Munster Town Hall. Sponsored by: Munster Lions Club Have a safe holiday! ,
     MUNSTER JULY 4TH CELEBRATION-  JULY 3rd Cancelled, Fireworks, Show by Jamrose, Centennial park, 1005 Centernnial Dr., Fireworks at 9:15, gates open at 6pm, entertainment at 7:30pm, concessions, beer garden ($5 cover charge)  
   PORTER: JULY 4th, Cancelled – Family 4th Of JULY Festival, 7am – 11pm, parade AT 9AM, pancake breakfast, turtle derby, kids games, kiddie rides, Bounce Houses, Food Booths, Beer Garden, Live Music, Fireworks. Turtle derby, bring your own turtle (no snapping turtles, please). Hawthorne Park, Porter, 219- 921-1687 or
   SCHERERVILLE, JULY 4TH FIREWORKS SHOW: Rescheduled for Sept 4th, 2020, A fireworks show will be held at Rohrman Park to celebrate the 4th of July Every year the Schererville Parks and Recreation department hosts a fireworks show at Rohrman Park a few days prior to the 4th of July. The show starts at dusk. Those wishing to attend should try to come early. Bring chairs, blankets, and snacks. In the event the Fireworks show is cancelled due to weather, the time will be changed to july 6th at dusk.  865-5530.
     St. John’s Annual Kid’s parade is Saturday before June 29th, Cancelled at 9:30 am, at Prairie West Park, located at 93rd and West Oakridge in St. John, You can decorate your own bike, float, wagon wheelchair, scooter, walker and roller blades. Prizes awarded. Water Fun Provided by th St. John Fire Department, bake sale and free refreshments, Presented by the GFWC Women’s Club, See flyer for parade route, call Kim at 219-365-0979 for more info!

   WHITING JULY 4th Parade & Fireworks, Fireworks and Pre Party: July 3rd, 2020 Cancelled Whiting Lakefront Park, 5-10pm, live music, beer garden, food, Fireworks at 10pm,  fireworks later on. Parade (JULY 4th) starts at10am on Indianapolis Blvd and travels down 119th street, see nationally recognized characters in preparation for the Mascot Museum opening In Whiting,
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Northwest Indiana is home to many Family Fun Amusement Parks and Family Entertainment Centers with lots of things to do with kids that make the perfect the getaway for the weekend! Most of these venues have indoor arcades. You’ll want to visit Deep River Waterpark in the middle of Northwest Indiana, Inman’s Recreation Center in Valparaiso, Zao Island Amusement Center in Valparaiso, Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Fun Park (Schererville); Jaks Warehouse (Indoor Theme Park – Highland); Washington Park Zoo (Michigan City); Barker Mansion Museum (Michigan City) and the Indiana Dunes Lakeshore Parks!   Just to name a few! Every City has a Splash Pad or Public Pool too!

Zao Island, Inmans’ Recreation Center, Jaks Warehouse, Sky Zone, and Crown Point Fun Center, and Zig E’s Funland. All of these centers have arcade games, family games, fun food, and more. Click here for more!

Wolf Lake
Aquatic Play Center (Hammond), Wicker Park Memorial Splash Pad (Highland), Oasis Splash Pad (Michigan City), Central Park Plaza Splash Pad (Valparaiso), Heron Lake Splash Pad, Hub Municipal Pool (Crown Point), Founders Square Splash Pad (Portage), Splash Pad at Jeorse Park, just to name a few. CLICK HERE FOR HOURS, LOCATIONS AND COST.

   Spend your Independence Day Weekend celebrating July 4th in Northwest Indiana. From car showsand Festivalsto Concerts Craft Beer,Art & Craft Shows, these Northwest Indiana events will have you singing like Lee Greenwood before the day is done!
     Let us not forget tons of Fireworks at the Indiana Dunes and July 4th Parades! Folks might also like the live concerts and full fledged festivals honoring our nation’s birthday held for four full days in Dyer Indiana, Cedar Lake Indiana, and Michigan City Indiana.   We even have a Nationalization Ceremony in Hammond Indiana – how patriotic is that!

Sue Baxter