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Manchester University hosts Independence Day celebration, fireworks for community


NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. – Manchester University will host its 16th annual Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks Display on Saturday, July 1, as its gift to North Manchester and our friends in Wabash County.

This free Fourth of July celebration will kick off at 7 p.m. at the Manchester University campus on the athletic fields off of East Street. The family-friendly event is open to the public.

Behind Physical Education and Recreation Center (PERC)
7 p.m. – Fun and games for children 
7:10 p.m. – Introduction by MU event coordinator Karen Kanyike
7:30 p.m. – Welcome by MU Director of Intercultural Services Michael Dixon 
7:35 p.m. – Independence Day message by Grant Ebert
8 p.m. – Manchester Civic Band 
9:55 p.m. – Grant Ebert and band perform national anthem

East end of MU campus near the soccer field
10 p.m. – North Manchester Fire Department lights up the sky with fireworks

The soccer field bleachers are perfect for viewing, but seats fill up quickly. Consider bringing lawn chairs or blankets. 

Free activities include corn hole, chalk drawings, face painting, ladder golf and bubbles. Glow sticks are provided by Timbercrest Senior Living Community. Peabody Home Foundation will donate balloons and 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.

Those taking pictures or posting to social media can use #MUJuly4 to share their pictures.

For the safety of guests: alcohol, sparklers and personal fireworks are not permitted. MU is a tobacco-free campus. The rain date is Sunday, July 2, same time and location.  


Contact: Event Coordinator Karen Kanyike at KNKanyike2018@manchester.edu


About Manchester University
Manchester University, with campuses in North Manchester and Fort Wayne, Ind., offers more than 60 areas of academic study to 1,600 students in undergraduate programs, a Master of Athletic Training, a Master of Pharmacogenomics and a four-year professional Doctor of Pharmacy.  Learn more about the private, northern Indiana school at www.manchester.edu

June 2017