There will be lots
of fun at this year’s Family 4th Fest on Tuesday, July 4, in Hawthorne Park,
Start the day at 7
a.m. with a delicious Lions Club Pancake and Sausage Breakfast for only $6.
Breakfast will be served until 11:30 a.m.
Line up for the 4th
of July parade through downtown Porter and right into Hawthorne Park. The
parade kicks off at 9 a.m. from Yost School, and will go along Beam St. to
Lincoln, then to Hageman and into Hawthorne Park, where it ends.
encouraged to dress-up in red, white and blue, decorate bikes, wagons,
strollers and walk in the parade as a family unit. Porter Fire Chief Lewis
T. Craig, Sr., is this year’s Parade Grand Marshal.
At 10 a.m. the
Lions Club will begin the 78th annual Turtle Derby registration, for kids up
to 16 years of age. The first heat is at 11 a.m. The top three winners will
each receive a trophy and 1st place $275, 2nd place $200, and 3rd place
$150. Entry is free. No snapping turtles, please!
At 2 p.m. kids 5-16
years are invited to compete for prizes in the Hot Dog Eating Contest by Hot
Diggity Dawg. There is a $3 entry fee - register by 1:45
Kids of all ages
will have fun playing free games from Noon -1 p.m.; Brick Toss, for all
ages, from 3-5 p.m., early registration at 2 p.m.
There will be
bounce houses, a rock climbing wall, and kiddie rides for toddlers. The
patriotic poster contest runs from 1-2 p.m.
include Leroy’s Hot Stuff, Hot Diggity Dogs, Moon’s Kettle Corn & SnoCones,
Ben’s Soft Pretzels, and Dorie’s Elephant Ears, Lemonade Shake-ups, Pork
Tenderloin Sandwiches, Burgers, Deep Fried Ravioli and more.
Karaoke will go
from 3-6 p.m., with live music by the Duneside Classic Rewind from 6-11 p.m.
Kick back and relax in the Leroy’s Hot Stuff beer garden.
There will be a
fireworks show set to patriotic music at dusk. Don’t forget to bring a
blanket, chairs and bug spray.
Business Initiative Groups extends special thanks to the Porter Parks
Department, Towns of Porter and Chesterton, Chesterton Lions Club, Leroy’s
Hot Stuff, L.A. Bell, Shelton’s Fireworks, Charles Welter, Renee Vasquez,
and the many volunteers for helping make this event a success.