UPDATED: Fourth of July celebrations in northwest Indiana and the south Chicago Suburbs in alphabetical order.
CALUMET CITY | The Calumet Memorial Park District's Freedom's Eve celebration will be held July 3 at the Superior Street Complex and T.F. North High School, 755 Pulaski Road. Celebrate with a Kiddie Karnival from 5 to 8 p.m., featuring old-fashioned games, face painting and more. Entertainment and grilled food will also be available, and at 9:15 p.m. the fireworks will begin.
FYI: (708) 862-6443 or calumetmemorialparkdistrict.com
CEDAR LAKE | Cedar Lake Summerfest, 2009 at the Town Complex grounds on Cedar Lake, 7408 Constitution Ave. Parade is 10 a.m. July 4. Fireworks and laser light show at 9:30 p.m. July 4 and 5. Daily entertainment, carnival rides, ski show, fireworks, car show, talent show, and food, amusement rides, games, poker run, land and water parades, live entertainment, tribute band to Hannah Montana, midway games, beer garden and more. Free admission, Hours vary.
FYI: (219) 374-4444 orcedarlakesummerfest.com
CROWN POINT | Crown Point - July Fourth Parade starts at Taft Jr. H.S., staging at 12:15, parade steps off at 1 p.m. Fireworks at dusk at the Lake County Fairgrounds, 889 S. Court St.
FYI: (219) 663-1800 or (219) 662-3290 or cpjuly4.com
CHESTERTON | Be a part of the 70th running of the turtles. In conjunction with the Friends of Porter Fourth of July Festival in Hawthorne Park, the Chesterton Lions Club will be running the 70th Annual Turtle Derby on July 4. Registration is at 9 a.m. and the first heat will be at 10 a.m. There will be five heats total, with first, second and third place winners of the final heat will receive a trophy and prize. The Port Drive-In will provide coupons for free root beer for all entrants. Bring own turtles, but no snapping turtles. Come a little early and enjoy the Lions Club Pancake Breakfast at the Fourth of July Festival. The Lions will also be accepting donations of any used eyeglasses and hearing aids at this event.
FYI: (219) 926-5513
GRIFFITH | July Fourth Parade is at 10 a.m. Parade will start at Pine and Broad streets and proceed south on Broad Street to Main Street.
FYI: (219) 924-2467
HAMMOND | Celebrate Independence Day on July 4 in Hammond's Harrison Park at Hohman and Waltham avenues. Bring a picnic or enjoy food from vendors; musical entertainment starts at 2 p.m. Hammond Public Library will host a patriotic music concert in the band shell starting 5:15 p.m. and a Naturalization Ceremony at 6 p.m. Welcome and congratulate our newest U.S. citizens, then enjoy the music of the Bill Porter Orchestra. The band will continue to play during the fireworks display by BaDaBoom! Pyrotechnics. Admission is free.
FYI: (219) 853-6378 or gohammond.com
HIGHLAND | Fourth of July Fest, 2009 Highland, Main Square Park, 3001 Ridge Road.Fun for the whole family. Food, entertainment, arts and crafts and rides. Kiddie parade is 11 a.m. July 4, Twilight Parade is 6:30 p.m. July 3. Fireworks are at Homestead Park July 4 at 9:15 p.m. Please no pets or alcohol.
FYI: (219) 838-1080
BEER GARDEN FESTIVAL | Highland
6 p.m. to midnight July 3, 4 and 5 at Our Lady of Grace Parish, 3025 Highway Ave. Beer, wine, soft drinks, water and Langel's food bar will be available. A bake sale will be held after masses on Saturday and Sunday.
FYI: (219) 838-7838 or (219) 838-9094
GARY | Independence Day Festival, 9 a.m. kicks off at 25th Avenue and Broadway. Parade line-up is 7 a.m. The city boasts one of the best parades in Northwest Indiana, showcasing the community and saluting the concept of freedom. Genesus Center, one Genesus Court. Free, activities for all ages, Including rides, food, fireworks and more.
FYI: (219) 881-1314 or (219) 881-1300 or gary.in.us
HEBRON | The Hebron Chamber of Commerce Fourth of July Fireworks will be held at dusk on July 3 on the north side of Hebron schools. Enter at the main entrance to the schools. The parade begins at 10 a.m. Saturday and will start at the Country Square Mall on Ind. 2 and continue south on Main Street then turn west onto Ind. 231 by Walgreen's and disperse in the area of Harry Brown Trucking. After the parade there will be a turtle derby in the parking lot of First Source Bank. There is a flag raising following the turtle derby.
FYI: (219) 996-5678
HOBART | July 4, Fourth Of July Parade, July 4 starts at 10 a.m. at Mundell Field, Concert and fireworks at 7 p.m. at Festival Park, bring chairs, 111 E. Old Ridge Road, watch the parade awards and stay for fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
FYI: (219) 942-5774 or hobartchamber.com
LAKES OF THE FOUR SEASONS | July Fourth Parade starts at noon at south Lakeshore Drive. Fireworks at dusk, near clubhouse, beer tent, food, kids games, live band.
FYI: (219) 988-2581
LAKE STATION | Parade with the theme "Let Freedom Ring," July 3 at 5 p.m. Fireworks are on July 4 at dusk at Riverview Park, 2701 Ripley St.
FYI: (219) 962-1700 or (219) 962-1987
LANSING | This exciting event takes place July 4 in Lan-Oak Park from 5 to 10:30 p.m. at 180th and Arcadia streets. Included in the activities are a Fun Fair, Taste of Lansing, Big Wheel Racing, a Watermelon Eating Contest, and many other exciting activities. A live band plays for the crowd in the evening, and of course, a dazzling fireworks display at night.
FYI: (708) 474-5020
LAPORTE | July 4th LaPorte Fourth of July Parade in downtown LaPorte steps off at 10 a.m. and lasts 2 to 3 hours; Fireworks at LaPorte County Fairgrounds at 9:15 p.m., beer barns, fireworks, VIP Tent, arts and crafts show, gates open at 6 p.m., $5 per car.
FYI: (219) 324-5828 or laportejaycees.org
Also on July 4 and 5 at Hesston Steam Museum, 1201 E. 1000 North St., is open from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free Parking, family entertainment, train rides, gift shop, toy shop and food,
FYI: (219) 872-5055 or hesston.org
MERRILLVILLE | Fourth Of July Celebration July 3 and 4 at Hidden Lake Park, 6355 Broadway. Ross Township and the Town of Merrillville host a celebration featuring food vendors, live entertainment, a carnival and fireworks. Parade on July 4 at 11 a.m. starts at 80th Avenue to 68th on Broadway. Fireworks start each night at 9 p.m.
FYI: (219) 769-5711
MICHIGAN CITY | July 4 at Millennium Plaza, 21 gun salute, a presentation of patriotic medals to local residents who have served in the defense of the homeland since September 11, 2001 is also on the agenda. Parade steps off at 1 p.m. at the Post Office on U.S. 12 and Washington St.
FYI: (219) 874-3630 or michigancityfestivalsinc.com
MUNSTER | July 3 and 4. Fireworks: July 3 at 9:15 p.m. at Centenial Park.
Food vendors open at 6 p.m., Northwest Indiana Symphony at 7:30 p.m. Parade is July 4 with the line up at 1 p.m. and steps off at 2 p.m. Steps off Calumet Avenue and Fisher St. and ends at Town Hall.
FYI: (219) 836-6901
FYI: (219) 836-6901.
PORTAGE | The Pride in Portage Committee sponsor the annual Fourth of July Parade July 4 starting at 11 a.m. The evening's festivities will begin at 4 p.m. at Trumble Field with food vendors and family activities. Featured will be Fantasy Cakes trying to build the world's largest cupcake for the Guinness Book of World Records. There will be live music from 4 to 6 p.m. The Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra will perform an outdoor concert from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. and the evening will close with a fireworks display.
FYI: (219) 764-2187
PORTER | Porter Sesquicentennial Celebration, July 3, 4 and 5 from 9a.m. - 10 p.m. with vendors, food, beer garden, live bands, water slide, inflatables, bean bag competition, arts and crafts, Hawthorne Park, 500 Ackerman Dr., Chesterton, Parade on July 4 at 1 p.m.
FYI: (219) 926-4212
SOUTH HAVEN | American Legion Post 502 will host a Fourth of July parade at 4 p.m. Line up starts at 3 p.m. at Paul Saylor School on Midway. The parade ends at the American Legion. Hot dogs and pop will be provided to all participants after the parade along with awards.
FYI: (219) 759-2121
SOUTH HOLLAND | The Village of South Holland has planned a fun Independence Day for all ages July 4 at Veterans Park, 160th Place and South Park Avenue. This all day event will bring together the entire community for an unforgettable day of delicious food, enjoyable games for kids, friendly-competition, musical entertainment and spectacular fireworks.
FYI: (708) 331-2940
VALPARAISO | Festivities will begin at 7 p.m. at Thomas Jefferson Middle School with performances by The Conservadellics and the Valparaiso High School Band. The evening with conclude with fireworks at dusk.
FYI: (219) 462-5144
Also Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1700 N. Monticello Park Drive, is hosting its annual Fourth of July Celebration. The celebration will begin with an outdoor Saturday evening prayer service at 6 p.m., followed by music under the Immanuel tent, a complimentary hot dog dinner, games, giant inflatables and freebees for the kids. Bring blankets and watch the City fireworks show from Immanuel's front yard.
FYI: (219) 477-4222
WHITING | July 3, 4 and 5 is the Fourth Of July Celebration And Parade. July 3 is bingo, beer garden, High Noon Band. July 4 the parade steps off at 10 a.m. at Lakefront Park, followed by the beer garden, The Meteors (50's-60's Live Band.) July 5 is Senior Citizens Day from 2 to 5 p.m. with the Touch Of Class band, food fest, beer garden and live bands. Free admission.
FYI: (219) 659-7700 or whitingindiana.com