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[r29] Column: It's a Grand Old Flag
Start Date: 7/2/2014 All Day
End Date: 7/2/2014
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It's a Grand Old Flag

The Declaration of Independence is more than just a document; it is symbol of our freedom. On July 4, 1776, the decisions made that day were revolutionary, and this Friday, as a nation, we will join together to celebrate their heroic actions to proclaim the United States as an independent and free  nation.

The Fourth of July has always been one of my favorite holidays. I love all of the flags proudly displayed, hearing the sound of patriotic songs and especially seeing the glowing fireworks light up the night sky. Our community has one of the best Fourth of July celebrations, and as member of the Festival Committee since 1995, I always enjoy being able to plan some of the events that bring our community together every Independence Day. Every year, Steve and Linda Shaw and I build the float for the parade. This year’s theme for the parade is “It’s a Grand Old Flag” so expect to see our float covered with flags of every size.

The parade kicks-off the celebrations at 5 p.m.; the route begins at the corner of 16th street and Harrison and then goes down Logan St. to downtown and back. The festival, which is free, will begin at 6 p.m. and is located in the Noblesville High School parking lot. The festival will include fun activities for all ages. There will be live music by the Ripple Effect, a race car simulator, a rock climbing wall to list a few. Once again, there will be a Kids Zone that will have balloon artists, a giant slide, a kids’ obstacle course and of course, face painters. Did I mention that all of these activities will be free?

For the grand finale, no Fourth of July celebration would be complete without a spectacular fireworks display. The fireworks will begin around 10 p.m. or as soon as it gets dark enough, and after watching the exciting show every year, it seems like they just keep getting better and better. I hope everyone in our community will celebrate Independence Day with me at these events, and if you need more information, please visit www.noblesvillefireworksfestival.com

Hamilton County offers a variety of events throughout the holiday weekend. Starting Thursday and running through Sunday, nearly every community will be hosting an event. One of my all-time favorites is the Star Spangled Symphony with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra at Conner Prairie. Nothing beats fireworks going off with the orchestra playing Stars and Stripes Forever.

Another great festival, which also has a very large following, is the Lights Over Morse Lake, which is a three day extravaganza that offers entertainment for the whole family.

Making round trips from Fishers and Noblesville to Cicero, will be the “Fireworks Train” which is always a bit hit with the kids. There will also be great music from bands like “Stella Luna and the Satellites,” playing Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and “Jeremy Morris and the Harvest Road Band” which kicks off at 5 p.m. on Sunday. As a special note, Jeremy Morris first began playing the banjo at just six years-old and assembled the band when he was 10. I have heard from many members of our community that his show is incredible and you won’t want to miss it!

The festival also includes a kid’s carnival, pony rides and a cornhole tournament on Saturday. If you like great food, there will be plenty of that throughout the holiday weekend as well. These are just a few of the many events listed on the festival’s website www.lightsovermorselake.com, which I encourage you to visit for more information.

Other events located close to home include Carmel’s Fourth of July celebration, known as CarmelFest. The festival has been running for the past 22 years and will have gazebo with live music, rides for the kids and plenty of great food. Also nearby, Sheridan will be having their Fourth of July parade and celebration. The parade starts at 10:30 a.m. and is hosted by the Sheridan Historical Society. So, if you are looking for something to do this weekend, there is certainly no shortage of events for the entire family and all within a short drive.

I hope to see you and your family at these amazing Independence Day events in our community. If you are staying home for your fireworks display, please follow the state and local laws regarding fireworks, and make sure you exercise safety when handling any fireworks. Please be considerate of your neighbors because as your state representative, I get many calls around this time of year in regards to fireworks. 

As always, I hope everyone has a great holiday weekend and a great 4th of July!

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Representative Kathy Kreag Richardson (R-Noblesville)

Contact Information:
Name: Ben Gavelek
Phone: 317-232-9831
Email: ben.gavelek@iga.in.gov
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