The Times archive photo by Betsy Reason
Noblesville Mayor Chris Jensen promotes his Chris Jensen for Mayor campaign during the 2019 Noblesville Fourth of July Parade. This year’s parade steps off at 4:30 p.m. Saturday through downtown Noblesville.
The Times archive photo by Betsy Reason Noblesville Mayor Chris Jensen promotes his Chris Jensen for Mayor campaign during the 2019 Noblesville Fourth of July Parade. This year’s parade steps off at 4:30 p.m. Saturday through downtown Noblesville.
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 for the second year is at Forest Park?
Need a new face mask? Handicap parking? A trolley 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? Where to board the Nickel Plate Express? 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 on Saturday, presented again by Gaylor Electric, starts at 4:30 p.m. and travels the same route as years past. The parade, themed “Stars and Stripes Forever in Noblesville,” 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 to 18th Street. Where to watch: Anywhere along the route is a good seat. While you can stand and watch, I suggest packing lightweight lawn chairs and drinking water, and maybe an umbrella to sit under. No need for a sack to hold your candy, flyers and other freebies because parade participants won’t be allowed to hand out or distribute anything to the crowd. Seeking a shady place to watch the parade? Plenty of large shade trees are located along Logan Street. The grand marshals this year are four Frontline Heroes: Jill Maynard, a special education resource teacher at Noble Crossing Elementary, who was named 2020 Noblesville Schools Teacher of the Year; Joyce Woods, Riverview Health chief nursing officer and vice president of organizational improvement; Noblesville Fire Department Division Chief James Macky, a 20-year veteran who supervises the 91 EMT’s and 37 paramedics that work for the NFD; Noblesville Police Department Office Trevor Schmidt, 2019 Officer of the Year for the NPD.
2. The Noblesville Fireworks Festival, presented by IDI Composites International, is 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday at Forest Park and features headliner Boy Band Review from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the main stage in a new location on the golf course, which will allow a wider viewing range. Attractions that are not conducive to social distancing, including kids inflatables, face painters, rock climbing wall and zip line, will not be available this year. However, there will be a beer garden and food court. The number of hand-washing stations have been increased. Noblesville Chamber of Commerce has donated free, disposable face masks, while supplies last, available at two information booths at the festival and at a table downtown before the parade. Water fountains will be shut off, and visitors are encouraged to bring their own water bottles.
3. 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.
4. Permit parking passes will be available for The Lodge and Forest Park Aquatic Center sold by Noblesville Chamber of Commerce and Aquatic Center for $25.
5. Nickel Plate Express will return to the Noblesville 4th of July Festival for a second year, offering rides at both Forest Park and Bolden’s Dry Cleaners on the Square. Tickets are $10, free for ages 2 and younger, and may be purchased in advance at NickelPlateExpress.com. Rides depart from Bolden’s at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Excursions depart Forest Park at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. (Those interested in a longer ride can climb aboard the Independence Express Sunday at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. for an hour-long ride and slice of apple pie.) Visit NickelPlateExpress.com
6. Festival trolley rides will be available for drop-off and pick-up of Festival guests. Trolley rides will make four stops inside the Noblesville High School parking lot and will drop off guests near the main stage on the north entrance of Forest Park near Field Drive. Trolley rides will run continuously throughout the festival. Following the fireworks, Noblesville Schools’ buses will be added along with a second pick-up location at the south end of the park to assist guests in returning to parking lots quickly. Federal Hill Commons and the Noblesville Moose Lodge will be park-and-walk lots.
7. Rather not fool with parking woes or ride the shuttle? And feel like a VIP? For the second year, there will be a VIP area at Forest Park, where families and friends can purchase tables for the evening. These tables offer up-close seating to the live music performance, an exceptional view of the fireworks and a meeting place to safely gather and eat in between activities. Tables seat eight people and cost $100. To reserve your table, call 317-776-6350. Funds received for VIP section accommodations help defray costs of hosting the community event.
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. Admission is $6 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., and $4 after 5 p.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? Or want to social distance even more? Federal Hill Commons offers a public viewing area for the fireworks. Want to watch from home? The fireworks will be livestreamed on the City’s social media pages. Worried about getting home? At the end of the fireworks show, Noblesville Schools’ buses will be added, along with a second pick-up location at the south end of the park to assist guests in returning to parking lots quickly.
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. Volunteer shifts are 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Organizations volunteering with at least 10 volunteers and reaching 20 hours of service can earn a free four-hour court or shelter rental. To volunteer or for more information, contact jschroeder@noblesville.in.us or call (317) 776-6350.
What else? Follow @NoblesvilleIN on twitter or City of Noblesville on Facebook. Use the hashtag #Noblesville4th to share memories at the festival. The Noblesville July 4th Planning Committee is still raising money for the festival. Sponsorship opportunities are available, from $250 to $10,000. Donations may be made by check (made payable to Noblesville Fireworks Festival) and mailed to: Noblesville Fireworks Festival; c/o Noblesville City Hall, 16 S. 10th St., Noblesville, IN 46060. Contact Kristi Spehler at kspehler@noblesville.in.us or 317-776-6350.

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