‘Stars and Stripes Forever’: City celebrates July 4 with annual parade and Fireworks Festival

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Robert Arbuckle from Arbuckle’s Railroad Place rides in the parade each year. (File photos)

The city’s annual Fourth of July festivities are set.

The parade through downtown Noblesville will kick off the festivities with a theme of “Stars and Stripes Forever in Noblesville.” The parade begins at 4:30 p.m. at 16th and Harrison streets and will make a loop traveling south on 16th Street, west on Logan Street, north on Ninth Street and east on Monument Street. It will end at 16th and Monument streets.

Each year, the parade features floats, vehicles, local government officials, politicians, theaters, high school bands, churches, military groups and other organizations.

When the parade ends, the celebration will move to the Noblesville High School campus at 18111 Cumberland Rd. for the annual Fireworks Festival, which begins at 6 p.m. It includes vendor booths, food and drinks, live music, games and other activities. Fireworks will begin at approximately 10 p.m. The festival is free.

Noblesville resident Buddy Whitacre drives his moped in last year’s parade.

NEW THIS YEAR

 The Fourth of July Planning Committee has created commemorative 2018 Noblesville Fireworks Festival buttons for guests of the parade and festival to support July 4 festivities in the city.

“We have great community businesses and organizations sponsoring our parade, festival and fireworks,” July 4 Planning Committee Co-Chairman Mike Hoffmeister said. “Many residents have asked how they can also support the community-focused event, and with the creation of these buttons, we now have the perfect opportunity for families to get involved. We hope that residents will enjoy collecting them over the years.” 

The committee has a limited number of the collectible buttons, approximately 1,000. Buttons will have a new design each year. LED blinking buttons are $3 each, and metal buttons are $1 each. Net proceeds from button sales go directly to supporting the Noblesville Fourth of July festivities, which is paid for completely by sponsorship dollars and uses no city funds.

Buttons will be sold at Concert at the Commons June 30 and during the 38th Infantry U.S. Army Band concert July 1. Buttons also may be purchased with exact cash or check at Forest Park Inn, 701 Cicero Rd., and the Mayor’s Office in Noblesville City Hall, 16 S. 10th St.

Those interested in ordering large quantities of buttons for family, friends and business associates are asked to send an email to rherrington@noblesville.in.us.

The 4:30 p.m. July 4 parade will begin at 16th and Harrison streets and end at Monument and 16th streets. (Current file map)

BE IN THE PARADE

Those interested in participating in the parade can fill out an entry form at noblesvillefireworksfestival.com. Forms should be sent to mhoffmeister@noblesville.in.us. Registration is $20 through July 2, and nonprofit organizations can enter at a reduced rate of $10.

Each year, various military, public safety and antique vehicles drive the parade route. (File photos)

VOLUNTEER

The City of Noblesville is seeking organizations, businesses and individuals that would like to assist with inflatables or carnival games. Each organization can adopt as many stations it believes it can fill with volunteers from 6 to 10 p.m.

“We will provide the games and prizes and organizations can adopt a game for the day, decorate your table/tent for your organization and provide handouts at the event. (Groups) are free to rotate through as many volunteers as needed to assist the event,” Kids Zone Zoordinator Nichole Haberlin said.

A hospitality tent will provide food and drinks for volunteers in addition to organizations earning in-kind trade or discounted rates for facility rentals. Organizations providing at least 10 volunteers and reaching 20 hours of service can earn a free, four-hour court or shelter rental. To volunteer, or for more information, contact nhaberlin@noblesville.in.us, or call 317-770-5750.

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