I know it’s only May and it’s not always warm yet but we have had a little summer weather here and there in Portage. That means it’s time to ready everything for the celebration of our country’s birthday.
For those of you who are not familiar with the Pride in Portage Committee, they are a group of dedicated individuals who either live or work in the city and coordinates Portage’s 4th of July celebration, Christmas parade and tree lighting. They have a great time doing all these things but it does take quite a bit of money and time to put it all together.
Just like any other service organization in our city, they are committed to serving our residents and their guests in helping make our quality of life a little brighter. Our city departments and officials are also instrumental in helping us achieve the best holiday celebrations a community can offer. Every year the streets are lined with thousands of people just waiting for all the floats, kids, clowns and more. We’ve been honored over the years with WWII war birds and Thunderbirds flying over and have enjoyed the best fireworks display in the county.
Lori Wilkie is leading this organization and all volunteers in the city of Portage to another exciting time this year! Mayor James Snyder cordially invites you to participate in our annual 4th of July Celebration; complete with a traditional parade at 11 a.m. down Willowcreek Road and a festival with awesome fireworks at Willowcreek Middle School in the evening.
Applications for participants in the parade and vendors are out on-line on the city website, www.ci.portage.in.us. Go to the second page of forms and applications which will have not only parade applications but vendor applications for the fireworks event in the evening. If you don’t have access to a computer, you can always come to City Hall or the Park Department and they can help you out.
Parade participants are asked to pay a small $25 fee to secure their spot in the parade and must be decorated in a patriotic manner. Vendors are asked to pay $50 for a spot at the festival without electricity and $75 with electricity. All entries must be received by June 28 and checks can be made out to City of Portage with Pride in Portage in the memo line. For more information, call Lori Wilkie at (219) 764-5736.
Trophies for the best of the best of the parade will be given out in the evening by our Mayor at the 4th of July Festival with some good music and food to eat while you’re waiting for the main event; the truly majestic fireworks.
I truly enjoy this time of year, it always brings tears to my eyes watching this parade and fireworks every year. My love for this city and this country whatever may come our way, will never wane as I truly believe and always will: “Portage rocks."
This column solely represents the writer's opinion.