U.S. Army to hold Oath of Enlistment Ceremony at 9 p.m.

The Noblesville Fourth of July Planning Committee has been working hard for several months to coordinate another fun and patriotic July 4th parade and fireworks festival. This year’s celebration will take place on Tuesday, July 4 and includes a mix of traditional activities with new experiences.

The parade sponsored by Logan Street Signs and Banners will begin at 4:30 p.m. at the corner of 16th Street and Harrison Street. This year’s theme is “Dreams Come True Under the Red, White and Blue” and Grand Marshal State Representative Kathy Kreag Richardson will lead the parade. The route will be 16th Street to Logan Street; Logan to Ninth Street; Ninth to Monument Street; and Monument to 16th Street.

Immediately after the parade, the free Fireworks Festival, presented by IDI Composites, Inc., will take place on the grounds of Noblesville High School, 18111 Cumberland Road, from 6 to 10 p.m. There will be several activities for people of all ages.

The Kids Zone will feature balloon artists, face painters, carnival games and six inflatables – three for younger children and another trio for older children. Festival goers of all ages will enjoy music from DJ Jason Fritz, an instant photo booth and being artistic with Caravan Classes. The K9 Crew is returning with their skilled dogs and will perform at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. near the softball diamonds. At 7:05 p.m., The Belfry Theatre’s Apprentice Players will perform songs from their upcoming production of “Disney’s The Little Mermaid” on the stage.

The Noblesville U.S. Army Recruiting Center has partnered with the city to provide a military presence at the festival. The Army will have soldiers, sports inflatables, a rock climbing wall (ages 16 and older), an asset trailer, military Humvee and other fun activities. At 9 p.m., the Army will take over the main stage to host its Oath of Enlistment Ceremony.

“The committee could not think of a more fitting scenario than watching a group of individuals take the oath to serve in the military before the July 4th fireworks begin. We believe this will be a unique experience, especially to those that have not witnessed the ceremony before,” planning committee co-chairman Robert Herrington said. “We are encouraging all veterans in our community to come to the stage to be recognized and greet the new soldiers once the ceremony is complete. We will provide ample time for spectators to return to their seats before the fireworks begin.”

The Noblesville Fourth of July Planning Committee also has created a 5-foot by 15-foot American Flag mural. This banner includes more than 400 military/patriotic icons to be colored. The committee is asking for a $1 donation per icon. Once completed, the banner will be presented to the Army and shipped to a base in Indiana or overseas to display to active duty soldiers. All donations collected will be given to the Noblesville Army Recruiting Center to host an event for local soldiers and their families.

“We know how patriotic Noblesville is and we think this will be a great example to show our pride and respect. From writing messages in the stars to coloring Uncle Sam or a tank, there are icons to engage the whole family,” co-chairman Mike Hoffmeister said.

The grand finale of the day will be the fireworks display presented by Terry Lee Hyundai. The fireworks will begin at approximately 10 p.m. and will be the exciting end to a fun celebration!

Guests are encouraged to share their memories of the parade, festival and fireworks on social media using #Noblesville4th. Also, a special Snapchat geofilter has been created for the Fireworks Festival on the school grounds.

Volunteers are still needed to ensure that no kidszone activities will have to be shut down early. Residents are asked to please consider donating a couple of hours of their time to help make this event a success – and receive a free meal voucher and VIP parking. Volunteer shifts are 5:30 to 8 p.m. and 7:30 to 10 p.m. and volunteers still have plenty of time to enjoy the festival and fireworks with their family and friends before or after their shift. Each shift needs 12-24 volunteers. The jobs mainly involve interacting with the community by running the kid’s carnival games and monitoring the inflatables. Those interested in volunteering may email nhaberlin@noblesville.in.us or visit www.volgistics.com/ex/portal.dll/ap?AP=2046161974.

Please note that all activities and entertainment are free to attendees, thanks to the generous support of the event’s sponsors. More than a dozen food vendors will be at the festival or people may bring picnic dinners. Sparklers, fireworks, alcohol and smoking are not allowed on school grounds.

If weather should cause any changes to the plans, updates will be provided on social media, the city website and to news outlets. For questions or additional details, please visit www.NoblesvilleFireworksFestival.com.

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