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The annual 4th of July Stars & Stripes concert and fireworks display will be held in downtown Lafayette for the 2017 celebration. The Stars & Stripes planning committee has once again selected the downtown location at Riehle Plaza.
This year’s concert will feature the Lafayette Citizens Band, the Greater Lafayette Freedom Singers, the Purdue Jazz Band, the Long Center Singing Vendors and the Tippecanoe Ancient Fife & 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.” Other selections include “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 Citizens Band concert, under the direction of Mo Trout, the Purdue Jazz Band will provide music starting at 7 p.m. The Tippecanoe Ancient Fife and Drum Corps will perform after the Jazz Band. Beginning at 8 p.m. William D. Kisinger will conduct the Lafayette Citizens Band. John Satterfield will provide musical direction for the Greater Lafayette Freedom Singers. New this year will be the Long Center Singing Vendors, an ensemble of 4 young enthusiastic performers, under the direction of Eric Van Cleave. The concert will end at approximately 10 p.m. followed by the 25 minute fireworks display, which will be launched from several points along the banks of the Wabash River.
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 area.
Mullen’s Family Concessions and Kona Ice will be located just north of the Depot. Attendees are urged to bring their own seating.
There is no rain date scheduled for this celebration.