By Nancy R. Elliott
The Herald Bulletin
---- — Independence Day. It’s the nation’s birthday – marking the day 237 years ago in 1776 when the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence.
The day is celebrated much like any birthday as families and friends get together. Picnics and backyard grilling rule the day. And, of course, there’s the fireworks.
In Madison County, there are numerous ways to enjoy the patriotic holiday.
1. Head over to Mounds State Park if you’re not already there picnicking. They have got two special programs today.
At 10 a.m., it’s Feed the Birds on the 4th. Meet up at the Visitor Center, and a park naturalist will lead a journey behind the scenes and into the wildlife viewing areas to fill up the bird feeders. It’s a great way to get a close-up look at our feathered friends, and a fun program for kids.
At 1 p.m., Reptiles Rule Poolside. Take a break from swimming and meet the naturalist in the pool picnic area this afternoon. You’ll have the chance to check out some of Mounds’ cool critters.
The park has programs each day from today through Sunday, including an 1890s family picnic, Bronnenberg open house, an evening trivia hike, and a Mudbug Plunge to have a closer look at the world of the crayfish. Call the park at 649-8128 for more info, or check out its Facebook page. The park is located at 4306 Mounds Road in Anderson.
2. Music lovers will want to be at Elwood’s Callaway Park to enjoy a free concert. Spread out a blanket or set up your lawn chair to listen to the sound of Mix Factory from 4 to 6:30 p.m. They’ll be featuring music from the ’50s and ’60s. Then, from 7 to 9 p.m., it’s Quincy’s Brass bringing music of the ’70s and ’80s. Get in on the drawing for free ice cream treats, too. The park is located on North 19th Street in Elwood. Need more info? Check out www.elwoodconcertsinthepark.org.
3. Markleville Town Park is the place to be for an Old Fashioned 4th of July from 7 p.m. to dark. Old-fashioned games like sack races, egg and spoon races, seed spitting, corn hole and others mean fun for everyone. The Markleville Lions Club will provide free hot dogs and popcorn. Drinks can be purchased. The event is hosted by the Lions Club and the Markleville Park Board. The park is located on Indiana 38.
4. If the roar of the engine is your thing, get in on Anderson Speedway’s Figure 8 Madness and fireworks. Gates open at 5 p.m. Racing starts at 8 p.m. Admission is $12 for adults and $4 for kids ages 6-12. Children 5 and under get in free. Check out www.andersonspeedway.com or call 642-0206 for more info.
5. Celebrate independence with the annual Chesterfield parade. The parade starts at noon and heads from the Anderson Airport along Main Street.
6. Last but not least, Hoosier Park Racing and Casino hosts “Fire It Up on the 4th,” with its fireworks spectacular. Top Rock Junkies performs a live concert at 8 p.m., with the fireworks following at about 10 p.m. Drawings for prizes and cash are part of the fun all day long. The concert and fireworks are free at Hoosier Park, 4500 Dan Patch Circle in Anderson. Check out www.hoosierpark.com or call 642-7223 for more info.
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