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Fireworks, Parades, more light up Holiday

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The “oohs” and “ahhs” of a twilight fireworks display is the centerpiece of many Fourth of July celebrations. But celebrating Independence Day in Johnson County isn’t restricted to pyrotechnics.

Revelers can cheer and catch candy as decorated parades march, learn about history during a recreation of a Civil War camp or honor the community’s heroes during a worship service.

With activities starting soon, the Daily Journal has a rundown of what not to miss during the next two weekends. Unless noted, all activities and events are free to attend. For more events, see Page C6.

Back to the Civil War

When: June 27 through 29

Where: Greenwood VFW, 333 S. Washington St.

What: Take a step back into the 1860s with an authentic reproduction of a Civil War camp. Historical performers will give demonstrations on weapons, medicine and camp life, play music and provide a window into one of the country’s most important historical eras.

Fanfare & Fireworks

When: 8 p.m. June 27

Where: Johnson County Park amphitheater, near Schoolhouse Road and Rodeo Drive, north of Camp Atterbury

What: This annual fundraiser

by the Franklin Symphonic Council will combine the

music of the Indiana Wind Symphony with a massive fireworks display. Tickets are $8 adults, $6 seniors and students, $1 children under 12, and proceeds benefit community music programs in Johnson County.

150 years: Greenwood

When: 10 a.m. June 28

Where: Old Town Greenwood

What: In honor of the 150th anniversary of the founding of Greenwood, officials for the Greenwood Freedom Festival have put together a historically themed parade. Floats will depict important moments in city history. Indianapolis resident Sophia Saucerman, the champion of this year’s national NFL Punt, Pass & Kick contest, will serve as the grand marshal.

Greenwood fireworks

When: 10:15 p.m. June 28

Where: Craig Park

Travis Easterling

When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 28

Where: Craig Park, Old Town Greenwood

What: The Columbus-based entertainer will perform illusions such as levitation, cutting his assistant into thirds and the daring origami sword box as part of the Greenwood Freedom Festival’s new family entertainment stage.

Beer & wine garden

When: 3 to 10 p.m. June 28

Where: Greenwood

Community Center

What: For adults looking to get a break from the heat, organizers to the Greenwood Freedom Festival have brought back the wine and beer garden. Enjoy offerings from local producers such as Mallow Run Winery and Oaken Barrel Brewing Co., while music from area bands plays in the background.

Honor Our Heroes

When: 10 a.m. June 29

Where: Grace Assembly of God, 6822 N. U.S. 31, New Whiteland

What: A special church service and patriotic celebration to honor all local veterans, active military, law enforcement and firefighters

Patriotic swimming

When: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 3

Where: Franklin Family Aquatic Center, 396 State St.

What: On a hot summer day, few things feel better than a dip in the pool. And anyone sporting a red, white or blue swimsuit can get into the Franklin Family Aquatic Center for free. Cool off in the pool before taking in the Firecracker Festival across the street.

Franklin fireworks

When: 10:10 p.m. July 3

Where: Indiana Masonic Home

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