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Contact: Jeri Kornegay
Director of Media and Public Relations


Free fireworks, civic band concert celebrates Independence Day

NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. (July 2004) - For the third year, Wabash County residents will celebrate Independence Day with music, hot dogs and fireworks on the Manchester College campus.

The band strikes up at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 3.  The sparks start flying at 9 p.m.

North Manchester's volunteer firefighters manage the 20-minute fireworks display on the practice fields on the east side of the college campus. Band Director Reggie Smith will lead the 35- to 40-member Manchester Civic Band in a 1-hour concert of patriotic favorites preceding the fireworks.

Manchester College donates $5,000 to the event, which draws about 1,000 people. Other contributors to the $7,000 event include the North Manchester Volunteer Fire Department and Chamber of Commerce members. The North Manchester Rotary International will offer $1 hotdogs, popcorn, pop and water.

If it rains on Saturday, July 3, the concert and fireworks will occur at the same time, same place on Sunday, July 4.

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