Declare Your Independence From Uncertainty and Accidents While Traveling this Holiday Weekend

 

The Indiana Department of Transportation has added travel times to seven dynamic roadside signs around the state just in time for the holiday weekend. The time estimates are based on information gathered from road sensors that measure a variety of factors, including average vehicle speed and traffic volumes. INDOT has developed algorithms to ensure the travel time information displayed is as accurate as possible. Continue reading

Record Number of Hoosiers Taking Independence Day Getaways

trafficThe Independence Day holiday travel period is defined as Wednesday, July 1 to Sunday, July 5.This year the American Automotive Association estimates that more than one million Indiana residents will travel 50 miles or more away from their homes for Fourth of July celebrations. Continue reading

Make Independence Day Celebrations Safe and Fun for Everyone

petpicAccording to the American Humane Society July 5th is the busiest day of the year at animal shelters because animals frightened from Fourth of July celebrations flee from their homes in fright and are found miles away, exhausted and disoriented. If your pet is typically upset by loud noises such as vacuums, doors slamming or thunder be sure to take the proper precautions during your Independence Day displays to ensure that your pets stay put and remain as calm as possible. Continue reading

Breaking out the Stars and Stripes? Be Sure You’re Doing it Right.

f1agBelieve it or not, there is a proper and an improper way to fly the flag. The U.S Flag Code became public law in 1942 and specifies the exact rules for use and display of the American Flag. As Independence Day approaches we’ll find ourselves in a sea of red, white and blue, if you’ll be among the patriots flying the flag this holiday be sure you know what to do. Continue reading

Independence Day Weekend Closures

4thThe Fourth of July falls on a Saturday this weekend but several local government offices and establishments will observe Friday as a part of the national holiday. This means many places around the area will be closed to the public over the weekend. Continue reading

Knox Residents to Help Decide Fireworks Date

 Knox Mayor Rick Chambers and the Knox City Council members want the citizens of Knox decide when to hold the fireworks celebration in July.

The council members held discussion last week on a date to hold the fireworks. The Fourth of July is on a Saturday this year which would be the ideal date to hold the celebration, but the council doesn’t want to interfere with family plans residents may have for the day. However, it is the official holiday and the council members thought it would be appropriate to hold the display on the Fourth of July.

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Fourth of July Holiday Traffic to Pick up This Year

This Fourth of July holiday will find more travelers than last year.

AAA Hoosier Motor Club estimates that 41 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home during the holiday weekend from Wednesday to Sunday which is an increase from 2013.

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Fourth of July Fireworks Safety

!!2014Fourth of July weekend is always full of fun with friends, family and fireworks. There are certain precautions to take to assure a safe time for everyone. The Indiana Department of Homeland Security offers a few tips to take into consideration whenever using fireworks.
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INDOT Projects on Hold this Holiday Weekend

All construction work throughout the state will cease during the Fourth of July holiday.

The moratorium will begin at noon today until the morning hours of Monday, July 7. The cessation of construction work will allow drivers a more efficient holiday travel weekend.

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Protect Your Pets

 With Fourth of July weekend coming up, it’s important to keep safety in mind. If you’re a pet owner who will be shooting fireworks yourself for the holiday, there are a few tips to keep in mind in order to assure your pet is safe. Continue reading

Follow Ordinances Pertaining to Fireworks

 There are laws governing when fireworks can be ignited in cities and towns in Indiana.

For instance, in the city of Knox, the use, discharge or ignition of consumer fireworks by any person or other entity is prohibited in the corporate limits except between the hours of 5 p.m. and two hours after sunset from June 29 to July 3 and from July 5 to July 9. On July 4, fireworks may be discharged from 10 a.m. to midnight.

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Play it Safe When Using Fireworks

 The Fourth of July is an exciting holiday filled with picnics and other celebrations that may include fireworks. Indiana State Police officers urge you to play it safe when using fireworks.

Only adults can purchase fireworks. A person 18 and older has to be present when anyone younger than 18 is using or possessing consumer fireworks. Children must be supervised at all times when fireworks are in use.

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Fireworks Shows to Light up the Sky on the Fourth of July

The Starke County fireworks celebration is set for this Saturday, July 6 at the Starke County Airport.

Gates will open at 4 p.m. CT and the fireworks show will begin at dusk. Come early and enjoy music, various entertainment and music. Load up the car and get in the gate for $5 per car load.

Other fireworks celebrations are planned on Thursday, July 4 including a show in the the town of Winamac at dusk at the Winamac Town Park. In Walkerton, a fireworks show will take place around 10 p.m. ET at John Glenn High School, and a celebration will be held in Culver by the Culver Academy. The town of Bremen also has a fireworks celebration planned during this week’s Bremen Firemen Festival tomorrow at 10:30 p.m. ET at Bremen Sunnyside Park.

Thousands of Spectators Expected at LaPorte Parade

The LaPorte Jaycees Fourth of July parade is on Thursday beginning at 10 a.m. CT. The parade begins at Tipton Street and runs east to west on State Road 2 to Andrew Avenue.

The parade draws thousands of spectators every year and it’s recommended to get a spot early in order to get a good view of all of this year’s entries, but not too early. A city ordinance prohibits the placement of blankets, chairs and other items along the parade route more than 24 hours before the official start of the parade.

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BMV Branches to Close for 4th of July Holiday

All BMV license branches will be closed on Thursday, July 4 in observance of the Independence holiday.

The branches will resume normal business hours on Friday, July 5 except for 16 branches state-wide including Rensselaer, Walkerton and Winamac which will reopen on Tuesday, July 9.

Online transactions can be conducted at www.mybmv.com.

Fireworks Tonight At the Starke County Airport

The Starke County Fireworks celebration is tonight at the Starke County Airport! The gates open at 6 p.m. and there is a five dollar charge per carload. The Starke County Fireworks Committee encourages you to get all of your family members and friends together to attend the fireworks celebration.

There will be several vendors on hand to sell food and other goods, the Starke County Amateur Radio Club will have information available on their organization while members provide demonstrations and a remote controlled plane club will be flying model airplanes. Enthusiasts of both organizations will be available to answer any questions.

The fireworks show will begin at dusk.

Starke County Fireworks Are Still A Go

Knox Mayor Rick Chambers has confirmed that the Starke County fireworks celebration on Wednesday, July 4 will take place at the Starke County Airport. Get to the airport early so you can enjoy demonstrations from the Starke County Amateur Radio Club as well as a remote control plane club. Food and souvenirs will be available from several vendors. The gate opens at 6 p.m. and the firework show begins at dusk.

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Price of Gasoline To Affect Travel Fourth of July Travel Plans

Over forty million Americans will be traveling this Fourth of July holiday.

The price of gasoline will play a factor in travel plans, but thankfully, a year-to-date peak has already been set at an average price of $3.94 per gallon for regular gasoline. The current national average price of regular gasoline is $3.50 per gallon, which is 15 cents less than this time last year.

The average distance traveled by Americans during the Fourth of July holiday weekend is expected to be 723 miles, which is an increase this year.

Police will be out in force to patrol for intoxicated an unrestrained motorists.