The City of Michigan City is celebrating in Independence Day grand style. Four events over two weekends will bring the community together to show its patriotism and pride.

On Saturday June 25 the Kiddie Parade will make its return to the Uptown Arts District. The city says the theme of this year’s parade is Red, White, Blue & You, and will feature the community’s youth showing their civic pride. Kids will dress in costume and decorate their favorite bike, wagon, or even their pet and stroll up Franklin Street while they’re cheered on. The parade will start at 11:00 a.m. at the corner of 7th Street and Franklin Street, and travel north to the Public Library. Parents can still register their kids by visiting Participation in the parade is free.

Venetian Night, which was scheduled for June June 25, has been cancelled.

On July 2, Michigan City will hold its annual Patriotic Parade. It will travel on Franklin Street south from 10th Street to Ames Field. Last year’s parade was held in June, but the decision was made to move it closer to the July 4th holiday.

“For many years the parade was held on the Saturday before the 4th of July, and we wanted to go back to that traditional date,” said Terry Greetham, Director of Special Events for Michigan City. “We are excited for the return of local high school bands, which haven’t been able to perform over the last few years due to the pandemic.” 

The parade will start at 11:00 am and feature floats, bands and a wide variety of local organizations showing pride and patriotism. Those wanting to sign up to participate can do so at Participation in the parade is free.

The Independence Day celebration will come to a conclusion on Monday, July 4, with the Michigan City Fireworks Spectacular, held in Washington Park.