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Fairbanks Park July Fourth celebration to draw large crowd

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For an entertainment-packed evening this Independence Day, Fairbanks Park in Terre Haute is hosting its annual Fourth of July Celebration this Friday.

A spokeswoman for the Parks Department suggested on Tuesday afternoon that patrons to the event plan to arrive early on Friday, as officials expect to draw a large crowd.Reservations are not being accepted and seating is based on first come, first serve basis.

Prior to the big fireworks display over the Wabash River at dusk, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Color Guard will present a patriotic ceremony at 8 p.m. The Terre Haute Community Band will provide music and several food vendors will be on hand.

Please remember the following restrictions when using fireworks in the city of Terre Haute:

  • Fireworks may be used only on the user’s property; or on the property of someone who has consented to the use of fireworks; or at a special discharge location.
  • Fireworks can be purchased only by persons 18 and older. Children may possess or use any kind of firework only when an adult is present.
  • Penalties for violating the fireworks law can range from a Class A misdemeanor up to a Class C felony in the case of the reckless or intentional use of fireworks that results in a person’s death.
  • There are 14 holidays, including July Fourth, when fireworks may be discharged from 9 a.m. to midnight. Any other day of the year fireworks may be discharged from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Local littering ordinance violation is subject to a fine of $300 per violation.

In accordance to state law, the Terre Haute Police Department will not respond to fireworks calls until after 11 p.m. on non-holidays and 12 a.m. on specified holidays, according to a news release.