As Manchester University celebrates its 125th year, the Wabash County community is invited to campus for the annual 4th of July Celebration and Fireworks Display. Come early for a patriotic celebration and stay for the fireworks!
The celebration kicks off at 7:30 p.m. with music by JP Freeman’s 4th and Walnut cover band, playing classic hits for the whole family. North Manchester firefighters will light up the sky at 10 p.m. 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.
At 8 p.m., Manchester University CFO Jack Gochenaur provides the welcome and introduces Bart Corricelli, an Iwo Jima veteran and former commander of the Eel River American Legion Post who will offer a passionate speech about what it means to be a veteran. After a patriotic performance by the Manchester Civic Band conducted by Reggie Smith, MU senior Hannah Schutter performs the national anthem before the fireworks show.
Bring the whole family for red-white-and-blue activities for kids. Free items include corn hole, face painting and glow sticks. In honor of Manchester’s 125th anniversary, 500 cupcakes are available for the first attendees! 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 Saturday, July 5, same time and place.
For more about the July 4 Celebration at Manchester University, contact event coordinator Morgan Peas at email@example.com.