Independence Day 2020 Activities, Observances and Closings

Independence Day is a federal holiday in the United States, marking the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.

July 4, 2020 (the legal public holiday for Independence Day), falls on a Saturday. For most Federal employees, Friday, July 3, will be treated as a holiday for pay and leave purposes.

WHEN IS IT OK TO LIGHT FIREWORKS?

Find info about state and local regulations for fireworks here.

INDEPENDENCE DAY EVENTS

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there are some changes to this year’s activities.

JULY 3:

FIREWORKS IN TWELVE MILE: Friday, July 3 at dusk at Plank Hill Park

SATURDAY, JULY 4:

EVENTS IN WALTON

FISH FRY: The annual Independence Day Parade and activities in Walton have been cancelled for 2020. The Lewis Cass Marching Kings are hosting a Dan’s Fish Fry on July 4th from 4-7 p.m. at Walton Christian Church, 101 W. Bishop St. This is a drive through only event. Menu includes: fish, chicken, applesauce, chips and cookies. Cost is $10, with bottled water for $1 more.

EVENTS IN TWELVE MILE

PARADE: The Twelve Mile 4th of July Parade will begin at 11:30 a.m. in downtown Twelve Mile. To participate, contact Beth at (574) 664-2384.

LITTLE 500 LAWNMOWER RACE: Begins at 12:30 p.m. in Twelve Mile on July 4, 2020.

EVENTS IN LOGANSPORT

FREEDOM BIKE RIDE: The first-ever Freedom Bike Ride will be held at Huston Park from 8 a.m. –11 a.m on July 4, 2020. This event will give families & individuals a chance to ride their bicycles as they tour the parks of Logansport via Huston Park, River Bluff Trail,Eel River Run, and High Street. Not only will families be together for this bike-ride, but there will also be prizes. More info here.

SWIMMING: The Muehlhausen Aquatic Center will be open to the community from Noon-6 p.m. on July 4, 2020. Regular admission prices will apply.

RIVERSIDE PARK: The regular July 4th festivities at Riverside Park will NOT be held due to COVID-19 and social distancing requirements.

FIREWORKS IN LOGANSPORT: The annual fireworks show will take place at 10 p.m. on Saturday, July 4, 2020 in Logansport. In keeping with social distancing requirements, the Parks Department is encouraging families to find their favorite open space in Logansport to view this year’s fireworks. The Parks Department has purchased larger shells that launch higher, and are easier to view throughout the city. This will enable our citizens to view the fireworks safely from their own home or neighborhood. At 10 p.m. the fireworks may be seen over the Eel River.

OTHER HOLIDAY EVENTS:

JULY 3

HAMILTON: The filmed version of the original Broadway production of Hamilton, the 11-time-Tony Award®-, GRAMMY Award®-, Olivier Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning stage musical will arrive on the Disney+ streaming service on July 3, 2020. Hamilton features Tony Award winners Lin-Manuel Miranda as Alexander Hamilton; Daveed Diggs as Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson; Renée Elise Goldsberry as Angelica Schuyler; Leslie Odom Jr. as Aaron Burr; Tony Award nominees Christopher Jackson as George Washington; Jonathan Groff as King George; Phillipa Soo as Eliza Hamilton; and Jasmine Cephas Jones as Peggy Schuyler/Maria Reynolds; Okieriete Onaodowan as Hercules Mulligan/James Madison; and Anthony Ramos as John Laurens/Philip Hamilton. The cast also includes Carleigh Bettiol, Ariana DeBose, Hope Easterbrook, Sydney James Harcourt, Sasha Hutchings, Thayne Jasperson, Elizabeth Judd, Jon Rua, Austin Smith, Seth Stewart and Ephraim Sykes.

MOUNT RUSHMORE: A livestream of South Dakota’s Mount Rushmore Fireworks Celebration, will be available here. The programming and event are currently scheduled to begin on July 3 at 4:00 p.m. MST and complete around 10:00 p.m. MST.

JULY 4

VIRTUAL CELEBRATION: The National Archives will host a virtual Independence Day celebration on July 4, 2020, in partnership with the nonprofit National Archives Foundation. The event will take place at 4 p.m. on @USNatArchives Facebook page and YouTube channel.  Several hours of additional educational programming will be offered throughout the day.

A CAPITOL FOURTH: On July Fourth, America’s national Independence Day celebration honors our country’s birthday with an all-star salute. This year’s show is co-hosted by two-time Emmy Award-nominated actor and producer John Stamos and multi-platinum recording artist and star of television, film and the Broadway stage Vanessa Williams. The nation’s 244th birthday celebration will feature new performances from iconic locations across the country, including Washington, D.C, New York, Nashville, Los Angeles and Philadelphia, as well as highlights from the concert’s forty-year history and the stirring patriotic favorites viewers enjoy on the Fourth of July. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the traditional live A Capitol Fourth will not be held on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol; instead, to ensure the health and safety of all involved, this year’s concert performances were pre-taped without a live audience. It will air on WFYI on July 4 at 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. and again at 1 a.m. Sunday, July 5 and 3 a.m. Monday, July 6.

2020 SALUTE TO AMERICA: President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump, along with the Department of Interior, will host the 2020 Salute to America on the South Lawn of the White House and Ellipse on Saturday, July 4. In addition to music, military demonstrations, and flyovers to honor our Nation’s service members and veterans, the President will deliver remarks and the evening will culminate with a spectacular fireworks display over the National Mall.

MACY’S FIREWORKS: NBC’s annual “Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks® Spectacular” returns for a dazzling night of fireworks and star-studded musical performances with a two-hour live telecast starting at 8 p.m. The broadcast event will follow a series of weeklong surprise displays of the iconic fireworks across all five of New York City’s boroughs. An encore presentation will follow from 10-11 p.m. ET/PT on NBC. NBC News’ “TODAY” anchor Craig Melvin will host the evening, which begins with a special performance by National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman. Black Eyed Peas, The Killers, Lady A, John Legend, Tim McGraw and Brad Paisley will take the stage before the fireworks begin.

THE FOURTH IN AMERICA: CNN’s “The Fourth in America” will air from 8 p.m.-12 a.m. ET and will be hosted by CNN’s Don Lemon in New York and CNN’s Dana Bash in Washington, DC.The event will feature musical performances from Jewel, Barry Manilow, Martina McBride, Kenny Loggins, Andy Grammer, Carlos Santana and Cindy Blackman Santana, CeCe Winans, Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo, The O’Jays, Don McLean, Jesse Colin Young and Little Kids Rock, Burt Bacharach & Musicians from the Berklee College of Music, Harlem Gospel Choir, the original Broadway cast of Girl From the North Country, inspired by the legendary songs of Bob Dylan and the cast of Ain’t Too Proud — The Life and Times of the Temptations.The special will also showcase orchestral performances from “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band, the US Navy Band and the US Army Field Band.

INDYCAR/NASCAR: The Fourth of July race weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway will run without spectators due to the COVID-19 pandemic, IMS officials announced June 4 following extensive consultation with local and state officials. The event weekend consists of the GMR Grand Prix for the NTT INDYCAR SERIES and the Pennzoil 150 for the NASCAR Xfinity Series on Saturday, July 4 on the 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course, and the Big Machine Hand Sanitizer 400 Powered by Big Machine Records for the NASCAR Cup Series on Sunday, July 5 on the 2.5-mile oval.

CLOSINGS

LOGANSPORT MUNICIPAL UTILITIES offices will be closed on Friday, July 3 in observance of Independence Day.

TRASH PICKUP: City of Logansport reports that trash pickup should not be affected by the holiday.

CASS COUNTY GOVERNMENT BUILDING on 4th Street will be closed on Friday, July 3.

LOGANSPORT MEMORIAL HOSPITAL has announced some scheduling changes for July 3 and 4. On Friday, July 3, please plan to use the ER Entrance to come in if you need to be at Logansport Memorial Hospital for any reason. Express Medical Center will be open for normal business hours on Friday, July 3 from 8:30 a.m. –7 p.m., but will have limited holiday hours on Saturday, July 4 from 10 a.m. –4 p.m. As a reminder, you do not need an appointment for walk-in care or a minor emergency at Express Medical Center. The top-level parking deck will be closed on Saturday, July 4 at 6 am. It will re-open on Monday, July 6 for employees to use once again. Read more here.

INDIANA BMV: The majority of BMV branches will be closed Saturday, July 4 in observance of the Independence Day holiday. Branches with a Monday through Friday schedule or a Monday, Wednesday, Friday schedule will be closed on Friday, July 3 in observance of the holiday. All satellite branches and branches with a standard Tuesday through Saturday schedule are closed July 4. Branches will resume regularly scheduled business hours on Monday, July 6.

U.S. POSTAL SERVICE will be closed on Saturday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day.