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Come early for the patriotic celebration, stay for the fireworks. It’s Independence Day 2013 in North Manchester, an annual treat to the community from Manchester University – and it’s free!
North Manchester firefighters will light up the sky at 10 p.m. on Thursday, July 4 on the east end of the MU campus. The soccer field bleachers are perfect for viewing the fireworks, but arrive early, as they fill up quickly. The celebration attracts almost 2,000 people.
The celebration kicks off at 8:30 p.m. with a patriotic performance by the Manchester Civic Band, conducted by Reggie Smith. In addition to old favorites and music for the whole family, the program includes Invincible Eagle by John Phillip Sousa and Imperial March by Karl King.
At 9:15 p.m., Iwo Jima veteran Bart Corricelli, former commander of the Eel River American Legion Post, will offer a passionate speech about what it means to be a veteran. At 9:45, MU baritone Jeremiah Sanders rocks the mic with the national anthem.
Bring the whole family for red-white-and-blue activities for kids. Free items include face paint, flag kites and glowsticks. The North Manchester Rotary will sell $1 hot dogs, popcorn and pop to raise funds for community programs.
Guests will want to bring lawn chairs or blankets for the band concert, next to the Physical Education and Recreation Center (PERC).
For the safety of the guests and campus, sparklers and other personal fireworks are not permitted. The rain date is Friday, July 5, same time and place.
For more about the July 4 Celebration at Manchester University, contact event coordinator Kyle Lahman at email@example.com or 260-982-5210. For directions to the Manchester campus, visit www.manchester.edu.