4th Of July Fireworks planned at Manchester University

Manchester University will host the 16th annual Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks Display on July 1.

This free Fourth of July celebration will kick off at 7 p.m. at the Manchester University campus on the athletic fields off of East Street. This family-friendly event is open to the public, according to a news release from the university.

• Behind the Physical Education and Recreation Center:

7 p.m. – Fun and games for children

7:10 p.m. – Introduction by event coordinator Karen Kanyike

7:30 p.m. – Welcome by MU Director of Intercultural Services Michael Dixon

7:35 p.m. – Independence Day message by Grant Ebert

8 p.m. – Manchester Civic Band

9:55 p.m. – Grant Ebert and band perform national anthem

• East end of MU campus near the soccer field

10 p.m. – North Manchester Fire Department lights up the sky with fireworks

The soccer field bleachers are perfect for viewing, but seats fill up quickly, the release states. Consider bringing lawn chairs or blankets.

Free activities include corn hole, chalk drawings, face painting, ladder golf and bubbles. Glow sticks are provided by Timbercrest Senior Living Community. Peabody Home Foundation will donate balloons, and the North Manchester Lions Club will provide guests with free flags to show their patriotism.

Take your bicycle for a ride around the MU campus and enjoy a family picnic at the athletic fields. The Rotary Club of North Manchester will sell $1 hot dogs, $2 chili dogs or 2 chili dogs for $3, as well as $1 popcorn, water and soft drinks.

Those taking pictures or posting to social media can use #MUJuly4 to share their pictures.

For the safety of guests, alcohol, sparklers and personal fireworks are not permitted. MU is a tobacco-free campus. The rain date is July 2, same time and location.