Greater Lafayette Stars & Stripes celebration and fireworks final plans

LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The annual 4th of July Stars & Stripes concert and fireworks display will be held in downtown Lafayette for the 2011 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 & Stripes planning committee selected the downtown location at Riehle Plaza.

This year’s concert will feature the Lafayette Citizen’s Band, the Greater Lafayette Freedom Singers, the Purdue University Summer Jazz Band, the Indiana All-Star High School Show Choir and the Tippecanoe Ancient Fife and Drum Corps. Once again the Lafayette Citizen’s 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 “You’ll Never Walk Alone.” Other selections include the theme from “Rocky” featuring a trumpet solo by Patrick Hession, “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 & Stripes Chairman Lisa Decker.

Prior to the Lafayette Citizen’s Band concert, the Purdue University Summer Jazz Band will provide music starting at 7 p.m. Dr. Mo Trout will direct this fine ensemble again this year. The all new Indiana All Star High School Show Choir under the direction of Eric Van Cleave will perform after the Jazz Band. Beginning at 8 p.m. William D. Kisinger will conduct the Lafayette Citizen’s Band. John Satterfield will be returning to once again 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 p.m. followed by the 25 minute fireworks display, which will be launched from the south end of Tapawingo Drive 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 concertgoers are urged to bring their own seating.

There is no rain date scheduled for this celebration.

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