LaPorte 4th of July parade will have military planes, traffic restrictions

NOW: LaPorte 4th of July parade will have military planes, traffic restrictions


LAPORTE, Ind.-Fourth of July celebrations are happening all across Michiana today. But LaPorte, one of the most popular places to celebrate the Fourth, will be tough to beat.

For the first time in two years, military planes will be part of the parade.

The A-10 Warthog planes will kick off the celebration. It’s part of the 122nd Fighter Wing out of the Fort Wayne Air National Guard Base.

In addition to the military flyover, local pilots will also take flight.

LaPorte’s parade is one of the most popular and highly attended in Indiana. The size of the crowd each year is anywhere from 30,000 to 70,000 people.

The flyover begins at 10:20 CT followed by the parade.

To accommodate the thousands of attendees, the city has made arrangements.

Traffic will be diverted off of State Road 2 (Lincolnway) beginning at 8:30 CT. No other traffic aside from the parade units will be allowed between Philadelphia Street and Andrew Avenue until the end of the parade.

As far as the parade route goes, no parking is allowed on the street or in the tree lawns along SR 2 and also parking is restricted at the following locations:

600-700 block of Adams Street

600-700 block of Tipton Street

100 blocks of Pulaski, Heinz, Holcomb, Scott and Bond Streets.

Parade attendees cannot sit in the street along the parade route. The detour around SR 2 will be Boyd Blvd. to U.S. 35 to Crescent Drive to Eighteenth Street.

The main detour route for east-west traffic through the downtown area will be along Factory Street, Brighton Street, Washington Street, State Street, L Street, Second Street and Colfax Avenue to and from State Road 2. The detour for US 35 from the north will be to exit the US 35 overpass and then travel either east or west from there. The detour for US 35 from the south will be either Boyd Boulevard or Crescent Drive as previously mentioned.

More on detours here:

Do not illegally park in the middle of the cross streets along the parade route while it’s going on. Anyone that does could receive a citation and have their vehicle impounded.

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