Food, fun and fireworks


Celebration comes to Westfield, Noblesville and more

Westfield’s 2010 and 2011 events were huge successes and this year’s promises to be even better. (Submitted photo)

Each and every July, Americans all across the nation gather together in one place or another and celebrate our Independence Day. This July Fourth, of course, is no different and with it comes a wide array of events in nearly every town and city across the state. While Carmelfest is certainly the area’s largest event of the week, Westfield and Noblesville are holding events of their own as well.

The place to be on the Fourth in Noblesville is the city’s Fourth of July Festival, Parade and Car Show. Starting off at 5 p.m., the parade will begin at the corner of 16th and Harrison Streets and wind its way to Monument and 16th Streets, featuring Grand Marshal George Kristo as well as many of the cars to be seen later in the day as part of the car show.

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After the parade concludes at 6 p.m., a free festival will be held on the grounds of Noblesville High School. It will feature music from Lipstick Blonde starting at 7 p.m., a children’s obstacle course, rock climbing wall, Minute to Win It games (with prizes) and more. The entirety of the festival is free aside (from the food vendors, of course).

Since 2010, Westfield has been hosting its single largest community gathering each year, Westfield Rocks the Fourth. This year the event has only continued to grow and is shaping up to be the best yet. Centered in Asa Bales Park, located in the heart of Westfield, it will feature a wide array of entertainment throughout the day. For children, Imagine Church will be providing a Kids’ Area with live entertainment such as comedian Tony Wolf and a Beatles concert by School of Rock.

Zionsville’s annual Lions Park festivities – and fireworks – were on hold at press time due to the Boone County burn ban, but the hope is that a reschedule date can be found for the popular event.

Jai Baker Band, a returning country pop-rock group, and Dave & Rae, a local rock ‘n’ roll favorite, will be providing musical entertainment throughout the evening. Most importantly for many, fireworks will cap off the evening at 9:45 p.m. and while best viewed from Asa Bales Park, will be visible for miles around.

Car shows are at the heart of both Noblesville’s and Westfield’s festivities this year. Both car shows will include full award ceremonies (8:30 p.m. for Noblesville, 7 p.m. for Westfield) for the cars with the best paint, best engine and more. Westfield is anticipating their Headliner Car Show to double in size this year so plenty of great cars will be on display.


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