Everything you need to know about July 4 in Greater Lafayette

Fireworks displays, your forecast, personal fireworks rules and LPD's safety plan

Posted: Jul. 4, 2018 6:47 AM
Updated: Jul. 4, 2018 6:47 AM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — If you're not sure where to go tonight to take in a big display of fireworks, here are some of the local ones happening:

In Lafayette, you can go to the Stars and Stripes celebration at Riehle Plaza. It starts at 7 p.m. with a performance by the Lafayette Citizens Band. Fireworks will start at dusk.

In Frankfort, the annual fireworks display will be at TPA Park. It's an all day event with live music, vendor booths and a car show.
The fireworks are scheduled to be set off around 10:15 tonight.

Riverside Park will host Logansport's Fourth of July celebrations. This is also an all-day event with mini golf, softball and a cookout for military families. The fireworks will start around 10:20 tonight.

If you have a tip on fireworks times in your community, you can email those to newsroom@wlfi.com and we will add them to the list.

Personal Firework Rules:
Fireworks are only allowed between 5 p.m. and two hours after sunset from until July 9th. However on the day of the 4th, fireworks are permitted between 10 a.m. and midnight.

Safety:
Hundreds of people are expected to watch fireworks light up the sky tonight and police across the state will have some extra officers to handle the crowds tonight.

Indiana State Police will be adding 250 police officers to look for impaired drivers. Those officers are paid overtime by the state to make sure everyone is being safe on the road. Troopers will be looking for impaired drivers, motorists who speed, follow too close, make unsafe lane changes and drive aggressively.

Lafayette police said they have officers who have signed up to work the July 4th events going on downtown.. like the Stars and Stripes celebration.

Lt. Scott Galloway said police will also be looking out for people drinking at the events. He added if you plan on bringing a bag, make sure it's not too big or police will search it.

Travel:
Right now, the national average price for a gallon of unleaded is about 2 dollars and 86 cents. That is about 63 cents higher than last year's holiday average.

Higher oil prices may be to blame. Gasbuddy says the price spike is likely to cause motorists about $1B in extra gas spending over the usual four-day holiday travel period.

Something else to watch out for at the pump, the Secret Service is urging travelers to be alert today because of theives trying to steal your account information. They're using credit card skimmers to do it. Agents are now inspecting gas pumps in 21 states.

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