Bloomington: Parks and Recreation Announces Event Lineup for Fourth of July Weekend

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Bloomington, Ind. ~ Bloomington, Ind. - As the Fourth of July approaches, many weather forecasts are predicting rain and thunderstorms for the day. However, despite these predictions, the annual Fourth of July Parade is set to take place as planned.

The parade is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. at the intersection of College Avenue and Tenth Street. From there, 59 different parade entries will make their way south on College Avenue before turning east onto Kirkwood Avenue. The parade will then continue for one block on Walnut Street before turning north and returning to Tenth Street. The parade will end where it began, at the intersection of College Avenue and Tenth Street.

For those planning to attend the parade, parking along city streets that are not reserved for the parade route will be free. Additionally, parking in city parking garages will also be free on the Fourth of July.

Before the parade begins, a live performance by the Bloomington Community Band will take place at 9 a.m. on the south side of the Monroe County Courthouse. Attendees can also stay updated on any weather-related cancellations by calling the Community Events Hotline at 812-349-3754.

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In addition to the parade and live music, there are several other events happening in Bloomington over the holiday weekend. On July 4th from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m., admission to both Bryan Park Pool and Mills Pool will be free thanks to the Bloomington Parks Foundation. Before heading to either pool or to the Community Foundation Switchyard Plaza Spray Pad at Switchyard Park, located at 1601 S. Rogers St., attendees can call the Aquatics Hotline at 812-349-3741 to check if they are open.

For those looking for a more relaxing activity after all of the holiday festivities, Switchyard Park is hosting a Hatha-style yoga class on July 5th at noon. The class, which is suitable for all abilities and experience levels, will take place outside on the main stage. Registration is not required and the class fee of $10 can be paid with cash or card.

On July 6th, the Bloomington Community Farmers' Market will be open from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. at 401 N. Morton St. Attendees can browse and purchase local products from farms and fields, as well as enjoy ready-to-eat food from local small businesses while listening to live music by local performers.

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The Fourth of July weekend will come to a close with two back-to-back concerts on July 7th at Bryan Park, located at 1001 S. Henderson St. The evening will kick off with a performance by Big Dog, who will bring their blend of blues, soul, and funk to the stage at 5:30 p.m. They will be followed by the Dicky James Trio with Rex Miller and Steve Mascari, who will bring their rocking blues sound to the park.

While City Hall at 401 N. Morton St. will be closed for the holiday, several Parks and Recreation facilities including the Griffy Lake Boathouse, Cascades Golf Course, and Twin Lakes Recreation Center will remain open on the Fourth of July. For more information about operating hours or any weather-related closings for these facilities, attendees can contact them directly using the following information:

Cascades Golf Course - 3550 N. Kinser Pike - (812)349-3764

Griffy Lake Boathouse - (8 a.m.-8 p.m.) - 3400 N.Headley Rd.- (812)349-3732

Twin Lakes Recreation Center - (7 a.m.-1 p.m.) -1700 W.Bloomfield Rd.- (812)349-3720

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