(Michigan City, IN) - Independence Day is just around the corner, and the City of Michigan City is celebrating in grand style. Four events over two weekends will bring the community together to show its patriotism and pride.
“We are going to turn the city red, white and blue,” said Mayor Duane Parry. “Michigan City has a great history of celebrating the 4th of July and we want everyone to come out and enjoy these great events.”
On Saturday June 25th the Kiddie Parade will make its return to the Uptown Arts District. The theme of this year’s parade is Red, White, Blue & You, and will feature the community’s youth showing their civic pride. Kids will dress in costume and decorate their favorite bike, wagon, or even their pet and stroll up Franklin Street while parents, grandparents and neighbors cheer them on.
The parade will start at 11:00 am at the corner of 7th Street and Franklin Street, and travel north to the Public Library. Parents can still register their kids by visiting www.emichigancity.com/1247/Kiddie-Parade. Participation in the parade is free.
Also on June 25th, the city will host Venetian Night, Michigan City’s Boat Parade celebrating the boats that call Michigan City home. The theme, Red, White & Blue Cruise, will allow boaters to decorate their boat with lights, streamers, and anything else they can think of to celebrate our independence.
The boats will stage in the harbor and proceed along the pier towards the Coast Guard Station, Fish Camp and make the turn back toward the Harbor at the Department of Natural Resources station. Spectators can watch from the pier, or along Trail Creek from the Coast Guard Station to Millennium Plaza.
The boat parade will begin at dusk, and participation and viewing the parade is free. Boaters can register at www.emichigancity.com/1248/Venetian-Night.
On July 2nd Michigan City will hold its annual Patriotic Parade, which will travel Franklin Street south from 10th Street to Ames Field. Last year’s parade was held in June, but the decision was made to move it closer to the July 4th holiday.
“For many years the parade was held on the Saturday before the 4th of July, and we wanted to go back to that traditional date,” said Terry Greetham, Director of Special Events for Michigan City. “We are excited for the return of local high school bands, which haven’t been able to perform over the last few years due to the pandemic,” he said.
The parade will start at 11:00 am and feature floats, bands and a wide variety of local organizations showing pride and patriotism. Those wanting to sign up to participate can do so at www.emichigancity.com/1249/Patriotic-Parade. Participation in the parade is free.
The Independence Day celebration will come to a grand conclusion on Monday, July 4th with the Michigan City Fireworks Spectacular at Washington Park. The community will line the beach and boats will fill the water to watch the traditional Independence Day celebration.
Mayor Duane Parry believes Michigan City has one of the best fireworks displays around. “Watching our fireworks launch from the pier over our beautiful lakefront…it doesn’t get any better than that,” he said.