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Manchester University hosts annual Independence Day celebration

NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. – Manchester University will host its 15th annual Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks Display on Sunday, July 3, as a gift to the people of Wabash County. 

This free celebration will kick off at 7 p.m. at the Manchester University campus, off East Street. This family-friendly event is open to the public.

Physical Education and Recreation Center (PERC)
7 p.m. - MU students Clayton Marcum and Haley Neilson perform.
8 p.m. - Director of Intercultural Services Michael Dixon gives the welcome speech.
8:05 p.m. - Medical Corps veteran Randy Cooper offers his Independence Day message.
8:15 p.m. - Manchester Civic Band celebrates the Indiana bicentennial year with “Music of Indiana.”
9:55 p.m. - Marcum and Neilson perform the national anthem. 

East end of MU campus near the soccer field
10 p.m. - North Manchester Fire Department will light up the sky with fireworks. The soccer field bleachers are perfect for viewing, but arrive early because seats fill up quickly. Those who do not arrive early will want to bring lawn chairs or blankets for the musical performances and fireworks show. 

Bring the whole family for red-white-and-blue activities. Free activities include corn hole, chalk drawings, face painting, ladder golf and bubbles, along with glow sticks provided by Timbercrest Senior Living Community. The North Manchester Lions Club will provide guests with free flags to show their patriotism.

Take your bicycle for a ride around the beautiful MU campus and enjoy a family picnic. The Rotary Club of North Manchester will sell $1 hot dogs, $2 chili dogs or 2 chili dogs for $3, as well as $1 popcorn, water and soft drinks.

Share your pictures at #MUJuly4. 

The Manchester event has been accepted for the official Indiana Bicentennial Celebration 2016 listing. 

For the safety of guests, alcohol, sparklers and personal fireworks are not permitted. The rain date is Monday, July 4, same time and location.  MU is a tobacco-free campus.


Contact: Lauren Hughes 
Event Coordinator


Manchester University, with campuses in North Manchester and Fort Wayne, is one of six colleges across the nation grounded in the values and traditions of the Church of the Brethren. The University offers more than 60 areas of academic study to 1,500 students in undergraduate programs, a Master of Science in Pharmacogenomics, Master of Athletic Training and a four-year professional Doctor of Pharmacy.  Learn more about the private, northern Indiana school at www.manchester.edu.

June 2016