WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Greater Lafayette, Indiana’s annual “Stars & Stripes” Fourth of July concert and fireworks display at Purdue University’s Slayter Center for the Performing Arts will once again feature the Lafayette Citizen’s Band, the Greater Lafayette Freedom Singers, the Purdue Summer Jazz Band and the Tippecanoe Ancient Fife and Drum Corps. Music begins at 7:00pm and will end around 10:00pm, to be followed by the 25 minute fireworks display.
The evening’s musical festivities begin with the Purdue Summer Jazz Band, under the direction of Mo Trout, beginning at 7:00pm. The Lafayette Citizen’s Band, conducted by William D. Kisinger, follows at 8:00pm with the Greater Lafayette Freedom Singers, directed by Eric VanCleave.
The Lafayette Citizen’s Band and the Freedom Singers honor the armed forces with the “Armed Forces Salute”. Other selections will include “The Stars and Stripes Forever” and “God Bless America” featuring vocal soloist Twanna Harris. Dustin Hopkins, vocal soloist, will perform his rendition of Frank Sinatra’s “The Summer Wind”. And finally, a rousing performance of Hail Purdue.
The Tippecanoe Ancient Fife and Drums Corps will perform during the intermission.
VIP and Reserved Priority Parking
Priority parking spaces await those who purchase VIP Parking passes. The $20.00 passes guarantee convenient parking to Slayter Center. The lots open at 5:00pm and the passes will be honored until 8:00pm. The entrance to the VIP lots is via N. Martin Jischke Drive in West Lafayette. The reserved lots are also granted priority egress after the concert.
VIP parking passes are available beginning Wednesday, June 24th at all locations of Lafayette Bank & Trust and Regions Bank, Lafayette City Hall Clerk’s Office and the West Lafayette City Hall Mayor’s Office.
Tickets are also available at the following Pay Less Super Market locations:
- 65 Beck Lane, Lafayette
- 2200 Greenbush, Lafayette
- 2513 Maple Point Drive, Lafayette
- 1032 Sagamore Parkway West, West Lafayette
Parking is available at the Ross-Ade Stadium parking lots, Northwestern and University parking garages, and Intramural Field. Parking is prohibited along McCormick Road and Cherry Lane — violators will be towed. Handicap-accessible parking locations are available off of N. Martin Jischke Drive. Purdue officials will provide convenient exits for all, but urge motorists to have patience when trying to leave the campus area.
Smoking, pets, personal fireworks and alcoholic beverages are prohibited. An information booth will be located on the south side of Slayter Center for lost children and other event information.
Mullen’s Family Concessions will be located in the immediate vicinity of Slayter Center and concert goers are urged to bring their own seating.
There is no rain date scheduled for the 2009 Greater Lafayette Stars & Stripes celebration.