Greater Lafayette “Stars and Stripes” Celebration plans announced

LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The annual 4th of July Stars & Stripes concert and fireworks display is moving to downtown Lafayette for the 2010 celebration. Due to many road construction projects at Purdue University, Slayter Center for the Performing Arts was not available for this year’s event, so the Stars and Stripes planning committee selected the downtown location at Riehle Plaza. The festivities being at 7:00p on Sunday, July 4th and fireworks will begin around 10:00p.

View of Courthouse from the steps of the Big Four Depot, Riehle Plaza

The 2010 Stars and Stripes Concert and Fireworks will be held on Sunday, July 4th at Riehle Plaza in Downtown Lafayette.

This year’s concert will feature the Lafayette Citizen’s Band, the Greater Lafayette Freedom Singers, the Purdue University Summer Jazz Band and the Tippecanoe Ancient Fife and Drum Corps. Once again the Lafayette Citizens Band and the Freedom Singers will honor our armed forces both present and past with the “Armed Forces Salute.” In addition, vocal soloist Twanna Harris will perform several features including “Stardust.” Other selections include “The Impossible Dream”, “Battle Hymn of the Republic” and Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” to usher in the fireworks display.

“This promises to be another great concert and fireworks display to equal or surpass our previous activities,” said Stars and Stripes Chairman Lisa Decker.

The Purdue University Summer Jazz Band will provide music beginning at 7:00p. Dr. Mo Trout directs this ensemble again this year. William D. Kisinger will conduct the Lafayette Citizen’s Band beginning at 8:00p, and Eric Van Cleave will provide musical direction for the Greater Lafayette Freedom Singers. During the intermission the Tippecanoe Ancient Fife and Drum Corps will perform. The concert will end at approximately 10:00p followed by the 25 minute fireworks display, which will be launched from the east end of Brown Street in West Lafayette.

There will be many locations around the Lafayette and West Lafayette areas to view the fireworks. Parking should be ample in both cities and in the parking garages surrounding the downtown. Handicapped parking will be available.

Mullen’s Family Concessions will be located just north of the Depot and concert-goers are urged to bring their own seating.

There is no rain date scheduled for this celebration.

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