PATRIOTISM ABOUNDS: Columbia City, area communities offer family fun this long weekend

Staff Writer

COLUMBIA CITY – Columbia City’s annual fireworks celebration has been set for Sunday, July 3 at Morsches Park.
The event will feature several food vendors starting at 5 p.m., a bounce house for kids, a concert and the annual fireworks show.
Columbia City native singer Hannah Schaefer will entertain at 6 p.m. and Dr. Feelgood and the 80’s Babies will take the stage at 8 p.m.
The fireworks display will begin at dusk, estimated to be about 10 p.m. No personal fireworks are allowed in the park for the event.
Food vendors at the park will include Bruno’s BBQ, Shriner’s elephant ears, Gaerte’s Fish and Tenderloins, Mama Ray’s BBQ, Arctic Shaved Ice, and chicken wings and fries from the Union Township Fire Department.
With the new street configuration on East Van Buren and at the park entrance, plus ample parking, getting inside the park to the food and entertainment will be much easier this holiday.

Here’s the rundown on other area events this holiday weekend:

Saturday, July 2
•Annual patriotic celebration - 6 p.m.
The Chapel, 2505 W. Hamilton Rd., Fort Wayne, is hosting its annual patriotic celebration Saturday, July 2 at 6 p.m. and Sunday, July 3 at 9:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
The celebration is to honor the country’s military, police force and all who serve to defend and protect.
For more information, call 625-6200 or visit

•Tri-Lakes fireworks display - dusk
Tri-Lakes’ annual Fourth of July fireworks display will be held Saturday, July 2 over Shriner Lake beginning at dusk.

•Winona Lake fireworks display - dusk
Winona Lake’s annual Independence Day firework display will be held Saturday, July 2 beginning at dusk with fireworks being displayed over the lake.

•Huntington fireworks display - dusk
Huntington’s Fourth of July fireworks display will take place Saturday, July 2 at Kreigbaum Field of Huntington North High School.

Sunday, July 3
•Col. City Independence Day celebration - 5 p.m.
Columbia City’s Independence Day celebration will be Sunday, July 3 at Morsches Park, East Van Buren Street, Columbia City, beginning at 5 p.m. with music, games and food. There will be a bounce house for kids from 5 to 9 p.m.
Singer Hannah Schaefer and the band Dr. Feelgood and the 80’s Babies will perform from 6 to 10 p.m. with Columbia City’s fireworks display beginning afterwards. No personal fireworks are allowed in the park for the event.

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