Still trying to figure out your July 4 holiday plans in downtown Noblesville?
Looking for the best place to watch the parade? Wondering how to get to the Noblesville Fireworks Festival, which moves temporarily this year to Forest Park due to construction at Noblesville High School?
Need handicap parking? A shuttle from across town? Want to go swimming at Forest Park Aquatic Center before the festival? Seeking a way to volunteer and give back to your community at the Festival? Looking for the best place to watch the fireworks?
Here are 10 things to know that will help you plan your day.
1. The Noblesville Fourth of July Parade, presented by Gaylor Electric, starts at 2:30 p.m. and travels the same route as years past. The parade, themed “Stars and Stripes” forever, begins in the Ivy Tech parking lot and travels south on 16th Street, west on Logan Street, north on Ninth Street and east on Monument Street. Where to watch: Anywhere along the route is a good seat. While you can stand and watch, I suggest to pack lightweight lawn chairs, drinking water and a sack to hold your candy, flyers and other freebies given out during the parade. Seeking a shady place to watch the parade? Plenty of large shade trees are located along Logan Street.
2. The Noblesville Fireworks Festival, presented by IDI Composites International, is 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday at Forest Park and features a 300-foot zipline, beer garden, ninja warrior course, Nickel Plate Express train rides, cornhole, Indy Eleven activity, Armed Forces Zone, food court, trackless train and 11 inflatables in the Kids Zone. The event also includes two stages, one in the Kids Zone with shows and music for children, and a main stage with headliner Road Trip, a cover band from Milwaukee, and School of Rock as the opener. The Nickel Plate Express will offer 30-minute rides from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at NickelPlateExpress.com or onsite at the Nickel Plate Express ticket booth.
3. Beginning at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Indiana 19 (Cicero Road) will be closed from Field Drive to Logan Street, to provide safe passage of walkers from nearby parking for the festival.
4. Handicap parking only will be available on marked spaces along Indiana 19 (Cicero Road). Proper tags must be displayed in the vehicle to be able to park in this area while spaces are available.
5. Beginning at noon on Thursday, vehicles parked throughout Forest Park, other than Forest Park Aquatic Center lot, will be towed away at the owner’s expense.
6. Festival shuttles will be available for drop-off and pick-up of Festival guests at the two ends of Forest Park and include stops in designated parking lots. East route: North Elementary, Ivy Tech Community College, First United Methodist Church and Evans Street at 10th Street, with drop-off guests near the main stage on the north entrance of Forest Park (near Field Drive). South route: stops include Riverview Health, the Riverview Overflow Lot and the Hamilton County Government Employee Lot off of Conner Street, with drop-off near the Kids Zone on the south entrance of Forest Park (from Indiana 19).
7. Rather not fool with parking woes or ride the shuttle? And feel like a VIP? Noblesville Chamber of Commerce still has a few spaces remaining for its inaugural Deck the 4th party at Forest Park Lodge. Enjoy access to the best parking at the park as well as the best view of fireworks in Noblesville, seated on the second story outdoor deck. Tickets include parking, appetizers, lawn games and two alcoholic beverages for guests 21 and older. After the fireworks, guests will receive priority access to leave the parking lot immediately following the first round of trolleys. A portion of the proceeds will go towards the City's Fireworks Festival. Tickets are $60 for two tickets and one parking pass ($50 for Chamber members), $25 for one a la carte ticket ($20 for Chamber members) or $20 for one a la carte parking pass. Email Mary Noble at mary@noblesvillechamber.com. Chamber the chamber at 317-773-0086.
8. Want to cool off on July 4? Put on your bathing suit, flip flops and grab and towel and head for Forest Park Aquatic Center. The pool will be open noon to 8 p.m. with special July 4 activities for kids. RipFest Diving Club will put on a diving show from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $6.50 for ages 12-59, $5 for ages 3-11, $3.25 for ages 60 and older for residents; nonresident rate is also available. Members may enter at 11:45 a.m.
9. The Noblesville Fireworks Festival fireworks show will begin at 10 p.m. from the Forest Park Golf Course. So anyplace out in the open will be a good spot to plant your lawn chair or blanket. Maybe the sledding hill? Worried about getting home? At the end of the fireworks show, Noblesville Schools’ buses will be added to the East and South shuttle routes to move guests out of the park at a faster pace.
10. Lastly, why not volunteer for the Fireworks Festival? There is still time to gather your friends, family, office or group to volunteer at the festival, or just come as an individual and they’ll find a place for you to volunteer, by registering in advance. Perks? a free meal and a free commemorative T-shirt. Volunteer shifts are 3:45 to 6 p.m., 5:45 to 8 p.m. and 7:45 to 9:45 p.m. The jobs involve interacting with the community by running the bounce house inflatables in the Kids Zone and monitoring the inflatables. To volunteer, contact Noblesville Parks’ Nichole Haberlin at nhaberlin@noblesville.in.us or call (317) 770-5750. Don’t forget the best perk…. there will be parking arrangements for anyone who registers to volunteer.
What else? Follow @NoblesvilleIN on twitter or City of Noblesville on Facebook. Use the hashtag #Noblesville4th to share memories at the festival.
-Contact Betsy Reason at betsy@thetimes24-7.com.