Following is a list of Independence Day events in northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio:
Decatur: Fireworks begin at dusk July 4 at the Riverside Center.
Fort Wayne: Fireworks begin at 10:15 p.m. July 4 at IPFW. The Alumni Relations Rooftop Party in parking garage No. 1 is open to the public and begins at 6 p.m. Entry is $5 a car. Food vendors will be available throughout the campus. Both IPFW's South campus and Ivy Tech's North campus are open to the public for free parking.
The TinCaps will be hosting post-game fireworks following their July 4 game against the West Michigan Whitecaps.
The Cathedral Choir's annual "Salute to America!" concert begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception downtown. The concert and parking are free.
The Chapel, 2505 W. Hamilton Road, offers its annual patriotic celebration at 6 p.m. Saturday. No tickets are required, parking is free and child care will be available.
Leo-Cedarville: The 11th annual Freedom Festival begins at 2 p.m. July 4 at Riverside Gardens Park at Schwartz and Leo-Grabill roads. Food vendors, children's rides and live music will be offered throughout the day. Fireworks begin at dusk. Parking is $3.
Auburn: Fireworks begin at 10 p.m. July 5 at the Auburn Auction Park, which will also offer live music and food vendors beginning at 5 p.m.
Garrett: Garrett Heritage Days Festival 2011 will take place noon to 10 p.m. July 3 and 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. July 4 at Eastside Park. The annual event will include a pie-baking contest, dodge ball tournament, barbecue cook-off and other activities. Fireworks begin at dusk July 4.
Huntington: Fireworks begin at dusk July 4, with a rain date of July 5, on Kriegbaum Field at Huntington North High School.
Roanoke: The Patriotic Pops Concert, featuring the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, will take place at 8 p.m. July 3. There will be street barbecue at 4:30 p.m., and gates open at 6 p.m. for pre-concert entertainment and activities. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for attendees 18 and younger. Fireworks start at dusk July 4 at Roanoke Park on Seminary Street.
Warren: Fireworks start at dusk July 3 at Tower Park on Grover Street. The 19th annual Antique Tractor and Engine Show will be Friday through July 3 at The Daugherty Companies. The 44th annual parade begins at 6:30 p.m. Friday in downtown Warren.
North Webster: Live music begins at 7 p.m. Friday at Dixie Park. The Dixie Fireworks Cruise begins at 9:30 p.m. Saturday on Webster Lake. Cruise tickets, which are $10, can be purchased starting Friday at Lakeview Pizza King.
Syracuse: Fireworks begin at dusk Saturday at Lake Wawasee. Fireworks begin at dusk July 4 at Syracuse Lake.
Winona Lake: Fireworks begin at dusk Saturday at Winona Lake.
Albion: Fireworks begin at dusk Friday, with a rain date of Saturday, at Central Noble School.
Kendallville: Food vendors, activities and contests will begin at Bixler Lake Park at 3 p.m. July 4. Live music will follow at 3:30 p.m. Fireworks begin at dusk.
Rome City: There will be a car show, food vendors and live music Saturday on Front Street. Fireworks begin at dusk Saturday over the dam on Sylvan Lake.
Angola: Downtown parade begins at 1 p.m. July 4 at Maumee Street and University Avenue, with live music, a hot dog giveaway and a skydiving performance afterward at Commons Park. Fireworks begin at dusk at Commons Park.
Convoy to escort 9/11 beam: An 8-foot steel beam – once part of the World Trade Center's north tower – through Steuben County on Friday. The beam will be hauled across northern Indiana on the way to the Osolo Township Fire Department in Elkhart County. There, it will be the centerpiece of a memorial to the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
On Friday, the beam will stop in Angola and be on display from 4 to 8 p.m. at the former Scott's grocery store, 1801 N. Wayne St., along with emergency services vehicles from the county. During that time, the public is welcome to visit.
At 6:30 a.m. the next morning, staging will begin in the Scott's parking lot for the final leg of the beam's journey to Osolo Township.
Escorted by Indiana State Police motorcycles and other emergency services vehicles, the truck hauling the beam will leave Angola on Saturday at 10:28 a.m. – the time the north tower of the World Trade Center fell on Sept. 11, 2001.
The beam is slated to arrive at Osolo Township's fire station about 12:30 p.m. on Saturday. Once it is there, a memorial service is expected.
Hamilton: A fish fry, flotilla lighted boat parade and live music will take place starting at 5 p.m. Friday in downtown Hamilton and surrounding areas. There will be a 5K run and walk, pie sale, duck race and parade in downtown Hamilton, the public beach and the fire department throughout Saturday. Fireworks begin at dusk Saturday, with a rain date of July 3, at Hog Hill. Gates open at 6 p.m.
Bluffton: Live music and concessions will be available beginning at 8 p.m. July 4 at Bluffton-Harrison Middle School. Fireworks begin at 10 p.m. July 4 at the same location.
Columbia City: Fireworks begin at dusk Saturday at Morsches Park. Food vendors and children's activities begin at 6 p.m., with live music at 7:30 p.m.
Defiance: Fireworks begin at dusk July 3 at Pontiac Park.
Van Wert County
Van Wert: Lima Symphony Pops Orchestra will play 5:30 p.m. Friday at Fountain Park. The annual parade, children's games, a one-mile run and a car show will be held throughout the day starting at 7 a.m. July 4. Fireworks begin at 10 p.m. July 4 at Van Wert County Regional Airport.