City of Valparaiso’s 4th of July Blast Celebration New Location

City of Valparaiso’s 4th of July Blast Celebration New Location
By: Valpo Parks Last Updated: May 15, 2017

The July 4, 2017 celebration will be located on the Cumberland Loop located at Vale Park Road and Valparaiso Street. Thanks to a partnership with the Urschel’s, the property within the loop will be the launching area for the fireworks display. It will also host the stage for musical entertainment and provide a seating area for guests. Vale Park Road will be closed from Valparaiso Street to Cumberland Drive and will be the site for food trucks, concessions, porta-potties, and other guest services.

The movement to a new location was due to the ongoing improvement being done late last year and this summer with the Thomas Jefferson Elementary and Middle Schools. The new location offers opportunity for a bigger and better show with shell sizes reaching 8 inches, compared to the 5-inch shells that were shot from the center of the track at the schools. In addition to the larger shell size, this year’s show will be approximately 20 minutes long and synced to music.

Parking will be available at the former Purdue North Central Valpo Campus located on Valley Drive and will offer both handicap accessible and standard parking spaces. Foundation Meadows Park and Valparaiso High School are nearby parking options with access via the Vale Park Road pathway leading to the new event site.

All citizens are invited to this annual celebration on Tuesday, July 4, 2017 beginning at 6:30 pm with guest speakers, live music, and more. Fireworks will begin at dusk (approximately 9:00 pm)

Schedule of events is as follows:

  • 6:30 pm: Posting of Colors & Pledge of Allegiance
  • 6:35pm: Welcome
  • 6:40 pm: Live Music Entertainment (Band Announcement coming soon!)
  • 8:00 pm: Declaration of Independence
  • 8:15 pm: Live Music Entertainment Continued
  • 8:58 pm: National Anthem
  • Dusk: (about 9:00 pm): Fireworks by ACE Pyro, LLC

For more information contact Dan McGuire, Facilities Director at Valpo Parks, 219.462.5144 or by emailing