Events celebrate America's independence


America is celebrating its freedom on Sunday.

People are shooting off fireworks they've bought for Independence Day. They're also slowly moving back to gathering together with family, friends and strangers after enduring a year of being shut in and limited on where they go.

Independence Day, also known as the Fourth of July, commemorates the Declaration of Independence of the United States on July 4, 1776. The Declaration of Independence declared that the 13 American colonies were united, free and independent states, no longer subject to British rule.

A few celebrations are taking place in the area to honor America's move to independence 245 years ago.

The community of Otwell has been celebrating the holiday with its annual Fourth of July Festival. Food, fun and festivities started Thursday and will continue today and Sunday, ending with fireworks after dark Sunday night. The festival, hosted by the Ruritan Club, Is being held at the community center and surrounding grounds, 2301 N. Spring St.

Thunder over Patoka, a fireworks display at Patoka Lake's beach, will start at about 10 p.m. Saturday. People are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, refreshments and bug spray.

People can see the fireworks from several areas around the lake. Those already camping at Patoka can go to section C of the modern campground to enjoy the display. The entrance fee for the Newton Stewart State Recreation Area at Patoka Reservoir, which is north of Wickliffe Indiana off State Road 164, is $7 per vehicle for Indiana residents and $9 for out-of-state vehicles. For more information, contact the nature center at 812-685-2447.

On Sunday, the Dubois County Bombers will host its annual a fireworks display after the home game at League Stadium. And before the start of the game, the Southridge High School baseball team, coaches and athletic director will be recognized for winning the Class 3A state championship this year. There will also be games for visitors to participate in between the innings.

The Bombers game will start at 6:30 p.m., and general admission tickets are $6; kids 6 and younger are free. Information can be found on the Bombers' website,

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