Get ready, because there will be a lot going on at this year’s Family 4th
Fest on Thursday, July 4, at Hawthorne Park in the Town of Porter.
Start the day at 7 a.m. with a delicious Lions Club pancake and sausage
breakfast for only $5.
Next, line up for the Fourth of July parade through Downtown Porter and into
Hawthorne Park. The parade kicks off at 9 a.m. from Yost Elementary School.
Families are encouraged to dress in red, white and blue, decorate bikes,
wagons, and strollers, and march in the parade as a family unit. Leroy
Flores, owner of Leroy’s Hot Stuff, is this year’s Parade Grand Marshal.
At 10 a.m. the Lions Club will begin registration for the 74th annual Lions
Club Turtle Derby. The first heat is at 11 a.m. The three winners will
receive a trophy and prize, and heat winners a gift card for the Port
Drive-In. Entry is free. Please, no snapping turtles.
Kids of all ages will have fun playing free games from 12 to 3 p.m. Register
at 2 p.m. for the 3 to 5 p.m. brick toss.
Meanwhile, the patriotic poster contest runs from 11:30 a.m. 3 p.m.
And there’ll be bounce houses, a rock climbing wall, and kiddie rides for
Food vendors include Leroy’s Hot Stuff, Hot Diggety Dogs, Moon’s Kettle Corn
& SnoCones, Ben’s Soft Pretzels, BSA Troop 928 Grilled Brats, Dorie’s
Elephant Ears, Lemonade Shake-ups, Pork Tenderloin Sandwiches, Burgers, Deep
Fried Ravioli, and more.
Karaoke starts at 3 p.m. with live music by the Ricky Ricardo Rhythm & Blues
band from 6 to 11 p.m. Kick back and relax in the Leroy’s Hot Stuff beer
garden and enjoy a fireworks show set to patriotic music at dusk. Soloist
Julie Riley will begin the show by singing the Star Spangled Banner.
Don’t forget to bring a blanket, chairs and bug spray!