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July 4, 2007

Plainfield celebrates fourth with fireworks spectacular

Plainfield — The fireworks display here July 4 was enjoyed by several thousand residents and was the finale of the town’s annual Independence Day festival. This was the 11th year for the fireworks show to be held at Hummel Park.

Guilford Civil Township and the Town of Plainfield partner for the festivities, each putting $11,500 toward the $23,000 fireworks display, which covers the insurance and the fireworks, contracted through International Fireworks Merchandisers (IFM). Representatives from IFM said Plainfield’s show is the second largest one they produce, next in line to the Labor Day SkyConcert in downtown Indianapolis.

“We have the event every year on the actual fourth of July — rain or shine,” said Park Administrator Josh Morrell, who oversees the Plainfield July 4th celebration and fireworks extravaganza.

Activities began at 5 p.m. and included a 24-foot tall rock climbing wall, a 20-foot tall inflatable slide, and an inflatable bounce house.

Several local non-profit organizations had booths as fundraisers, including the Kiwanis Club of Plainfield that sold elephant ears, Boy Scout Troop No. 399 that sold food and drinks, and Plainfield Police Explorer’s Post No. 777 that sold food, drinks, and glow jewelry.

The Plainfield Fire Department had various apparatuses on display for the public to view.

The Plainfield Chamber of Commerce held its annual rubber duck, with various prizes going to the winning duck owners.

Guilford Civil Township continued its summer concert series with the annual free 4th of July concert featuring “The Knightsmen,” a local 1960s garage band that performed classics from Cream, The Beatles, Roy Orbison, and The Beach Boys.

The show averages 3,000 people in attendance at the park, and 10,000 to 15,000 in the surrounding areas viewing it.

Of the 770 total shells fired, more than 300 of them were fired during the two-minute grand finale. The show itself is controlled by an electronic firing board, which allows the shells to be lit regardless of the weather.

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