Northwest Indiana Celebrates July 4th

Spend your Independence Day Weekend celebrating July 4th in Northwest Indiana. From car shows and Festivals to 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!

There is a July 4th Celebration in every city in Northwest Indiana, and we will update this page periodically. Final Updates will be made by June 27th 2018!

    St. John’s Annual Kid’s parade is Saturday before July 4th, 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!
     CHESTERTON – Fireworks On The Lakefront, Thursday, July 2nd 2018, 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 www.dunelandchamber.com .
     Cedar Lake Summerfest, July 4th- July 8th, 2018 free admission, ($5 parking fee) town complex, Boat parade (Sat July 1st), bingo, carnival, entertainment, cardboard boat race, beer garden, food, talent show, car show (Sunday),  Fireworks on two days July 5th and July 7th – 9pm, For more. Town Complex, 7408 Constitution Ave., Cedar Lake IN 46303, For Information: 374-4444; Click here for more
   East Chicago – Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018 5:00 – 10pm, East Chicago Marina 7 Jeorse park Beach at the lakefront, free  www.eastchicago.com
     Highland 4th of JULY festival. June 29th – July 4th, 2018 Town Main Square; craft and food vendors along with live entertainment every day,  Fireworks are at Homestead Park on July 4th at 9pm. The Twilight Parade is Tuesday July 3rd, at 6:30pm and the Kiddie Parade on Sunday afternoon.  Click here for full schedule: http://www.highland.in.gov/CommunityEvents
      GARY JULY 4th Parade, 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, 2018 – 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: www.cpJULY4.com.
    HAMMOND: JULY 4TH, 2018, Hammond 4th of  July at Wolf Lake Pavilion, Naturalization Ceremony 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, 2018, 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: 4th of JULY PARADE, 2018, Parade: 10am at The parade route will start at Mundell Field (Wisconsin St.) East on Third St. to Main St., North on Main St. to Old Ridge Road, West on Old Ridge Road to Wisconsin St., South on Wisconsin St. to Mundell Field.  www.hobartchamber.com , JULY 4TH Festival at the Park, 6:00 pm, Enjoy food vendors and music from FOX Sounds while waiting for our fabulous fireworks display, Hobart, 942-4511 or 942-5774.
   GRIFFITH: JULY 4TH PARADE, 2018 10 am, starts at Ash St, and goes south on Broad St to Main, www.griffith.in.gov
   LAPORTE JAYCEES, 4th of JULY Parade and Fireworks, 2018 JULY 4th, Parade: 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: July 3rd, 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,  www.laportejaycees.org
    LAKE STATION: Parade: 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 KIDDIE PARADE: Sat June 23rd, 2018. : “Disney on Parade” is this year’s theme. Use your imagination and create a float, or costume and have some fun. The parade route will begin at 2:00 with Judging at 1:00 at 7th and Franklin. It is open to all children 0-12 years old! parade starts at 2pm, travels north from 7th Street down to Franklin Square to 4th Street, ending at the library. contact Rhonda Swistek  at 219-874-3221, ext. 1021. Hosted by Michigan City police.
    MICHIGAN CITY FOURTH of JULY PARADE & FIREWORKS, The Parade is Sat. June 30th, 2018 at 11am – 1pm.  Come out and enjoy all of the 4th of JULY, 2018, on Wednesday with  festivities in beautiful  Washington Park, Michigan City Parks & Recreation , dusk, 873.1510, www.michigancityparks.com
     MERRILLVILLE, JULY 4TH, Merrillville Parade, Noon, line up Begins at 10am at Geisen Funeral Home and Travels North on Broadway to Merrillville H. S. www.merrillville.in.gov .  219-908-5911.
    MERRILLVILLE: –  JULY 3rd, 2018, Hidden Lake Park Independence Day Celebration, Park opens at 6pm, Beer garden and Food Vendors open at 6pm, Live Entertainment by “Mud Sharks  Band” from 6:30 – 10:30pm. Spectacular Fireworks at 9pm, Hidden Lake Park, 6355 Broadway, Merrillville, for more info call 219-769-2111. Click Here
     PORTAGE: JULY 4th, 2018,  Portage July 4th Parade & Festival, This year’s theme, “The City of Portage Turns 50!”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.  http://www.inportageparks.com/
    MUNSTER: JULY 4TH PARADE: 2018,  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! , www.munster.org
     MUNSTER JULY 4TH CELEBRATION-  JULY 3rd 2018, 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) 
    PORTAGE:  JULY 4TH PARADE
, 11am, starts at Willowcreek Middle School and heads south on Willowcreek Road to Lute road, www.inportageparks.com
   PORTER: JULY 4th, 2018  – 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 www.dunebig.com
   SCHERERVILLE, JULY 4TH FIREWORKS SHOW: Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018, 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.  www.schererville.org  865-5530.
     SOUTH HAVEN JULY 4TH PARADE: 
  The parade will take place on  July 4th at 4p.  Entrants will line-up at Saylor Elementary School (331 Midway Dr., Valparaiso IN  46385) at 3p. 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. Download the parade entry form at www.portagetrustee.org
   VALPARAISO: JULY 4th Festival,  4th of  July, Officials have announced the 4th of July Blast Celebration will be moved to the Cumberland Loop at Vale Park Road and Valparaiso Street, The area will also host a stage for musical entertainment and provide a seating area. Vale Park Road will be closed from Valparaiso Street to Cumberland Drive and will be the site of food trucks, concessions, porta-potties and other services.
   WHITING JULY 4th Parade & Fireworks, Fireworks and Pre Party: 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,www.whitingindiana.com
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ATTENTION PARENTS:
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!

FUN FILLED BOUNCE HOUSES:
If your kids like bounce house, you’ll find Five FunFlateables locations throughout Northwest Indiana that provide unique, year-round, soft inflatable playgrounds where the whole family can have continuous FUN Jumping, Bouncing, Climbing, Snaking.
INDOOR FUN:
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!
SPLASH PADS:
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.

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Sue Baxter