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Manchester University hosts annual Independence Day Celebration

NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. – Manchester University will host its 17th annual Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks Display on Wednesday, July 4, as a gift to North Manchester and its friends in Wabash County.

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

The location and schedule of the celebration are below (times are approximate):
Behind the Physical Education and Recreation Center (PERC)
7 p.m.
– Fun and games begin for children 
7:15 p.m. – MU event coordinator Tiffany Byers introduces President Dave McFadden.
7:25 p.m. – Welcome by Jillian “Jay” Watts, director of MU CARE Initiative.
7:30 p.m. – Independence Day message by David Burnette, commander of American Legion Post 286 
7:40 p.m. – Selections by God’s All Community Choir 
8-8:50 p.m. – Manchester Civic Band 
8:55 p.m. – Selections by God’s All Community Choir
9:20 p.m. – Manchester Civic Band 
9:55 p.m. – God’s All Community Choir and the band perform 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 display.

The soccer field bleachers are perfect for viewing, but arrive early; seats fill up quickly. Those who do not arrive early will want to bring lawn chairs or blankets. 

Bring the whole family for red-white-and-blue activities. Free activities include corn hole, sidewalk chalk, face painting and ladder golf.  Glow sticks are provided by Timbercrest Senior Living Community. The North Manchester Lions Club will provide free flags. 

The Rotary Club of North Manchester will sell $1 hot dogs, $2 chili dogs or two 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 Saturday, July 7, same time and location.  

Media contact:
Tiffany Byers
Event Coordinator

About Manchester
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 Science in Pharmacogenomics, a 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 2018