Carmel residents find ways to celebrate July 4 amid pandemic


Most of Carmelfest may have been canceled this year, but Carmel residents found ways to celebrate the Fourth of July during a global pandemic.

The residents of the Hunters Glen Condominiums usually have a prime spot to view the Carmelfest parade. There was no parade this year, but approximately 20 residents still spent the morning in lawn chairs along Carmel Drive to celebrate Independence Day.

“We decided since they canceled the parade we were going to come out here and wave our flags anyway, because today is our nation’s birthday,” Hunters Glen resident Larry Schultz said.

A group of runners that typically travel the parade route before the main event begins decided to continue their tradition for the 10th year. Only this time no parade followed. The group sported patriotic running gear and carried American flags, as usual.

“We’re hoping there will still be some people out enjoying the Fourth of July,” said Andy Cowen, a former Carmel High School cross country runner who coordinates the event.

The Carmel Farmers Market was open for its regular Saturday hours July 4. Visitors enjoyed a flyover and watched children participate in a kazoo parade.

The City of Carmel will shoot off fireworks at 9:45 p.m. at three different sites to promote physical distancing: West Park, Chase Court and Badger Field. The 18-minute show will be synchronized to music on WHJE 91.3 FM, which must be played through a radio rather than online to avoid delays.

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