From the Fourth of July Festival, with its entertainment, fireworks and twilight parade, to the Battle of the Ridge reenactment, to the Santa Parade for the kids, Highland’s Council of Community Events funds and promotes fun in the community.
The Council of Community Events has been active more than 20 years. Its current president is John Breslin, a council member since 2000.
This year’s Fourth of July Parade Grand marshals are the Highland Boy Scouts. The twilight parade begins at 6:30 p.m. July 3 at St. James the Less Catholic Church, 45th and Kennedy, continues north on Kennedy Avenue to Highway Avenue and east along Highway Avenue to the Main Square Park. A kiddie parade will take place at 12:45 p.m. July 4 in the parking lot across from Traditions Restaurant. For parade information, call Erica Wolak at (219) 718-1610. For Kiddie Parade information, call Liz Breslin at (219) 923-9351.
The Fourth of July Festival, the biggest event of the year, features adult and kiddie rides by Alpine Amusement, food, crafts and music. Tickets can be purchased for the rides, with $20 wristband times listed below. Look for $2 wristband coupons throughout the town, Breslin said.
“Money made from the carnival pays for music, fireworks and the Battle on the Ridge, which are all free to the public,” Breslin said. “Last year we didn’t make as much money as previous years because of the weather. We are hoping to make up for that this year.”
Breslin encourages sponsorships.
“Anyone who wants to sponsor anything, we are willing to put their name on a sign,” Breslin said.
He said the committee has received donations for the Kiddie Parade from Dr. Kendra DDS, Dr. Ferguson of Family Eye Care and Les Brothers Café.
The festival kicks off at Main Square Park at 5 p.m. Wednesday July 3, with Retro Night, closing at midnight. At 6:30 p.m. entertainment begins with the “Jeff Sarver Duo.” Performing at 7:30 p.m. is “Doors Tribute Unplugged” and from 9 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. “Dick Diamond and the Dusters.”
The festival variety night runs from 1 p.m. to midnight on Thursday July 4. Wristbands are available from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. for $20. Entertainment from 1:30 to 2 p.m. will be the Highland Pop Warner Dance Team from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. the “Jeff Sarver Duo” and from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. the “Dancing Noodles.”
Grab a blanket or your favorite lawn chair for Highland’s spectacular fireworks display at 9 p.m. July 4 at Homestead Park. For information call (219) 838-0114 or look online at www.highlandparks.org.
The fireworks show will be followed with entertainment by “Together” from 9:30 p.m. until 11:30 p.m.
Friday July 5 is the Country Night Festival from 5 p.m. to midnight. It will kick off from 5:15 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. with “Hot Rod Heathens,” followed by Miss Megan Owens from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. and finishing with the “Allen Wronko Band from 10 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 6 is the Rock/R&B Night Festival from 1 p.m. to midnight. On Saturday, $20 wristbands are good from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Entertainment begins from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. with David Blixt, followed by “Timepeace Unplugged” from 3:45 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., the Michael Turner band from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and “Voices” from 9:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Sunday July 7 is the Family Night Festival from 1 p.m. to midnight. Wristbands are $20 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and $15 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Entertainment begins from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. with Ed Pankin, followed from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. by children’s sensation Ralph’s World, www.RalphsWorld.com.
From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Ted Tomczak and the “Take 5 Polka Band” will perform and from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. “The Relics.”
For festival information, call John or Liz Breslin at (219) 923-9351.
This year's Battle on the Ridge, a Revolutionary War Reenactment, will be held August 17 and 18. Opening colors are Saturday at 10 a.m. and Sunday at 11 a.m. Battles are on Saturday at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. The closing colors both days follow the 3 p.m. battle.
The Santa Parade is on Saturday November 30. It is a lighted parade at 4:30 p.m. and runs from First Street to Main Square Park where the park decorations are lit and children can visit with Santa.