By Anna Skinner
The third annual Whitestown Independence Day Celebration will be July 3 at Eagle Church, 5801 S. Main St., again this year, with a record crowd expected to attend.
“We usually get hundreds of families. It’s one of our biggest family-friendly events that we do,” said Tanya Sumner, assistant town manager. “We expect more people as the event grows and as more and more families move in (to Whitestown).”
Wagner Concessions, a local vendor, will sell food at the event. Shaved ice will also be available.
A kid’s zone will include inflatables and open at 3 p.m., with live music beginning at 4:30 p.m. and continuing until the 20-minute fireworks show launches at approximately 10 p.m.
“One nice thing is people park at Eagle Church, and we put on a great show,” said Nathan Messer, parks director. “It’s a low-cost family environment, and it is not as crowded as some of the other local shows. It’s still growing in population, but the comments we have received say we are one of the best fireworks shows around, so we are pretty proud of the show we put on.”
Messer said since a large percentage of businesses are closed July 4, having the event on July 3 allows for many families to stay out a little later and not worry about work the next morning.
Sumner said another plus to the event is the parking provided by Eagle Church.
“One thing I like about our show is the easy access to it,” she said. “We are very grateful to Eagle Church for letting us stay on (its) property for this event. It’s very easy to get in and out … We have the Whitestown Police Dept. helping with traffic, and it’s really easy to access and easy to get home afterwards.”
No alcohol is permitted on church grounds. Leashed pets are allowed. For more, visit the Whitestown Parks and Recreation Facebook page.