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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.

Fourth of July Display Still On For Starke County

Good news for Fourth of July fans: there will be fireworks this year at the Starke County Airport. Fireworks Committee Chairperson Linda Berndt said yesterday that the fireworks are still on. To date, almost $5000 has been collected of the nearly $10,000 cost for the display and other expenses. The fireworks display will take place July 4.

Starke County may be luckier than other locations around the nation, as many cities and towns have cut fireworks for a variety of reasons. The celebrations have been primarily snuffed out due to budget cuts for towns and corporate sponsors.

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Fundraisers Scheduled to Fund Annual Fireworks Celebrations

Local groups are planning fundraisers to help pay for annual Fourth of July fireworks celebrations.

The Winamac VFW and the Winamac Kiwanis Club are teaming up to raise money for the Fourth of July display at the Winamac Town Park. A fish fry fundraiser will be held on Friday, April 6th from 4:00-7:30 p.m. ET at the Winamac VFW. Marita Grisel, President of the Winamac Kiwanis Club, says that the VFW has returned to their prior supplier for the larger fish filets. The dinner is $8.00 which includes fish, baked beans and coleslaw. All the money raised will help defray the rising cost of the fireworks.

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