Chamber of Commerce hosted the 10th annual Fireworks on the Lakefront on
Monday evening, which saw warm, but fair, weather for the beachfront event.
A record crowd of over 13,000 gathered on the beach at the Indiana Dunes
Porter Police Chief
Jamie Spanier reported the process of getting visitors out after the
fireworks was slowed down by the number of people who parked on the side of
Spanier said that
getting people out took longer because the increased foot traffic from
people walking back to their cars required extra caution. “So many people
parked on Waverly and 49,” Spanier said. “It took way longer than normal.”
Food vendors served
up tasty treats from mini donuts from Decadent Desserts to salty, soft Ben’s
Pretzels, the Chamber said in a press release today.
Party DJ kept the
crowd entertained and the Miss Indiana, Lydia Tremaine, kicked off the
fireworks, by performing the Nation Anthem. The fireworks show began at dusk
for a delighted crowd.
Chamber of Commerce couldn’t be prouder of the turnout from last night’s
kick off to the 4th of July holiday. Thank you to everyone who came out and
enjoyed the evening with us,” said Maura Durham, Duneland Chamber president.
Fireworks on the
Lakefront event would not be possible without the monetary and in-kind
donations of new and past supporters, the Chamber said.
The group special
thanks to premier sponsor Urschel Laboratories, and Community Partners
including the Towns of Chesterton and Burns Harbor for both monetary
donations and in-kind emergency service protection, as well as the Town of
Porter, National Park Service, and the Indiana DNR for contributions of
in-kind emergency services. The Chamber also thanked 1st Source Bank, NITCO,
Teachers Credit Union, WIMS radio, BMO, Centier Bank, Porter Health Care
System, Porter Bank, and Horizon Bank.