The annual 4th of
July Parade in the town of Porter steps off at 9 a.m. This year's theme is
“Grand Old Flag,” so join in and celebrate our Grand Old Flag!
The parade kicks
off at 9 a.m. from Yost School. Families are encouraged to dress-up in red,
white and blue, decorate bikes, wagons, strollers and walk in the parade as
a family unit.
Mel Bigger, a
long-time resident of Porter, Chesterton Lions Club member, and National
Guard and U.S. Navy Veteran, is this year’s Parade Grand Marshal. The Parade
will march through the town of Porter, and straight into Hawthorne Park
where the Family 4th Fest will be underway.
residents are invited to find a spot along the route and enjoy the 4th of
the Fourth of July in Porter, beginning with a pancake and sausage
breakfast, hosted by the Lions Club, from 7-11:30 a.m. Start the day with a
delicious Lions Club Pancake and Sausage Breakfast for only $5.
The 75th annual
Lions Club Turtle Derby will be held at 11:00 a.m. on July 4, in the
basketball courts in Hawthorne Park. Turtle Derby registration will begin at
10 a.m., for kids up to 16 years of age. The top three winners will receive
a trophy and prize, heat winners will receive gift cards for The Port
Drive-In. Entry is free. No snapping turtles, please!
Kids of all ages
will have fun playing free games from Noon -2 p.m., Brick Toss, for all
ages, from 3-5 p.m., early registration at 2 p.m. The patriotic poster
contest runs from Noon-3 p.m.
There will be
bounce houses, a rock climbing wall, and kiddie rides for toddlers.
include Leroy’s Hot Stuff, Hot Diggity Dogs, Moon’s Kettle Corn & SnoCones,
Ben’s Soft Pretzels, Kernels & Kones, Kime’s Old Time Flavored Sodas, and
Dorie’s Elephant Ears, Lemonade Shake-ups, Pork Tenderloin Sandwiches,
Burgers, Deep Fried Ravioli and more.
Karaoke starts at 3
p.m., followed by live music by Johnny V & the Killer Bzzzz band from 6-11
p.m. Kick back and relax in the Leroy’s Hot Stuff beer garden.
A fireworks show,
set to patriotic music, will begin at dusk. Soloist Julie Riley will begin
the show singing the Star Spangled Banner. Don’t forget to bring a blanket,
chairs and bug spray!
Business Initiative Group, which has organized this daylong celebration,
extends special thanks to the Porter Parks Department, Towns of Porter, and
Burns Harbor, Chesterton Lions Club, Leroy’s Hot Stuff, L.A. Bell,
Chesterton Walgreens, Shelton’s Fireworks, Renee Vasquez, The Port Drive-In
and the many volunteers for helping make this event a success.